Who We Are

 
SAM.jpg

Sam Bianchini

CO-Artistic Director

Sam Bianchini is a multifaceted artist who spends her time creating and teaching around the globe. 

An actress, director, writer, and producer, Sam’s roots date back to a deep love affair with theatre. She began her professional career in the infamous storefront Chicago theatre scene at 17, while obtaining her BFA in Acting from Roosevelt University’s CCPA. She helped devise and performed in many original works around the Windy City, which shaped her artistic voice and gritty, intelligent, and provocative style at a young age.

She went on to receive her MFA in Acting from UCLA, studying with some of the greatest Broadway and Hollywood professors of the 20th century.

Since then, Sam has been writing, acting, and producing immersive and awe-inspiring pieces of theatre and film. Some favorites include an immersive Romeo and Juliet (with indie rock band, The Family Crest, performed in LA and SF); Lost Angeles (television series written by Sam); The Next Big Thing (feature film); Mrs. Cheveley in An Ideal Husband; Chicago Fire; and Talking Blues (as director).

When not in the theatre or on set, Sam teaches yoga in Costa Rica and Bali, holds Cacao Ceremonies, writes poetry, hikes mountains, volunteers with wolves, and makes up songs about her dog, Guy, who is unamused.

Sam thrives on collaboration, heart, and the desire to offer art as a gift to help others touch a piece of humanity in their soul, and couldn’t be more honored and humbled to birth Jacaranda Collective. She is proudly represented by the ladies of Big Mouth Talent.

www.sambianchini.com

 
Robinson_Halie1.jpg

Halie Robinson

co-Artistic Director 

Halie Robinson moved to Chicago in 2016 after completing her BFA in Classical Acting at Southern Utah university. Regional credits include Neil Simon Festival and Utah Shakespeare Festival and she has worked around Chicago with Accomplice Theatre, Midsommer Flight, Ghostlight Ensemble, Muse of Fire Theatre, Promethean Ensemble Theatre, and was last seen on stage as Rachel in My Name Is Rachel Corrie with Jacaranda Collective. She is represented by Stewart Talent Chicago.

Halie loves performing because she believes there are three truths about theatre/art: 

  1. When you see something that makes you laugh, you may be freed from your problems.

  2. When you see something that reflects your problems, you may be healed.

  3. When you see something that shows you problems you knew nothing about, you may expand your point of view.

In her spare time, Halie makes abstract acrylic paintings and auctions them off for charity, reads, writes, plans elaborate vacations and road trips with friends, talks to her family, and laughs a lot with her wonderful, loving husband.

She attributes everything she is and dedicates everything she does to her sweet mama in heaven.

Halie is so happy to share her heart with Jacaranda Collective, and to create important, innovative work with good, smart, honest, beautiful people.

 
MADDIE.jpg

Madeline Pell

Managing Director

Madeline Pell has been a part of the Chicago theater community for the past seven years, earning her BFA in Acting at Roosevelt University's CCPA, and working at theaters like Lifeline Theatre, Ghostlight Ensemble, Artemesia Theatre, Waltzing Mechanics, Theatre Evolve, The Bridge, and Invictus Theatre.  In 2015 she was awarded the Sarah Siddons Scholarship for her time at Roosevelt, where she worked with incredible directors such as Steve Scott, Keira Fromm, Michelle Shupe, and Kęstutis Nakas. Her most recent credits include Mrs. Whatsit in "A Wrinkle in Time" at Lifeline Theatre, and Gertrude Chiltern in "An Ideal Husband" with Ghostlight Ensemble. Madeline was also seen on the first season of FOX's The Exorcist, and has interned with both Oak Park Theatre and The Shakespeare Project of Chicago.  

When she isn't acting, Madeline is almost always watching The Lord of the Rings or experimenting with British Bake Off-style desserts in the kitchen.  A native of Colorado, Madeline thought she was all set to handle the infamous Chicago winters.  She wasn't.

Madeline is thrilled to share Jacaranda's upcoming creative projects with such lovely, talented company members.

www.madelinepell.com

 

Artistic Ensemble

Kade Cox 2019 Headshot 1B no border.jpg

Kade Cox

Kade Cox hails from the tiny town of Caliente, NV, with Area 51 in his backyard. Ooh, Aliens. He is a graduate of Southern Utah University, where he earned a BFA in Classical Acting, playing roles such as Gertrude in Hamlet and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. Ooh, Shakespeare. At school, he also had the opportunity to direct the department production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and intern as the Membership Coordinator for Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Other credits include Ken in RED (Southern Utah Museum of Art), God/Michael/Gabriel in An Act of God (Las Vegas Little Theatre), and Eden in Kill the Queen (Hamburger Mary’s Chicago). He has been a company member of the Neil Simon Festival since 2016, where he’s played Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Garry in Noises Off, as well as directed the world premiere of William Blake in Hollywood.

Kade is a proud member of the LGBT+ community, a mentee of the StateraArts Foundation for Women in the Arts, and a Chicago newbie. Ooh, Polar Vortex. He is looking forward to defrosting alongside the bright-eyed innovators at the Jacaranda Collective and his first summer in the Windy City. Ooh, fireflies.   

www.kadecox.com

 
Savage_Baileycrop.jpg

Bailey Savage

 Bailey Savage is the unofficial Lentil Queen of her hometown, Pullman, Washington- the Lentil Capitol of the United States, home of the National Lentil Festival. She was officially awarded the Most Inspirational Eighth Grade Girl Award. These are the two most important things to know about her.

 Savage moved to Chicago after working for the Utah Shakespeare Festival for five years. Starting in the Education Department, she worked her way up to various positions such as Literary Seminar Director, Words Cubed Coordinator alongside Brian Vaughn, and Assistant Director for multiple productions. She is infamous for stepping in during a sold out preview performance of Midsummer for Puck with a microphone and script in hand. While in Cedar City, Bailey attended Southern Utah University where she received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Political Science and Theater Arts. Most notably she worked with director J. R. Sullivan as Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

 Since moving to Chicago in August 2018, she has continued her work with Sullivan, Assistant Directing and Dramaturg-ing Pericles with the Shakespeare Project of Chicago. Savage has also worked with Intrinsic Theatre Company and Midsommer Flight. Like everyone else in Chicago, she studied some improv at The Second City. Savage appreciates the collaboration of the Jacaranda Collective and sincerely believes in the balance between struggle and beauty.

 
lauren.jpg

Lauren S. Deaton

Lauren S. Deaton is a Chicago actor with a lot of sass and a lot of heart. She hails from Ohio where she received her BFA in Acting from Wright State University. While in Chicago she has worked with such theatre companies as The Factory Theater, Chicago Slam Works, Brown Paper Box Co, Glass Apple Theatre, and Babes with Blades. She has also worked on several projects with Ready Freddy Films and aspires to break into the world of voice over. 

Lauren loves nature, traveling, Shakespeare, her wife, saying "f*ck," and equal rights. She is a runner and a 200hr RYT, finding joy in sharing the gift of yoga with others.

Lauren could not be happier to be a part of the Jacaranda Collective, working on juicy, relevant pieces with talented and intuitive co-creators. Her creative heart is full.

 

©Jacaranda Collective 2019