Performers and Playwrights

Meet the cast of

The Third Richard


     Christian Aldridge

Christian Davis Aldridge (Will Shakespeare) is excited to be on stage with The Trance for the first time. He has been performing in Chicago and Milwaukee for the past 3 years, with recent credits including Mercury Hamlet (Quicksilver Shakespeare), ‘Neath the Hills of Bastogne (Milwaukee Chamber Theater), Richard III (Muse of Fire), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Quest Theater Ensemble), Macbeth (Bard and Bourbon), and Godspell (Red Crescendo). He is also a founding ensemble member of Quicksilver Shakespeare. Christian graduated from Carthage College in 2016 with a BA in Musical Theater and Theater Performance.

   Katherine Bellantone

Katherine Bellantone (Anne Neville) is delighted to re-join Trance Theatre for The Third Richard. Recent credits include her first two feature films currently in post production THE HEADMISTRESS (Jay Sapiro and Chris Micklos) and HE WHO LIVES IN HIDDEN LAKES (Zach Lona).  Theatre credits include Trance’s LAST GASP, FIRST BREATH (Maggie Veach) and Hell in a Handbag’s POSEIDON!  AN UPSIDE DOWN MUSICAL (Derek Van Barham).  Special thanks to Shea and Elphie! Katherine holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Illinois.

           Gerard Dedera 

Gerard Dedera (Edward V) has worked with City Lit, Chicago Dramatists, TimeLine, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, First Folio Shakespeare, Talisman and Consuming Specs in Chicago and Madison Rep and API regionally.  He is a founding member of “The Chicago Hysterical Society” improv troupe and conceived and directed Mr. Bojangles: The Ultimate Entertainer, about Sammy Davis Jr., in conjunction with the late Altovise Davis, The Sammy Davis Jr. Estate and JTR Entertainment, which previewed at The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts and toured casinos nationwide. Gerard is a recently retired professor of Humanities at Robert Morris University-Illinois and lives in Edgewater with his incredible wife, Diane.

                   Ian Geers

Ian Geers (George, Duke of Clarence) (he/him/his) is so excited to work with The Trance for the first time. Previous Chicago Credits include: Commission Theatre, Colorbox Theatre, The Annoyance, and iO. Regional Credits include:  Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, and National Players.  Ian is also a proud ensemble member of A Crew of Patches theatre company providing Shakespeare in high schools throughout the midwest and Shakespeare and Voice teacher at The Actor’s Club Chicago. Special thanks to my family, Lauren, and Lew for being the true definition of “support”. 

              Julia Germeroth

Julia Germeroth (Elizabeth of York) is a Chicago based actor and returns to The Trance having performed in Last Gasp, First Breath last May. She graduated from Roosevelt University CCPA with a BFA in Acting and The Second City Conservatory. She is an Artistic Associate with Theatre Evolve and an avid scrapbooker. Past productions she’s appeared in include: IN THE BLOOD (Pulse Theatre), TWELFTH NIGHT (Theatre Evolve), VAGINA MONOLOGUES (Aleotoric Theatre).  She is represented by Big Mouth Talent. 
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            Jann Iaco

Jann Iaco (Elizabeth Woodville) is thrilled to return to The Trance after performing in their inaugural production Last Gasp, First Breath earlier this year. She has performed at many Chicago area theatres including Provision, Raven, Lifeline, Griffin, First Folio, Dunes Summer Theater and Fourth Wall where she was nominated for a Jeff Citation. She taught acting at the Victory Gardens Training Center and stage managed at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.  Jann received an MFA in directing from the University of Minnesota and is a CPLP, Certified Professional of Learning and Performance.

               Colin Jones

Colin Jones (John Morton) has worked with Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago, Organic Theatre Chicago, Citi Lit Theatre, Action Theatre Group, Studio Arena Theatre, Infamous Commonwealth, Latino Theatre Company, and Caldwell Playhouse in Florida among others.  Representative film roles include:  Charlie in Blood Baby and Levy Brown in The Levy Connection.  He has studied at New York University, and the Michael Chekov Studio.

           Kent Joseph

Kent Joseph (Thomas More) is tickled pink to be making his debut with The Trance.  Favorite roles include Frollo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Music Theater Works), Chief Bromden In ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (Gift Theater) Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Quest Theatre), Fagin In OLIVER and Horton in SEUSSICAL (Footlighters Theater), and Boris Kolenkhov In YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (Oak Park Festival Theater).  Kent will be seen in the soon to be released film THE GIRLS OF SUMMER, the Shakespeare- based web series LIKE WHAT YOU LIKE, and the online audio drama IMMUNITIES.   

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          Ian R. Q. Slater

Ian R. Q. Slater (Lord Hastings) is a Chicago based actor, and a recent graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts.  Ian has been seen most recently in Two Gentlewomen of Verona and The Rover in repertory with Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre.  Ian is an ardent juggler and musician, and can be found coaching at CircEsteem (a nonprofit youth circus), or rock climbing and making music with friends.

                     Kyle Quinlivan

Kyle Quinlivan (Richard III) is pleased to return to The Trance this season. Recent credits include The Front Page (Earl Williams) and Mass Appeal (US Mark) at Oil Lamp Theater, The Wizard of Oz and Happy Days at The Palace Theater in the Dells, Tom Sawyer in Big River at Theatre at the Center, Jesus in Godspell, Danny in Baby, and Owen in The Foreigner with Cincinnati Landmark Productions, and Piero/Leo in Big Love at the Theatre Festival of Havana.  He is a member of Improv Playhouse, has a BFA in Acting from Webster University and thanks his family and friends for all of their continual support.  

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Meet the Author of The Third Richard

            John W. Kirk

John W. Kirk is a Professor Emeritus of Illinois State University. He is a professor, playwright, actor, and author and founded the acclaimed Theatre Department at ISU in 1970.  In his 31 years as a university faculty member, and Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, he worked with many performers who became professionally successful.  Among these are:  Gary Cole, Judith Ivey, Terry Kinney, John Malkovich, Lauri Metcalf, Bill O’Leary, William Petersen, Yvonne Suhor, and many other artists with the famed Steppenwolf Theatre, which was founded by ISU students.  Dr. Kirk has written eleven plays and published three books.  His book, The Art of Directing, originally published in 1985, is now in its third printing.