Meet The Viola Project Team!

Rebecca Dumain (Communications Director) has been teaching with The Viola Project since summer 2013. A proud graduate of Northwestern University, Rebecca has a focus on theatre for young audiences and creative drama as well as a passion for developing new plays. She loves getting to work with and learn from the insightful and brave girls of The Viola Project, who never cease to amaze her. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

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Catherine Gillespie (Managing Director) is proud to be part of the team at The Viola Project. In addition to her administrative duties, she is an an active member of the teaching staff at TVP. She graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with a degree in Music Theatre. She currently teaches Voice at Columbia College Chicago, and has also taught for the City of Evanston’s summer Young Artists Program as well as the Music Prep Division of Oakland University's Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. Additionally, Catherine is a professional dialect coach, having worked on recent productions with Red Theater Chicago, Promethean Theatre Ensemble, City Lit Theater and Haven Theatre. I count myself in nothing else so happy as in a soul remembering my good friends...



Skyler Schrempp (Artistic Director) is thrilled to be working with The Viola Project.   She is a professional teaching artist and actor and has taught with numerous non-profits in both Chicago and New York including the Striking Viking Story Pirates, Community Word Project, the Young Artist Program and Adventure Stage.  She has been seen on the stages of Oak Park Festival Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Redmoon Theatre, Adventure Stage, 16th Street Theatre and First Folio.  She is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and Hampshire College.  She continues to be inspired by all the girls that want to spend their summers and weekends bringing Shakespeare to life.   All other doubts, by time let them be clear'd; Fortune brings in some boats that are not steer'd.

David Tabak (Board President) has been in nonprofit management for 19 years, with the last 12 at Second Sense, an social service agency that empowers people with vision loss. David is currently the President of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston. David is also the founder of the C(3)EO Forum, an organization that supports the chief executive officers of non-profit organizations. David is the proud father of bold daughters, Maud and Lila and lucky husband of Denise.  David is the author of Lather Rinse Repeat, a collection of short stories. Some good I mean to do, despite of my own nature.


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Katherine Banks (Teaching Artist) is honored to be a part of the Viola Project teaching team. In addition to the Viola Project, she has worked as a teaching artist for Pulse Beat Music, Evanston Cultural Arts Division, Family Matters, and Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. She is currently the teaching-artist-in-residence at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School and the outreach coordinator for the Oak Park Festival Theatre’s touring production of Shakespeare: Scenes, Sonnets and Song. As a Chicago-based actor, Katherine works in the mediums of theatre, film, commercials, industrials, and voiceovers. Most recently, she appeared onstage in Buzz22 Chicago's sold-out production of She Kills Monsters presented as part of the Steppenwolf Garage Rep series. She has also worked with Adventure Stage Chicago, AlphaBet Soup Productions, and ArtsLanes as a Theatre-for-Young-Audiences performer. Katherine is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and the School at Steppenwolf.  No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en. In brief, sir, study what you most affect.

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Amy Malcom (Teaching Artist) has been teaching with The Viola Project since moving to Chicago 3 years ago and couldn't be more happy to be doing so. Amy has taught/directed with Raven Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, DreamBig and Fox Valley Repertory Theatre where she is currently directing The Little Mermaid. She is also an actor who has regionally worked with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival and Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival and locally with First Folio, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, The Framework and Quest Theatre Ensemble. If music be the food of love, play on!