Your Chicago Fringe Staff

Anne Cauley, Executive Director

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Anne is thrilled to be working alongside an amazingly talented and hard-working staff and board to produce the Chicago Fringe Festival. She previously worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for the first five festivals. When not obsessing about the magic of Fringe, Anne is the Development Director at Creative Partners. On past adventures, Anne has worked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Kennedy Center, and Berkshire Theatre Festival.

Ari Craven, Marketing Manager

Native to the Chicagoland area, Ari is ecstatic to join the Chicago Fringe team as the Marketing Manager. A graduate of the University of Iowa with degrees in Theatre Arts and Studio Arts, Ari has continually found ways to fuse the worlds of performing and visual arts. He has worked with a variety of companies as both a performer and designer including Disney World, Stage 773, The Chicago / Iowa Theatre Collective, and Big Deal Productions.

Shellie Disalvo, Project Manager

Shellie is absolutely THRILLED to (finally) join the staff of The Chicago Fringe Festival, and spends most of the rest of her year as an  ensemble member (and the  production manager) with Idle Muse Theatre Company. Because she feels it is important to have a home base AND a summer camp *heart eyes*. When not managing productions and stages and festivals, Shellie also works as resident makeup designer and artist with Shadows of a Dream. From the bottom of her heart she’d like to thank everyone in her personal suppourt entourage… with all of the love, dear ones.

Amanda Dodge, Artist Relations Manager

Amanda has watched the Chicago Fringe Festival grow since the very beginning as one of its original founders and staff members. Hailing originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, she has received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of LA with an emphasis on performing arts, playwriting and script analysis. She took a small break from staff to write and produce the Fringe show, Evil Women, that premiered in September 2017. Amanda’s hobbies include playing in an all-ladies pinball league, writing, sharing laughs and drinks with friends, and playing board games.

Brian Foster, Technical Director

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Brian relocated to Chicago after graduating from Arizona State in 2013. The first thing he did upon arrival to Chicago was to volunteer at CCF 2013. Since the first moment of walking into the work in progress that would be Fringe Central, he knew that he wanted to be a part of the team that brings the festival to life every year. Now he has his chance as Technical Director (luckily he already lost a good portion of his hair so that won’t be a problem).

Brian is also a proud member of The Agency Theater Collective (a relationship he started at CCF). He serves as the company’s literary manager where he runs the Chicago Reconnaissance Imperative, a monthly new play reading series. Any time he isn’t working his day/night/in-between job he can usually be found sitting in front of his computer putting pen to paper (figuratively because he actually uses a keyboard). His fiction can be seen in The Masters Review and the winter 2015 issue of Great Lakes Review.

Adrienne Guldin, Managing Director

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Adrienne has experience in the Chicago theatre world in a number of capacities. She has now hung up her backstage hat in favor of working behind the scenes for the Chicago Fringe Festival. She still volunteers for other non-profits in the Chicagoland area. She is the proud mother of three: a girl, a boy and a Fringe.

Kristi Keorkunian-Rivers, Billeting Coordinator / Photography Coordinator

Kristi is a multidisciplinary artist, radical mother, and shameless absurdist who volunteered for CFF2015 as a photographer. Her art has been splashed all over, from Subversify Magazine and Offbeat Home & Life to secret dungeons in highly visible areas. She has coordinated social media for the NCSF in Baltimore and was the Editor for She runs a boarding house out of her home, and keeps busy whether she likes it or not. She fell in love with, and married, an incredibly smart left-handed dude, despite her grandfather’s childhood warnings (and swearing off men). Her kids are named after artists and philosophers, but somehow she loves them even more than art and philosophy. For recreation, she reads the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture, and dreams up weird ways to make her admirers uncomfortable. She hopes one day her quaint little vegetarian family will be proud of her undying commitment to being an eccentric visionary.

Stephanie Niro, Kids Fringe Coordinator

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Returning to Chicago after her four year adventure at Miami University in Ohio where she received a B.A. in Theatre and History, Stephanie found herself volunteering for the 2014 Fringe Festival as a box office associate. Loving the new work, creative energy, and amazing people, she is ecstatic to be fringing out with the fringe as the Kids Fringe Coordinator! When Stephanie is not doing fringe-y things she can be found teaching with Northlight Theatre, American Theater Company, and Spotlight Youth Theatre. As well as Stage Managing with For Youth Inquiry (a program through ICAH) and assisting with productions at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. At home you might find her eating pizza, watching The Office, solving the world’s problems, and dancing with herself.

Stacey Schriber, Box Office and Database Manager

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Stacey started as a lowly Chicago Fringe intern in 2011 and has never left. Outside of running the Chicago Fringe Festival’s Box Office, Stacey is the hanging out with the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo where she works in Institutional Giving. Stacey is thrilled to have a supportive arts family in Chicago, especially one full of fellow Whovians. ooo-weee-ooooooooo eee-yoo-ooooooooo…

Amber Southall, HR Manager

Amber Southall Fringe Website

Traveling between her home in Florida and Michigan where she attended Grand Valley State University for her BA in Human Resources Management, Amber was looking forward to settling back down in her hometown of Chicago. While searching for an internship that would be both unique and engaging, she stumbled upon CFF and got more than she ever expected. After experiencing what being a Fringer was all about, Amber was instantly captivated and declared herself a Fringer for life. Now, as a recent graduate currently employed as the Distribution Manager at IKANN Inc., she is completely ecstatic to join the team as the new HR Manager. In her down time, Amber often finds herself attempting new recipes from pinterest, fangirling over Kpop and Kdrama and randomly blurting out movie quotes or song lyrics that relate to what was just said.

Rachel Staelens, Project Manager

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Rachel has been on staff since year one and hasn’t lost an ounce of her fringe passion. She is a freelance director and manager around town. Her most recent work includes creating/directing Down the Moonlit Path, presented by Nothing Without a Company, with whom she is a artistic associate, as well as script workshops with a number of Chicago playwrights, including a 12-hour epic of Greek mythology.  This summer she will be directing Shotgun Preemie, with Nothing Without a Company, and producing and directing as show in the Chicago Fringe Festival – her first time as a performance group! She loves Fringe work and is ecstatic to be helping build an amazing festival where fringe artists can share their work with people from all over the city, nation and world.

A Special Thanks To…

Charles Riffenburg with Grab Bag Media

James Juliano with Shout Media

The Fringe Board of Directors

Bridget Hennessy, President

Latin School of Chicago
Fringiest Thing About Bridget: Up for any wild city adventure

Amanda Dodge, Secretary

PERL Mortgage, Inc.
Fringiest Thing About Amanda: Ocassionally wears fake mustaches for fun

Emily Brouilette, Treasurer

Ameriprise Financial Services
Fringiest Thing About Emily: Rick Springfield laughed at me

Sarah Mikayla Brown

St. Martin Parish Schools
Fringiest Thing About Hannah: I like gas station food

Marisa Goldberg

MG Design Associates

Fringiest Thing About Marisa: Used to show pigs in 4-H

Leigh Anna Sodac

Fringiest Thing About Leigh Anna: Wrote Blog for ABC’s The Bachelor

Fringe Advisory Board

  • Diana Ewert, Affiliate Affairs – American Osteopathic Association
  • Avra Fainer, BMO Harris Bank
  • Todd and Marrakesh Frugia, ROOMS Productions
  • Justin Fyala, Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC
  • Deborah Granite, Director & Venue/Coordinator Liaison, The Saints
  • Vincent Lacey, Chicago Fringe Festival co-founder
  • Howard Lieberman, Lieberman-Nelson
  • Brian Loevner, Chicago Commercial Collective
  • Holly Payton, Director, World Festival Network
  • Tracy Wray, Zenefits