Living History Teaching Artist

Wardell made his TimeLine Theatre acting debut in the sold-out production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, his directing debut with KILL MOVE PARADISE, and 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 THE SHIPMENT (Red Tape); INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY (Stage Left); and SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY (Redtwist). He was also Associate Director for GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER and Assistant Director for GEM OF THE OCEAN and SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF (Court).

Chicago acting credits include FLYIN’ WEST (American Blues); SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (Raven); SILENT SKY (First Folio); APARTMENT 3A (Windy City Playhouse); 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 OTHELLO, MACBETH, and THE LEARNED LADIES (Theater at Monmouth); THE WHIPPING MAN (Cardinal Stage); CYMBELINE (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival); and FENCES (Carver Theatre).

His television and film credits include SHAMELESS and CHICAGO FIRE.

Originally from Fairfield, Alabama, Wardell earned his BFA degree in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. He is represented by Gray Talent Group.

New faces at TimeLine

The TimeLine family is expanding! We're so pleased to announce the addition of several new artists and community leaders to our ranks. Chicago artists Tyla Abercrumbie, Will Allan, Wardell Julius Clark, Charles Andrew Gardner, and …

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