Lookingglass Theatre alumni
Lookingglass Theatre Company was founded in 1988 by eight Northwestern students, including Performance Studies graduate Andrew White, it now also includes Performance Studies alumni Laura Eason and Tracy Walsh.
In the years since its founding, Lookingglass has emerged as a powerful theatrical force in Chicago and is quickly building a national reputation. At the core of the company is a multi-disciplined ensemble dedicated to creating innovative, new works for the stage. Compelling narratives interwoven with elements of dance-theatre, circus arts and live music combine to create the powerful storytelling and imagery that have become Lookingglass's trademark. Their 36 original plays and adaptations have received 36 Joseph Jefferson Awards and Citations. The company produces 3 mainstage shows a year and ignites the imaginations of over 8,000 students annually with their arts education and outreach programs.
Andrew White(BS 1987) is a founding member of Lookingglass Theatre Company. He served as artistic director from 1990 to 1992 as well as filling a wide variety of other staff positions over the years. He wrote and directed Of One Blood and has appeared in more than 16 Lookingglass productions, including, most recently, Metamorphosis and They All Fall Down. He teaches and facilitates workshops with students of all ages through Lookingglass Outreach programs.
Laura Eason(BS 1989) has been an ensemble for 11 years and has served as artistic director for five. She has worked with Lookingglass as an actor, writer, director, composer, musician, script consultant and acrobat on more than 20 shows. As an actor, she has also worked on Broadway at Circle in the Square, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and at Lincoln Center, all in New York City, as well as appearing on the main and studio stages of The Goodman and Steppenwolf Theatres in Chicago.
Lookingglass has produced three of her plays, They All Fall Down: The Richard Nickel Story, (co-written with Performance Studies PhD recipient Jessica Thebus) and In the Eye of the Beholder (Jeff Citation for Best New Work) which was also presented at touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, PA. She is the recipient of an NEA artistic development grant for her new play, 40 Days: A Flood and It's Aftermath in Middle America and recently received a commission to write a new play for young audiences by Middlesex School in Concord,Mass. Also an associate artist with Sojourn Theatre in Portland, Oregon, her work there includes co-writing and co-directing Hidden and Look Away, which was performed in 2001 - 2002 for over 35,000 young people across the American Northwest. Also a bass player, singer, and songwriter, Laura played with The Helen Henderson Band in Los Angeles and headed the Chicago pop band Tart. Laura is a native Chicagoan.
Tracy Walsh(BS 1989) acted in her first Lookingglass play during the 1991 season and became an ensemble member in 1997. In addition to her numerous Lookingglass credits, Tracy has performed at The Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Cartoucherie in Paris, among others. Also a choreographer, Tracy has staged dances for the Chicago Opera Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, Court Theatre and The Goodman Theatre. She has been a teacher and developed curricula for several Lookingglass Outreach programs. Tracy most recently was assistant director of Hard Times and La Luna Muda, and she appeared in They All Fall Down: The Richard Nickel Story. Tracy and her husband and daughter make their home in Chicago.