Liz Cooper (Lighting Designer)

Liz is very excited to be working on Nevermore, having also designed for Black Button's Shockheaded Peter this season.. Some of her lighting design credits include Bloodhound Law, Father Ruffian, Peyton Place and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (City Lit), Bard Fiction (Commedia Beauregard), Winter's Tale, A Study in Scarlet and Henry V (Promethean), Anton in Show Business and The Rover (20% Chicago) and After Miss Julie (Focal Point Theatre).

Hazel Marie Flowers-McCabe (Stage Manager)

Hazel is ecstatic to be making her Black Button Eyes debut. She is a regular at City Lit Theater and has done countless shows there including London Assurance, Hauptmann, The Tempest, Cocktail Time, The Rivals, Seascape, and both productions of Holmes and Watson. She has also had the pleasure of working with Raven, A Red Orchid Theatre, Promethean, Commedia Beauregard, Hell in a Handbag, A Crew of Patches, Red Hen/Chicago Jewish Theater, ARFTCo, L.I.V.E., Accomplice, Arts/Lane, and Magic Chicago. Hazel is a proud member, and the Managing Director, of Polarity Ensemble Theatre.

Jeremy Hollis (Set Designer/Technical Director)

Jeremy is a Chicago-based scenic designer. Recent credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Eclectic), The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier (Permoveo), The Nance and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Pride Films and Plays), and Captain Steve's Caring Kingdom (Factory). Has also worked with Weathervane Playhouse, Artemisia, and Promethean Theatre Ensemble, among others. Much love to Jason Heyward and the Wignall Lab.

Robert Hornbostel (Sound Designer)

Robert is a Designer, Composer, and Engineer based out of Chicago working with companies like Porchlight Music Theatre, New Millennium Theatre, Rivendell Theater, Roosevelt University, ChiArts High School, and Gliterati Productions. Robert won the 2015 BroadwayWorld Award for Best Sound Design, Non-Equity for his production of The Glass Protege. Robert would like to thank his fellow designers, family and friends for their constant support. Samples of his work can be found at Tech Magic Designs.


Beth Laske-Miller (Costume Designer)

Beth's previous costume design work with Black Button Eyes includes Shockheaded Peter, Amour, Goblin Market, and Coraline. She also works with Irish Theatre of Chicago (The My Way Residential, Lay Me Down Softly, The Seafarer, In Pigeon House, and Moon for the Misbegotten) MadKap Productions (The Seven Year Itch), Babes with Blades (180 Degree Rule), Midsommer Flight (As You Like It, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing), Promethean Theatre Ensemble (A Study in Scarlet, The Caucasian Chalk Circle), and Hell in a Handbag (L’Imitation of Life).


Ed Rutherford (Director)

For Black Button Eyes, Ed most recently directed the Jeff-Recommended Shockheaded Peter, preceded by Amour (Chicago premiere), Goblin Market, and Stephin Merrit's musical adaptation of Coraline (Midwest Premiere). In 2017 Ed also directed the Jeff-Recommended productions of The Liar with Promethean Theatre Ensemble and Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz at Brown Paper Box Co. He is an artistic associate at Promethean, where he additionally directed his own world premiere adaptation of the Peter S. Beagle fantasy novel The Last Unicorn, Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle and the company's inaugural production, Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy. As an actor, he has performed with Drury Lane Oakbrook, Porchlight, Theater Wit and many others. A graduate of Northwestern's theater program, he is currently completing his MBA at Kellogg.

Nick Sula (Music Director)

Nick is a pianist, arranger, and award-winning music director for theater and cabaret. He is proud to return to Black Button Eyes where he performed as music director for Amour and Coraline. Recent theater credits include music direction at Porchlight Music Theatre, Pride Films and Plays, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Chicago Theatre Workshop. Nick is an instructor, music director, and vocal coach at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He is also a member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals, performing with vocalists at venues such as Davenport’s, Uptown Underground, Stage 773, Victory Gardens, The Twisted Vine, and the Park West.

Derek Van Barham (Choreographer)

Derek Van Barham is the Associate Artistic Director of Pride Films & Plays, a member of the Red Tape Theatre ensemble, and a former Artistic Director of The Ruckus. For PFP, he has directed Angry Fags (Steppenwolf Garage Repertory), Songs from an Unmade Bed (Jeff nomination: Best Director of a Musical or Revue), PRISCILLA, Queen of the Desert: The Musical (co-directed by David Zak). He also wrote, directed and choreographed BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret and Kill Your Boyfriends. Other directing credits include Three Days of Rain (Boho), Miracle! by Dan Savage and Skooby Don't (Hell in a Handbag), and Trash (New American Folk Theatre). He has choreographed for Black Button Eyes (Shockheaded Peter, Coraline the Musical, Goblin Market, Amour), Permoveo (Albert Cashier), The Plagiarists, Inappropriate Theatre, and Salonathon. He can currently be seen improvising with the LGBT team Baby Wine (Fridays at The Annoyance). He was recently named one of Windy City Times 30 Under 30, recognizing individuals from Chicago's LGBTQ community. MFA: Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Rachelle "Rocky" Kolecke (Props/ Puppetry)

Bio coming soon!