In 2018, we were thrilled to partner with director Jason Gerace, About Face Youth Theatre and Pride Films and Plays to present the 20th Anniversary Reading of The Laramie Project. Additionally, we launched our ongoing #SafeSpace variety series, hosting upwards of eighty performers while raising funds for organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Trans Lifeline, Project Fierce Chicago, RAICES, and the Chicago Abortion Fund.
Special thanks to our 2018 Sponsors: All Dressed Up Costumes, Anonymous, Carin Silkaitis, The Heath Fund, Julane Sullivan, The Puzzle Box Dance Studio, Pride Films & Plays, Pride Wine, Shawn and Brenda Renaud
Welcome to our newest Artistic Associates!
Jimbo Pestano and Christian Siebert join the Random Acts team
Jimbo Pestano is a Chicago based actor and drag artist known as Angelíca Grace. Jimbo identifies as genderqueer and pronouns include they/them/their. They have worked with About Face Youth Theatre (AFYT), Route 66, National New Play Network, Eclectic Theatre Co., The Gift Theatre, Asian Improv Arts Midwest, and Jedlicka Performing Arts. Jimbo has been an ensemble member at AFYT for 5 years and serves on the Youth Task Force. Through their work on the Youth Task Force, they co-created KINSHIP, an all ages queer variety show. Jimbo is ecstatic to now be an Artistic Associate at Random Acts, having performed numerous times at #SafeSpace and in the 20th anniversary staged reading of The Laramie Project. In drag, they’ve performed with Salonathon, Trains Magazine, Wild Atlas Theatre Co., and Auntie’s Treasures. Favorite past credits include RENT (Angel), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), and Shrek: The Musical (Donkey). Follow them on Instagram @jimbopestano!
Christian Siebert's credits include the long-running revival of AVENUE Q (Mercury Theater), DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, AND A FLY (Children's Theater of Madison), THE POLAR EXPRESS (Rail Events, Inc. & Warner Bros. Entertainment), JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Gorilla Tango), THE JUNGLE BOOK (Missoula Children's Theatre), and several productions at Viterbo University, where he earned his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Instagram: @christiansiebert