company members

Charles Askenaizer (Artistic Director)  Charles Askenaizer graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Theatre and communications. He has worked professionally in Chicago as an actor and director for 7 years. Recent directing credits include  Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Two Gentlemen of Verona,  and  The Difference.  Charles has worked with Citadel Theatre, the Artistic Home, City Lit, Raven, Brown Paper Box, and many more.

Charles Askenaizer
(Artistic Director)

Charles Askenaizer graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Theatre and communications. He has worked professionally in Chicago as an actor and director for 7 years. Recent directing credits include Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Difference. Charles has worked with Citadel Theatre, the Artistic Home, City Lit, Raven, Brown Paper Box, and many more.

Diane Sintich (Director of Education/Outreach)  Local lady, Diane Sintich, loves the grind, Shakespeare and anyone who can enunciate. Chicago Credits include, Invictus’  Othello , Irish Theater of Chicago’s production of  The My Way Residential ,  The Parent Crap 2  at Second City and understudying Brett Neveu’s  Her America  at the Greenhouse Theater.  New York acting credits include, “Law and Order-Criminal Intent,” a national tour of  Julius Caesar  and intensive scene-study at the renowned Studio Dante, under the tutelage of Vincent Curatola and Michael Imperioli. Other New York theatrical credits include  Midsummer Night’s Dream  and  Hamlet .  She’s a trained soprano and has a sustained high C natural that can stop time...just ask her. Operatic performances include Desdemona in  Otello  and scenes from in Rienzi and  Die Walküre  directed by Jane Eaglen, Diane received the William O. Cord Memorial Grant awarded by the Wagner Society of Northern California and was a finalist in the Ravello Opera competition in Amalfi, Italy.

Diane Sintich
(Director of Education/Outreach)

Local lady, Diane Sintich, loves the grind, Shakespeare and anyone who can enunciate. Chicago Credits include, Invictus’ Othello, Irish Theater of Chicago’s production of The My Way Residential, The Parent Crap 2 at Second City and understudying Brett Neveu’s Her America at the Greenhouse Theater.

New York acting credits include, “Law and Order-Criminal Intent,” a national tour of Julius Caesar and intensive scene-study at the renowned Studio Dante, under the tutelage of Vincent Curatola and Michael Imperioli. Other New York theatrical credits include Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet.

She’s a trained soprano and has a sustained high C natural that can stop time...just ask her. Operatic performances include Desdemona in Otello and scenes from in Rienzi and Die Walküre directed by Jane Eaglen, Diane received the William O. Cord Memorial Grant awarded by the Wagner Society of Northern California and was a finalist in the Ravello Opera competition in Amalfi, Italy.

Julia Badger (Casting Director)  Julia is a Kentucky native who has called Chicago home for two years now. She has a Bachelor’s degree in both Biology (Murray State University) and Theatre (Western Kentucky University) and has trained with Stella Adler Studio of Acting and currently an ACADEMY ensemble member at Black Box Acting Studio. Since moving to the city, she has worked with Three Crows Theatre Company, Level 11 Theatre Company, and been a part of the arciTEXT series in 2016 with the arc theatre. Julia is excited to join Invictus Theatre Company and hopes to see you in the audition room soon!

Julia Badger
(Casting Director)

Julia is a Kentucky native who has called Chicago home for two years now. She has a Bachelor’s degree in both Biology (Murray State University) and Theatre (Western Kentucky University) and has trained with Stella Adler Studio of Acting and currently an ACADEMY ensemble member at Black Box Acting Studio. Since moving to the city, she has worked with Three Crows Theatre Company, Level 11 Theatre Company, and been a part of the arciTEXT series in 2016 with the arc theatre. Julia is excited to join Invictus Theatre Company and hopes to see you in the audition room soon!

 
Todd Henry Faulstich (Treasurer/Secretary)  Todd traces his love for theatre back to a  Glee -like high school moment when, on a dare, he auditioned for the musical  Grease  by singing Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and dancing with the show’s director. He didn’t get that part, but it inspired him to spread his wings in acting and support the arts.  Mr. Faulstich is a multi-disciplined finance professional who has spent the majority of his 30-year career in commercial and investment banking. His current role is a commercial insurance consultant specializing in major & complex losses and catastrophic events for  Sedgwick , a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk management. Prior to joining Sedgwick, Todd led mergers and acquisitions for a leading national automobile dealer group, helped start a private bank for the owners of Toyota and Lexus automobile dealership franchises and was a founding member of U.S. Bank’s Entertainment Industries Group. He started his career at Bank of America after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Accounting and Finance.  Todd resides in Chicago and loves to spend time with friends and family exploring the city. He is also an avid cook and entertainer who loves to travel and check countries off his adventure wish list.  It is his pleasure to share his personal and professional skills with Invictus.

Todd Henry Faulstich
(Treasurer/Secretary)

Todd traces his love for theatre back to a Glee-like high school moment when, on a dare, he auditioned for the musical Grease by singing Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and dancing with the show’s director. He didn’t get that part, but it inspired him to spread his wings in acting and support the arts.

Mr. Faulstich is a multi-disciplined finance professional who has spent the majority of his 30-year career in commercial and investment banking. His current role is a commercial insurance consultant specializing in major & complex losses and catastrophic events for Sedgwick, a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk management. Prior to joining Sedgwick, Todd led mergers and acquisitions for a leading national automobile dealer group, helped start a private bank for the owners of Toyota and Lexus automobile dealership franchises and was a founding member of U.S. Bank’s Entertainment Industries Group. He started his career at Bank of America after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Accounting and Finance.

Todd resides in Chicago and loves to spend time with friends and family exploring the city. He is also an avid cook and entertainer who loves to travel and check countries off his adventure wish list.

It is his pleasure to share his personal and professional skills with Invictus.

Joseph Beal (Founding Company Member)  Joe is proud to be a founding member of Invictus Theatre. He appeared most recently in a staged reading of "The Difference," directed by Charles Askenaizer, as part of Piccolo Theatre's reading series for new works. Joe's other work for Piccolo includes Frank in  The Memory of Water,  Alex in  The Misanthrope , and Lumpkin in  Smash . Joe has also appeared as Uncle Rupert in  The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue  for Dead Writers Theatre Collective, and several staged readings for Pride Films and Plays Gay Film Weekend. Joe created the role of Commander Gates in  American Bacchae  (Rhinofest 2013), and appeared as Reg Nuttall in  Butley  (Hubris Productions), and multiple characters in Oracle Theatre's  The Original Radio Goggles: The Adventures of Philip Marlowe . Prior to that he lived in Sydney, Australia for three years, where he enjoyed working on  The Laramie Project ,  Our Town , and  The Voysey Inheritance . Joe was an original cast member of the long-running  Schoolhouse Rock Live ! Look for Joe in the upcoming short film “Ghosts Still Cry,” directed by Keith Dukavicius.

Joseph Beal
(Founding Company Member)

Joe is proud to be a founding member of Invictus Theatre. He appeared most recently in a staged reading of "The Difference," directed by Charles Askenaizer, as part of Piccolo Theatre's reading series for new works. Joe's other work for Piccolo includes Frank in The Memory of Water, Alex in The Misanthrope, and Lumpkin in Smash. Joe has also appeared as Uncle Rupert in The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue for Dead Writers Theatre Collective, and several staged readings for Pride Films and Plays Gay Film Weekend. Joe created the role of Commander Gates in American Bacchae (Rhinofest 2013), and appeared as Reg Nuttall in Butley (Hubris Productions), and multiple characters in Oracle Theatre's The Original Radio Goggles: The Adventures of Philip Marlowe. Prior to that he lived in Sydney, Australia for three years, where he enjoyed working on The Laramie Project, Our Town, and The Voysey Inheritance. Joe was an original cast member of the long-running Schoolhouse Rock Live! Look for Joe in the upcoming short film “Ghosts Still Cry,” directed by Keith Dukavicius.

Terra Schultz  (Marketing Director)  Prior to joining Invictus Theatre Company, Terra served as Executive Director of Hyde Park School of Dance, a non-profit dance school on Chicago’s south side. She has over ten years experience in arts administration, having previously worked with Emerald City Theatre Company in audience services and marketing, as well as professional administrative experience in the staffing and recruiting industry. Terra is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she studied theater and communication processes.


Terra Schultz
(Marketing Director)

Prior to joining Invictus Theatre Company, Terra served as Executive Director of Hyde Park School of Dance, a non-profit dance school on Chicago’s south side. She has over ten years experience in arts administration, having previously worked with Emerald City Theatre Company in audience services and marketing, as well as professional administrative experience in the staffing and recruiting industry. Terra is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she studied theater and communication processes.

Robert Vignisson (Founding Company Member)  Robert is a Columbia College Chicago graduate who recently moved back to Chicago from Austin, Texas where his credits included Todd Wallinger’s  Kill the Critic,  Joanna Garner’s  100 Heartbreaks ( Nominated For The 2015 B. Iden Payne Awards (Austin) For Best Original Score And Featured Musical Performance.) ,  the  14/48 Play Festival,  and Candyce Rusk’s  A Shining Attribute .  Before moving to Austin, Robert was an active member of the theater community in Chicago working with theater’s/companies such as Strawdog Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, Cold Basement Dramatics, and Mary-Arrchie Theatre.  Since moving back to Chicago, Robert has jumped straight back into the community and was cast as an understudy at Raven Theatre’s production of Richard Greenberg’s  The Assembled Parties,  and was most recently been cast in City Lit’s world premier of Douglas Post’s  Forty-Two Stories.  He is thrilled to be a part of the Invictus Theatre family.  Robert is also an avid musician playing guitar and drums in multiple bands and having written music for theatre productions. Robert is from Iceland, ask him about it, he loves to talk about it.

Robert Vignisson
(Founding Company Member)

Robert is a Columbia College Chicago graduate who recently moved back to Chicago from Austin, Texas where his credits included Todd Wallinger’s Kill the Critic, Joanna Garner’s 100 Heartbreaks (Nominated For The 2015 B. Iden Payne Awards (Austin) For Best Original Score And Featured Musical Performance.), the 14/48 Play Festival, and Candyce Rusk’s A Shining Attribute.

Before moving to Austin, Robert was an active member of the theater community in Chicago working with theater’s/companies such as Strawdog Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, Cold Basement Dramatics, and Mary-Arrchie Theatre.

Since moving back to Chicago, Robert has jumped straight back into the community and was cast as an understudy at Raven Theatre’s production of Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties, and was most recently been cast in City Lit’s world premier of Douglas Post’s Forty-Two Stories. He is thrilled to be a part of the Invictus Theatre family.

Robert is also an avid musician playing guitar and drums in multiple bands and having written music for theatre productions. Robert is from Iceland, ask him about it, he loves to talk about it.

 

In loving memory of the late Reginald Vaughn

Reginald Vaughn (Founding Company Member)

Reginald Vaughn
(Founding Company Member)