Sit and Spin Productions

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Mission Statement

Sit & Spin Productions exists to expand the definition of theatre at Northwestern University by giving artists of all disciplines opportunities to explore unconventional, risk-taking works. Driven by process and devoted to experimentation, we promote new approaches to existing material, as well as the creation of original or adapted projects. We are dedicated to providing administrative, artistic, and production support for all aspects of our season.

History of Sit & Spin

In the mild, rainy spring of 2001, Northwestern University senior Krissy Vanderwarker decided to direct a play. "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" opened on May 11th, 2001, and Sit & Spin Productions was born!

Krissy graduated a month later, but encouraged her friends, Jenn Arrington and Julia Kirkman, to continue the group. In the fall of 2001, the Sit & Spin co-founders recruited a group of enthusiastic freshman: Vanessa Evans, Nicole Hand and Jackie Chi.

Disaster nearly struck when the co-founders were stricken with "senioritis" and quit the group! The freshman girls, determined not to let their group die, vowed to press on and successfully produced Sit & Spin's first two full seasons essentially on their own.

In the fall of 2003, relief arrived when the board expanded with the addition of new freshmen (including the first two males on Sit & Spin ever) and friends of the existing board members. Since then, Sit & Spin has continued to grow in leaps and bounds:

  • September 2004 - Sit & Spin expands its season to include a fourth mainstage production.
  • May 2005 - Sit & Spin acquires a storage and build garage. The first item to be stored is the set of 2005's Champions.
  • September 2005 - Sophomore Philip Markle breaks his arm during a performance of The Royal Family.
  • November 2005 - Hedwig and the Angry Inch becomes Sit & Spin's most-attended and highest-grossing production ever, breaking the record set in 2003 by The Marriage of Bette & Boo.
  • April 2006 - Sit & Spin's website goes live!
  • May 2006 - Hedwig and the Angry Inch wins "Best Student Theatre Production" at Northwestern's annual Student Recognition Banquet. Travis Greisler (a.k.a. "Hedwig") accepts the award.
  • November 2006 - The Rocky Horror Show beats Hedwig to become Sit & Spin's most-attended and highest-grossing production ever. It is also one of the most-attended and highest-grossing productions ever held in Shanley Pavilion.
  • Today, the Sit & Spin board members enjoy playing with their Sit & Spin toy .
Rumors persist, however, that the inspiration for the group's name was not so innocent . . .

Sit & Spin's Season

2017-2018 Mainstage Productions

  • New Student Week: Blood Wedding
    September 14-16, 2017 ⋅ Shanley Pavilion
    • Produced by Nathan Selinger
    • Directed by Camille Casmier
  • Fall Cahn: FAIR GAME: A Chicago Spectacle
    November 30-December 2, 2017 ⋅ Cahn Auditorium
    • Created by Eli Newell
    • Produced by Gracie Brakeman and Austin Manross
  • Artist in Residence: Love Shack
    February 8-10, 2018 ⋅ Shanley Pavilion
    • Created by Claire Glubiak

Current Members

2018-2019 Executive Board

  • Amy Torchiana, Executive Director
  • Madison Fiedler, Artistic Director
  • Clara Gamsu, Business Manager
  • Sam Balka, New Work Development Chair
  • Stella Cole, Production Manager
  • Julia Mann, Production Manager
  • Lennart Nielsen, Directing Chair
  • Ty Doran, Special Events Coordinator
  • Cammie Swain, Special Events Coordinator
  • Jake Anderson, Development Director
  • Amara Leonard, Outreach Chair
  • Hailey Brunson, Design Chair
  • Jack Hoeg, Technical Director
  • Isabella Noe, Technical Director
  • Julian Larach, Publicity Director
  • Edson Montenegro, Graphic Designer
  • Sydney Johnson, Company Manager
  • Kaitlyn Dutchin, Director of Communications
  • Henry Bock, Member at Large


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Contact Us

You can contact the entire executive board at once by emailing <email></email>. For information about borrowing or renting Sit & Spin equipment, see the Sit & Spin Resources page.