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Claudia Anderson studied with Kristin Linklater and was designated a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, and has also studied with Richard Armstrong of the Roy Hart Theatre Frankie Armstrong and Janet Rodgers, authors of Acting and Singingthe Archetypes. She worked with Louis Colaianni with his Phonetic Pillows, and collaborated to develop a speech curriculum for the multicultural classroom, authoring with him the accompanying textbook, Bringing Speech to Life. A founding member of The Voice and Speech Trainers Association, she has served on their Board of Directors as board member, secretary, and Director of Conferences. Nurturing her life-long passion for musical theatre and Irish music, she coached Court Theatre's productions of The Dead three times. She has served as voice and dialect coach for productions at Paramount Theatre, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, and A Noise Within. At The Theatre School, she served as voice, text, language and dialect coach in productions. She hasheld faculty appointments at Cal Arts, Southern Methodist University, Northern Illinois University, Wright State University and Edgewood City Schools in Ohio.
She is a singer, songwriter, and actor-musician, playing folk and Irish music; she has also performed in cabaret venues including Davenport's in Chicago and Cinegrill and La Gardenia in Los Angeles.
John joined DePaul in 1978, and began his time at The Theatre School as Box Office Treasurer, before moving into many other positions including Budget Manager, Office Manager, and eventually Director of Administration, Assistant Dean, and Director of Alumni Relations. He served as The Theatre School’s chief administrative officer and alumni relations liaison until his retirement in 2014. He supervised the school's admissions operations, served as advisor to the school’s student government association and to ST*RS (students in their final year who raise funds to help offset the costs of annual graduate showcase activities). John was insturmental in creating the Graduate Showcase program, and served as advisor to the G.O.D. Squad (school orientation program in effect since 1979) and G.O.D. Squad 2 (pairing students in their final year at TTS with an alum).
At The Theatre School, he has been an adjunct faculty member, has served on numerous faculty and staff search committees, and on the Dean Search committees in 1998-99 and 2000-01. He was also President of the DePaul University Staff Council for the two years he served on the council. In 1997, John created the online alumni newsletter, "Theatre School News," published monthly, and posted and archived at The Theatre School website. It has become one of the school's primary recruitment, advertising and development tools. In addition, he created "Things To Do This Weekend," a weekly listing of theatre activities in the Chicago area that have a TTS alumni/student/faculty/staff connection. In 1999, John was the first Theatre School faculty or staff member to receive a Vincentian Endowment Grant, which he used to create and implement a fine arts program at a Chicago grade school. In 2000, he was the first Theatre School recipient of a DePaul University Staff Recognition Award. In the Spring of 2009, he participated in the Vincentian Senior Leadership Heritage Tour to France, and also co-taught a Discover Chicago class at DePaul from 2008 until his retirement.
John is a member of Mensa. He is a founding board member of the Eclipse Theatre Company and an award-winning and published photographer. In addition to having served as the production photographer for over three hundred Theatre School productions for over a quarter of a century, he has also done production and publicity photo calls for dozens of professional theatres in the Chicago area.
Barry has studied acting with David Downs and with Stephen Strimpell at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York where, in a previous life, he appeared Off-Broadway in featured roles in Irma La Douce and City Of Life. Regionally, favorite roles include Salieri in Amadeus, Nathan Detroit in Guys And Dolls, Richard in The Lion In Winter and Jaspers in Keep Tightly Closed in a Cool, Dry Place. In Chicago he has appeared as George in American Theatre Company's remounting of Scapin at Theatre on the Lake, Tom French in Element Theater's production of The Secret Rapture at Victory Gardens, and Frank in Element's production of Private Eyes at The Theatre Building. Regional directing credits include Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Equus, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, and Dracula. At The Theatre School, his directing credits include Pinocchio 3.5 and The Kingdom of Grimm for Chicago Playworks. For the Showcase series, he has directed Dinner at Eight (with Donald Ilko); Life's a Dream, adapted by Adrian Mitchell and John Barton; and most recently Seamus Heaney's The Burial at Thebes. Chicago directing credits include critically acclaimed productions of Naomi Wallace's One Flea Spare (Chicago premiere); Howard Barker's No End Of Blame and Ariel Dorfman's Death And The Maiden for Timeline Theatre; and Differences in Jealousy for Collaboraction Theatre.
Linda Buchanan has designed for theatres around the country and abroad, including the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre, The Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Indiana Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hampstead Theatre Centre, Opera Northern Ireland and more than 30 productions at Court Theatre, where she was Resident Designer from 1977 to 1984. In addition to her theatrical scene design work, Linda was Design Director of R.D. Design Associates from 1985 to 1989, and has designed exhibits, restaurants and special events, such as the opening ceremonies of the State of Illinois Building. She received Joseph Jefferson Awards for House and Black Snow at the Goodman Theatre, and I Hate Hamlet at the Royal George, a Helen Hayes Award for Dancing at Lughnasa at Arena Stage and numerous Joseph Jefferson Citations. Linda has also been honored with a Merritt Award for Design Collaboration. Her work has been published in Interiors, Exhibit Designer, Contract, Backstage and Entertainment Design/TCI (now Live Design). Linda has also taught at Columbia College and the University of Chicago. She is a member of United Scenic Artists.