Tony Lawry

Artistic Director/Education Director

Tony discovered his love of theater in 1990 before entering high school. Since then he has been driven by the sounds of audience reaction and seeing the enjoyment of the youth in theater. Since he didn't have the opportunity until later in youth to experience theatre he wanted to give those opportunities to young people so they too might be "bitten by the bug." Since moving here in 2002 he has been working with tweens and teens for other Chicago theatres. He felt what was missing in Chicago was the youth learning through onstage experience with older actors. So, finally in 2016 Tony opened Theatre Above the Law

He has worked with other Chicago Theatre companies including Piccolo, Court, Mudlark, Northlight and American Theatre Company & founded the award winning teen improv ensemble Underage Sugar Addicts. Tony, himself, is an award winning director for "Romantic Comedy" by Bernard Slade. He is represented by Stewart Talent.


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Ross Compton

Ross Compton is a graduate of Ball State University and has been performing in Chicago for 10 years. You may recognize him from...I mean, probably nothing unless you are his grandma or nemesis. But I ASSURE YOU, he has done many plays, films, and improv shows. He wrote his first full-length play, Amicable, which had its world premiere here at Theatre Above The Law in May of 2019. He hates writing bios.

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Michael Dalberg

Michael Dalberg is a resident of Chicago, and graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. As an actor, Michael has worked with First Folio Theatre, Idle Muse Theatre Company, Oil Lamp Theater, MadKap Productions, Halcyon Theatre, Piccolo Theatre, Fury Theatre, The Public House, Great River Shakespeare Festival, InTandem Theatre, and more. As a playwright, Michael was commissioned to write the first adaptation with Theatre Above the Law: Cyrano, which was produced in company's second season. His full length drama Family Values was produced at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to critical acclaim after getting its international debut in London. Michael has also had several smaller plays produced throughout the Midwest. See more at michaeldalberg.info.

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Ann-Claude Rakotoniaina

From Owensboro, Kentucky and a graduate of the University of Louisville, Ann-Claude is excited to be a part of the inaugural ensemble at Theatre Above the Law. Catch Ann-Claude at TATL this fall in POE. Selected Chicago credits include: The Tempest (Commission Theatre), Richard III (Muse of Fire Theatre Company), An Enemy of the People (Goodman Theatre), and Saint Joan (Poetic Forum Collective). Ann-Claude is in the performance ensemble of Quicksilver Shakespeare, and prepared all 10 tracks in Mercury Hamlet for the summer 2019 Chicago tour. See more about Ann-Claude and connect at annclauderakotoniaina.com.


Jeremy Schaye

Jeremy Schaye is a Chicago suburban native who is delighted to be a part of Theater Above The Law's inaugural ensemble. He has enjoyed every minute working with Tony and his fellow ensemble members, and can't wait to be a part of what's to come for ATL. You may have seen him in ATL's productions of Art and The Ages of Man, a show the Chicago Reader called "likely the best storefront play [...] all year," and in which Jeremy was renowned for splashing water in a girl's face from afar as well as his imaginary cannonball proficiency. Some other productions you may have seen him in include I Hate Hamlet (Theater D), Sorry! Wrong Chimney! (James Downing Theater), The Laramie Project (Aleatoric Theater Company), Much Ado About Nothing (CenterStage production of Shakespeare In The Park) and The Elder Son at the Athenaeum. He thanks his family and friends for their never-ending love and support.


Brittany Vogel

Brittany Vogel is very honored to be a part of the ensemble at Theatre Above the Law. You may have seen her on stage as Sheryl in What Rhymes with America during TATL's inaugural season, or the 2nd season as Donna in Cyrano or this past season at Marc in Art. When not spending time on stage, Brittany also works as a freelance makeup artist. To stay up to date on her upcoming projects, please visit www.BrittanyVogel.com.