The creators

Samantha Beach is a Chicago-based writer, actor and teaching artist. Her plays include Thing 100 (O’Neill Festival Finalist), Welcome to the Laborhood, and The Snare, which premiered this season at Jackalope Theatre. She is the bookwriter for a new musical, Mill Girls, with composer Diana Lawrence and conceiver/director Jess McLeod. Her work has been developed with Provision Theatre, 20% Theatre, Windy City Playhouse and Northlight Theatre Education. Sam has appeared onstage at Northlight, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Signal Theatre, and Next Theatre and on TV in Chicago PD.  She has served as playwriting and core acting faculty at the NHSI “Cherubs” Program. Sam is an alum of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprenticeship and Northwestern University.


Johanna Beach is an actress and designer living in Chicago after finishing her degree in theatre from Wake Forest University. Since coming to the city, she has collaborated with Redmoon, Collaboraction, The New Colony, and Jackalope Theatre. Recent acting credits include Face the Day with The New Colony, These Shining Lives and Our Country’s Good at Wake Forest University. Johanna has been growing her skills as a model maker and she recently participated in a course on model making for film at Pinewood Studios in London. When not performing We the W(h)ee, she works as a marketing and communications associate for Supply Hope, a nonprofit that creates opportunities through micro-franchising in the developing world and for Advocate Creative, a creative agency that works exclusively with nonprofits.