Exit 63 Theatre is a company created by actors for actors. We strive to become a resource for people in the theatre community who want to direct, produce and create. We focus on a quick and efficient rehearsal process and a short but strong run, two months in all. We welcome collaboration from all our actors, designers and administrators in the rehearsal room. Simply put,
…we are committed to cultivating cool shit…
"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
"The talents of this ensemble are evident in the company's second outing" - Chicago Stage Standard
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 the Jeff Nominated Violet with Griffin Theatre, as Ray in The Beauty Queen of Leenane with Bluebird Arts, Grindr the Opera at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, and productions with 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. 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.
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.