Company Members and Board

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

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

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

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

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

Kevin Hanna | Company Member

Kevin Hanna splits his time between directing and writing for theater and film/TV. In addition to being the Social Director and Steering Committee memb…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 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

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

Topher Leon | Company Member

Topher Leon is beyond grateful to join Pride Films and Plays as a Company Member. As a theatre artist, he works as a director, actor, and devisor. His …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

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

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

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

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


Honorary Board

Nick Adams | Honorary Board

NICK ADAMS was the final actor to star as Fiyero in the First National Touring production of the Broadway hit Wicked. Most notably, He originated and starred as Adam/Felicia in the Tony winning Broadw…View Full Profile

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

Charles Busch | Honorary Board

CHARLES BUSCH is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which ran for nearly two years on Broadway and received a To…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

Capathia Jenkins | Honorary Board

This Brooklyn-born and raised, actress and singer starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies’ on Broadway. Capathia made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, creating the role of…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


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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