Executive Director, Artistic Director, and Artistic Associates

David Zak | Executive Director

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

As Artistic Director with Pride Films & Plays, Nelson Rodriguez’s credits include Some Men, The Children’s Hour, The Boys Upstairs, and Men on the Verge of a Hi…View Full Profile

Derek Van Barham | Associate Artistic Director

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

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 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

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 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 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

Brittany Alsot | Company Member

Brittany Alsot is a queer, feminist, anti-racist filmmaker focused on creating inclusive, empathetic working environments for cast and crew. She is an …View Full Profile

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

Alex Dauphin | Company Member

Alex Dauphin most recently appeared at PFP in For The Love, Or The Roller Derby Play. She has also performed with PFP in LezFest and the LezPlay Festival. Other theatre credits includ…View Full Profile

Matt Dominguez | Company Member

Matt Dominguez is the Associate Artistic Director of Refuge Theatre Project, dedicated to producing underappreciated or under-produced contemporary Mus…View Full Profile

Brian Estep | Company Member

Brian Estep is a new company member and has been involved with Pride Films & Plays for several years.  Working closely with his friend/mentor (PFP…View Full Profile

Dan Gold | Company Member

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

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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 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

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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David Zak | Executive Director

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

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Honorary Board

Alexandra Billings | Honorary Board

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

Dean Richards | Honorary Board

Dean Richards is WGN-TV’s Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter and critic. His work is seen and heard on several Tribune Media-owned properties and he was cited in a New York T…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

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Network Writers

Marilynn Barner Anselmi | Network Writer

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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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

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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