Our Professional Staff
David is a Suburban Chicago-based scenic, prop, costume and production designer since 2010. He specializes in contributing to private performing arts academies, community programs, park districts and schools.Very much like the students of The Performer’s School (“TPS”), David’s passion for art and theatre kept him busy from the age of six through high school. He attended one year as a BFA Musical Theater major at Millikan University. Locally, he studied private voice and acting with Michelle and Aaron Reynolds, while furthering his training studying dance at Gus Giordano. David also took perspective line drawing courses and theater stage craft at Harper College. David then made a move to NYC, where he graduated from The American Music and Dramatic Academy. He performed in off-off- Broadway, regional, summer stock and dinner theaters for two years before joining a non-equity national tour and performing internationally on a cruise ship. Upon returning home to Chicago, David eagerly began working as a designer for community and children’s theater in the Northwest suburban area. He continued to perform locally In community productions as well as Light Opera Works, Brown Paper Box, Porchlight, and Alphabet Soup, to name a few. In 2014, David received a Chicago Broadway World Award for best non-equity actor in a musical for his portrayal of The Emcee in Cabaret with Brightside Theater; and best non-equity scenic design for both Ragtime (‘14) at Big Noise Theater, (under the direction of Stacey Flaster), and for The Little Mermaid with Big Deal Productions (‘17).David is proud to be an original company member of TPS. “Working alongside the different professional staff members that Liz and Stacey have in place is a great pleasure.” He has designed all productions for The Ensemble, Ravinia, and he has worked alongside director Maggie Portman in the development of the Troupe program, where he wears the hat of costumer as well.
Conductor, Accompanist, Music Director Troupe
Jeffrey Poindexter is an active music director and pianist in the Chicagoland area, having worked with numerous theatres including FWD Theatre Project, BoHo Theatre, Griffin Theatre, the Performer’s School and Fox Valley Repertory. Jeffrey is an adjunct faculty accompanist at Roosevelt University and frequent collaborator at Columbia College Chicago. Along with his various theatre work, Jeffrey plays for numerous recitals, concerts and special events throughout the year, as well as teaches piano lessons. Jeffrey earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in jazz piano performance from DePaul University.
Maggie moved to Chicago from New York City in 2005 and has been performing all over Chicago since then. She was last seen in Mary Poppins at Paramount Theatre in Aurora as Ensemble. Some other favorites include Meg Brockie in Brigadoon at the Goodman Theatre which she received an Equity Jeff nomination for, Minnie Faye in Hello Dolly at Drury Lane Theatre, Lily in Annie and Chrissy in Hair at Paramount Theatre, a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Martha in Secret Garden under Stacey Flaster’s direction at Light Opera Works Theatre. She received 2 Non Equity Jeff Awards for Best Actress in a Principal role/musical for her portrayal of Eva in Evita and Florence in Chess with Theo Ubique Theatre and was nominated for a Jeff for her original choreography in cabaret at Theo Ubique Theatre. She will be choreographing Blood Brothers in the fall and Frank Sinatra’s review My Way at the critically acclaimed Theo Ubique Theatre in Chicago in the fall and winter this year. Maggie also co-founded and teaches for Li’l Buds Theatre Company, a Chicago Based 501c3 theatre for families based in Edgewater which turns 10 this year!!
MINDY MCDONALD (Costume Design and Construction) has been privileged to design and construct costumes for The Performers School since 2017. Since 2017, Mindy has costumed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lion King, Annie, Cinderella, Elf, and Frozen.
With a commitment to service, Mindy has volunteered many hours costuming The Classics Show Choir, Shine Show Choir and the 8th grade plays at St. Michael School in Wheaton. Shows include: Godspell, Honk, Peter Pan, Bye Bye Birdie, Lion King, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Into the Woods. She has also constructed speciality costumes for Suessical, Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Frozen, Legally Blonde and Cadence Show Choir.
Prior to her costuming experience, Mindy received her BA in elementary education with several endorsements in special education. She taught middle school special education for nine years. From her teaching, while also raising her own six children, she has loved working with kids of all ages; building their self esteem and looking for the best in each child. Mindy got her start in costuming from her background with children, whether it was mending clothes or building halloween costumes, costume design and construction has always snuck a way into her life. Mindy has a careful eye and an innovative mind that gives her the ability to create and challenge each show that The Performers School puts on. She has truly loved having the opportunity to design for these performers and is excited to continue to push the boundaries of costume design and construction.
ADRIA DAWN teaches on-camera acting at The Performer’s School, Acting Studio Chicago and Tarleton/Dawn Productions. She served on the faculty at Columbia College Chicago, and is a private on-camera acting coach. Adria is a co-founder of Revealing Media Group, which focuses on making contemporary films for social change. Working with young actors, these films have educational distribution and play at film festivals.
Adria loves working with talent of all ages and levels, and has taught workshops or spoken at SAG-AFTRA Chicago, Franklin Arts Center, University of Michigan, DePaul University, Loyola University, Columbia College Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, New Trier High School, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago Screenwriters Network, Camp Hollywood in Portland, Oregon, Southside School, Champaign, IL, Chicago Acting in Film, The Chicago Artists Coalition, Deerfield High School, Gray Talent Group, The Illinois High School Theatre Festival and The Actor’s Centre in London, England. She serves on the board of the Chicago Acting In Film Meetup Group.
As an actor, Adria spent many years in LA. One of her career highlights includes Ryan Murphy’s cult hit Popular (18 episodes, April Tuna) for which she was nominated as “Gutsiest Woman on Television,” by Jane Magazine. Currently you can catch Adria on Netflix (Uncle John) and on Amazon (Teenage Ghost Punk). She also starred in the film #nofilter (Cannes Story Corner).
Lisa Pogofsky Sobelman
Lisa Pogofsky Sobelman has joined us this summer in a myriad of roles. She teaches virtual musical theatre classes for 2nd-5th graders, joins our administrative staff as a consultant, and has re-designed our website. She joins the Performer's School after years of working in theater, working with children and ...(surprise), working with children in theatre. Lisa went to The University of Wisconsin - Madison for her undergraduate degree where she double-majored in both Journalism and Theater. She has studied voice privately for more years that she can count. After performing professionally in the Chicagoland area, Lisa went back and got her Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Chicago. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Lisa spent several years working in the school system in Lake Forest, prior to having children of her own.
Ten years ago, Lisa started a freelance graphic design business called Interactive Expressions, allowing her to work from home while raising her children. You can see her portfolio at www.interactiveexpressions.com. Lisa still loves to perform and has been doing musical theater around the area for years, including performing at venues such as Drury Lane Oakbrook, Deerfield Family Theater, Centerstage Lake Forest, Up and Coming Theater, The Gilson Bowl, Glenview Theater Guild and many more. She has performed the National Anthem for the Chicago White Sox and at the Schaumburg Boomers Stadium.