Staff

Beth Wolf is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Midsommer Flight. Beth’s directing credits include Hamlet,  As You Like ItTwelfth Night,Macbeth, Much Ado About NothingRomeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Midsommer Flight; LIAR!, which won first place in the 2012 City Lit Art of Adaptation Festival; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Black Magic: An Evening of Shakespeare, Seascape with Sharks and DancerBury the DeadThe Fantasticks, and Shakespeare in the Garden (Promethean Theatre Ensemble). Additionally, she has directed for festivals, staged readings, and assistant directed with companies all around Chicago, including Remy Bumppo, Idle Muse, the side project, City Lit Theater, Polarity Ensemble Theatre, and more. Beth is also a co-founder and the former Artistic Director of Promethean Theatre Ensemble. She is a proud Northwestern University graduate with a double major in theatre and gender studies.

Previously an actress, Beth has worked with companies around Chicago including Promethean Theatre Ensemble Tangerine Arts Group, Chicago Jewish Theatre, Smoke & Mirror Productions, GroundUp Theatre, and the all women’s improv group Valid Hysteria. Shakespearean acting credits include Isabella in Measure for Measure (Promethean Theatre Ensemble); Lucentia in Taming of the Shrew(GroundUp Theatre); and Rosalind in Love’s Labours Lost (Lovers & Madmen). Beth has studied Shakespeare’s First Folio with Chicago’s premier First Folio acting teachers, Susan Hart and Jeffrey Carlson. She is also a graduate of the training center at iO Chicago (formerly ImprovOlympic).

As an arts educator, Beth offers private coaching to actors and occasionally teaches professional development workshops with Midsommer Flight. She has also mentored teenagers through Promethean Theatre Ensemble’s partnership with the Chicago Public Library Teen Volume Reader’s Theatre Project; taught Shakespeare workshops to young girls with The Viola Project; musical theatre to 8 year olds at Apple Tree Theatre in Highland Park; and musical theatre and improv to 9-13 year olds for seven years at Arts Unlimited summer camp in Southern California.

Kanomé Jones (Associate Producer and Casting Director) has absolutely loved working with Midsommer Flight these past few years as a performer and now, as a staff member. She was last seen in Building the Wall (Stage Left Theatre) and has performed as Olivia in the 2015 and 2016 Midsommer Flight production of Twelfth Night.  Other Chicago credits include The Firestorm (Stage Left Theater), The Book Club Play (16t Street Theatre, u/s performed) Titus Andronicus (Babes with Blades Theatre Company) and many short plays and original works with various companies. Kanomé is the Casting Director for Strawdog Theatre and an ensemble member of Stage Left Theatre. She also completed the acting apprenticeship at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Outside of theatre, she is a NASM certified personal trainer at Spindle Fitness and is a proud BFA Acting graduate of Missouri State University.

Artistic Ensemble

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Meredith Ernst
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Adam Habben
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Martel Manning

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Michael Minh
Ian Michael Minh
Elizabeth Rentfro
Elizabeth Rentfro
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Erick Rivera

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dylan S. Roberts
Dylan S. Roberts
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Chris Smith
Julian Stroop
Julian Stroop

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Waisenen
Robin Waisanen
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Sheila Willis

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Directors

Dawn Evans is a Controller for Monroe Residential Partners LLC. She manages all accounting and financial reporting for the company and its portfolios. Ms. Evans started her career on Wall Street working for JP Morgan in their Financial Control Outstanding Division where she became an Accounting Officer. After relocating back to her hometown Chicago, she worked for Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group as a Senior Auditor. Having a desire to continue her work in real estate finance and accounting she obtained a position at RREEF (Rosenberg Real Estate Equity Funds), which was later acquired by Deutsche Bank. At Deutsche Bank Ms. Evans was responsible for the financial affairs of 1 REIT with assets in excess of $565 million and 5 separate account funds with assets in excess of $1 billion.  After working at Deutsche Bank for over 15 years the fund finance team at Deutsche Bank was acquired by BNY Mellon. At BNY Mellon Ms. Evans was responsible for leading a team of fund accountants in all aspects of the day to day activities for the fund administration of a REIT and various separate account funds with assets in excess of $2 Billion. Ms. Evans holds a BS degree in Accounting from Hampton University, and an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate Finance from Roosevelt University. Previously Ms. Evans served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Angel By Myside, NFP.

Anna Hovet (Treasurer) is the Owner and Lead Fashion Designer of HØVET Apparel. Known as the “Queen of Comfort”, Ms. Hovet is known for her beautifully draped, high-quality sweatshirts – all made in Chicago. Ms. Hovet is an alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Fashion Incubator. She founded HØVET Apparel in 2009 and over the last 8 years, Anna Hovet has become one of most recognized names in Chicago fashion, featured in numerous publications and on celebrities including Hannibal Buress, Jennifer Hudson, and Chance the Rapper. Her designs are sold at several retailers in Chicago and online to customers worldwide. In 2013 Ms. Hovet presented a TEDx Talk titled “The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs.” In June 2015 Ms. Hovet was awarded “Chicago’s Best Local Clothing Designer” by the Chicago Reader. In March 2017, the City of Chicago awarded her with a “Outstanding Women in Fashion” award. Ms. Hovet also owns a private tutoring company, Sophic Standard LLC, and teaches fashion illustration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Neal Jain most recently was an executive at Panera Bread leading financial, technology and operational initiatives for the Catering business. His previous professional experience spans consumer/luxury products, telecommunications and technology investment banking. He received his MBA in Strategic Management and Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also received his BS in Finance and Strategic Management and his BAS in Systems Science from University of Pennsylvania. While at PENN, he led Costume Design for Wharton Follies, a comedic variety show, and Stage Management for biannual cultural productions.

Christopher Lentino (President) currently serves as a legislative research analyst for Alderman Edward M. Burke at the Committee on Finance. Prior to his time at the Committee on Finance, Mr. Lentino worked for numerous political campaigns. He is a graduate of Loyola University with Bachelor’s (2005) and Master’s (2007) degrees in Political Science. He has long had a love of the arts dating back to high school performances. In combining his career with his love of the arts, Mr. Lentino performed a qualitative analysis of the importance of arts education in curriculum development.

John Morrison (Secretary) received a B.A. in visual communications from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He currently works as a user experience designer for a software company in downtown Chicago. He has previously acted as a producer, photographer, graphic designer, and editor for Chicago sketch comedy group Long Pork and as a graphic designer for the Sinnerman Ensemble. John has also handled much of the graphic design for Midsommer Flight since 2012.

Beth Wolf sits on the Board as the Producing Artistic Director of the company. In addition to her work with Midsommer Flight, Ms. Wolf also co-founded Promethean Theatre Ensemble in Chicago in 2005, where she served as the Artistic Director until 2014. Her past work with Promethean provided invaluable experience managing the day-to-day operations of a small non-profit theatre company, from marketing and fundraising to strong artistic leadership. Previously, Ms. Wolf also worked as the Business Manager at Chicago Children’s Theatre, which provided significant experience with non-profit finance, marketing, and development. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Northwestern University.