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Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Brian Loevner, Executive Producer

Brian Loevner is a theatre manager, producer, production manager, and arts educator. From 2004-2013, Brian served as the Managing Director of Chicago Dramatists.  In addition, he was a founder and the Managing Director of Theatre Conspiracy in Washington D.C. for four seasons. In 1998, he co-founded TriArts, Inc., where he created programming partnerships with the Chicago Park District, Gallery 37, and the Department of Aging.  Brian has also produced and production managed over 90 shows with companies such as Famous Door Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Collaboraction, Chicago Dramatists and The Actor’s Gymnasium. Further, he has worked as a business consultant, assisting sole proprietors and small companies in setting up accounting and office systems. He attended Virginia Tech University and George Mason University where he majored in Theatre Arts with a focus on Arts Management.


Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Aurélia F. Cohen, Executive Producer

Aurélia F. Cohen is a theater producer and consultant to non-profit administrators. She received a Master of Fine Arts in theater management from Yale School of Drama. Since her move to Chicago, Aurélia has worked with About Face Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, The Music Theatre Company, OnStage in America, American Theater Company, and Lifeline Theater. While at Yale, she worked as the Managing Director for the Yale Cabaret, producing 20 shows in 28 weeks. Prior to her time at Yale, she was the Technical Archivist at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City. During her time in New York City, Aurélia founded Pig Brooch, an ensemble theatre company. Aurélia is a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.


John Arthur Pinckard, Executive Producer

John Arthur Pinckard a Tony Award winning Broadway producer and film financier. He is currently represented on Broadway by A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Other Broadway credits include Clybourne Park (Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best New Play, Pulitzer Prize for Drama), HAIR (tour engagement at the St. James), Green Day’s American Idiot (Tony nomination) and Slava’s Snowshow on Broadway (Tony nomination). Other recent productions include Roger Rees’What You Will on the West End, the international tour of Green Day’s American Idiot, and the national tour of HAIR.

Off Broadway credits include Silence! the Musical, which he originated at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival, and The New Colony’s award winning cult hit 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche. FringeNYC credits include, in addition to the aforementioned Off-Broadway transfers, Kotis & Hollmann’s Yeast Nation: The Triumph of Life, Never Swim Alone, and Dog Sees God.

In film, John is an executive producer of The Standbys, a feature length documentary about Broadway understudies, and The Banshee Chapter, a feature produced by Zachary Quinto’s Before the Door Pictures. John is an inaugural recipient of Hal Prince’s T. Edward Hambleton Fellowship for creative producers. He has been a guest lecturer and faculty member at Columbia University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Florida, which named him an Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2009. 


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Ron Simon, Executive Producer

Founder and President, Ron Simons, is a two-time Tony Award-winning producer and actor. Ron's producing credits include the critically acclaimed films: Night Catches Us, Gun Hill Road, Blue Caprice and Mother of George (all premiered at Sundance). He also produced the Broadway productions of  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony nom), Porgy & Bess (Tony Award), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award,  Drama Desk, New Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play) and A Streetcar Named Desire.  Off-Broadway projects include Bedlam’s St. Joan and Bedlam’s Hamlet.


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Keaton Wooden, Producer/General Manager

Keaton Wooden is an Emmy-nominated producer, writer, and director living in Chicago. Studying at Ball State University and the University of Oxford, Wooden was a Rhodes, Fullbright, and Marshall Scholarship nominee before moving to Chicago to produce theater and film. Favorite theater credits include directing "The Promise" in Indiana and remounted at The Side Project Theater as well as "In the Jungle" at the Brown Elephant for AIDS research. He went on to produce Irvine Welsh's world-premiere adaptation of his famous novel titled "Trainspotting USA." Film projects include the award-winning web series "Box Boys," the Emmy-nominated "Vibrations: A Documentary" for PBS, "NightLights" starring Shawna Waldron, and "Calumet" starring Steppenwolf ensemble member Austin Pendleton. Wooden has given presentations on his experience in entertainment and the humanities at The University of Oxford, Kingston University, and the Screen Actor's Guild.