Meet our newest members!


As a company we have been very fortunate to work with some truly talented and dedicated artists. We have recently invited 5 of these artists to join Tympanic and are so excited to introduce them to you here! Please welcome our new Company Members: Erin Altekruse, Kelly Parker, and Sergio Soltero and Artistic Associates: Aaron Pagel, and Amanda Dunne Acevedo

We know that our future work will continue to grow stronger thanks to the addition of these fine folks!

Read on to get to know these wonderful artists a bit better:

Erin Altekruse (Resident Stage Manager)

Erin is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Directing. Besides directing shows, Erin also works in stage management, and has a background in dance. Her directorial work has a focus on social issues and she hopes to work with children within the context of theater therapy soon. She loves going to work as a preschool teacher everyday here in Chicago. In her free time Erin loves to travel, study Arabic, and work with women and children of domestic abuse.

Kelly Parker (Casting Director)

Kelly is thrilled to be a part of this merry group of rogues and rascals! She has acted in three Tympanic shows thus far, including: Julia PastranaSandalwood (understudy) and Social Creatures. She also currently serves as the company's Casting Director. Outside of Tympanic, Kelly has performed with Wayward Productions, Pride Films & Plays, Theatre Seven of Chicago, Livewire, Chicago Children's Theatre, Lil'buds, Project 891, and the Viaduct Theatre. In addition to acting, she sometimes casts things. Kelly serves as the Resident Casting Director for Route 66, she has been a Casting Associate for Steep Theatre, and she has done freelance casting for Theatre Seven, including American Storm, Blacktop Sky (as part of the 2013 Steppenwolf Garage Rep), Unwilling and Hostile Instruments: 100 Years of Extraordinary Chicago Women, and Principal Principle (a co-production with Stage Left). Kelly is a proud graduate of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her BFA in Acting, and she is represented by the lovely ladies at Shirley Hamilton.

Sergio Soltero (Resident Photographer)

A proud Chicagoan since 2008, Sergio is excited to join Tympanic Theater Company as a company member. A graduate of Florida State University,  Sergio's Chicago credits include work with Tympanic, Genesis Ensemble (of which he is an Artistic Associate), Chicago Dramatists, Right Brain Theatre Project and The Side Project, as well as various film projects.

Aaron Pagel

Aaron is the owner and operator of Kentalago Productions.  After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Theatre with a focus in Film Performance, Aaron moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career on the silver screen.  Aaron gained experience in a full range of film work from editing, acting, stunts, AD'ing, producing, and all the small jobs in between.  With an eye on something new, he moved to Chicago in 2010 to pursue more theatrical pursuits. Aaron came to realize that Chicago and its artists are the perfect combination for narrative film.  Armed with a 'jack-of-all-trades' background and empowered by the entrepreneurial spirit of Chicago, Aaron is ready to start building.

 Amanda Dunne Acevedo

Amanda is excited to be joining the Tympanic family as an Artistic Associate. She is a founding company member of the Chicago-based Genesis Ensemble, with whom she is a performer and director creating ensemble-devised performances. She was last seen performing in Genesis Ensemble's epic 6-hour walk down Lawrence Avenue, History, Performance & Tea and in South Shore for the Chicago Home Theatre Festival. She has worked creatively with Vintage Theatre Collective, Tympanic Theatre Company, Odradek Theatre Company, and Red Tape. She works as a Teaching Artist for Steppenwolf and she serves as Northlight Theatre's Director of Education. She has also worked with the education programs at the Chicago Public Library, Writers Theatre, American Theatre Company, and Redmoon Theatre, as well as with the Los Angeles based Fringe Benefits. Her essay, co-written with Lindsey Barlag Thornton about The Walking Theatre Project, a theatre for social change organization she co-founded at Miami University in 2005, was published in Staging Social Justice: Collaborating to Create Activist Theatre (SIU Press, 2013). During the summer of 2014 she was accepted into the inaugural cohort of Lincoln Center Education's Teaching Artist Training Program and spent two weeks training at Lincoln Center with top arts educators from around the country. She recently graduated from Columbia College's Teaching Artist Development Studio.