Cate Gillespie

Managing Director

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Catherine Gillespie 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.

Skyler Schrempp

Artistic Director


Skyler Schrempp 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.

David Tabak

Board President

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David has been in nonprofit management for 19 years, with the last 12 at Second Sense, a social service agency that empowers people with vision loss.  He is currently the President of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston and 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.