What makes us uniquely Corn Productions?
These faces right here.
Deanna DeMay: Managing Director
Deanna DeMay has been a part of Corn since her first show in 2014, the classic "Death Toll: a drinking game performance". She's loved herself some Corn ever since. It's helped that she officially met her husband there. She stars as Rosie the Riveter in Corn's feminist musical-sketch show, "The Vagina Melodies". She's also ran around and jumped, kicked, used witchcraft all over the Corn stage. Outside of Corn, Deanna practices for the next circus to sweep her away by (barely) riding a unicycle, and is ever training for the impending zombie apocalypse/downfall of civilization by updating her axe throwing and archery skills.
Michael Brooks: Resident Designer/ Artist
Michael Brooks has been a Corn company member since 2001. He has designed and painted sets for many productions, including Bat-Hamlet, Spiderman the Musical (the Musical), and Bodily Functions: The Musical. MB is a contributing writer, sometimes an actor, and is often seen painting the sign in front of the building. His first Corn mainstage show was Drunk and Drunker in 2002.
Rebecca Husk: Grant Manager
Rebecca Husk is a project manager by day and performer by night who's been lucky enough to work with Corn Productions since 2022. You may have seen her in "Titus Andronikids" or the inaugural "Drink! Pride Edition", or seen some of her sketches in "Happy Holly-daze". She currently resides in Washington, DC, where she spends her free time convincing unsuspecting locals to try Malört.
Tom Cannan (he/him) is an actor and writer in Chicago. Joining the Corn company in late 2022, he has been seen in Dazed and Corn-fused, Rosie the Riveter’s Variety Hour, and multiple iterations of Happy Holly-Daze. Most recently, he directed, wrote for, and performed in Drink! S.A.D. Edition. Tom graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre and still gets nervous singing in front of anyone other than his cat.
Sydney Hanson (she/her) is a Chicago-based actor and fight choreographer. She studied at the University of Mississippi and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and she is an advanced actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. When not working on a show, you can find her playing video games poorly, watching anime, and generally avoiding going outside.
Zoe Nemetz (she/her) is a Chicago actor with experience in TV/Film, Commercial, Theatre, and Sketch Comedy. She holds a BFA in Acting from Illinois Theatre and has trained at The Annoyance Theatre, The Second City, Acting Studio Chicago, Actors Training Center, and Vagabond School of the Arts. Her most recent credits at Cornservatory include: DeathToll, Holidaze, and S.A.D. When not on set or the stage, you can find Zoe on her yoga mat teaching Pilates. Check out Zoe’s website www.zoenemetz.com for up-to-date project info and her acting resume.
Kristina is a writer and actor based in Chicago originally from the state of Maine. She graduated Loyola University with a degree in Theatre in 2020 (whomp whomp). She's a proud company member and can be seen in Corns sketch drinking shows or in the shows for young audiences, or she can be seen working on a number of new works in the city of Chicago. You can take the girl out of corn, but you can't take the corn out of the girls poo- nevermind.
Paul Kaufmann is a New England-born Actor, without the wealth and hair. Paul joined Corn in late 2023, and played creepy possible villains in Graveyard’s Ghost and Pietanic (gang, you can just tell me). He studied at Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in Theatre, and enjoys acting around the city, and stargazing not so much in the city.
Cooper Lyke (He/Him) is an actor, writer, director, and radio host based in Chicago. Joining the company in early 2023, he made his Cornservatory debut in The Bog Witch Variety Hour and Pie-Tanic: A Musical Adventure for Young Audiences. Most recently he has staged Corn sketch shows Vaguely Familiar and Lost Dog with the Official United States Improv Team and has written/performed in multiple incarnations of the Almost 24 Hours Sketch Show. Graduating from the Second City Conservatory Program in 2022, he is now finishing his BFA in Comedy Arts at The Theatre School at DePaul University.