OUR STAFF

Executive Director: Carol Cohen

CAROL COHEN is the Executive Director and Founder of Haven Theatre Company. Previous Haven productions include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Wedding Singer, Seminar and Hot Georgia Sunday. Costume credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Haven Theatre), Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four (City Lit), A Christmas Carol and Other People’s Money (Citadel Theatre), and The Off Chekhov Festival (Neopolitans). Carol attended Columbia College Chicago majoring in Theatre with concentrations in Costume Design, Dramaturgy and Theater Management.

Artistic Director: Josh Sobel

JOSH SOBEL is artistic director of Haven Theatre, as well as an ensemble member and literary manager with Strawdog Theatre Company, where he directed Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home along with the world premieres of The Hunting of the Snark (subsequently remounted with Chicago's "Night Out In The Parks" and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland), Best Beloved: The Just So Stories and The Pied Piper in Strawdog’s Hugen Hall. Directing credits include work at Steep Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, A Red Orchid Theatre, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Collaboraction's Sketchbook, WildClaw Theatre, The Ruckus, Tympanic Theatre, Polarity Ensemble Theatre, The Fine Print Theatre Company, the side project, Citadel Theatre, The Greenhouse Theater Center, Abbie-Fest and New Leaf Theatre. From 2010 - 2013 he served as associate director of the National Theater Institute summer "Theatermakers" program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Sobel is the recipient of a Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Observership on Hamlet at Writers' Theatre and is an associate member of SDC.

General Manager: Krista Mickelson

KRISTA MICKELSON serves as Haven Theatre's General Manager and Seasonal Production Manager. She has worked professionally in the city for the past 2 years as a freelance Production and Stage manager. She has worked on over 50 productions with over 20 different companies since she began her career in Chicago.  In the recent past, she has production managed for the Pivot Arts Festival, the Hypocrites’ ENDGAME and will be production managing for the Ruffians in the 2015-16 production of BURNING BLUEBEARD. She was also the stage manager for Haven Theatre’s winter production of HOT GEORGIA SUNDAY. Currently, she is the Resident Production Manager for Akvavit Theatre working on such shows as THE ORCHESTRA and BLUE PLANET. Additionally, she is a Stage Manager for Barrel of Monkey’s Monday night show THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA. For the second year in a row, she is the Assistant Production Manager for the Chicago Park District’s Theater on the Lake Festival.

Communications Director: Laura Alcalá Baker

LAURA ALCALÁ BAKER'S most recent endeavor, The Way She Spoke: A Docu-Mythologia by Isaac Gomez, opened for the Solo Celebration! at Greenhouse Theater Center.  Some of her favorite directing credits include Equivocation, The Giver, 11:11, and Collapse at B Street Theatre. Laura has worked as an assistant director to May Adrales on Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them and Seth Bockley on the world premiere of Samsara by Lauren Yee. She directed Sean Graney’s There is No Message in the Message at The Gift Theatre’s opening festival TEN, a public reading of K. Frithjof Peterson’s Bosons, and Od Theatre’s monthly MIXTAPE. Laura is the Manager of Artistic Programs at Victory Gardens Theater.

Artistic Associate: Cody Estle

CODY ESTLE is an Associate Artist at Haven Theatre. Directing credits include Dividing the Estate, Vieux Carré, Good Boys and True, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Boy Gets Girl and the world premiere of Dating Walter Dante at Raven Theatre; Watch on the Rhine at The Artistic Home; Uncle Bob at Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company and Hospitality Suite at Citadel Theatre Company. He’s had the pleasure of assistant directing at Northlight Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Next Theatre and Strawdog Theatre. Estle is the Associate Artistic Director at Raven Theatre and the Artistic Assistant at Northlight Theatre. He serves on the faculty of Cherubs at Northwestern University and is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.