Exit 63 Theatre is a company created by actors for actors. We focus on a quick and efficient rehearsal process and a short but strong run, two months in all. We encourage collaboration from all our actors, designers and administrators in the rehearsal room. Our goal is to not only make theatre for the theatre community, but to produce plays that are accessible to this ever-changing, Netflix-binging, Insta-Twitter world. Theatre should never be boring.
“An absorbing (production) in this inventive, found-space staging — marks Exit 63 as a young company to watch” — Kris Vire, Storefront Rebellion
"The unflinching presentation also serves as a coming attraction, an enticement for Chicago audiences to watch this theatre company for more fine productions in the near future" - Chicago Theatre Review
"As a company 'by actors for actors,' it’s no surprise that this ensemble is consistently connected and present, believably embodying the characters and their world … as a whole this is an ensemble of actors whose performances are consistently engaging, encouraging self-reflection." - Performink
Founding Artistic Director
Connor Baty is thrilled to bring his vision of the Exit 63 Theatre company to Chicago, directing two shows out of the gate, Very Still and Hard to See and the Chicago premiere of Treefall. He graduated from the Boston Conservatory with an emphasis in directing, where he directed the musical comedy Zombie Prom, Christopher Durang's Naomi in the Living Room, Leonard Melfi's Birdbath, and his own devised production of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. On stage in Chicago he has been seen in productions with Griffin Theatre, Bluebird Arts, the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Pride Films and Plays, Chicago Theatre Workshop, the Other Theatre Company, Nothing Without a Company, Piven Theatre, and Random Acts. He has a cross-eyed cat named Kim Richards.
Nora Lise Ulrey
Associate Artistic Director
Nora Lise Ulrey is a proud company member of Exit 63 where she worked on the inaugural production and is directing the Chicago premiere of Dark Matters. She has been seen on the Chicago Stage at Trap Door in Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Jeff Nomination, Best Ensemble), Emerald City Theater, AstonRep, CityLit, Pride Films and Plays (Jeff Award, Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Children's Hour), First Floor Theatre, TUTA, GreatWorks Theatre, Nothing Without A Company and others. For her film work in Spoiled Child (Jarvis Productions) she won Best Lead Actor at New York’s First Run Film Festival. She is an Artistic Associate at Random Acts where she developed her creation Unbound. Nora is currently the Assistant Managing Director and Associate Company member at Trap Door Theatre.
Fight Choreographer / Company Member
Since graduating from Northern Illinois University with his M.F.A. in Acting, Bill has found a niche in the world of stage combat. He is currently pursuing his Certified Teacher status with the Society of American Fight Directors. Recent combat credits include, Fight Captain for Fair Maid of the West at Oak Park Festival Theatre and Fight choreography for They and Occidental Express at Trap Door Theatre, Love Talker and 27 Wagons Full of Cotton with Muse Theatre Collective, Peter Pan, Not About Nightingales, Steele for Hyre, and numerous fights at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. He is currently starring in Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas at the Den Theater.
Anna Klos graduated with a BA in acting from University of Oregon where she directed a devised version of Macbeth and performed as She in Sarah Ruhl's "Stage Kiss" (as well as other MainStage productions). Since moving to Chicago in 2016 she's worked with Silk Road Rising Theater as Stage Manager and Assistant Director. She currently stage manages at Trap Door Theater, Exit 63 Theatre, and runs tech for various jazz concerts and events around the greater Chicago area. She is currently performing in Old Woman Broods at the Trap Door Theater.
David Goodman-Edberg really likes lights. In fact, someday he hopes to become bioluminescent and float gently amidst the plankton. In the mean time, though, he must content himself with merely close proximity to those beauteous illuminated objects. Oh, but what a joy it would be to photosynthesize and commune with the gentle rays of sunlight! daviddesignsthings.com
Why Exit 63? Our founder, Connor Baty, spent his summers down the shore in Long Beach Island, New Jersey, dreaming up worlds and performing plays in the sand. His dream was to bring others onto that shore and through this Company hopes to expand this collective imagination into the framework of the Chicago theatre scene. 63 is the exit you take from the Garden State Parkway headed towards the Jersey Shore. We hope you’ll join us for the ride.