Bertolt Brecht argued that to understand the complexities of the world, one must learn to see complexly. Yet today, in an age in which our vision is increasingly arrested by commercial media, complex seeing has become vastly more difficult. In response, Big Picture Group uses theatre as a lens through which the often obscure dynamics of contemporary life might be brought into focus. Our mission: to see, differently.
The Group :
Roger Bechtel [Artistic Director] has directed .duck, Sisters 3.0, and True + False for Big Picture Group, and will direct their upcoming original production titled True and False. As a director and actor, he has worked Off-Broadway and at a number of regional theatres, including the Yale Rep, the McCarter, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has an M.F.A. in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a Ph.D. in dramatic theory and criticism from Cornell University. Currently, he is the director of graduate studies at Miami University of Ohio. His book, Past Performance: American Theatre and the Historical Imagination, is forthcoming from Bucknell University Press.

Stephanie Ehemann [Managing Director] is very proud to be the managing director of Big Picture Group. When she is not immersed in budgets, bank accounts, and company meetings Steph also freelances around Chicago as a stage manager and assistant stage manager. Regional credits include Dependent Study with BPG, She Stoops to Conquer and Waiting for Godot with Signal Ensemble Theatre, Animal Farm with Bailiwick Repertory and several productions with First Folio Shakespeare. She will be rejoining Signal Ensemble this upcoming season as stage manager for Closer and Hamlet. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and Business from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2003. Steph would like to thank Roger, Allan and Andrew for asking her to make BPG her home and as always love to Tony.

Allan Aquino [Associate Artistic Director] BPG: “Boy” in Dependent Study, “Relling” in Duck, “Storyteller” in True + False. Other Chicago credits include: “Kono” in world premiere of Lady Chaplin and Her Tramp (Piven Theatre), multiple roles in 365 (Piven and DCA), “Randeep” in Jataka (Tireswing), multiple roles in Midnight Children (Rasaka), and “Messenger” in Comedy of Errors (First Folio). National Tour: “Tybalt” in Romeo and Juliet and “Polynices” in Oedipus Cycle (National Players). TV/Pilot: "Leonard" in Wingmen (Rising Productions, showing at 2007's Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition). Currently: fixing the website in his underwear. ILYMaC.

Andrew Schneider [Associate Artistic Director] is a multimedia-artist and performer living in New York City. In addition to designing the video for all of BPG's shows, he has worked on video for The Wooster Group as well as The Builder's Association in New York. Andrew's solo performance work has been featured at P.S. 122, The Tank, and Sony Tech Wonder Labs. His multimedia work has been featured on Wired, Rocketboom, and Make magazine. Andrew will complete his Masters Degree at the Interactive Telecommunications program at NYU in May. More at andrewjs.com.

Margaret Hartmann [Company Member] Margaret Hartmann is a Chicago based lighting designer who'se most recentcredits include; Live Feed for Plasticene at National Pastime, Circus Crashers for Wise Woman Fools at The Actors Gymnasium, and an installation for The Ice Factory. Margaret is also dealing with a biography project exploring senses of calm and control. Thanks to mom, roommates, and BPG for making all of these projects successful.

Brendan Hendrick [Company Member] has been freelancing in props and
scenery for three years now, working on everything from BPG's summer production of ".duck" to prop shopping for the Goodman Theatre. He'd like to thank everyone he knows for their support, Cheers!

Amanda S. Johnson [Company Member] Most recently, she assistant stage managed Aren't We All with Remy Bumppo Theatre company. Other Chicago stage management credits include War of the Worlds with Metropolis Theatre, The Merry Widow with Light Opera Works, .duck with Big Picture Group, The Wooden Breeks with Lookingglass, and Accent Arpino with Joffrey Ballet. Regionally, she has worked with Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, Boston Ballet, Universiry of Wisconsin Madison, and Jekyll Island Musical Theatre. Amanda is a proud member of AGMA and a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University.

Erin Liston [Company Member] True + False marks Erin Liston's fourth production with BPG.Last summer she appeared as Olga in Sisters 3.0. The year before, she was seen as Peterson in .duck, and designed costumes for dependent study. Erin recieved her BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University. As always, endless thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Mike, Col, Jen and Pat.

Simone Roos [Company Member] earned her BFA in Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2003. A proud member of Big Picture Group, she played the roles of Mrs. Sorby in their premiere production .duck and Masha in Sisters 3.0. Other recent Chicago credits include Noises Off! with Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Hamlet & A Midsummer Night's Dream with First Folio Shakespeare Festival, and Design for Living with Circle Theatre, for which she received a Jeff Citations nomination for her performance as Gilda. Simone can also be seen in Signal Ensemble's upcoming production of Hamlet in April-May. Much love and many thanks to her incredibly supportive friends and family, especially Mom, Dad, Jocie, Matthew, and Dave.

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