Columbia College Chicago Theatre Dept. Alums Featured in Theo Ubique Musical Theatre Events in March and April

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Elya Faye Bottiger ’17, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BFA Program in Musical Theatre Performance, is featured in Sondheim Tribute Revue, running March 8 through April 28 at Theo Ubique Theatre, located at 721 Howard in the Chicago suburb of Evanston. The production will feature personal salutes from the actors to the late Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim along with performances from Sondheim’s shows, including Anyone Can WhistleFollies, Saturday Night, Passion, Sweeney ToddCompany, and more. For tickets, click here.

Elya Faye Bottiger

The show marks Bottiger’s debut at Theo Ubique, though she has performed with other Chicago-area companies, including Porchlight Music Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Bottiger is a two-time recipient of the Jim Jacobs Musical Theatre Scholarship at Columbia College, established by Chicago theatre veteran and Columbia College honorary degree recipient Jim Jacobs HDR ’14, coauthor of the hit musical Grease.

Josiah Croegaert

Matthew Chase

The production’s lighting co-designer is Columbia College alum Josiah Croegaert ’21, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Theatre Design and Technology. And Columbia College alum Matthew Chase ’20, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Technology program, is the show’s production manager and sound designer.


In addition, Columbia College alum Alex Newkirk ’11, also a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BFA Program in Musical Theatre Performance, will lead the Broadway Open Mic Night at Theo Ubique on Wednesday, March 13 and April 11.

Alex Newkirk

Newkirk will accompany anyone who wants to drop in and sing show tunes. The bar will be open, so patrons can kick back and listen to new and established singers or bring their own sheet music to sing with Newkirk. Sign-up starts at 7:30 PM for the 8 PM entertainment.