The Collaborators


The Collaborators


Chad Eschman

Associate Playwright

One of LRP's founders, Chad  previously served as Co-Artistic Director, oversaw marketing, and co-wrote and co-produced several productions. He now runs Trap Street, a multimedia storytelling company based in Los Angeles. He likes his coffee black, his gin neat, and everything spicy. Learn more at


Damon Krometis

Associate Director

Damon directed Refinished, Under the Table, and Jennifer Rumberger’s The Bride, both as part of Three Stories and in the Chicago Fringe. He also co-created Thou Proud Dream: An Adaptation of Henry V with Jenni Lamb. Damon now lives in Boston where he directs and teaches at Emerson College and elsewhere, and has a blog with HowlRound about immersive theatre and social responsibility.


Jennifer Rumberger

Associate Playwright

Jennifer Rumberger is a Chicago-based playwright and actor. Recently, she has worked with Wildclaw Theatre, Black Box Acting Studio, and The Gift Theatre Company. She also performs her nonfiction prose around Chicago. Her plays include Open Blue Sky, Night in Alachua County, and Vulpecula. She consumes many peanut butter M&M’s.


Tony Werner

Associate Playwright

Tony Werner is a playwright based in Chicago. His work has been produced or developed at such theaters as Collaboraction, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre Company, Ensemble 113, Pinebox, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and Jackalope. He’s also a former contributing writer for the Onion News Network. Pending further litigation, he’s a proud member of Living Room Playmakers.



Carolyn E. M. Gibney

Former Intern

Carolyn E. M. Gibney was LRP’s first intern. She’s currently a student in the Masters of Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford, concentrating in poetry. An editor by day, she lives near Chicago with her wife, their cat, and an obscene number of books.

Mercedes Lake

Former Marketing Intern

Mercedes Lake is a graduate of Northwestern’s Writing for the Screen + Stage program. Before that, she was a stand-up comedian performing around New England. When she’s not marketing for Living Room Playmakers, she’s playing Dungeons & Dragons, hanging out with her cat, and searching for the perfect taco recipe.

Thomas Murphey

Former Production Intern

Thomas Murphey is an MFA guy at Northwestern. He writes plays and films now. Earlier, he went to Bard College and studied German with a focus on literary translation. He’s a Fulbright Scholar and a Scorpio.