Terry McCabe has been City Lit’s artistic director since February 2005. He has directed plays professionally in Chicago since 1981. He was artistic director of Stormfield Theatre for four years, resident director at Wisdom Bridge Theatre for five years, and worked at Body Politic Theatre three different times in three different capacities over a span of 14 years. His City Lit adaptations of Holmes and Watson, Gidget (co-adapted with Marissa McKown), The Hound of the Baskervilles, Scoundrel Time, and Opus 1861(co-adapted with Elizabeth Margolius) were Jeff-nominated. He won two Jeff Citations for directing at Stormfield and has been thrice nominated for the Jeff Award for Best Director, for shows at Court Theatre, Wisdom Bridge, and Victory Gardens. He has directed at many Chicago theatres either long-gone or still with us, as well as off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre and at Vienna’s English Theatre. His book Mis-Directing the Play has been denounced at length in American Theatre magazine and from the podium at the national convention of The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, but is used in directing courses on three continents and is now available in paperback. He is a member of the theatre faculty at Columbia College.
A graduate of Columbia College’s BFA program and the Second City Conservatory, Katy Nielsen started at City Lit in 2006 as Assistant to the Artistic Director. After witnessing her exceptional administrative and production skills first hand the staff decided to hire Katy to produce several special projects, including the organizational overhaul of the theater’s dressing room and City Lit’s 30th anniversary party. Today, Katy is in charge of the annual Banned Books Week program (a collaboration with the American Library Association), production of the annual Art of Adaptation Festival, and Real Live Literature, our educational program that is dedicated to bringing City Lit’s mission to children of all ages. You may also have spotted her on City Lit’s main stage in Puddin’Head Wilson and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Katy is also a freelance production manager, actor, and performance artist, and the Artistic Director of Outlaw Production Collective.
Lisa Maraldi brings twenty years of branding and design experience to City Lit. Her design expertise includes annual reports, ads, brochures, corporate identity, direct mail, newsletters, signage and web design. She has won industry awards in advertising and corporate identity. Lisa is the principal director of Maraldi Design where she focuses on assisting small businesses and not-for-profit organizations build their brands. Lisa holds a BA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Stephanie began her City Lit life as an intern and was quickly hired to be Marketing Director. She has a BA in English from the University of Florida which she hopes one day will come in handy as she ventures into the world of playwrighting.