Company Members and Board

Executive Director, Artistic Director, and Artistic Associates

David Zak | Executive Director

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David Zak has won 7 Jeff Awards in Chicago, including four for Directing (Animal Farm, Dr. Sex, Parade, Pope Joan), two for writing (The Hiroshima Project, The Count of Monte Cristo) and a special Jef…View Full Profile

Nelson Rodriguez | Artistic Director

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As an Artistic Associate with Pride Films & Plays, Nelson Rodriguez’s credits include Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown, Some Men, The Children’s Hour and enh…View Full Profile

John Nasca | Artistic Associate


John Nasca is an Artistic Associate of PFP and Artistic Director of Glitterati Productions. His directing credits include Gypsy, Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood, Beautiful Thing, The Rit…View Full Profile

Patrick Rybarczyk | Artistic Associate

Patrick Rybarczyk, Artistic Associate

Patrick Rybarczyk is an artistic associate with PFP. He most recently appeared in Some Men and in the world premiere of Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead. With PFP, he port…View Full Profile

Derek Van Barham | Artistic Associate

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Derek Van Barham is the Artistic Director of The Ruckus and an Artistic Associate with Pride Films & Plays. Directing: From These Fatal Loins (The Ruckus), Miracle! (Hell in a Han…View Full Profile

Edward Fraim | Artistic Associate


A native Texan, Edward Fraim has been lucky enough to have performed on stages around the country for over 20 years. Originally a classical voice student, he widened his love of the a…View Full Profile

Robert Ollis | Artistic Associate

Robert Ollis

Robert Ollis was nominated for a Jeff Award for his music direction of Pride Films and Plays’ Under A Rainbow Flag by Leo Schwartz, which production won two non-equity 2013 Jeff Awa…View Full Profile

Amber Snyder | Artistic Associate


Amber Snyder is a native Texan who recently made her Chicago co-producing debut with Pride Films and Plays for the 2014 Women’s Words Weekend. She also made her Chicago acting debu…View Full Profile

Allison Fradkin | Literary Coordinator, Women's Work

Allison Fradkin

Allison Fradkin serves as the Literary Coordinator for Pride Films and Plays’ annual Women’s Words Festival. She is a graduate of Purchase College, State University of New York, where…View Full Profile

Company Members

Shaun Baer | Company Member


Shaun Baer’s first full stage show with PFP was in the summer of 2016 as Ashley in the Chicago Premiere of THE BOYS UPSTAIRS. He also appeared in the 2014 short play reading of SOCH…View Full Profile

Charles A. Berglund | Company Member


Charles A. Berglund has appeared in two Pride readings, The Ritz and Save the Date. Actor, director, and teacher, Charles’ favorite roles include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Pseudolus …View Full Profile

David Besky | Company Member


David Besky has done readings for PFP in Terrence McNally’s Some Men and Love! Valour! Compassion! Recently he was in 42nd Street at Theatre at the Centre in Munster, IN., and Almos…View Full Profile

Tom Chiola | Company Member


Tom Chiola started his second career as an actor in Bailiwick Chicago’s “Fucking Men”.  You may have seen him in Pride Films and Plays’ “Some Men”, Eclectic Theatre’s …View Full Profile

Dan Gold | Company Member

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Dan Gold first worked with PFP in their 2015 production of The Book of Merman as Elder Jacob Braithwaite. Recent Chicago credits include Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Fiddler on the…View Full Profile

Jude Hansen | Company Member


Since graduating from his MFA at Roosevelt University, Jude Hansen has worked with Redmoon Theatre (Bellboys, Bears & Baggage), Redstitch Theatre (AD, Clybourne Park),  The House…View Full Profile

Kris Hyland | Company Member

Kris Hyland, Artistic Ensemble

Kris Hyland graduated from the Emerson College acting program in Boston, MA. Past Chicago credits include Gross Indecency (Fred Atkins and others), Hairspray, From Generation to Gener…View Full Profile

Delia Kropp | Company Member

Delia Kropp

Before gender transitioning, Delia Kropp trained in England and Chicago, and acted with a variety of Chicago companies including The Goodman, Red Twist, Griffin, Lifeline, and Pegasus…View Full Profile

Chris Logan | Company Member

Chris Logan

Chris Logan starred as “Peter Allen” in PFP’s Chicago premiere of The Boy From Oz! A native of Wisconsin and a refugee from performing with Royal Caribbean Productions, Logan moved to…View Full Profile

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Board of Directors

Michael Daigle | President, Board of Directors


Michael is a partner with the Chicago law firm of Cheng Cohen LLC.  He focuses his practice in the areas of international business transactions, domestic and international licensing and franchising, …View Full Profile

Amy Moncher | Vice,President, Board of Directors

Amy Moncher

Amy Moncher is the Director of Scholarships in the Enrollment Management and Marketing division at DePaul University. She has worked at DePaul for 15 years, also earning three degrees from her alma ma…View Full Profile

Rusty Hernandez | Secretary, Board of Directors


An advocate for the arts, LGBTQ equality and youth issues, he has been involved with numerous organizations in a wide range of capacities.  Most recently his focus has been with Arts Organizations an…View Full Profile

Elton Guillen | Treasurer, Board of Directors

Elton Guillen

Elton J. Guillen is excited to be a board member for Pride Films and Plays. He has always loved the Arts having received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Specializing in Dance at Michigan State Univers…View Full Profile

Robert Bailey | Board of Directors


Robert Bailey is a rock solid “Broadway baby” and avid cabaret aficionado with a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting.  Stage credits include leading roles in everything from “You’re A Good…View Full Profile

Elizabeth Bertucci | Board of Directors

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Dennis Kane | Board of Directors

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Stephanie Hardiman Simon | Board of Directors

Stephanie Hardiman Simon

Stephanie Hardiman Simon is a journalist, writer and social media strategist. She currently manages social media for the Chicago-based Better Government Association. Previously she worked for the Chic…View Full Profile

David Zak | Executive Director

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David Zak has won 7 Jeff Awards in Chicago, including four for Directing (Animal Farm, Dr. Sex, Parade, Pope Joan), two for writing (The Hiroshima Project, The Count of Monte Cristo) and a special Jef…View Full Profile


Honorary Board

Alexandra Billings | Honorary Board

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Alexandra Billings is an actress, singer, author, teacher and activist. She stars as Davina in Amazon’s multi-award winning television series ‘Transparent’  and she has been seen on ‘Grey’s Ana…View Full Profile

Alderman James Cappleman | Honorary Board


As the 46th Ward Alderman, James Cappleman placed a primary focus on promoting economic development to create more shopping, dining, entertainment, and employment opportunities in the Ward. The result…View Full Profile

State Representative Sara Feigenholtz | Honorary Board


State Representative Sara Feigenholtz serves Illinois’ 12th District, which encompasses Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Near North neighborhoods. Representative Feigenholtz authors…View Full Profile

Donna McKechnie | Honorary Board


Donna McKechnie, the Tony Award winning star of A CHORUS LINE, is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies. Most recently she created the musical sta…View Full Profile

Alderman Tom Tunney | Honorary Board


Alderman Tom Tunney has devoted his life to giving back to the Lakeview community. His success as a small-business owner and commitment to public service has won him praise from business, civic and c…View Full Profile


Network Writers

Marilynn Barner Anselmi | Network Writer

Marilynn Barner Anselmi

Marilynn Barner Anselmi lives and writes in rural, eastern North Carolina.  Her plays have been performed around the country including National NewBorn Festival, NYC;  Women’s W…View Full Profile

Pat Branch | Network Writer

Pat Branch

Pat Branch is a stand-up comedian born and raised in Philadelphia, who began as a cliché: college dropout (USC) writing novels and waiting tables in fancy restaurants. Bouncing back and forth …View Full Profile

Martin Casella | Network Writer

Martin Casella

Martin Casella currently teaches a playwriting at the Harvey Milk High School in NYC. He previously taught playwriting at his alma mater, California Institute of the Arts. He is a proud member …View Full Profile

Howard Casner | Network Writer

Howard Casner

Howard Casner is the author of eight screenplays and one teleplay. His screenplay Rough Trade was a semi-finalist in the 2007 Extreme Screenplay Competition; a quarter finalist…View Full Profile

Sean Chandler | Network Writer

Sean Chandler

Sean Chandler is thrilled to be joining Pride Films and Plays Writers Network. Works include At The Flash (PFP Great Gay Play and Musical Contest Winner, Jeff Recommendation), Radical Morality …View Full Profile

Trish Cole | Network Writer

Trish Cole

Trish Cole is a tomboy screenwriter, poet, and playwright whose work often explores the intersect of social construct, gender, and identity. Her stage plays have been produced in New York, Chic…View Full Profile

Dylan Costello | Network Writer

Dylan Costello

Native Londoner Dylan Costello is a screenwriter and playwright – a career path he chose after being inspired by his journals of the madcap 3 years he spent travelling the globe in his youth. I…View Full Profile

Ilene Fischer | Network Writer

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Ilene Fischer placates her split personality by making a living in television production while pursuing a career as a screenwriter and playwright. She is a member of both the Directors Guild and Drama…View Full Profile

Gail Hackston | Network Writer

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Gail Hackston is a writer/director based in London. Starting her career in the late 1990s in Scotland, she worked on a number of shorts on the popular Tartan Shorts and First Reel str…View Full Profile

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