Columbia College Chicago Faculty and Alums Bring Shows to Edinburgh Festival Fringe Aug. 2-28


Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty members and alums are heading to Scotland in August to participate in the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Branded as “the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom,” the fringe festival runs August 4 through 28 at multiple venues in Scotland’s capital city.

As previously reported in this blog, a team of Columbia College Theatre faculty and alums are bringing a new comedy, Macbeth by the Sea, to Edinburgh for a two-week run August 4 through 19.

Ric Walker in “Macbeth by the Sea.”

This Shakespearean spoof plays at theSpace on the Mile, 80 High Street, Edinburgh. For tickets, click here.

Also playing at the Fringe is Blue, a new drama directed by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumnus Michael Matthews ’99, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting.

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

Blue – the story of a detective assigned to investigate the death of a Black motorist during a traffic stop that involved her husband’s ex-partner – had its world premiere in April in Los Angeles under Matthews’ direction. At the Edinburgh Fringe, Blue runs August 2 through 28 at Assembly George Square’s The Box. For tickets, click here.

Ric Walker and Joe Janes in “Macbeth by the Sea.”

Wendi Weber

Andrea J. Dymond

Frances Maggio

Frances Maggio

David Woolley

Gabby Rooney

Anna Rogers

Macbeth by the Sea is written by Joe Janes, a faculty member in the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Comedy Writing and Performance. The cast includes Theatre Department faculty members Ric Walker and Wendi Weber as well as Janes. The show is directed by Theatre Department faculty member Andrea J. Dymond. The creative team includes Theatre Department faculty members Frances Maggio and David Woolley, who are the costume designer and stage combat director respectively. Also on the production team are Columbia College alums Gabby Rooney ’22, who graduated with a double BA in Theatre Directing from the Theatre Department and Entertainment Industry Marketing from the Columbia College Chicago Business and Entrepreneurship Department, and Anna Rogers ’21, who graduated with a BA in Traditional Animation from the Columbia College Chicago Interactive Arts and Media Department. Rooney and Rogers are the show’s stage manager and associate costume designer respectively.