NEXT GENERATION. NEW CANON. SOCIAL PROFIT.
We exist to be a Haven for The Future.
We achieve this through championing the next generation of playwrights, directors and actors
by producing and promoting plays and performances that are staking their claim as the immediate future of this art form,
and by investing in those at the very beginning of their professional journeys.
Through this inspiration, we seek to ignite in each audience member a hope for the Future -
the Future of theatre and performance, the Future of each other, the Future of our community.
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, and a former ensemble member and literary manager with Strawdog Theatre Company. At Haven, he directed the Chicago Premiere of Young Jean Lee's We're Gonna Die, receiving critical and audience acclaim and being named a Top 10 of 2017 production by Kerry Reid of the Chicago Tribune and Kris Vire of Time Out Chicago. He also launched the Director's Haven program, a unique initiative to provide artistic support and career development for directors at the very beginnings of their professional journeys. At Strawdog, 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. Recent directing credits include Bobbie Clearly at Steep Theatre, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and The Importance of Being Earnest featuring Lisa Tejero as Lady Bracknell, the relaunch production of the Iowa Summer Rep at the University of Iowa. Additional credits include work at Victory Gardens Theater, 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. Upcoming: Bertolt Brecht's Fear and Misery In The Third Reich at Haven, and the world premiere of O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist Koalas by J. Joseph Cox at 16th Street Theater. From 2010 - 2013 he served as associate director of the National Theater Institute (NTI) 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. Sobel is an alumnus of Oberlin College (BA, Theatre w/ Honors in Directing) and NTI, and has taught directing, text analysis, dramatic literature and theatre studies at Columbia College Chicago, Shimer College and NTI.
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.
Literary Manager: Abhi Shrestha
ABHI SHRESTHA is a Chicago based director/dramaturg/teaching artist originally from Kathmandu, Nepal. Abhi has recently assistant directed TYPOGRAPHERS DREAM (The Hub Theatre), HOW WE GOT ON (Haven Theatre), WIT (The Hypocrites), PICNIC (American Theater Company). He is the Literary Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator at Haven Theatre, and the Resident Dramaturg and Community Organizer with the Chicago Inclusion Project.
Associate Communications Director: JD Caudill
JD CAUDILL is an emerging director and music director from Ohio, where they studied musical theatre performance, directing, and psychology at Bowling Green State University. Since arriving in Chicago two years ago, they have directed for The New Colony (Face the Day - AssCo Winter 2015), Arc Theatre (Can Cause Death; Homecoming), Hobo Junction (Aquaman!; Urges), Broken Nose Theatre (Tuesday), 20% Theatre (Ellen, The Bean, and Belle), Red Theatre (Ring a Bell), The Runaways Lab Theatre (Spectrum), Paragon Theatre (The Rhode Island Chapter), co-directed After Orlando (Pride Plays and Films), and was featured as a director in Haven Theatre’s first Director’s Haven (Jane Doe 232). They also get behind the piano as a music director from time to time for Hell in a Handbag Productions (Skooby, Don’t!; The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular; Christmas Dearest), and created harmonies and taught the vocals for The New Colony’s Stanley in the Name of Love. Along with directing and music directing, they’ve stayed busy assistant directing for The New Colony (Kinfolk; Stanley in the Name of Love), The Metropolis (R&G Are Dead), 16th Street Theater (Merchild; Agreed Upon Fictions), and Hobo Junction (Sure Thing).
Casting Director: Marika Mashburn
MARIKA MASHBURN is a freelance Casting Director, based in Chicago, Illinois and available for TV, Film, Commercial, Print and Theatrical projects. She has an extensive background in acting, directing and education, as well as over 15 years working in the Chicago theatre community. Casting credits include The House Theatre of Chicago's production of United Flight 232 (nominated for 6 Joseph Jefferson Awards; WINNER for Best Ensemble and Best Production, Midsize) and Season on the Line (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination - Best Ensemble). In addition to her work at The House, Marika has cast for Haven Theatre, The Adrienne Arsht Center (Miami, Florida), Adventure Stage, Chicago Dramatists, Barrel of Monkeys, Cards Against Humanity, The Magic Parlour, The Willary and Riverside Theatre (Iowa City, Iowa).
Artistic Associate: Cody Estle
CODY ESTLE is an Associate Artist at Haven Theatre, and Artistic Director of Raven 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 also the Artistic Assistant at Northlight Theatre. He serves on the faculty of Cherubs at Northwestern University and is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.