Meet our team
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.×
David John Toropov
David John Toropov is an early-career arts development professional excited to join the team at About Face Theatre following years of arts fundraising experience at Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and serving on the Board of Directors at Oracle Productions. He currently also serves on the Board of Directors at Greenhouse Theatre and is developing a new project with key partners and advisors focusing on the means of making art more accessible in Chicago. Inspired and educated by his years of Chicago activism, he enjoys using the principles and methods of collaboration and community building to provide a healthy structure and long-term sustainability for local live arts programming.
David arrived in Chicago in 2011 after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, NY and graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. He spent his youth in Massachusetts and New York acting and singing in many groups and theater productions, but realized by his early twenties that he most enjoyed being behind the scenes, making art financially possible for all of us.×
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.×
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 Marketing Manager for The Actors Gymnasium and is a member of Actors Equity Association. Along with their passion for arts and business leadership, James adores the art of fashion, interior design and Queerness.×
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.×