Who's Who in Driving Miss Daisy

Director: Matthew Powell
Stage Manager: Bradley Baker
Costume Designer: Catherine Tantillo
Wig designer: Katie Cordts
Daisy Werthan: Marie Goodkin
Hoke Coleburn: Steven Lyons
Boolie Werthan: Michael Rashid

Bradley BakerBradley Baker (Stage Manager) is happy to be stage managing again, but most excited about working with this cast and crew. He has stage managed and assistant directed throughout the country from New York to California, here in Chicago his favorite plays include The Rocky Horror Show and Liberal Arts, The Musical with Underscore Theatre Co. He also stage managed last year's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged for Theatre-Hikes. He thanks this cast, crew and director for their dedication, talent and hard work putting this show together.

Catherine TantilloKatie Cordts (Wig Designer) Katie is excited to be working with her friends at Theatre-Hikes. She is the Wig, Hair and Makeup Manager at Paramount Theatre. Katie worked in the Wig and Makeup Department at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and taught Stage Makeup at Roosevelt University for many years. She has also worked for Marriott Theatre and American Players Theater. She has her BFA in Costume Design from DePaul University.

Marie GoodkinMarie Goodkin (Daisy Werthan) is delighted to be working with Theatre-Hikes again, having portrayed Mrs. Graves in Enchanted April in 2014. Recent seasons have found Marie on stage at Lincoln Square Theatre, Stage 773, Chicago Fringe Fest, Prop Thtr, Chicago Dramatists, and The Center on Halsted, and at several local colleges. She is a proud company member of Saltbox Theatre Collective, where in 2015 she appeared in the company’s inaugural productions: The Bacchae (Agave) and Talking With (French Fries). In 2014 she collaborated with The William Ferris Chorale, reading poetry selections as part of the Chorale’s The Secret Language of Flowers program. Some of her favorite stage roles are: Clairee in Steel Magnolias, Ethel in On Golden Pond, and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret. In addition to her work in the theater, Marie uses her acting skills as a standardized patient at several medical schools in metropolitan Chicago. Thanks to Matthew for this wonderful opportunity, and to Ira for everything else.

Melissa BochatSteven Lyons (Hoke Colbern) was spotted in hikes of the past (Heidi; Mountain Days: The John Muir Musical) and is thrilled to return to Theatre-Hikes to help tell this poignant, powerful story with a remarkable ensemble. Recent projects include Aladdin and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey with Provision Theater. Thankful for a quarter-century with best friend Janet.

Matthew PowellMatthew Powell (Director) is ecstatic to be working on another Theatre-Hikes production, as a director you may know his work from Clue, The Musical, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, A Walk with Mark Twain, The Wind in the Willows and The Wizard of Oz. Other favorite works include The Star-Spangled Girl, The Apple Tree, and Oliver!. He would like to thank BSB and Otto Titsling for their support.   

Michael RashidMichael Rashid (Boolie Werthan) is pleased to make his Theatre-Hikes debut. Since moving to Chicago in 2002, he has acted, directed, and/or written for companies including Emerald City Theatre, Rabbit Hole,The Ruckus/ Stage 773, Project 891, NewTown Writers, James Downing Theatre, Imagination Theater, and many others no longer in existence (though alive in his heart). He holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and MFA in Acting from West Virginia University. Thanks to Mom, for always driving me.

Catherine TantilloCatherine Tantillo (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be working with Theatre-Hikes for the first time. Some of her recent designs include: Rent at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (Resident Designer), Make Me a Song, The Shape of Things, The Seagull with Eclectic Full Contact Theatre Co. (Company Member), and The Whole World is Watching with Dog & Pony Theatre Co. (Company Member). She is the assistant costume designer at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre where she has worked on over 40 productions.