Meet the Cast
Dujuan Austin, Jr. is an actor and director noted for his starring role in the web series Duality (seasons 1-3). He wrote and starred in the feature film New Day Black and is penning new films as he looks forward to his theatrical debut as Brandon in Roomies.
Patrick (BRANDON 12/23 & 12/30)
PATRICK DEAL is an actor and writer with a balanced background of theater and film. He originates from Chicago where he graduated from Columbia College Chicago. He's glad to be back to Stage 773 as this will be his 2nd performance here with his 1st being his lead role in the dark comedy, How Does That Make You Feel? He is credited to other original works such as last year's The Domino Effect, Two Wrongs, and Wasteland Hero.
Andrea Hendricks began her performance training in the award-winning Full Effect Entertainment Theatrical Dance Company where she toured and was featured in dramatic dance videos. A mother of two, she has recently delved into the fashion and hair industry. She thanks Dane A. Campbell for giving her a chance to play Tamra in Roomies and is looking to further her acting career.
Brooke (TAMRA 12/23 & 12/30)
Brooke Reams hails from Phoenix, Arizona where she attended Arizona School for the Arts. She continued her training at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan. After graduation, Brooke joined the national tour of Shout: The Mod Musical performing as Red Girl. For the past several years she has been focusing on music with her band Brooke & The Nice Things here in Chicago.
Arlene (GRANDMA BRIGHTSHINE)
Darrell Lee Brown is no stranger to the stage or the Fearless Fiction Productions family. He is returning as Randy, the standout comedic character from Dane A. Campbell's Low Hanging Fruit (August 2017). Darrell has spent his entire life honing his broad range of talents including but not limited to acting, dancing, choreographing, singing, and speech. He is honored to play Randy again!
Arlene is happy to be making her debut in Fearless Fiction's Premiere production of Roomies with her role as Grandma Brighthine. She recently completed another Chicago premiere as Rose in the James Downing Theatre' s production of Old Ringers. In 2013 she returned to the Chicago area from a seventeen-year retirement in Pompano Beach, Florida. In 1997 she'd joined Curtain Call Playhouse and debuted in their first production, Last of the Red Hot Lovers as both 'Jeanette' & stage manager. She was involved in all aspects of that theatre, from acting and backstage work to Assistant Artistic Director. But Arlene's first love remained acting and she appeared in Romantic Comedy, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Blythe Spirit After her return, she joined Theatre of Western Springs in 2013 and has served on several crews, including Hospitality, Box Office, Paint & Costumes. She became TWS' Annual Costume Chair in 2014 and costumed Slaughterhouse Five, The Dinner Party, The Man Who Came To Dinner. & Rumors. Her acting roles at TWS were Louisa in Design for Murder in 2014 and Jesse in Calander Girls in 2015. Last September she played both Helen & Mrs. Hedges in Elmhurst's GreenMan Theatre Troupe's production of Born Yesterday. She followed that with costuming GMTT's production of Nickle & Dimed in November. This year she has appeared in a number of Colombia College and DePaul student films, along with a web series called Life Defined for Artinagale Films.
Dontaé Johnson starred in his very first play in the 6th grade Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He then went on to writing and starring in his very own plays Prayer Without Work is Dead and Let Go and Let God. Dontaé then pursued a career in modeling, commercial and runway. He was cast as "Randy" for two shows in the critically acclaimed Low-Hanging Fruit, written, directed and produced by Dane A. Campbell to rave reviews. Now, he is overly excited and honored playing "Shondell" in Roomies.
Zachary Madison is honored to join the cast Roomies as Zachary! Hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky and an alumni of The Second City Training Center, iO Theater, and The Improv Trick; Zachary has performed stand up, sketch, and improv comedy all over the land of Chicago. He can be seen performing with The Comedy Dance Collective, his family friendly sketch duo SAME and the dramatic improv team BUZZKILL. Zachary would like to thank his mom, his SAME, his lovely wife Molly and his sister for teaching him how to respect others.
RJ (ZACHARY 12/23, 12/24 & 12/30)
RJ Cecott is a proud graduate of Illinois State University (’17) with a B.S. in Acting, and is ecstatic to be making his debut at Stage 773 with Roomies. He has portrayed such roles as Eric Harris in Columbinus, March Hare in Alice in Wonderland, Leaf Coneybear in The 25th…Spelling Bee (Illinois Sate University), Mark Taggert in Par for the Corpse (Oil Lamp Theater), Prior Walter in Angels in America (Moraine Valley Community College) and Justin Hammond in After Ashely (Irene Ryan Nomination). RJ can be seen next understudying Chad, Russo and John in 16th Street Theatre's production of Harbur Gate by Kathleen Cahill. Thank you to Dane A. Campbell for the opportunity!
Celease Brown is a southern gal who is all about lights, camera, and action. Born and raised in Chicago, she is a film producer/dancer/and a musician. She obtained her B.A. in Digital Cinema and Interactive Media from DePaul University and has recently produced a sci-fi thriller, Brown Wreck Loose, (2016) while constantly building her film résumé. A dancer in the Nunufatima Dance Company, Inc, “Cece” is excited to embark on a new journey with Fearless Fiction Productions as “Lamonica.
Racheal (LAMONICA 12/23 & 12/30)
Racheal J enjoys acting, improv, singing, and writing music. Her passion of the arts has lead her to pursue an A.A. Degree at The College of Dupage and become certified in Unarmed Stage Combat.She currently performs with two improv troupes: Manifold Destiny at Mckaw Theater under Antoine Mckay and Ms. Jonez a Hip Hop improv troupe with the Chicago Diverse Comedy Community who have recently graced the stage at iO Theater. As an R&B singer-songwriter she's captivated audiences with her first single and has a new self-titled EP coming soon. Racheal J is looking forward to working in the next Emmy Award winning HBO series, or in any feature opposite Denzel Washington!
Deshawn Dixson is a dynamic Chicago actor whose credits include “Amani” in Sister Africa at The Athenaeum Theatre , “Joshua Isaiah Crawley” in God Help Me Look to You at the Chicago Dramatist Theater, and the devised piece Bag and Tag for the 2017 Collaboration Peace book festival. He was trained at the Chicago Actors Studio. Before entering the world of Chicago theater, Deshawn appeared in and co-wrote The Starfish Project at Oak Park River Forest High School. He has appeared in several student and independent films, and as an extra on Empire and APB. Deshawn’s work is inspired by his early life in Chicago’s West Side, and the work of playwrights like August Wilson, Lorraine Hansberry, and Susan Lori-Parks.
Kailin Vannatter, an Arizona native, is excited to be making her Stage 773 debut. She is a graduate from Utah State University with a BFA in Theatre as well as a graduate of The Second City Improvisaton Conservatory program. Recently moved to Chicago she is having the time of her life performing around the city in improv sets, trying stand up and most recently back on the stage.
Laura (MARJORIE 12/23 & 12/30)
Laura Ann Parry (MARJORIE) is a third-generation Chicago native who discovered her love for acting later in life. Laura has studied at Second City, Acting Studio Chicago, The Green Room, Black Box Acting and Remy Bumppo. She adores playing strong women in comedic and dramatic roles. She has performed in plays that range from those written by Steve Martin to Edward Albee. You can see Laura guest star in the TV movie Cleveland Abduction and in other film roles listed on her IMDb page. She thanks her family and friends for coming to see her shows; director Dane A. Campbell and the cast, crew and staff of Roomies; and husband, David, and daughters, Anna and Sara, for their love and support. She also thanks YOU for patronizing theatre. Namaste!"
Courtney Thompson is thrilled to be making her Fearless Fiction debut! An Illinois native, Courtney got a degree in theatre from Millikin Unversity and spent a few years performing in Aspen, Co., before relocating to Chicago where she has studied Meisner Technique with Green Shirt Studio and First Folio with Susan and Jeffrey. Chicago credits include : u/s The Other Woman, Death of a Salesman (Redtwist Theatre); Eleanor, Big Love (Triton College); u/s Lisa, TAPPED: a Treasonous Musical Comedy (Theater Wit); Jenna, Mana and Her Underground Family (Gorilla Tango Theatre).
Addison CLAUDETTE 12/23 & 12/30)
Originally hailing from Oklahoma, Addison Lewis is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she obtained a B.A. in Theatre Acting. Her most recent works include Peer Gynt (Ase) directed by Jeff Ginsberg and Midsummer Mayhem V (Hermia/Simaetha/Weird Sister) dir. by William Sydney Parker. She is honored to be joining the Fearless Fiction team for this production!
Cameron Smith just recently moved to Chicago from his hometown of Denham Springs, LA and this is his first show in town. He studied Acting at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. While there, he performed in such plays as The Importance of Being Earnest, The Real Inspector Hound, and Guys & Dolls. When not performing from a script he is also an accomplished improviser.
Elliott (CONNOR 12/23 & 12/30)
Elliott Watts is a Phoenix transplant who’s excited to be a part of this production. His recent shows include Iron Irene and Ayn Rand in Love. He’s had the opportunity to perform in 7th Ave and Grand with Trunk Space Theatre, as well as shows such as Dark of the Moon, Tobacco Road, and Godspell. He also enjoyed his time working with children's theatre. He's performed around Chicago in the improv scene and is thrilled joining this show.
Anthony Luis Rios is an actor/musician born and raised in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. At 13 he began writing his own music, and by 17 he was a self-taught engineer and producer who acted in music videos. He has performed in productions including Tony Touch and Do or Die. He studied Recording Arts at Tribeca Flashpoint College and currently interns at Huntley Community. He has been featured on many shows but more prevalently on Chicago Justice. He now plays the character “Shine’s” engineer on Fox's hit TV show Empire.
Thea (MRS. MILES)
Thea Camara discovered her passion for acting at an early age. She began to pursue her longtime dream with vigor in 2007. Since that time, Thea has had the opportunity to perform in various films, stage plays, commercials and print ads. Thea has trained with some of the most accredited acting coaches in the industry: Susan Batson at the Susan Batson Studio NYC, Craig J. Engel of Bolingbrook, IL, Michael McCracken of Vagabond Chicago, Jamal McNeil of L.A., Act 1 studio Chicago and Tasha Smith of TSAW LA.
David (MR. MILES)
David A. Walker has been acting consistently since 2008. He got his first taste for the stage in his High school production of A Raisin in the Sun as “Walter Lee.” He has appeared in several stage plays including, Immaculate Conception, Dane A. Campbell’s Grounds for Divorce with the Black Ensemble Theater and The Replacement among others. He got his first shot at film in Annamvision’s production of A Dog Returns to Vomit in 2014. He played “Detective Macklin” in the short film Consequences which won the Indie Spirit Award at the Windy City International Film Fest 2017. Catch him in the upcoming R.O.M.E. Production Group web series Showcase late 2017.