Living History Teaching Artist

Wardell made his TimeLine Theatre debut in 2013 in the sold-out production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN. He also serves as a teaching artist in the Living History Education Program. The first show he saw at TimeLine was WEEKEND in 2008. “The production was smart, sharp, sophisticated and had great heart. I knew I wanted to someday be apart of the company.” He is inspired by the energy, engagement, and family feel of the company. “It is warm and relentlessly energetic all at once!”

“I have always been a student of history, looking back at events in our past to understand who and how we are in the world is very important. There is no better place to explore those themes and ideas than at TimeLine.”

Chicago directing credits include Assistant Director for SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF and GEM OF THE OCEAN (Court). Chicago acting credits include APARTMENT 3A (Windy City Playhouse); GEM OF THE OCEAN and INVISIBLE MAN (Court); THE WHIPPING MAN  (Northlight); WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT… and THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES (Victory Gardens); THE BEATS (16th Street Theater); GHOSTS OF ATWOOD (MPAACT), for which he received the Black Theater Alliance Denzel Washington Award for Most Promising Actor; and TOPDOG/UNDERDOG (American Theater Company/Congo Square Theater). Regional credits include THE WHIPPING MAN (Cardinal Stage); CYMBELINE (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival); FENCES (Carver Theatre); and BIG RIVER, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, THE WHO’S TOMMY and A CHORUS LINE (Virginia Samford Theatre). Most recently, Wardell returned to NBC’s CHICAGO FIRE in a co-star epsiode arc.

Wardell is currently executive producing and co-starring in a film short titled Dementia Jones, that deals with Alzheimer’s and the effects it has on family and loved ones. Release scheduled for Fall of 2017.

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Wardell earned his BFA degree in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.