Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, Director of Education

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Lisa received her M.F.A .from the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. After being selected for Life Membership to the Actors Studio in 2000, she became a core faculty member within the graduate program. She has taught privately in Chicago and New York, along with international workshops in England and Venezuela. She currently teaches at Columbia College-Chicago. Lisa appeared in Chicago Street's production of Doubt (NIETF Best Actress Award), The Goat or Who is Sylvia? The Beauty Queen of Leenane and, most recently, The Rose Tattoo.  She has directed The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, Snow Angel, The Less Than Human Club, Red Licorice, What the Butler Saw, Frost/Nixon, Pinocchio, Ascension Day, How to Eat Like A Child, and The Red Shoes. Learn more about Lisa's teaching philosophy here.  

Eric Brant, Director of Marketing

(219) 464-1636, Ext. 3 -

Eric has been a member of Chicago Street for more than 30 years as an artist, volunteer, actor, board member, and now he takes on his most exciting role--Director of Marketing. Past directoral projects include CST’s productions of Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night's DreamThe Secret Garden, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?, The Hot L Baltimore, Camping with Henry and Tom, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. As an actor, he has appeared in A Christmas Story, A Tuna Christmas, The Birthday Party, Coyote on a Fence, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, The Angels of Lemnos, Buried Child, Frost/Nixon, and The Cherry Orchard. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University and worked as a therapist with Porter Starke Services for nearly 15 years.  He is also an accomplished illustrator and painter. His favorite role is that of father to Lauren and Nicholas and husband to Traci. 

Michael Hite, Box Office

(219) 464-1636 ext 1 -

Mike worked as a Senior Project Manager with Strilich Technologies in Valparaiso for 13 years and has been a member of Chicago Street Theatre for 17 years and Box Office Manager for five years. Mike has also participated at Chicago Street Theatre as an actor, sound designer and committee member.

Sheri Nash-Braun, Box Office 

(219) 464-1636 ext 1 -

Sheri Nash-Braun began as a volunteer with CST more than 40 seasons ago as a young girl. She is no stranger to the CST box office where she was the volunteer manager for many years and helped us make the transition to a computerized system more than a decade ago! Also an accomplished artist, Sheri has appeared on the CST stage many times and worked behind-the-scenes as an award-winning director. She is married to sound guru/computer nerd, Paul, and they share their Valparaiso home with a menagerie of cats and turtles.

Braden Cleary, Instructor

Braden is a recent graduate of Indiana University with dual degrees in Arts Management and Theatre and Drama. In Summer 2014, Braden was an Education Intern at Classic Stage Company in New York City. For CSC, Braden conducted a comprehensive impact study analyzing the benefits of Shakespeare education in New York City schools as well as authored an educational study guide that will be used this Spring in schools across all five boroughs of the city. At IU, Braden served as the Artistic Director of the undergraduate theatre company, University Players, for whom he directed Hello Herman, Dustin Lance Black's 8, and Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis. In Spring 2014, his research, "An Empedoclean Tempest: The Storm in King Lear", was offered honorable mention by the College of Arts and Sciences Intensive Writing Competition. Braden has been seen on the CTG stage in Ascension DayPinocchio, and The Comedy of Errors. 

Kari-Anne Innes, Instructor

Kari-Anne is a lecturer at Valparaiso University with a passion for directing young actors in adaptations of literature, especially Shakespeare.  At CST, she has directed several youth productions including Fifteen Minute Hamlet and, most recently, The World's Worst Fairy Godmother.  Last summer, she adapted the script for CST's Shakespeare Workshop production of Comedy of Errors.  She previously directed with the Young Actors Shakespeare Workshop at Valparaiso University for eleven years.  As an undergraduate, she performed with Soul Purpose, Valparaiso University's liturgical drama troupe and has since participated in Bibliodrama workshops at Luther Seminary and Interplay workshops at Siena Retreat Center. She has written and performed the liturgical dramas The First Witnesses, co-written with Dr. John Steven Paul, and Widows, Brides, and Bridegrooms, as well as the solo performances Performing Lydias and An Evening with Pilate's Wi[ves].

Jenna Johnson, Instructor

Jenna graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, English and Japanese Studies and recently completed her Master of Arts in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature at Indiana University. A devoted theatre scholar, she has served as a production dramaturg for Eurydice (Valparaiso University),Twelfth Night (Valparaiso University), and Language of Angels (Indiana University), as well as the assistant dramaturg for the World Premiere of Year Zero (Victory Gardens). She has also worked as the Assistant Dramaturg for the Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama, an assistant to the Literary Manager at Victory Gardens Theater, and as an instructor for the Young Actor Shakespeare Workshop in Valpo. Shakespeare is one of Jenna's major passions. One of her life goals, which she is thankful to have achieved, was to see all of his plays in live production. Her parents even partly named her for a Shakespearean character! (Her middle name) When you meet her, see if you can guess her namesake. As an alumna of the Chicago Street Theatre education program, Jenna is thrilled to have the opportunity to return home as an instructor. Her childhood was blessed by the presence of theatre and she can't wait to share her love of theatre with all of you!