From left: Michael Joseph Mitchell, Ryan Kitley, Mark Ulrich and Martin Yurek.

From left: Michael Joseph Mitchell, Ryan Kitley, Mark Ulrich and Martin Yurek.

Hillel Levin (playwright) is an investigative reporter and author who has written extensively about organized crime. His books include When Corruption Was King and In With the Devil. Both are in development to become major motion pictures. His magazine articles have appeared in New York magazine, Metropolitan Detroit, Chicago magazine (where he was also editor) and Playboy, for which he published, “Boosting the Big Tuna” (2007)” and “How the Outfit Killed JFK” (2010), which led to the development of Assassination Theater. For additional information, visit

Kevin Christopher Fox (Director) is an actor and director based in Chicago. Recent Chicago directing highlights include: world premieres of Graveyard of Empires by Elaine Romero and The Gun Show by EM Lewis (16th Street Theater), Lay Me Down Softly and Hughie (Irish Theatre of Chicago/ Seanachai), Widowers' Houses and Androcles and the Lion (ShawChicago), St. Crispin's Day (Strawdog, 4 Jeff nominations including Best Production), Arms and the Man and Betrayal (Oak Park Festival), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Gift Theatre Company), Beggars in the House of Plenty (Mary-Arrchie), Widowers' Houses (TimeLine), and his debut Buicks (Precious Mettle). Regional highlights: world premieres of The Spiritualist by Robert Ford and Sundown Town by Kevin Cohea, and The Fall of the House and Macbeth (TheatreSquared, Fayetteville, Arkansas); Macbeth (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Shakespeare in the Schools, adapted and directed); The Study by EM Lewis (William Inge Festival and Center for the Arts).

Michael Joseph Mitchell (Hillel Levin) most recently appeared as Antigonus/Old Shepherd/Steward in The Winter’s Tale at First Folio Theatre, where he also previously played Antonio in The Merchant Of Venice. He has also appeared as Mashkan in Old Wicked Songs (Provision Theater); Polonius in Hamlet (Oak Park Festival Theatre); Signs Of Life (Snap-Two Prods./Victory Gardens); Making God Laugh (Fox Valley Rep); Scrooge and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Freud (and standby for Freud & Lewis) in Freud’s Last Session (Mercury Theater); The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia? (Remy Bumppo); The Invasion Of Skokie and Voyeurs De Venus (Chicago Dramatists, where he is an Artistic Associate); and Underneath The Lintel (City Lit Theatre, Jeff Award nomination). Regionally: Syracuse Stage, Asolo Repertory, BoarsHead Theater. He has also appeared on Chicago Fire (NBC), and in the upcoming film Double Yellow Lines. He is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association.

Mark Ulrich (Zack Shelton) is very happy to be taking part in the solving of this fifty-year-old crime story with Assassination Theater.  Other Chicago credits include, Mariela In The Desert; and The Sins Of Sor Juana; at The Goodman.  The Book Thief; and How Long Will I Cry; at Steppenwolf.  A View From The Bridge at Teatro Vista.  And American Wee Pie; Falling: A Wake; These Shining Lives; The Walls; and Silence; at Rivendell Theatre, where he is a proud member of their ensemble.

Ryan Kitley (Hoover, LBJ, RFK, Ruby…) recently appeared as Pale in Shattered Globe’s production of Burn This.  Additional Chicago theater credits include major roles at Writers’ Theatre, Provision Theatre, The Organic Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Goodman Theater, Piven Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Meadow Brook Theatre, The Matrix Theater (LA), Colony Theater (LA), among others.  He received a Jeff award for best ensemble in Shattered Globe’s production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and a Jeff nomination for best supporting actor as Austin in The Big Funk.   Film and television credits include Chicago PD, Empire, Chicago Fire, Boss, Detroit 1-8-7, Turks, Early Edition, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Miss March, Soul Survivors, Barbershop II, Dig Two Graves, Kill Game, and Guidance which is currently being screened at several film festivals around the country.  Ryan is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. 

Martin Yurek (Bugliosi, Files, Specter, Warren…) Martin's credits include work with Lyric Opera; Writer's Theatre; The Goodman Theatre; Chicago Shakespeare; Court Theatre; Drury Lane Oakbrook; Northlight; Marriott Theatre; Illinois Theatre Center; Ravinia Festival; Victory Gardens; Chicago Dramatists; ShawChicago; Buffalo Theatre Ensemble; Theatre at the Center; and the Theatre Building Chicago. Regionally, he has appeared at Orlando Shakespeare; the Denver Center Theatre Company; the Maltz-Jupiter Theatre; the Utah, Illinois and Wisconsin Shakespeare Festivals; American Players Theatre; Riverfront Playhouse;  Indiana Repertory; Madison Repertory; and Kansas City Repertory; New American Theatre; Milwaukee Shakespeare; Riverside Shakespeare; and five seasons with Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare in residence at the University of Notre Dame. Off-Broadway he appeared at the New Victory Theatre. Martin is a graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University.

Michael Joseph Thomas Ward (Understudy Hillel, Zack) For more than 25 years, Michael has worked professionally on stage, on-camera, and as a voice-over artist.  Regional theatre credits include: Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, NightBlue Stage 773; Much Ado About Nothing, Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame; The Mineola Twins and A Christmas Carol, The Human Race Theatre Company; The Emperor's New Clothes, The Mark Twain Show, Young Cherokee, ArtReach Touring Theatre.  Film work includes supporting roles in: Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; and The Blunderer starring Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel.  In the web series, Dark Age, Michael has a starring role as "Arthur."  A proud member of  AEA and SAG-AFTRA, Michael is represented by Emily Rabinowitz at P+Chicago.

Jesse Dornan (Understudy Actor 1 and 2) is thankful and excited to work with Assassination Theater. Other Chicago credits include: Both Your Houses and Fallen Angels (Remy Bumppo) Scotland Road(Boho Theatre) SS! A Midsummer Nights Dream (CST) and Making God Laugh (Fox Valley Repertory).  Regional credits include: King Lear and Comedy of Errors (Door Shakespeare Festival); Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet  (Nebraska Shakespeare Festival); The Seafarer, The Government Inspector, and A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); A Midsummer Nights Dream (Pioneer Memorial Theater); Glengarry Glen Ross, Clybourne Park, and You Can’t Take It With You (Asolo Repertory Theatre).  Jesse has an MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

MATT KOOI (Lighting Design) has been lighting productions in Chicago for over 10 years. Currently he works with the Big Noise Theater company and is the resident lighting designer at Oakton Community College. 

ANTHONY CHURCHILL (Media Design) participates in creating more than 100 plays, events, installations and spectacles throughout the country each year. Local productions include work at or with: City Lit Theater, Bailiwick Theater, Strawdog Theater, Bruised Orange Theater, Side Project Theater, Light Opera Works and Big Noise Theater to name a few. 

Christopher Kriz (Original Music and Sound Design) is an award-winning composer and sound designer. For his work in theatre, Kriz has been honored with 11 Joseph Jefferson Nominations and 2 Awards, most recently nominated for Cicada (Route 66) and Mill Fire (Shattered Globe). Recent regional credits include Sticky Traps (Kansas City Rep), Outside Mullingar and Lend Me A Tenor (Peninsula Players). Upcoming Chicago credits include Gem Of The Ocean (Court Theatre), Sucker Punch (Victory Gardens), Sunset Baby (Timeline Theatre), Mothers and Sons (Northlight Theatre), Fallen Angels (Remy Bumppo), Good For Otto (Gift Theatre) and How The World Began (Rivendell). Other recent credits include Mr. Burns (Theatre Wit), The Clean House (Remy Bumppo), Tamer Of Horses (Teatro Vista), A Kid Like Jake (About Face), The Grown Up (Shattered Globe) and The Downpour (Route 66). Recently, Lifeline Theatre premiered Kriz’s new musical Soon I Will Be Invincible.  Kriz is a proud member of United Scenic Artists 829.  To hear more of his work, please visit

Victoria Carot is a Chicago-based costume designer with an MFA from Florida State University.  She is the owner of Chicago Custom Costumes, Inc., where she designs and creates costumes for a wide variety of theatrical and corporate events. Victoria has recently been lucky to design for productions of  Intimate Apparel (Oakton College), Love of the Nightingale (FSU) and the world premiere of Speed Dating Tonight  (Janiec Opera).

Richard Lundy (stage manager) Chicago credits include: After the Revolution, The Girl in the Yellow Dress, Maple and Vine, The Piano Teacher, The U.N. Inspector, 9 Parts of Desire, The American Dream Songbook, Defiance, The Busy World is Hushed, Frozen, The Adding Machine: A Chamber Musical, Miss Witherspoon, Helen, Fabulation, Long Christmas Ride Home (Next Theatre), Meet John Doe (Porchlight Theatre) Oh Coward!, The Maids (Writers’ Theatre), other Chicago credits: Famous Door, Northlight, Remains, Victory Gardens, Organic, Halstead Theatre, Wisdom Bridge. Regional credits: Trinity Repertory Company, the Cleveland Playhouse, Folger Shakespeare, Shakespeare & Company. National Tours: I Love Lucy: Live! and Miss Saigon (Cameron Mackintosh). 26-year member of Actors Equity Association. Married to the wonderful Carmel Carroll for 23 years.

Lucy Schuh (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of such a unique production as she enjoys a return to stage management. She has stage managed with several Chicago companies, including Rivendell Theatre and New Millennium Theatre Co. Most recently she spent the 2014-2015 season with Court Theatre as their floor manager. She is looking for opportunities to explore more performance styles and perspectives. Lucy would like to thank A.J. for his support.

Pat Fries (Production Manager) is thrilled to work on Assassination Theater. Other credits include  All Our Tragic and Coriolanus (The Hypocrites). Other credits include Eat Your Heart Out, Rasheeda Speaking, These Shining Lives, The Walls, Mary's Wedding, and 26 Miles (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); The UN Inspector, Dying City, Boom, End Days, War With The Newts, The Piano Teacher, and Madagascar (Next Theatre); Tick, Tick... Boom, A Class Act, Gifts of the Magi, and Pal Joey (Porchlight Music Theatre); Generic Latina 2010 and Lunatic(a)s(Teatro Luna); and Welcome Yule! 2009 and 2010 (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). Pat is also the Programming Manager with 2nd Story and Production Manager for Collaboraction.