About Bluebird Arts

Bluebird Arts is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enrich, educate and entertain our community by sharing intimate stories of the human condition, focusing on the genuine problems of real people. We showcase Chicago's talent by promoting cross cultural exchange, taking Chicago theatre and artists to Europe and bringing European theatre, to the Chicago community. We serve both the English and Russian speaking populations by producing plays in both English and Russian and translating English language plays into Russian and Russian language plays into English.
 
Bluebird Arts will continue to collaborate with Russian arts organizations such as Theatre Volhonka in Ekatirenburg, Russia. 

The Team

Luda Solomon, Artistic Director

Luda Solomon

Luda studied acting and directing in Russia at the Leningrad Institute of Music, Theatre and Film and earned her Ph.D (WD) in teaching acting at the St. Petersburg State Academy of Dramatic Arts. She worked as an actress at Leningrad Studio Theatre. As a member of European Repertory Company, Luda directed Chekhov's Ivanov (Jeff Nominated); Bulgakov's Zoyka's Apartment; Chekhov's The Duel, adapted by Frank Galati; Carlo Gozzi's Princess Turandot; and Vasili Sigarev's Black Milk. Also with European Repertory Company Luda co-directed, with Yasen Peyankov, Galin's Stars in the Morning Sky and Nikolay Kolyada's Go Away, Go Away (Jeff Nominated). Other directing credits include Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife with One Theatre Company, Galin's The House that Swift Built co-directed with Dale Goulding for Red Square Theatre Company, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf at Theatre Volhonka, Ekatirenburg, Russia (Translated to Russian; Bravo award).

Luda taught acting at The School at Steppenwolf. In addition to teaching a Chekhov class at Act One, Luda also teaches acting at University of Illinois at Chicago.


Dale Goulding, Executive Director

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An award-winning theatre director who has worked extensively in Europe and the United States. Dale has produced over 45 shows, directed documentary film and served as the Artistic Director of the European Repertory Company (ERC)  before becoming a Freelance Director. Dale enjoys helping Luda  create her art and is committed to the belief that theatre exists to learn to break down barriers which surround us, and to free ourselves from the brakes that hold us back, from the lies about ourselves which we manufacture daily for ourselves and for others; to destroy the limitations caused by our ignorance and lack of courage -- in short, to fill the emptiness in us: to fulfill ourselves. Art is ripening, an evolution, an uplifting which enables us to emerge from darkness into a blaze of light.

To contact Dale, email dgoulding@bluebirdarts.org.


Jaimelyn Gray, Managing Director

Jaimelyn Gray

In addition to her work with Bluebird Arts, Jaimelyn is an ensemble member with TUTA Theatre Chicago where she serves as Marketing Liaison and Social Media Envoy. Outside of TUTA, she has worked with regional theatres across the country including the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.  Other Chicago credits include Eclipse Theatre and Profiles Theatre. She has also written two plays: The Decisions We Made, and I'm Gonna Go With Happy -- the latter of which having received its first public reading as part of TUTA's Overlooked and Underappreciated play reading series. See what else she does at jaimelyngray.com.

To contact Jaimelyn, email jgray@bluebirdarts.org.