Our mission is to provoke and challenge thought through the lens of art.
Formed in 2015, [usual] Suspects premiered with The Rocky Horror Show in the J.R. Sullivan Theater at the Rockford Public Library’s Nordlof Center. Following the success of that production the company moved forward with a full season of works for 2015-2016. In 2018 we are set to embark on our third season, newly formed as artists in residence with the Rockford Public Library. We are happy to be calling the Nordlof Center our home.
Nordlof Center | 118 N. Main St. | Rockford, IL 61101
Bob Reaven- Edlén
Has been in management almost as long as he’s been involved in theater. Two things have been steady in Bob’s life – a passion for live theater and working with people. He has years of experience managing a whole gamut of tasks and teams of people. While he may appear artsy and disheveled, he has a knack for organizing “big pictures” into miniscule steps. In fact, he relishes breaking things down into linear, tiny steps. He is very excited for this opportunity to share his passion with the world by managing (usual) Suspects, and your entertainment/live theater experience.
Christine has been performing since the moment she realized there was an audience. First as the star of kitchen and living room whenever her parents‘ guests arrived, then as a student of the Rockford Public Schools Creative and Performing Arts Program, followed by an extended stay on Rock Valley College’s Studio and Starlight stages, and myriad appearances on any stage to which she was invited. When not on stage, she has worked behind the scenes building costumes, selling tickets, and organizing volunteers. To say that she is excited to be a part of this remarkable group of friends and family is an understatement. Since she stepped out from behind her parents‘ giant 1970’s stereo speakers that were the closest things to wings she could get, she has hoped for an opportunity like this. Good theatre requires trust, creative collaboration, and respect. All of these essential qualities are present in (usual) Suspects.
Jason Edlén is a founding member of (usual) Suspects. A veteran of the Rockford stages, it was his dream to one day start a theater company of his own. With this multi-talented group of friends and performers, that dream has come true. Never happy unless he is creating, Jason holds a BFA in Visual Communications and is currently a Senior Designer with Trekk in Rockford. Which allows him to draw pictures all day.
Nick is proud to be a part of (usual) Suspects. He has been involved with theatre for the last 20 years as an actor, carpenter, techie, and stage manager. He recently departed Rock Valley College leaving his position of 20 years as Master Carpenter to begin a new career as Technical Director and Scenic Designer for Sunset Playhouse in Milwaukee. (usual) Suspects is the culmination of years of personal and professional relationship building. As always, Nick would like to stress that none of this would be possible without the love and support of his amazing wife, son, and daughter.