Company Members and Board

Executive Director, Artistic Director, and Artistic Associates


Company Members

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

Kallie Noelle Rolison | Company Member

Kallie Noelle Rolison is a Company Member and Resident Sound Designer with Pride Films & Plays. Over the past three years, she has sound designed for several of PFP’s production…View Full Profile

Avi Roque | Company Member

Avi Roque grew up in San Francisco, CA, received their B.A. in Theatre from California State University, Fullerton, and moved to Chicago to nurture their artisti…View Full Profile

Julia Rufo | Company Member

Julia Rufo is a director, devisor and theatermaker based in Chicago. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. She also studied act…View Full Profile

Kenzie Seibert | Company Member

Kenzie Seibert is a Chicago-based writer, actor, storyteller and drag queen. She trained at The Second City, iO Comedy, and has performed with Pride Films and Plays, Kid Brooklyn Prod…View Full Profile

Iris Sowlat | Company Member

Iris Sowlat is proud and thankful to be a Company Member at Pride Films & Plays! Iris is a Chicago-based director, often focusing on plays that dea…View Full Profile

Kevin Webb | Company Member

Kevin Webb moved to Chicago from Corinth, Mississippi in 2009 and has been involved with Pride Films & Plays since 2010, appearing in PFP’s first staged reading series in Beautif…View Full Profile

Shannon Leigh Webber | Company Member

Shannon Leigh Webber is from a small town in Georgia and recently celebrated her third anniversary in Chicago! Recent theatre credits include: The Ding…View Full Profile

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Board of Directors

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Honorary Board

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Network Writers

Perry Ojeda | Network Writer

Perry Ojeda, writer & actor and member of the Dramtist Guild, has received critical acclaim for his solo performance piece, “The Trick” which was presented in New York, Chicago and in Dubli…View Full Profile

James Rosenfield | Network Writer

James Rosenfield has been writing many years, and has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, Logan, Utah, and Roanoke, Virginia. Contests have been very good to me, and my first n…View Full Profile

Amir Sade | Network Writer

Born in Iran, living in exile in the U.S., Amir Sade is a playwright, screenwriter, and astronomer, and has written several shorts, plays and seven screenplays. The Passion Child took…View Full Profile

Leo Schwartz | Network Writer

Leo Schwartz has won multiple awards for his work as a composer of Musical Theatre and Film Scores. His theatre works have been performed Off-Broadway, in Chicago, and in Europe. His film score…View Full Profile

Kirt Shineman | Network Writer

Kirt Shineman is a full Professor of Communication at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona. He’s won multiple national and international directing & playwright awards…View Full Profile

Dennis Shinners | Network Writer

Dennis Shinners grew up in New Jersey, attended NYU’s film school and has called the city of New York home ever since. He is a writer, producer and director of high profile a…View Full Profile

George Smart | Network Writer

George Smart is a Boston based playwright whose produced plays include “IDWYT” (10 minute play) in Plays on Tap by CentA stage Theater Company in 2008 and in the Boston PlaySlam also 2008; “BOT…View Full Profile

Mary Steelsmith | Network Writer

Mary Steelsmith was born and raised on a farm near Boise, Idaho, two cow fields away from the Broadway Drive-In Movie Theater. As a child, she would watch movies on the huge screen, b…View Full Profile

Ethan Steers | Network Writer

Ethan Steers started his writing career in High School, where he won First Place at the Shriekfest Horror Film Festival for “Ain’t No Wolves ‘Round Here”. Since then, he was a finalist in Pride…View Full Profile

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