The Playground Theater
3209 N Halsted St Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 871-3793
For questions regarding internships and volunteering, please contact our Managing Director.
Kaydee Dolan –
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Leadership Board

Executive Director
Matt Barbera

Matt Barbera has been the Executive Director of The Playground since 2004. Matt started at The Playground as a member of the incubator team Dr. Fondu and currently performs on House Team Mustang Repair. Matt worked for 5 years as a program coordinator for the TBS Just For Laughs Festival, where he created the ALONE show, featuring the best and...

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Managing Director
Kaydee Dolan

Kaydee is the Managing Director at The Playground Theater and performs with the Incubator team Daddy. Kaydee produces a variety show at the PG called Sketch on the Rocks, showcasing Chicago’s newest talent and veteran performers. Get in touch with her if you want to perform. - - Kaydee is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent

Productions Manager
Ashton Tregoning

Ashton Tregoning holds a BA in Comedy Writing and Performance from Columbia College Chicago. She's currently in Columbia's Masters of Arts Management program. She has been producing The Comfort Zone, a supportive alt variety hour, for nearly 3 years. Ashton is the former Associate Producer for Jimmy Carrane's Improv Nerd. She has produced over 75 shows all around Chicago. She...

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Training Center Director
Rebeccah Singer

Rebeccah is the Playground Theater Board Secretary and a proud Cardinal's Fan. She plays on RECESS and the Incubator Team Riff Raff and hopes to see you at one of their shows!

Board Manager
Thomas Einstein

Yes, Thomas Einstein is the Playground’s Head of PR. He started doing improv in Boston, then moved to Chicago to study at Second City, iO and The Annoyance. He has been on a Playground Incubator team, Second City House Co, an iO team, and Gulp, a musical improv team that had a weekly run at Stage 773 for two...

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Head of Collegiate Comedy
David Knoell

David Knoell is the Head of Collegiate Comedy for The Playground Theater and currently runs College Improv Night, a weekly performance that showcases the best college troupes in the city of Chicago and beyond. David studied Theatre at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BA), the University of Central Florida (MFA), and the Second City Training Center Chicago (Directing Program, Conservatory...

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Incubator Committee
Laina Stassines

Laina currently attends Columbia College Chicago and is from Michigan. She is on the incubator team Angelyne, two independent teams (The Windbreakers and BREASTMILK), and a college team at the Annoyance Theatre called DOPEamine. Laina is a team liaison with the Playground's Incubator Committee and manages social media marketing for The PG. She also loves pizza and pop.

Director of Playground Theatricals
Jo Cattell

Jo Cattell is a producer/director/writer who has worked in theatre and television in the UK, Germany, France, Canada and the USA. She currently works with Collaboraction in Chicago as Managing Director, as well as Resident Director for terraNOVA Collective in Chicago and New York City. Jo’s main focus as a director has been on developing new writing. She has been working...

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Community Director
Kevin Reader

Kevin Reader holds an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founder of the Nerdologues. He also serves as the Artistic Director at Cards Against Humanity. You can see him improvising around town with the Blue Angels - Wednesdays at the Playground. He also runs the Mixer with Bryan Duff on Monday nights at...

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MOSAIC Resident Producer
Felicia Simpson

A Chicago native, blogger, freelance writer, motivational speaker, five time self-published author of God, Do I Hear Wedding Bells (book), Women Devotionals & Personal Journal, Another Chance to Live, Forgiven, but Not Forgotten and No Love Lost. Felicia is the lead storyteller, playwright, director and producer of Felicia T. Simpson Productions which include the following theater shows God, Do...

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Production Scout
KJ Whitehead

KJ (They/Them) is a Columbia College Chicago Alumni (BA Comedy Writing and Performance), Comedy Studies Alumni and comedian. You can find them performing across Chicago at Second City, Annoyance Theater, and Playground Theater. KJ is also an open and fearless supporter of diversity in the Chicago Comedy Scene and hopes to help provide more opportunity to comedians of color and...

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