Mac Brandt

macMac Brandt made his debut with ITC as the Sgt. Major in Journey’s End, directed by David Cromer. Next, Mac was fortunate to play the wonderful role of Iggy in Whistle in the Dark directed by Jeff Christian. Mac ventured west where’s he’s appeared in TV and film. His credits include Grey’s Anatomy, The 100, Kingdom, andGangster Squad. Although Mac’s been gone for many years, Chicago and ITC hold a special place in his heart.


Thomas Vincent Kelly

thomas vincentThomas Vincent Kelly is a founding ensemble member of Irish Theatre of Chicago (Seanachai), where he played Joe Hynes inScenes From the Big Picture, Anton Chekhov in Chekhov in Yaltaand created the role of Charlie in And Neither Have I Wings to Fly. Chicago credits include: Zoot SuitA Touch of the Poet (Goodman);Look Back in Anger (Writers Theatre); Henry IV, Parts I and II, andHenry V (Chicago Shakespeare); Cyrano de Bergerac (Rivendell);Love’s Labour’s LostThe Front PageAlmost Blue (Next Theatre). Regional credits include: A Steady Rain (Guthrie); Good People(Alliance); OpusBell, Book and Candle (Ensemble Theatre); San Jose Rep., Connecticut Rep., American Players, and Shakespearean Festivals in Utah, Florida, Illinois and Idaho. Now residing in Los Angeles, stage credits there include: The Wind Cries Mary (East West Players); King Lear (Antaeus), Death of a Salesman(Interact); A Steady RainMr. Kolpert (Odyssey); RFK: The Journey to Justice (LA Theatre Works), Only Say the Word (EST). Television credits include: Criminal Minds: Suspect BehaviorLaw & Order: Los AngelesSaving GraceThe Closer24JAG,ERWithout a Trace, and numerous other guest star appearances. Tom earned a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois. For more information please visit

Ann Noble

anneAnn is a founding member of ITC (Seanachai) who currently lives in Los Angeles. Her recent acting credits include:  Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? directed by Ken Sawyer at L.A.’s LGBT Center, Other Desert Cities at ICT of Long Beach directed by Caryn Desai; Belfry at the Malibu Playhouse directed by Veronica Brady; An Ideal Husband directed by Gigi Bermingham at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, The Laramie Project –Ten Years Later with L.A.’s LGBT Center directed by Ken Sawyer, and David Ives’ The Liar with Antaeus Theater directed by Casey Stangl. A company member at Antaeus, L.A.’s Classical Theater Ensemble, she has also performed in their productions of The CrucibleMacbethPeace in Our Time and The Malcontent.  Other LA Theatre credits include:  Anastasia Krupnick with SouthCoast Rep; The Fall to EarthBedroom Farce and London’s Scars with the Odyssey; American Dead with Rogue Machine; SidheAnd Neither Have I Wings to FlyThe Friendly HourBig Death & Little DeathShove andBunbury with the Road; Orange Flower Water with the Victory; and Pinter’s Betrayal with ETC of Santa Barbara. Upcoming performances include a one-woman touring show, Stanley Ann: The Unlikely Story of Barack Obama’s Mother by Mike Kindle, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane with SouthCoast Rep. Her Chicago acting credits include:  Translations directed by David Cromer and Chekhov in Yalta directed by Kim Rubenstein with ITC (Seanachai); As You Like It with First Folio; The Cripple of Inishmaan directed by B.J. Jones with Northlight, Syncopation directed by Mark Lococo with AppleTree; The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi with SMC; Habeas Corpus with Interplay; and Tiny Island directed by Todd Schmidt with Next. Ms. Noble is also an award-winning, internationally produced playwright/screenwriter.  Her plays include SidheAnd Neither Have I Wings to Fly,The Boarding House, and Ariadne’s Thread which have been produced at such theaters as ITC (Seanachai), Victory Gardens and the Next, all in Chicago, and at the Abingdon Theatre in NYC, and in L.A. at The Road and InterAct. Her plays have received workshops and readings with Oregon Shakespeare in Ashland, and with Antaeus, The Theatre @ Boston Court and The Blank Theatre, all in L.A. Her plays have also garnered many awards including the Stanley Drama Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist, Panowski Award Finalist, ATCA’s Osborn Award and New Play Award Nomination, a Joseph Jefferson Award and an Ovation Award Nomination. She is also a member of the Antaeus Playwrights’ Lab and the Dramatists’ Guild. Her screenwriting credits include the feature films, based on her new media series, We Have to Stop Now. She is also the co-creator and star of the new media series Nurses Who Kill… Her most recent theatrical offering is a new stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

Catherine O’Connor

Catherine O'ConnorCatherine is a proud founding ensemble member of Seanachaí. She originated the roles of Katie in And Neither Have I Wings to Fly, Edna in Marked Tree and Anna in The Pagans, and thoroughly enjoyed recreating the roles of Madeleine in The Clearing and Lilina in Chekhov in Yalta. Other favorite roles include Maggie in Lend Me a Tenor (Fox Theatricals), Marilyn Monroe in Son of Celluloid (Next Theatre), Doll Tearsheet inHenry IV, Parts I and II (Chicago Shakespeare Company), Simone in Black Angel (LeTraunik Prod.’s, Jeff nomination.), Orfamay Quest in Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister (Lifeline Theatre) and Viola in Twelfth Night (European Repertory Theatre) where she originally met Michael Grant, Ann Noble and Karen Tarjan. She has also had the pleasure of working with The Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare’s Motley Crew, The Cape Fear Regional Playhouse, Shattered Globe, Strawdog and Chicago Dramatist’s Workshop. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Cat can be heard on various voice-overs on radio and TV and has worked at the Geffen Theatre, Laguna Playhouse and The Odyssey Theatre. Seanachaí West gathers for readings and libations on a semi-regular basis, in the grand old Seanachaí tradition.


Andrew J. Turner

Andrew J. Turner headshotAndrew is a founding member of Irish Theatre of Chicago (formerly Seanachai) and last appeared as Owen in Translations, stepping in as Sturman for a weekend in The Clearing, and originated the role of Freddie Malone in And Neither Have I Wings to Fly. His Chicago theater career has included work with the Bailiwick Repertory Theater, Interplay, Wisdom Bridge, and The Organic Theater. Regional theater credits include work with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and New American Theater of Rockford, IL. In southern California, Mr. Turner appeared in Eden with Buzzworks Theater Company. He has worked at Deaf West Theater of Hollywood, the Pacific Resident Theater Ensemble, and Theater 40. Television credits include The X-Files and Malcolm in the Middle; and voice over work on Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, and Millenium. Mr. Turner received his Bachelor of Arts, Degree in Philosophy from Boston College and went on to train in classical theater at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He recently moved to the east coast and now resides in Westport, CT with his wife and two kids.

 Kate Martin

katemartinKate Martin was a founding member of Irish Theatre of Chicago (Seanachai), having originated the role of Eveline in its inaugural world premiere production of And Neither Have I Wings to Fly. Other roles for ITC include it’s U.S. premiere of The Clearing. She performed in numerous Chicago productions before moving to Los Angeles, where she has appeared on Grey’s AnatomyCriminal Minds and Parks and Recreation, among other shows. She has also written a screenplay, which takes place in Chicago and features a character eerily reminiscent of Irish Theatre of Chicago’s own Michael Grant. Much of her free time is spent in the Pacific.

Matt Gibson

matMatt Gibson’s credits for ITC (formerly Seanachai) include the U.S. premiere of The Clearing, as well as the world premieres ofCalamity Meat and Marked Tree (M. Elizabeth Osborn award winner for best emerging playwright), both by ensemble member Coburn Goss. Other credits include Was, The PlanetsNever Swim Alone(Roadworks), Early and Often (Famous Door) and The Cut (Red Orchid). As an ensemble member, Matt served as Director of New Play Development, produced the inaugural Amarach Festival of New Plays and directed the world premiere staged reading of In Pigeon House by Honor Molloy. Matt is a graduate of Northwestern University and lives in Portland, Oregon


Karen Tarjan

Karen Tarjan headshot copyKaren Tarjan is one of the founders of Irish Theatre of Chicago (formerly Seanachai Theatre Company) and served as an ensemble member and Board Member from 1995 to 2003. With ITC, she appeared in And Neither Have I Wings to Fly, The Clearing, Chekhov in Yalta, Translations, Marked Tree, The Pagans and Dylan,and returned to the fold to choreograph the “fast forward dream ballet” for ITC’s production of War. Her adaptations of The Overcoat, The Two Towers (with James Sie), The Return of the King, and The Killer Angels (2004 and 2013) have all been produced at Lifeline Theatre. The Killer Angels has also been produced at theatres across the country, including Mother Road in New Mexico and Wayside in Virginia. Karen’s first original play, The White Road, will have it’s world premiere in May 2015 as the second show in Irish Theatre of Chicago’s 2014-2015 season.

Dan MichelDan Michel

Dan recently stage managed Oklahoma! at American Theater Company, where he did HeritagaeKid-Simple and Living Outpreviously. He is proud of stage managing three productions which were recipients of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble (The Laramie ProjectThe Incident, and Are You Now or Have You Ever Been…?), all with Next Theatre where he was resident stage manager for three seasons. Other productions include DylanDrink Me, and The Pagans with Seanachaí; Nickel and Dimed with Naked Eye at Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theater;Burning Chrome and The Boarding House with Next; Peace4with HealthWorks Theatre; Waving Goodbye (workshop) with Naked Eye; Some Explicit PolaroidsSis3tersEloise & Ray and The American Plan with Roadworks; and Animal FarmHello Again, and The Christmas Schooner with Bailiwick Repertory. Additionly, he recently directed two workshop productions at Chicago Dramatists. Dan holds an MFA in theatre from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. By day, he works for America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network, and you can also find him a couple of nights a week as part of the singing staff at Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret.