Tracy Strimple | Education Coordinator

Tracy Strimple’s varied theatrical career includes educational theater,
choreography, and artistic development. Currently, she is the Education Coordinator
at Silk Road Rising where she manages, teaches, and writes curriculum for over 500
Chicago Public School students with EPIC (Empathic Playwriting Intensive Course).
Tracy also teaches musical theatre dance to students from all over Chicago through
the CPS Advanced Arts Program. Prior to that, Tracy was the Education Director at
American Theater Company, a high school theater teacher at Oak Park River Forest
High School just outside of Chicago, and owner of Tracy Strimple Private Coaching, a
company dedicated to coaching high school students for admission into performing
arts colleges. In addition to teaching, Tracy is an active participant in the Chicago
theater scene with choreography credits, including the Jeff award winning musical
“Under a Rainbow Flag” (Pride Films and Plays). Tracy is a proud graduate of both
Emerson College and Loyola University Chicago, with a BFA in Musical Theater and
a Masters in Curriculum and Education respectively.

Lindsay Hopkins | Teaching Artist


Lindsay has a BA in Theatre from Loyola University and an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago, as well as ten years of experience as a youth worker, teaching artist, and performing artist in Chicago. She has worked with North Park University, Howard Area Community Center, Columbia College (CCAP) Program, and Shanti Foundation for Peace teaching theatrical performance, creative writing, and social justice. Lindsay has a background in arts-integration and is certified in Positive Youth Development as well as SJ with youth training with the Chicago Freedom School.


Levi Holloway | Teaching Artist

Levi brings eleven years of experience as a teaching artist to Silk Road Rising's EPIC program. He graduated from De Paul University with a BFA in Acting, and has worked as a teaching artist with Adventure Stage and Lookingglass Theatre Company with K-12 students and students with special needs. He serves as the Sign/Voice Theatre Director for Bell Elementary School, where he has written, designed, and directed plays for and with the Deaf community. Levi is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Neverbird Project, a Deaf and hearing youth theatre company. 


Alex Stein | Teaching Artist

Alex previously worked as a teaching artist at the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood, a job which has been instrumental in preparing him to take on the rigors of the EPIC curriculum.  Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies from University of Chicago. He has also completed a two-year training program in physical and devised theatre from The School for Theatre Creators, which challenged him to collaborate with people of varied artistic backgrounds to best tell their stories—a skill which exists at the very heart of EPIC.


Lexi Saunders | Teaching Artist

Lexi is a teaching artist, director, performer, and writer from Los Angeles with her B.A. in Theatre and B.S. in Behavioral Psychology from UC San Diego. Recent playwriting credits include SUPER (Mudlark Theater), the collaboratively devised show It’s For Real (About Face Theatre), and Butterfly in China (Underground New Play Festival and Paloma Valley High School). Lexi worked as a Youth Theatre Director at Mudlark Theater, a Teaching Artist Apprentice for the Mosaic Program at American Theater Company, a Co-Teacher and Assistant Director for EDGE Theatre’s Constellation Project at Molloy Special Education Center, and as a member of About Face Theatre’s Youth Outreach Touring Ensemble. Lexi is thrilled to be a part of this EPIC team of teaching artists!


Amelia Hefferon | Teaching Artist

Amelia Hefferon is a graduate of Northwestern University where she studied theatre performance, playwriting, and theatre for young audiences. In addition to EPIC, Amelia has worked as a teaching artist with Adventure Stage Chicago, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Raven Theatre, and Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop. She has worked with students of all ages on writing, devising, and performing collaborative ensemble-based theatre. Amelia also works as an actor and performance artist.