Our 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. 

 Reginald Vaughn (Founding Company Member)  Reginald Vaughn is an resident actor in Chicago of the past 11 years. A graduate of  Indiana State University with a Masters in Communications. Reggiehas been in notable shows including: Hamlet, Predator: The Musical, Bard Fiction, 12 Angry Men and Titus Apokalypse. It gives him great pleasure to be working along side of Charles once again and looks foward to building a thorough and profound legacy with the Invictus Theater.

Reginald Vaughn
(Founding Company Member)

Reginald Vaughn is an resident actor in Chicago of the past 11 years. A graduate of  Indiana State University with a Masters in Communications. Reggiehas been in notable shows including: Hamlet, Predator: The Musical, Bard Fiction, 12 Angry Men and Titus Apokalypse. It gives him great pleasure to be working along side of Charles once again and looks foward to building a thorough and profound legacy with the Invictus Theater.

 Lynne Baker (Founding Company Member)  Since her recent return to acting after a hiatus spent raising her three sons, Lynne Baker has had the pleasure of working with The Artistic Home— Interrogation ,  The Seagull (u/s ); Raven Theater— The Assembled Parties  (u/s); Reutan Collective— Two Gentlemen of Verona ; Piccolo Theater’s New Play Reading Series and the Women’s Theater Alliance New Play Development Workshop. Other theater credits include  Top Girls  at Piven Theater and  La Ronde  at the former Center Theater. Lynne has worked in independent film, performed in children’s theater in Chicago and New York, and was the co-founder of an improvisational comedy group in Madison, Wisconsin. She has studied acting at The Artistic Home and with Julliard drama faculty in New York, and improvisation with Chicago City Limits (NYC) and The Second City. She’s excited to start this journey with Invictus!

Lynne Baker
(Founding Company Member)

Since her recent return to acting after a hiatus spent raising her three sons, Lynne Baker has had the pleasure of working with The Artistic Home—InterrogationThe Seagull (u/s); Raven Theater—The Assembled Parties (u/s); Reutan Collective—Two Gentlemen of Verona; Piccolo Theater’s New Play Reading Series and the Women’s Theater Alliance New Play Development Workshop. Other theater credits include Top Girls at Piven Theater and La Ronde at the former Center Theater. Lynne has worked in independent film, performed in children’s theater in Chicago and New York, and was the co-founder of an improvisational comedy group in Madison, Wisconsin. She has studied acting at The Artistic Home and with Julliard drama faculty in New York, and improvisation with Chicago City Limits (NYC) and The Second City. She’s excited to start this journey 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.

 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.

    Diane Sintich (Education/Outreach   Coordinator)  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
(Education/Outreach   Coordinator)

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.  

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