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Indie Boots creates and celebrates art featuring underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. Indie Boots projects encourage collaboration and coalition building among artists and activists. We hope Indie Boots events prompt both laughter and dialogue, entertaining audiences and inspiring discussion.
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About

Indie Boots creates and celebrates art featuring underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. Indie Boots projects encourage collaboration and coalition building among artists and activists.

In additional to our short and full length plays and musicals, special events, and curated programs, we bring independent art to audiences through our festivals. We hope the festivals prompt both laughter and dialogue, entertaining audiences and inspiring discussion. Our festivals are activist events at heart, not out to make it big, but to bring people together to experience art as part of a community. We keep ticket prices low and make submitting accessible to artists working on any budget by not charge submission fees, using a simple submission process, and not requiring special formatting. Our team includes theatre professionals and filmmakers who have worked in the programming and organizing of various festivals. The Indie Boots Festivals Organizational Team includes artistic director Richard Paro, ensemble members Cyra K. Polizzi, Ashely Bagot, Jessica Dexter, Crystal Hartford, and Breahan Eve Pautsch, as well as collaborators Andrei Antipov, Amy Crater, and Chakira Lane. We feel lucky to have the opportunity to share so many amazing independent works, both those discovered at other festivals and those submitted. For more information about our annual festivals and special programs, please visit our Festivals page or email us at: IndieBootsOrg@gmail.com

Indie Boots Theatre Production Guidelines (inspired by NIOH): www.IndieBoots.org/guidelines.html.

For more information about our film production arm, please visit Mudgeonsoul Productions.


The Indie Boots Ensemble

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Ashely Bagot

Ashely Bagot is a director, actor, and costume designer based in Chicago. In addition to her work with Indie Boots, she frequently works Full Voice and Stockyards Theatre Project. Her previous acting work includes There Might Be... Stumble, Bernie Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street...'s Brother, "Floyd" in A Hipster Christmas Carol, "Jo" in What Happened to the Quiet Kids?, "Randi" in The Fox in the Snow, and "Maggie" in Tuesday Night Make-Out. Ashely also works assisting people with mental illness access housing and recovery services.
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Breahan Eve Pautsch

Breahan Eve Pautsch is a director, actor, and writer based in Chicago. Her other artistic home is Akvavit Theatre, where she is the co-artistic director. Breahan's acting credits with Indie Boots include Mass Romantic, The Fox in the Snow, and Allison, My Love. She has also worked with Raven Theatre, Hobo Junction, Corn Productions, Speaking Ring Theatre, Halcyon Theatre, Theatre Entropy, North Lakeside Players, Scriptworks, and Full Voice. Breahan grew up in Cadott, Wisconsin and then graduated with a BA in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
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Crystal Hartford

Crystal Hartford hails from Omaha, NE and attended Avila University in Kansas City, MO where she received her B.F.A in Theatre. As an actor, Crystal's theatre credits include "Hellena" in The Rover, "Brooke" in Noises Off, "Jameson" in The Passion of Dracula, and originating a lead role in Hobo Junction's Talk Kiss Blackout. Crystal's film credits include Mass Romantic, What Happened to the Quiet Kids?, The Fox in the Snow, So-Called Living, and Deidre. In addition, she participates in one-acts, staged readings, and performance art. Crystal can also be found performing with the bands The Dust Bunnies and Harford/Focht.
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Cyra K. Polizzi

Cyra K. Polizzi works performance and film, focusing on theatre acting while also engaging in directing, writing, education, live lit, community movement forms, and exhibition. Performing since age five, Cyra has experienced a variety of disciplines, played a wide range of characters in established pieces, and originated roles in many new works. Cyra is especially interested in performance incorporating humor, intersectionality, and queer alternatives to compulsory behavior. In addition to work as an actor, Cyra is often called upon to present and discuss bi, queer, and feminist performance, and to screen independent films in conferences, classrooms, and festivals. Cyra graduated from UW-Madison in Theatre Acting, Gender Studies, and Environmental Studies. www.cyrakpolizzi.com
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Jessica Dexter

Jessica Dexter has a long and varied history with theatre, performance, and film. She may be best described as a freelance first responder for performance-related emergencies, a title she earned through her years in a traveling trash-to-art performance and puppetry troupe. Additionally, Jessica has designed and constructed costumes and sets, rigged lighting, managed the business end, and birthed countless puppet creatures in community workshops. She acts, she sings, she dances, she walks on stilts, she spins fire. And if there's anything that can't be built out of corrugated cardboard, bike tire innertubes, cornstarch and a P-22 stapler, she has yet to discover it. Jessica also works in public interest environmental legal advocacy.
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Richard Paro

Richard Paro is an award winning theatre and film director based in Chicago, where he can also be found acting and writing. He has worked with various companies around the city including Full Voice, Hobo Junction, Prologue, Tympanic, Arc, Stage 773, Fury, Theatre-Hikes, and Stockyards Theatre Project. Much of his work emphasizes coalition-building, including productions There Might Be... Stumble, Jane Martin's satirical play Laura's Bush, and In Pursuit, a comedy dealing with the state of gender, class and immigration in the United States. In addition, his feature-length and short films screen at film festivals around the world. Always excited to share his favorite theatre, movies, and music with new audiences, he has worked in festival programming and organizing for years, most recently with Indie Boots Festivals.