Artistic Associates

Artistic Associates at Mortar Theatre are an integral part of our growth as a company. Associates have been asked to join our company because they show a remarkable talent as an artist, whether it be in design, performance, or production. Mortar Theatre Company views Associates as an extension of their artistic endeavors, building a foundation of local artists that will have the freedom to express themselves in the theatre community by calling Mortar Theatre Company their home.

Interested in becoming an Artistic Associate?
If you’ve worked with Mortar before, get in touch with us and we’ll fill you in on the requirements and benefits of the program.
Greg Aldrich Artistic AssociateGreg Aldrich
Greg Aldrich was born and raised in Fairbanks, AK. Currently an MFA Playwright at Ohio University, Greg received his BA in English from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. He has trained with Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens, Riverside Theatre and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Award-winning plays include THE BLUE HOTEL (Winner, City Lit Theater Company’s Second Annual Art of Adaptation Festival) and IN THE OCTOPUS’S GARDEN (Audience Choice Award, Rhythm Section’s MixTape 2010). Other plays include THE ATTACK OF THE LADYBUGS, TYPING LEAR, LOOKING LONG INTO THE ABYSS, THE PRINCIPLE OF THE THING, and IS IT SUPPOSED TO BLEED THIS MUCH. His plays have been developed and produced by such theatres as City Lit Theater Company, Bailiwick Chicago, Dreamwell Theatre, AstonRep Theatre Company, Third Base Players, Seward Follies Productions, The Englert Theatre, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, nufan ensemble, The Rhythm Section, Vintage Theatre Collective, and InnateVolutions Theater Productions.

Sentell Harper Artistic AssociateSentell Harper
Sentell Harper received his MFA in Performance from Arizona State University where he worked with Tim Miller, Laurie Carlos, Anne Bogart and SITI Company. It was there where Sentell premiered his first original solo piece Seek and Ye Shall Find. After graduating one of eight in his program during the spring of 2008, Sentell was awarded Links Hall Emerging Chicago artist mentorship with Tim Miller where he performed his second work in progress piece You’re Worthy, in 2008 and again in 2010. Since that time Sentell has performed in productions at Gorilla Tango Theatre, The Bailiwick and with Mortar Theatre’s production of Under America. Sentell has also had the pleasure of being as a teaching artist for American Theatre Company Mosaic Residency. Sentell has appeared in such productions as Suzan Lori Park’s The Venus (Negro Resurrectionist) directed by Laurie Carlos, and George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum (Kid/ Various). Some of Sentell’s favorite roles include The Island (John), Corpus Christi (James), Mother Courage (Swiss Cheese), and What, Where? (Bim) Directed by Leon Ingulsrud.

Jon Patrick PenickJon Patrick Penick

After being educated in the integrated program at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Jon spent a few years acting in and around New York City before joining the Chicago community
two and a half years ago yearning for a big city with Midwest mentality. Recent roles include Jake in Mortar Theatre Company’s Inherit the Whole and Scanlon in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Previous theatre companies worked with include The Side Project, Tympanic Theater, St. Michael’s Playhouse in Burlington, Vermont, and Bristol Valley Theatre in Naples, New York. When not onstage acting, Jon can be be seen around the Chicago singer/songwriter scene or occasionally fronting the 16-piece Swinging Vermont Big Band with whom he will be ringing and swinging in the new year in Burlington, Vermont, this coming January. Jon plans to have an EP of new material out in the beginning of 2011.

Deanna K. Reed Artistic AssociateDeanna K. Reed
Deanna K. Reed is an Emmy Award winning actress who has been performing on stage for over 15 years.  She has been seen in Chicago as well as abroad in productions including but not limited to; “A Piece of My Soul”, “Crowns”, “Woman From the Town”, “Herbert III”, “The Black Nativity”, “Jekyll & Hyde the Musical” and Mortar Theatre’s world premier of “Under America”.  Deanna has received and been nominated for several awards for her talent, including; 2008 Emmy Award winner for “A Legacy In Bronze”, 2008 BTAA nominee for “Best Actress in an Ensemble”,  2005 JEFF Citation winner “Outstanding Ensemble”, 2003 Black Excellence Award nominee “Best Actress”.  Deanna also made a leap to the big screen and can be seen in movies such as “Barbershop” & “Rollbounce”.  Theater is her first love and she is extremely excited to participate as an artistic associate with Mortar during it’s second season.  The foundation is laid, the bricks are in place, so now it’s time to set the mortar.

Jon Sharlow
Jon hails from Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. The small town couldn’t hold in his big city mind, so 7 years ago he made the movie to the big city of Chicago and started to study Acting. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2007 with a degree in theatre. Ever since he has been doing shows in and around the city of the Chicago. He has performed with the Goodman Theatre (The Cook), Steep Theatre (Greensboro: A Requiem, Harper Regan), Nothing Without A Company (FuturePast), and most recently with Mortar Theatre Company in the show Under America in the role of Michael. Right now, he is a bartender at Roscoe’s Tavern right in the heart of good ole Boystown. He’s excited to start a new chapter in his life and can’t wait for the things to come!
Fred Uebele Artistic AssociateFred Uebele

Fred Uebele received his B.A. from UIC in Theatre-Acting and Directing/Design in 2007. Since then, he has worked predominately at UIC as Asst. Technical Director, Production Manager, and Lighting/Set Designer. Outside of UIC, he has worked in varying technical capacities from designer to electrician with St. Ignatius Prep H.S., Black Ensemble Theatre, Genesis Ensemble, Sideshow Theatre Company, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Mortar Theatre Company, and Polarity Ensemble. He has directed his own adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salome for Ludicrous Theatre Company and has acted with Bailiwick, National Pastime, and City Lit.


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