The Chicago Inclusion Project exists to facilitate inclusive experiences and hiring practices throughout Chicago theatre.
Emjoy Gavino (Founder, Executive Director, Casting Associate)
She / Her / Hers
Emjoy has performed with A Red Orchid Theatre, The Gift Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Second City, Northlight Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens, Broadway Playhouse, Lookingglass, Goodman Theatre, Writers Theatre, Studio Theatre, ACT, 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre and The Getty Villa. Emjoy is an associate artistic director and the casting director at Gift Theatre, a 3Arts Make A Wave grantee and a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf.
*staff portraits photographed by Joe Mazza at Brave Lux Photography (exceptions: headshots of Adelina & Greg)
Jeff Trainor, Program Coordinator
Charlie Hano, Casting Associate
Michael Patrick Thornton
We are proud to have partnered with
The League of Chicago Theatres, The Chicago Cultural Alliance and Brave Lux Photography.
Jessica Vann (Facilitator)
She / Her / Hers
Jessica is a multi-careered woman who is an actor, entrepreneur, singer and podcast host (Red, Hot and Coconut Oil) from Lansing, MI. She received a B.S. in Theatre and interpretation from Central Michigan University and an M.A. in Training and Development from Roosevelt University. She balances her time running her business Creative Spaces which provides arts based leadership and professional development workshops/keynotes for emerging veteran leaders in various work sectors. Acting, being a body positive blogger, and singing with her band, it would be safe to say she wears many hats and continues to find self discovery and joy in all of them. Chicago credits include, but are not limited to 1776 and Billy Elliot (Porchlight); Homos, or Everyone in America (Pride Films and Plays); Disaster: The Musical (Chicago Theatre Workshop); Story of a Story (Underscore Theatre Company); Hair and Ragtime (Big Noise Theatre) jessvanncreates.com
Arti Ishak (Facilitator)
They / Them / Theirs
Arti Ishak is an actor, director and community organizer originally from Detroit. Recent Chicago theatre credits include The Best Decision You Ever Made (The Second City), KISS (Haven) Witch (Writers), Buried Child (Writers), Men On Boats (American Theater Company), Venus in Fur (Circle Theatre), Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno (Second City) and A Story Told in Seven Fights (Neo-Futurists). A graduate of Western Michigan University's Theatre and Business schools. They teach at Black Box Acting and organize with SWANASA Central, an artist collective for South West Asian, North African, and South Asian artists. Repped by Paonessa Talent Agency. www.artiishak.com
Adelina Feldman-Schultz (Facilitator / Casting Associate)
She / Her / Hers
Adelina is thrilled beyond measure to be working with TCIP. She is a Casting Director, Actor and PHR Certified Human Resources Professional with an emphasis on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within organizations. Adelina is the proud producer of the annual Chicago Theatre Access Auditions (www.ctaauditions.com). Casting credits include projects with Teatro Vista, Sideshow Theatre, UrbanTheater Company, Adventure Stage Chicago, Something Marvelous, Firebrand Theatre, and more. Adelina serves as Casting Director and company member of Firebrand Theatre and is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.
Greg Geffrard (Facilitator)
He / Him / His
Greg is an educator, scholar, activist, actor, and facilitator who is dedicated to the empowerment of historically dehumanized populations and the creation of opportunities for radical joy. Since moving to Chicago in 2012, he has dedicated his time and energy to cultivating consensual spaces of artist creation and leading conversations around true equity in institutions, organizations, and their leadership structures. He facilitates challenging conversations, creates curricula, and formulate initiatives to aid in the creation of brave spaces and the development of sustainable systems as both an Assistant Faculty Member of Theatrical Education and a Sexual Assault Prevention Educator. He enjoys reading/performing poetry and all things boxing. and food!