Tekki Lomnicki

 

360 E. Randolph #1006, Chicago, IIllinois 60601
312-540-1330 • TekkiL@aol.com

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Vision

To shatter barriers between the disabled and non-disabled worlds through the transformative power of personal story.

Performance

1989-Present Solo Performance
(1994 & 1995) When Heck Was a Puppy: The Living Testimonies of Folk Artist Edna Mae Brice; (1995) Archetype in Activities of Daily Living for Remains Theater; (1996) Thanksgiving in Honor Thy Mother; (1996) Alchemy at Blue Rider Theater; (1997) Tall Tales and Small Miracles at Live Bait Theater and St. Charles Arts & Music Festival; (1999 & 2000) Paper Doll and Let the Dead Rest in Genetic Material at Live Bait Theater; (2001) Precious and Few in 2001: A Wedding Odyssey at Live Bait Theater; (2002) Wally in Sibling Revelry at Prop Theater; (2003) The Quartermaster’s Daughter in Detours at Victory Gardens Theater; (2004-2009) Blurred Vision at Live Bait Theater, Second City, Acorn Theater, Loyola Hospital and Power of Nursing Leadership Conference; (2006) Clothing Optional in Body Language at Live Bait Theater; (2007) Striptease in Shrink at Live Bait Theater; (2008) Saints and Sinners in Potholes on the Path to Enlightenment; (2009) Love in the Time of Facebook at Prop Thtr; (2010) Mr. Sandman in Midsummer Night’s Dreamers at Prop Thtr; (2012) Memories at Sea in Bad Trips at Prop Thtr; (2013) How the Cubs Saved My Life in Bases Loaded at Prop Thtr; (2014) Hungry Heart in Food for Thought at Prop Thtr; (2015) Baggage Handler in Phobias at Prop Thtr; (2016) You Damn Kids in Classroom Drama at Prop Thtr.

Theater
(1989) Ruth Horwitz in Passing On at Blue Rider Theater; (1993) Created the role of Queen Elizabeth in Twisted Richard at Blue Rider Theater; (1998-present) Various roles in Tellin’ Tales Theatre’s Six Stories Up series; FREEDOM out of Order with the Lyric Opera Chicago Voices Program.

Film
(1997) Parade, short film written and produced by Susan Nussbaum; (2005) The Miracle, award-winning film by Jeffrey Jon Smith (www.themiraclemovie.com).

Artistic Direction • Teaching • Facilitation

1996-Present Artistic Director/Tellin’ Tales Theatre
Produce, write, direct and perform critically acclaimed plays and solo performances for this not-for-profit theater company. Oversee grant writing, manage budgets, plan seasons, hire staff and work with a twelve person board of directors. Facilitate storytelling workshops for corporations, hospitals and schools such as La Rabida and Loyola Hospitals, Lekotek, the Mobius Syndrome Association and the Girl Scouts of America.
2017 Children’s Hospital Storytelling Program Developed a storytelling program for children recovering from chronic illnesses in Chicago hospitals.
2016 Lyric Opera Chicago Voices Program
Community lead for this 16-week program. A team of 11 Tellin’ Tales writer/actors worked with Lyric professionals to create a musical performed at the Harris Theatre.
2015-Present EveryBODY Has a Story Solo Performance Workshop
Developed and facilitates a six-week writing/performance workshop exclusively for adults with disabilities that culminates in a three evening show called “Divercity.”
2012 Bodies of Work Performance Workshop
Facilitated a six-week workshop for artists with disabilities in conjunction with Bodies of Work, a network of artists and organizations dedicated to illuminate the disability experience in new and unexpected ways. The workshop culminated in a showcase at Access Living.
1997-2008 Gallery 37/After School Matters Connections Program
Developed curriculum for and facilitated after-school storytelling and radio drama workshops for Chicago Public school children with and without disabilities.
1998-Present Six Stories Up Mentoring Program/Tellin’ Tales Theatre
Produce, direct, write and perform in this annual program involving Chicago storytellers and middle school children. The cast and crew are made up of people with and without disabilities from all walks of life and neighborhoods. The program culminates in a performance at a professional theater.
August 2005-Present It’s All About Me: How to Write Your Own Solo Performance
Victory Gardens Theater, Prop Theater.
Spring 1999 Playwrighting for Teenagers/VSA Chicago
Developed and taught a ten week workshop involving teens with and without disabilities.
Winter 1997 Teen Mothers Mentoring Program/Live Bait Theatre
Teens from the Madonna St. Joseph Center were mentored by four playwrights/performance artists to express their personal stories.
Summers 1995-1996 Magic City Theatre Camps
Tellin' Tales Theatre, under the direction of Tekki Lomnicki formed this pilot camp for kids with and without disabilities. The seven and eight week camps staffed by local theatre professionals culminated in performances by the children at the Magic City Theatre Festival at the Chicago Children’s Museum.
April 1994 Artist's Development Workshop/The Access Project/Remains Theater
Taught this six week workshop for actors and playwrights with disabilities with Susan Nussbaum.

Community Support

2000-Present Inclusion Committee Old St. Mary’s Church
2013-2016 District 6 Vice President of Little People of America

Honors

2016 York Community High School Dukes of Distinction
2014 Dan Van Hecke Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Disability Community
2010 The Grigsby Award for Excellence in Solo Performance
2008 3Arts Artist Award Recipient in Theater
2008 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Finalist in New Performance Forms
2004 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship in New Performance Forms
2001 Carol Gill Award for Arts and Advocacy from the Progress Center
1998 Gargoyle Award from the Council for Disability Rights
1998 Caritas Veritas Award from Dominican University
1993 Awarded Regional Artists’ Project Grant from the NEA
1994 & 1995 Awarded Ragdale Foundation Residencies
1994 Named One of the 100 Women Making a Difference in Chicago by Today's Chicago Woman