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Andrew Gallant, Artistic Director

Andrew holds an MFA in Acting from DePaul University and a postgraduate diploma in acting from The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts. He became a certified instructor of the Meisner Approach by completing the two-year certification process taught by author and master Meisner teacher Larry Silverberg. Andrew co-founded Green Shirt Studio with his wife, Sommer Austin, where they train Chicago actors in the Meisner work. In addition to Green Shirt Studio, he teaches acting at the Theatre School at DePaul University as well as theatre history at Triton College.

As a founding member and current Artistic Director of The Agency, he regularly writes, directs and performs. For The Agency he wrote and directed I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois and At the Center. He wrote and starred in each incarnation Out of Tune Confessional and directed Clifford Odets’ Paradise Lost, Copi’s Four Twins, and Huck Poe’s The Spirit of ’76. Andrew continues to act professionally and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Sommer Austin, Managing Director

Sommer is a co-founder of The Agency, a certified instructor of the Meisner Approach to Acting, and co-founder/owner of Green Shirt Studio. Sommer has made her mark in the improv/comedy, theatre, and production worlds and has worked with theatre superstars including Mary Overlie, Ping Chong and Dr. Jonathan Miller. She was assistant director to Michael Patrick Thornton on the world premiere of David Rabe’s Good for Otto at The Gift Theatre and to Dexter Bullard on Annie Baker’s The Flick at Steppenwolf Theatre. For The Agency she has directed Chagrin Falls, co-directed Nautilina, and acted in Paradise Lost, Out of Tune Confessional (which she also co-wrote), and At the Center. She has directed short plays with The Gift Theatre and The Arc Theatre, as well as producing/directing The Tritonysia Play Festival at Triton College. She received her Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa and has a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to teaching at Green Shirt Studio, she teaches Meisner at The Theater School at DePaul where she is an adjunct faculty member, and at Triton College where she also serves as the Artistic Director of Triton Theatre.

Tim Touhy, Company Manager

Tim is a founding member and company manager of The Agency. Tim’s past credits with The Agency include Paradise Lost, Out of Tune Confessional, and the world premiere of The Spirit of ’76. Other favorite acting credits include A Little Night Music at the Circle Theatre and Alive and Dead in Indiana with the Village Players. With The Agency’s artistic director, Andrew Gallant, Tim co-wrote and co-directed two of the company’s world premiere plays: I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois and At the Center. He studied the Meisner acting technique at Green Shirt Studio and The True Acting Institute.

Brian D. Foster, Literary Manager

Brian is a transplant to Chicago and since moving here has worked with the Chicago Fringe Festival, The Hypocrites, Our Fair City (Session 6 continuity editor), Collaboraction (artistic director intern, Sketchbook 14 floor manager), and American Theater Company (Bridge playwright). For The Agency he has had the privilege to serve as assistant stage manager for I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois, production manager for Out of Tune Confessional,  and dramaturg for At the Center.

His first play, Metropolis Triptych premiered at the 2016 Chicago Fringe Festival and his most recent work, Nautilina, was produced by The Agency in the summer of 2017. His fiction can be seen in The Masters Review and the Winter 2015 issue of Great Lakes Review.

Ellie Humphrys

Ellie graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Lighting Design from DePaul University and has been working the storefront theatre scene ever since. Some of her favorite past designs for The Agency include Chagrin Falls, At the Center, and Truth in Context. Other credits include Belfast Girls with Artemesia Theatre, Faces of Eurydice with CUBE Ensemble, and The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at Triton College.

Kate Jacobsen

Kate has been assisting The Agency in costume for the last few years, as well as the Mammals, Oracle Theater, and Triton College. Shows include Waiting for Godot, Out of Tune Confessional, Paradise Lost, I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois, At the Center, Three Girl Frankenstein, This House Believes the American Dream was at the Expense of the American Negro, Truth in Context, Big Love, The Spirit of ’76, and Chagrin Falls. Kate is also on the team for 9 TV episodes of The Exorcist. In performances, she was onstage for Out of Tune Confessional, The Spirit of ’76, and Daddy’s Little Question Mark.

Cody Lucas

Cody is an actor, playwright, director, and resident poster designer for The Agency. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he received his BA in Theatre Arts. While in college, Cody co-founded Sundown Collaborative Theatre, a successful non-profit theatre company, and served as Artistic Director for five years.

Cody has written, directed, produced, and acted in dozens of shows appearing on stages in DFW, New York, and Chicago. As a playwright his work has been seen at the Out Of The Loop Fringe Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival. His play, Truth in Context, was nominated for Best New Wok by the Jeff Awards.

For The Agency, Cody has appeared in I Wish to Apologize to the People of IllinoisChagrin Falls, and Sweet Chariot for the Basement Series. 


Huck Poe

Huck is a proud company member with The Agency where he runs the company’s weekly theatrical open mic, No Shame Theatre. He has previously done video projections for The Agency’s I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois, wrote and performed various parts in Out of Tune Confessional, and wrote The Spirit of ’76 or the Coming Woman; a Prophetic Drama.


Sara Faye Richmond

Since moving to Chicago from Los Angeles, Sara has worked as an assistant stage manager on I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois and At the Center. She has also stage managed Truth in Context, property designed The Spirit of ’76art directed Chagrin Fallsand acted in NautilinaSara makes regular appearances at No Shame Theatre.

Sara got her start when she was cast in her camp’s production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as part of the factory fence. Trained in the Meisner technique at Green Shirt Studio, improv at iO, and in Neo-futurism at the Neo- Futurarium, she  wrote and performed the prize-winning, two-woman show, Ankle Boots: Absurd Miniature Memoirs at the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival.  She earned her B.A. in Sociology from Western Washington University.

Jack Schultz

Jack is a proud member of The Agency where he produces the Basement Series, a monthly theatrical event in a basement. Performance credits with The Agency include I’m Falling in Love All the TimeI Wish to Apologize to the People of IllinoisThe Spirit of ’76and Hellcab. Jack is an instructor at Green Shirt Studio and on staff with Sideshow Theatre Company. 

Ethan Walles

Ethan has lived in Chicago for well over a decade, but only recently re-discovered his passion for acting and performing thanks to Green Shirt Studio. A graduate of Green Shirt’s Meisner program, he has appeared in The Agency’s The Spirit of ’76 as well as productions for the Right Brain Project, Fury Theatre and the Cuckoo’s Theater Project. He also regularly performs at No Shame Theatre where he gets to do a lot of fun stuff with masks and flashing lights, and has been featured in the Best of No Shame.

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  • Molly O’Grady
  • Brittany Steiger

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