Lisa Tosti is originally from Upstate New York. She holds a BFA in Theater Performance from Hofstra University. Before moving to Chicago, Lisa lived in Saratoga, NY, Boston and NYC performing with Saratoga Shakespeare, Sporadic Evolution Theater and Genesis Repertory Theater. After moving to Chicago in 2010, Lisa immediately dove into the theater scene. While rehearsing for a show in early 2013, Lisa met Orion Couling, and the rest (as they say) is history.
Lisa first worked with EDGE of Orion in their 2013 production of MacSith, and has since performed in The Princess Bride, Into the Woods, MacSith – 2015 production and tour, Holmes v. Holmes, and was seen last as Madge Barker in What’s All This, Then?
Lisa also performs with Unrehearsed Shakespeare Chicago. Favorite Unrehearsed credits include: Viola (Twelfth Night), Miranda (The Tempest), Anne (Richard III), Isabella (Measure for Measure), Olivia (Twelfth Night), and Volumnia (Coriolanus). Other Chicago credits include Sexy Baby (Hell in a Handbag), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Metropolis Performing Arts Center), Matryoska (The Plagiarists).
As of May 2018, Lisa will hold a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from North Park University. Lisa is honored to be a Troupe Member with EDGE of Orion.
Alexandra Boroff has been working with EDGE of Orion since the fall of 2012 with the Ups for DownS program, and since the beginning of 2013 in the professional company. Roles with EDGE of Orion have included Ross in the upcoming remount of MacSith, Dana Barrett in Ghostbusted!, and Valerie in The Princess Bride: A Loving Tribute. Other favorites include: Thetis in Trojan War (Blunt Objects Theater), Maria in Twelfth Night (Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company) and Costard in Loves Labours Lost (Right Brain Project).
Once upon a time, Sydney Ray was cast as Edith aboard the Tall Ship Windy in “Pirates of Penzance” where she met Orion Couling and several others from the EDGE of Orion family. Orion asked her one day “Do you like working with kids?” and, being from a family of thirteen, she said “Yes…” – and the adventures have kept rolling in ever since. She’s been on the crew for the past three EDGE of Orion/Ups for Downs Productions, has played The Baker’s Wife in their professional production of “Into the Woods” and has assisted with the Youth Theatre in “Nefarious.” She finds so much joy in working with each aspect of EDGE of Orion and is excited to help imagine, create and continue the company with the next big journey as a Troupe Member.
Rick Olson is excited and honored to become an EDGE of Orion Troupe member. A founding member of EDGE of Orion, Rick has worked with the Youth Theatre wing of the company since January of 2011, where he continues to keep his focus as a Director, Teacher, and Script Adapter. You may have seen Rick in the EDGE of Orion productions of The Princess Bride as either Fezzik or Count Rugan and playing Siward in MacSith. EDGE of Orion directing credits include Ghostbusted (twice!), Willy Wonka Jr., and the upcoming production of The Lottery. Script adaptation credits include Ghostbusted, The Breakfast Club, Python in the Park and The Lottery. Rick would like to thank all of the parents and families of EDGE of Orion for all of the support and dedication they have shown towards our productions over the years and to thank all of you reading this for helping EDGE of Orion grow and thrive in the months and years to come!
Shauna Warren is honored to be a part of the EDGE of Orion family. She considers it fate that she and Orion met, after working together on multiple productions together with The Plagiarists, Theatre Seven and Right Brain Project.
Shauna has been able to serve on the stage management team for Ghostbusters, the Princess Bride, Macsith and the Macsith remount. She is so thankful to her amazing actors, incredible stage management and designer peers and of course, THE Mr. Orion Couling. She’s looking forward to many more beautiful collaborations.
When not in blacks behind the scenes, Shauna loves to try new restaurants and especially enjoys attending many, many concerts in the city.
Stephan Scalabrino is a native to Chicago and has been working professionally as an actor, combatant, and teacher for over 10 years. He graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Acting and Theatre education. He has been working in and around the city with such theaters as Chicago Shakespeare Theater, American Theater Company, and The Lyric Opera. He started his time with EDGE of Orion in the 2013’s run of Macsith. Since then he has been in EDGE of Orion’s remounted production of “The Princess Bride” and has enjoyed a successful run of “Into The Woods” as the Wolf and Rapunzel’s Prince. In other media, he does motion capture for video games. He just finished working on his fourth game, “Mortal Kombat X” (as Scorpion, Kotal Kahn, Ermac and Rain) and previously has been in “Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe” (as Superman and Captain Marvel), “Mortal Kombat 9” (as Scorpion, Cyrax, and Nightwolf), and “Injustice: Gods Among us” (as Superman, Deathstroke, and Ares). In other “super hero” work, he is an actor for Marvel Character Appearances and has been all over the Nation as such characters as; Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Thor. He also works with various charities here at home such as “Chicago Loot Drop” and “Reading with Pictures” to bring joy and literacy to children at Comer Children’s Hospital and other parts of the city. As well he holds a teaching certification in High School Theater, English, and Communication. For 3 years he was the Assitant Coach of the Barrington High School speech and debate team and is a Phi Rho Pi National Prose winner for his time with the Harper College Forensics team. He takes great pride in showing how Theater and the arts can be the catalyst for great emotional discovery and fuel for the imaginations of children and teens. He hopes to carry this love into his work with EDGE of Orion and all its programs.
Katy Jenkins is originally from Hammond, LA. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance, and is an Actor’s Equity Membership Candidate. She first worked with EDGE of Orion in their production of Into the Woods, and is honored to be one of the newer troupe members! She has been involved with children’s theatre from an early age (six!) doing theatre as a child for other children, and continues to love it as a professional actor performing for children. She was mostly recently seen EDGE of Orion’s remount of MacSith, and is excited to play Sam in EDGE of Orion’s upcoming production of Lost Girls.
Some of her favorite credits include Into the Woods (Rapunzel), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), Book of Days (Ginger), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cobweb). Since graduating from college and moving to Chicago proper, Katy has been involved with several companies including First Folio Theatre, AlphaBet Soup Productions Children’s Theatre, and 906 Theatre Company, in addition to working with EDGE of Orion.
Finally, she’d like to thank all of EDGE of Orion, Dylan Crow for being her partner in everything, and her parents for always being ready to listen via phone or Skype to the newest stories of adventure.
Stephanie Palko has been a Acting for most of her life. Whether it be in independent/student films, extra work for various T.V. shows, making silly movies with her sister and cousins, or on stage. She enjoys it all. Stephanie trained at Second City, Columbia College and with Steven Ivcich. Ivcich taught her the most, and allowed her to find her true voice in the art of Acting. For the last 7 years she was a company member at Corn productions, where she was both Actor and Costume designer. She looks forward to seeing what the future holds in her new EDGE of Orion family.
Angela Davis Couling
Angela has been a member of EDGE of Orion since 2012 when she played the Mother in the youth theatre production of "Lost Boys". Since then, she has had the honor of stage managing, assistant directing and acting in various EDGE of Orion shows. To date her favorite EDGE of Orion moment has been adapting and taking part in "Spoon River: The Darker Currents".
Angela also works as an instructor in the Constellation Project wing of EDGE of Orion and maintains the upkeep of the website and various social media aspects.
Aiyanna Wade is a Theater & Dance graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and currently works in Chicago on screen and stage. EDGE of Orion credits include Steampunk Christmas Carol (Fred/Villain), Illyria (Viola), and What's All This Then (Holly). She has also done numerous shows through Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company Chicago, among others, and her internet work includes YouTube Channel Awesome's Nostalgia Critic and co-host of Orbit Report and Awesome Comics.
Matt Calhoun has been on stage in some form or another for most of his life. His love of music and acting is fueled by his upbringing in a musical and theatrical household as well as arts and music programs in the communities where he has lived and schools that he has attended. Matt has a deep love of music and has vocally fronted and instrumentally supported numerous rock bands throughout his adult life. EDGE of Orion’s ethos and mission is something that Matt holds very close to his heart. Matt perpetually thanks his parent, for their undying support, his daughter, Zoë, for the realization that Love can be embodied and life has a meaning, and the love and support of the EDGE of Orion family. Qapla' batlh je!
Alexandra T. Cross is thrilled to join this dynamic group of collaborators! EDGE of Orion credits
include 1776 (Edward Rutledge), Holmes vs. Holmes (Julia Smythe-Connor), Spoon River
Anthology: The Darker Currents (Ensemble), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Lord Aster).
Alexandra has also worked with companies such as Saint Sebastian Players, Dandelion Theatre,
Devonshire Playhouse, Theatre D, and James Downing Theatre. She holds a BS in Theatre from
Minnesota State University, Mankato. For more information, check out
Sarah moved to Chicago in 2014 from her home state of Maine and has been lucky enough to perform with EDGE of Orion in Macsith, Holmes vs Holmes, and Steampunk Christmas Carol! Sarah is currently pursuing a license in massage therapy and hopes to combine her newfound knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology with her love of physical theatre and circus arts. She has performed with various companies in Chicago and Maine, including Harborside Shakespeare, Chicago Danztheatre, and Unrehearsed Shakespeare (most recently as Feste in Twelfth Night). This summer Sarah will reprise her role as The Phoenix Fantastikal at the Bristol Renaissance Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Theresa Egan has performed in several shows with EDGE of Orion including ensemble in Spoon River
and the critically recommended production of 1776 as Martha Jefferson. She was also recently
in the Jeff nominated production of The Most Happy Fella with Theo Ubique as ensemble and
the cover for Marie. In the spring of 2018, under the direction of Orion Couling, Theresa
discovered a passion for stage combat in Devonshire Playhouse’s production of La petit
mousequetaire while playing the role of Cunard. In the summer of 2017, she returned to Prague
and Salzburg and sang the role of Barbarina and covered the role of Susanna in Le nozze di
Figaro with the Prague Summer Nights Young Artist Program under the direction of legendary
baritone, Sherrill Milnes and his wife Maria Zouves. She also performed the roles of Papagena
(Magic Flute), and Sandman (Hansel and Gretel) with the company in 2015 and 2016. She has
performed with many area companies including Kor Productions, American Chamber Opera,
Wilmette Center for the Arts, Verismo Opera Theater, Devonshire Playhouse, and the Opera
Training Institute of Chicago. Some of her favorite roles include Musetta (La Boheme), Mrs.
Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Martha Jefferson (1776), Lucille (Parade) and Adele (Die Fledermaus).
She is the conductor for the young women’s choir, Angeli, and is the studio director/instructor at
Theresa Egan Studios. She currently lives in Evanston with her husband and their dog, Teddy.
For more information please visit www.TheresaEgan.org.
Nick Toussaint has been working with EDGE of Orion since our production of The Princess Bride: A Loving Tribute in 2013. “Orion needed someone to step into the small role of Inigo Montoya for a weekend, and I thought…I’ll learn to sword fight left handed!!!"
He has a BFA in Acting from Drake University. Since college Nick has been very fortunate to land some very fun roles such as: Joe Gillis (Sunset Boulevard), Adolpho (The Drowsy Chaperone), Pharaoh/Reuben (Joseph…), Action (West Side Story), and Romeo (Romeo and Juliet).
Since 2013 Nick has been in the second mounting of The Princess Bride, both productions of MacSith as the titular character, and also Into the Woods as Cinderella’s Prince.He also does a good amount of the graphic designs for EDGE of Orion productions.
Much like Stephan Scalabrino, Nick also does both motion capture for video games as well as character appearances for Marvel. He just finished "Injustice 2” (as Blue Beetle and Deadshot) and has previously worked on “Mortal Kombat X” (as Takeda, Reptile, Quan Chi, and Smoke).
Jonathan Crabtree has been involved with EDGE of Orion since their production of Pirates of Penzance on The Tall Ship Windy back in 2013 (where he proposed to his now wife and fellow troupe member, Melissa Crabtree. Feel free to “awww” here). Since then he has graced the various EDGE of Orion stages as Miracle Max in The Princess Bride, and Scrooge in A Steampunk Christmas Carol. In addition, Jon has volunteered and performed with EDGE of Orion’s collaborations with UPS for DownS’ in their productions of Hairspray and The Music Man.
Jonathan has also performed with several other professional theatres throughout Chicagoland, including roles in The House of Mirth (Dead Writers Theatre Collective), The Madness of …Poe (First Folio Theatre),A Man for All Seasons (Bowen Park Theatre), and Becky’s New Car (Steel Beam Theatre).
His favorite cake is pie.
Genevieve Lally is a dance-maker, storyteller and adventurer. Movement design/choreography credits include MacSith and Holmes vs. Holmes, EDGE of Orion, Farewell My Friend, (re)discover theatre (ensemble member), The Tempest, What A Do Theatre (Wilde Award) and Duet for Hanging Steel: Water Pot, a piece about access to clean drinking water, at the Aerial Dance Festival, Boulder, CO. She has performed for Collaboraction's Sketchbook, Lost Geneva Project, and The Actor’s Gymnasium, among others. Internationally, she has trained and performed in Greece and Guinea. She holds a B.A. in Art and Theatre from Cornell College and travelled the world by ship studying Anthropology and Performance with Semester At Sea. Writing Credits include Context, (One Minute Play Festival) and Persephone, (Art of Adaptation Festival Winner, City Lit). She will be co-directing Persephone for Promethean Theatre Ensemble at the Chicago Fringe Fest this summer. Favorite adventures include bicycling, scuba diving and re-imagining old stories.
Zack Meyer has working with EDGE of Orion since our production of The Princess Bride: A Loving Tribute in 2013. “(Orion) wanted me to play Humperdink…and since I never play villains, I jumped at the chance.” In August, Zack leaves Chicago to join Ohio State’s Grad school class of 2018!
Zack Meyer is honored to be a part of EDGE of Orion and their mission. At 6 years old, Zack was going to college fairs hell bent on finding the right business school to suit his business-y aspirations. Now he teaches people how to sword fight and spins some sweet Shakespearean verse for rowdy drunkards. His mother is sooo proud. Zack is a Chicago Actor, Fight Director, Educator, and Docent. He is also an Artistic Associate with 20% Theatre Company, a Founding Member of The UnRehearsed Shakespeare Company of Chicago, and is an instructor with Dueling Arts International. He has a BA in Theater from Western Illinois University. Keep up to date with him at www.zackmeyer1.com.
Miquela A. Cruz
Miquela A. Cruz is a native Chicagoan who has been acting, writing, directing and teaching for over 15 years. Previous gigs include performing writing, performing and mentoring with the Steppenwolf X-Town Teen Ensemble, pirating on the Tall Ship Windy, being one of the best summer camp counselors in the world at Harand Theatre Camp in addition to being seen in shows with Collaboraction, Chicago Kids Company and Rascal Children’s Theater. She is currently a Corn Productions Company Member, A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Company (ARFTCo) Ensemble Member as well as being an EDGE of Orion Troupe Member. She’s currently working on completing her bucket list, which includes items such as skydiving with her mother, finishing writing her zombie apocalypse book and learning how to ride a bicycle.
Melissa Crabtree holds two degrees in theater (Music Theatre Performance & Applied Theatre) which she uses very frequently both performing and directing. She’s appeared in shows with companies such as: Light Opera Works, Woodstock Opera House, Janus Theater, Blue Fish Theatrical, Phoenix Ensamble, Navy Pier Entertainment, Tall Ship Windy Adventures and Edge Theater. She won Australia’s 2011 GCAT for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her leading turn in Pheonix Ensamble’s All Shook Up. Off the stage, Melissa has spent the past 6 seasons directing musical theater prodcutions for Spotlight Youth Theater, Christian Youth Theater, St. Geniuses Productions, Dundee Crown High School and Schaumburg Summer Theater all while making time to run a private voice studio and teach for two local performing arts academies.
Katie Call is honored to be a member of the EDGE of Orion Troupe. Recent EDGE credits include A Staged Reading of Steampunk Christmas Carol (Teacher), Into The Woods (Stepmother), MacSith (Director’s Assistant/Understudy Lady Monduff) and Princess Bride (Director’s Assistant). She has also worked with 906 Theatre Co. as dramaturg for The Importance of Being Earnest and tackled various roles with The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company of Chicago. She received her Bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Northern Michigan University where she first met and performed with EDGE of Orion founders, Orion Couling and Rick Olson. Katie can be seen making her film debut as Stacy, the annoying office worker, in the soon to be released thrasher indie film, Buzzard.
Ryan grew up in the “John Hughes Film District” of Chicago – learning by experience and observation – about what it meant to be a nerd in the northern suburbs of Chicago. While becoming a devout student of almost “everything” later in life – Ryan experienced the quintessential 80’s childhood. He possesses an insatiable appetite for geeky books, movies, television, podcasts, theatre and board/video games and is always looking for a lively conversation. He has previously served on the board or marketing/leadership teams for Our Fair City, Chicago Loot Drop, Chicago Geek Bar, Raks Geek and Wildclaw Theatre.
Ryan works at Encyclopedia Britannica where he is focused on using the brand in important ways to improve learning and education throughout the world and nurture the desire to understand and grow that resides in everyone. In his “spare” time he is also a Cub Scout Master for his children’s Pack. He is a mission driven individual and his personal philosophy aligns closely with the pursuits and passions of the EDGE of Orion, its company members and its community.