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 / Production Manager: Angela Salinas
ANGELA SALINAS is extremely thrilled to be working with Haven Theatre! She served as the Assistant Production Manager for Director’s Haven in 2017 and fully took on her new role in 2018. Prior to Haven, Angela was serving as the 2017 Production Management Apprentice at the Goodman Theatre. Previous regional theater credits include: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cal Shakes, and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. "The things that make you strange, are the things that make you powerful"
Associate Artistic Director: Ian Damont Martin
IAN DAMONT MARTIN is a theatre/filmmaker who is pleased to join Haven Theatre as Associate Artistic Director. He is also the Community Engagement Coordinator at Goodman Theatre and the Outreach Director of Middle Coast Film Festival. Additional Chicago credits include: Twelfth Night (director) for Midsommer Flight, The America Play (reading; director) for Goodman Theatre, The Toilet (director) for Haven Theatre, Hang Man (assistant director to Jess McLeod) for the Gift Theatre, The Living Newspaper Festival (director) for Jackalope Theatre, Insurrection: Holding History (TJ) for Stage Left Theatre, and truth and reconciliation (Zimbabwean Husband) for Sideshow Theatre Company, where Ian is an Artistic Associate. He received his BA in theatre and drama from Indiana University and his diploma in drama from the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, OH.
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.
Director of Development: Anna Trachtman
ANNA TRACHTMAN is a freelance director, producer, and arts advocate originally from New York City. She holds a degree in directing and arts management from Emerson College and a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from DePaul University. Anna is the Managing Director of DirectorsLabChicago, a local service organization, and has previously worked with The Ruffians, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and Theatre on Fire, and was proud to bring free, accessible theatre to communities in Delmarva with Brown Box Theatre Project. Her goal is to increase equity and access in the performing arts.
Marketing 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).
Resident Stage Manager: Corbin Paulino
CORBIN PAULINO is so happy to have found a home at Haven Theatre since moving to Chicago. He wants to thank everyone at a Haven for this opportunity and for all of you reading this for spending your time with us and supporting some great theatre. Corbin has previously stage managed Fear & Misery..., Director's Haven 2017, We’re Gonna Die and How We Got On with Haven Theatre, American Hwangap with A-Squared and Halcyon Theatre, and is a company stage manager with Barrel of Monkeys.
Artistic Associate: Cody Estle
CODY ESTLE is an associate artist at Haven Theatre and Artistic Director of Raven Theatre. Directing credits include The Gentleman Caller, The Assembled Parties, A Loss of Roses (named by Chicago Tribune honorable mention as one of the Year's Best in 2016), Dividing the Estate, Vieux Carré (named by Chicago Tribune as one of the Year's Best in 2014), Good Boys and True, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Boy Gets Girl and Dating Walter Dante at Raven Theatre; Damascus at Strawdog Theatre; Five Mile Lake at Shattered Globe Theatre; By The Water (named by Chicago Sun-Times honorable mention as one of the Top Theatre Productions of 2017) at Northlight Theatre; American Hero at First Floor Theatre; Scarcity at Redtwist Theatre; The Seagull and Watch on the Rhine at The Artistic Home; Don't Go Gentle at Haven Theatre; Uncle Bob at Mary-Arrchie Theatre and Hospitality Suite at Citadel Theatre. He's had the pleasure of assistant directing at Steppenwolf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Court Theatre and Writers Theatre. Estle is a proud member of SDC and an alumnus of Columbia College Chicago.