Halena Kays (director of the Studs Terkel Circus) is the artistic director of The Hypocrites theater company where she both performs and directs. She is the co-founder and former artistic director of Barrel of Monkeys where she created and directed the majority of their public performances including their critically acclaimed long-running show: That’s Weird, Grandma, called “the best reason to live in Chicago on a Monday night” by Time Out Chicago. She is a UT-Austin and Northwestern grad and a former member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care unit. Halena is equally proud to have worked with many other respectable and disreputable theater companies in Chicago over the years. She was recently on stage in The Kid Thing (About Face/ Chicago Dramatists), Oedipus, Mud and 4.48 Psychosis (The Hypocrites), The Children’s Hour (Timeline), The Golden Truffle (Redmoon), and Fair Use and Theatrical Essays (Steppenwolf).