RICHARD HESLER

is a Professor Emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University, where he taught acting and served as Director of Theater. A graduate of the University of Iowa theatre program, he trained professionally at the Game Theatre with Viola Spolin and Paul Sills, co-founded The Unity, an acting company, was on the board of Pegasus, and was artistic director of the Barry Street Loft Theatre, an early off-Loop theatre. He has staged more than 100 plays for university and off-Loop theatre audiences and was formerly a member of Actors' Equity.