Company Members and Board

Executive Director, Artistic Director, and Artistic Associates

Company Members

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

Chris Logan | Company Member

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

Joan McGrath | Company Member

Joan McGrath has appeared in a wealth of PFP projects, most recently as Peggy Musgrove in the Steppenwolf Garage Rep production of Angry Fags and as Mrs. Tilford in The Children’s Hour (both Jeff Re…View Full Profile

Luke Meierdiercks | Company Member

Luke Meierdiercks is a Vermont native and Plymouth State University graduate, and graduate of the Second City Improv Conservatory. Recent credits include The Story of a Story (…View Full Profile

Manuel Ortiz | Company Member

Manuel Ortiz is a Chicago native actor, designer and photographer. He received his BFA in Acting at DePaul University and is the founder of The Sonnet …View Full Profile

Dan Pal | Company Member

Dan Pal studied Film at the University of Chicago. He teaches in the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University in Chicago and at Moraine Valley Community College where he was sele…View Full Profile

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Board of Directors


Honorary Board


Network Writers

Brent Hartinger | Network Writer

Brent Hartinger is the author of many novels, including Geography Club (HarperCollins, 2003) and three sequels: The Order of the Poison Oak (HarperCollins, 2005), Double Feature (Harp…View Full Profile

Tyler Dean Kempf | Network Writer

Tyler Dean Kempf is adjunct faculty at Columbia College’s Television Department and also teaches Writing and Improv at The Second City Training Center – Chicago. A co-founder of Lucy Cooper P…View Full Profile

Corinne J. Kawecki | Network Writer

Corinne J. Kawecki’s one-act plays, A Bridge to Something; The Moon, the Lake and Fire; Demons and Monsters;  Serious; The Interview; Wishes and Lesbian Nightmare, have been produced in citi…View Full Profile

Michael Leeds | Network Writer

Michael Leeds’s full length plays include The First Step, Who Killed Joan Crawford and The Gift.  Short plays include The Emperor Is Naked, Read This Play, How To Be A Real Man, Be…View Full Profile

Barbara Lhota | Network Writer

Barbara Lhota is thrilled to be one of the network playwrights with Pride Films and Plays.  Barbara received an M.F.A. from Brandeis University, where she was an artist-in-residence and…View Full Profile

Benjamin Marshall | Network Writer

Benjamin Vaughan Marshall: Productions and workshops: Boom Box at HBO’s new writers workshop, (CA)Henry’s Bridge Theatre for a New City (NYC), The Red Train Interact Thea…View Full Profile

Pat Montley | Network Writer

Pat Montley has had 17 plays published, separately or in anthologies or textbooks (Samuel French, Playscripts Inc., Meriwether, Heinemann, Applause, Dramatic Publishing, Prentice-Hall, Internat…View Full Profile

Kari Morris | Network Writer

Kari Morris is a New York City based writer and actor. She just wrapped her one woman web series 66 Days of Quirk Sans Cokeand a summer season creating / directing plays (ages 5-7) as a …View Full Profile

Dennis Nivens | Network Writer

In the past, Dennis Nivens has freelanced feature articles on adventure travel, and outdoor sports to various publications including Texas Monthly, Summit, and The Los Angeles Times. For…View Full Profile

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