Alison C. Vesely
Alison C. Vesely co-founded Oak Brook's First Folio Theatre in 1996 with her beloved husband, writer/actor David Rice. A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, Alison grew up in Clarendon Hills where she lived with Rice. At First Folio, Vesely helmed everything from screwball comedies to psychological thrillers. But her favorite plays to direct were William Shakespeare's dramas.
A Joseph Jefferson Award directing nominee for 2009's affecting "A Moon for the Misbegotten," Vesely worked during her two-year illness. She helmed four shows, including Chicago-area premiere of "Dr. Seward's Dracula" by Joseph Zettelmaier. Vesely also directed Zettelmaier's "The Gravedigger," which premiered there in 2014.
Before First Folio, Vesely served as classics project director for Footsteps Theatre, a company that specialized in all-female productions of William Shakespeare's plays.