Meet our team
Andrew Volkoff joined About Face Theatre in 2013 as Artistic Director. Andrew is also a freelance director specializing in new and contemporary works and has directed numerous productions (including several world and regional premieres) in New York, across the U.S. and abroad. Andrew served as former Associate Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company (BSC) in Massachusetts for five years and of Genesius Theatre Group in New York City for three years. He has also acted as the co-artistic director of the Hangar Theatre Lab for one season.
Andrew has served as the Associate Director on Ella for Rob Ruggiero at Dallas Theatre Center and other regional theatres, is a Drama League Directing Fellow, and a proud SDC member. Proud to be the first director chosen to participate in the US/Bulgaria Directors Exchange Project, Andrew directed the Bulgarian premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Lovesong in Sofia at the Nikolai Binev Theatre where it is in its second year of repertory. Andrew was born in Milwaukee, WI, attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and is excited to be back in the Midwest.×
Alana Parvey Zalas
Alana Parvey Zalas comes to About Face Theatre from Route 66 Theatre Company, where she served as business manager for four years and remains an artistic associate. She is also the bookkeeper for Barrel of Monkeys, which teaches creative writing in Chicago Public Schools and professionally produces theatre written by children. Previously, Alana served as assistant to the production of “stop.reset.” at Goodman Theater, both for the onstage component and for the online component at stopreset.org. Alana has also worked as a personal assistant to a Golden-Globe-winning actress and as the production manager for the Consortium Project. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, from Northwestern University, and from the Second City Training Center writing program. Before turning to arts administration, Alana constructed props and set pieces for theatres throughout Chicago, including “Hillbilly Antigone” (Lookingglass Theater), “The Man of LaMancha” (Court Theater), “Silk” (Goodman Theater), “Ten Acrobats” (Silk Road Rising), “Charlotte’s Web” (Emerald City Theater), and sock puppets for “King John” (Sockspeare Productions).×
Ben comes to About Face from House of Blues/Live Nation Worldwide, where he worked more than twelve years in finance and accounting. He has been an AFT Artistic Associate since 2010 and served on the company’s Board of Directors from 2011 – 2014. During that time, Ben spearheaded several fundraising initiatives and co-chaired Wonka Ball for four years.
As an actor, Ben has appeared in seven AFT productions to date including Whitman, Take Me Out, Say You Love Satan, Wedding Play, The Flowers, The Homosexuals and The Pride. He has also worked with The House Theatre of Chicago, TimeLine Theatre, Steep Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Pegasus Players, CityLit Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens Theater, Goodman Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, LiveWire Chicago Theatre and Sideshow Theatre in Chicago, as well as Mark Taper Forum, The Blank Theatre, Hudson Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Met Theatre, Secret Rose Theatre and Greenway Court in Los Angeles. Television credits include Passions, It’s All Relative and several episodes of Will & Grace, where he played Will’s boyfriend’s sister’s fiancé. He holds a BFA in Music, Theatre and Dance from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.×
Ali is an Actor, Arts Administrator and Teaching Artist living in Chicago. As an Artist and Educator she is committed to embracing the complexity of the queer identity to create new and engaging ways to address LGBTQA issues with the community at large. She completed a James S. Kemper Foundation Internship in Arts and Theater Administration with Victory Gardens Theatre and worked in Development with Steppenwolf Theatre Company before joining About Face as Education and Outreach Director in 2013.
She is entering her third year as a teaching artist with Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Ali is thrilled to return to About Face; she began her career in Theater Education as a member of their Outreach Team, touring both Fast Forward and Queertopia for several years. She received a B.A in Theater and Women’s & Gender Studies from Lake Forest College.×
James Anthony Chapman
Originally from South Carolina, James followed the “yellow brick road” out of the Emerald City known as Greenwood, SC; and in 2014 with two bags and a bus ticket, James arrived in Chicago from New Orleans, LA. They love publicity, branding, follow through and action. James enjoys developing inspiring content to reach a diverse audience, along with collaborating with organizations where commitment is valued, diversity and inclusiveness are celebrated, and education and entertainment collide with unique quality.They currently serve as the Interim Marketing Manager for The Actors Gymnasium, Publicity Manager for Chicago Fringe Festival and is the Box Office/House Manager for Pride Films and Plays. Along with their passion for arts and business leadership, James adores the art of fashion, interior design and Queerness.×
Kieran Kredell is a theatremaker and educator interested in the use of storytelling as a tool to observe, understand, and productively reflect on one’s community. His performance art duo LADY/WATCH has presented their work at Schuba’s, Berlin, Metro Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. As an actor, he has worked with local theater companies Dog & Pony (company member), Adventure Stage Chicago, Redmoon, Red Tape, Collaboraction, and About Face. Kieran began working with About Face in 2008 as an actor/educator in that year’s outreach show, FAST FORWARD. He continued working with the outreach program as well as the youth theatre, helping write/create IT’S FOR REAL in 2013 and serving as assistant director for CHECKING BOXES in 2014. He is endlessly grateful to Ali, Andrew, and the Task Force for this opportunity to dive further into this work, and looks forward to getting started.×
David Rosenberg specializes in comprehensive public relations campaigns for non-profit and commercial theatre. He is also proud to work with AstonRep, Barrel of Monkeys, Bailiwick Chicago, The Den, Interrobang, Jackalope, JPAC, LiveWire, Mary-Arrchie, New Colony, Pine Box, Shattered Globe, Sideshow, Step Up, Strange Tree and Theatre Seven.
He previously served as Communications Director at Steppenwolf Theatre and worked on the Broadway In Chicago account with Margie Korshak Inc. His broadcast news experience as a writer/producer includes CNN Headline News, CLTV, FOX Chicago and WGN TV.×