Mechelle is a Company Member at TimeLine, where her credits include directing Sarah Ruhl’s IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY, which she also did as a reading in collaboration with The Chicago Inclusion Project; CARDBOARD PIANO in artistic alliance with The Yard; and AN EXPERIMENT WITH AN AIR PUMP; and appearing in THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS, MY KIND OF TOWN, THE FRONT PAGE, THE CHILDREN’S HOUR, NOT ENOUGH AIR, and PARADISE LOST. She is Co-Artistic Director of The Yard, a youth-based theater company that produces theater relevant to young people, performed by young people. She is also a founding member of The Hypocrites, and currently is a part of its ensemble. Mechelle is a Jeff Award recipient for Actress in a Principal Role for her performance in MACHINAL (The Hypocrites) and received a Jeff Award nomination for Actress in Principal Role for STAGE DOOR (Griffin). She has directed and devised numerous works at Senn Arts and with The Yard, including MILK LIKE SUGAR, THE 4TH GRADER’S PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE SUICIDE, ECLIPSED, OUR AMERICA: GHETTO LIFE 101: REMORSE (which she also adapted) and METAMORPHOSES, both of which were selected for the 2014 and 2015 Illinois High School Theatre Festivals, as well as the docudrama BROKEN TEXT, an original work by Mechelle based on her interviews with men recently released from incarceration and living in a transitional facility. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois Chicago with bachelor’s degrees in Theater and Anthropology. Next up, Mechelle will be directing The Yard’s production of COLUMBINUS, opening in May at Steppenwolf’s 1700 space, as well as producing and directing for Snack Break, The Yard’s short play festival in alliance with Victory Gardens, June 7-10, 2018.

Space for re-invention

One of the things TimeLine audiences often comment on is their appreciation for how our theater is continually re-invented. Our flexible seating system allows us to reconfigure where the playing area is and re-imagine the …

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