Lavina Jadhwani is a Chicago-based director and adaptor. Lavina maintains relationships with Lifeline Theatre (Casting Director), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Phil Killian Directing Fellow), Silk Road Rising (Artistic Associate), and Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Artistic Engagement Associate). She is the founder and curator of the Diverse Directors Database and The Mildly Rehearsed Players, a student-run troupe at DePaul University that performs Shakespeare based on original practices. She was named Time Out Chicago’s Best Next Generation Stage Director in 2013. Lavina has received Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Phil Killian Directing Fellowship, the O’Neill/National New Play Network National Directors Fellowship, the Drama League’s Classical Directing Fellowship, a Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership, an Illinois Board of Higher Education Fellowship, and a Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Residency Award. Her adaptations include The Sitayana (a solo performance piece based on the Hindu epic, The Ramayana), Vanya (adapted from Chekhov), and Shakuntala: An East-Meets-West Love Story (adapted from Kalidasa). As an educator, Lavina has worked with the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Chicago Dramatists, Northlight Theatre Academy, the National High School Institute at Northwestern University, Shakespeare & Company, and The Viola Project. Lavina is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. In her spare time, she follows NFL football, anything written by Aaron Sorkin, and dabbles in voiceover. She is proudly represented by NV Talent.
Nick Sandys became the Artistic Director of Remy Bumppo Theatre Company in 2012, having been an Artistic Associate since 2002. He has directed The Life of Galileo, Travesties (Jeff Nomination 2015), Our Class (Jeff Nomination 2014), Seascape, Fiction, American Ethnic, and 365Days/365Plays for the company, as well as productions for First Folio, Eclipse, Chamber Opera Chicago, Stage West, and Ft. Worth Shakespeare in the Park. Nick is also a certified Fight Director with The Society of American Fight Directors, his Jeff Award-winning choreography having appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, on Broadway (Steppenwolf’s Tony-winning Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Goodman Theatre (over 25 productions), Lyric Opera (over 50 productions), and many others, including The Theatre School at DePaul University (adjunct professor since 1995). He holds MAs in English Literature from both Cambridge University and Loyola University Chicago. He is also the recipient of 14 Jeff Nominations, one Jeff Award, an After Dark Award, and a 2011 Achievement Award from The Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Charitable Foundation of the Arts.