The Creative Team


Jeffrey Paschal

Creator, Director, Producer


Jeff Paschal is an actor and filmmaker living in Chicago. He grew up in Upstate New York with his life-long friend Mathias (*cough cough* next bio) and graduated from Northwestern University in 2016 with a major in Theatre. He is currently working with a Chicago theater company called Manual Cinema that performs shadow puppet shows in festivals around the world. His favorite candy bar is a Reese’s Fastbreak, but no one seems to have ever heard of it.


Matt Schutz

Writer, Associate Producer


Matt is a playwright, actor, and administrator who has worked with several theatres around Chicago. Before Chicago, it was Iowa City at the University of Iowa, and before that, it was Canada. Before Canada, he lived in Texas. And before that, New Orleans (which makes the question "where are you from" pretty infuriating for him). Matt is a fierce supporter of new work, and is, most importantly, a through and through Ravenclaw.


Mathias Blake

Creator, Director, Producer


Mathias is a voiceover, film, and theatre actor - now director & producer. An athlete, world traveler, and a full-time geek, storytelling and people have always been his passions. He can be found dancing in his kitchen with a spoonful of peanut butter, playing one of his three Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, or bothering his best-friend of 16 years (refer back to Jeff's bio).

More of his work can be found at:


Meggie Gates

Writer, Associate Producer


Meggie is a comedian, writer, and all around terrible person. They are a contributor at Reductress with work in Little Village, Buzzfeed, and the Huffington Post. They're passionate about social justice, the LGBTQ community, and inter-sectional feminism. Their mom says they're annoying. But like, "in a cute, fun way." 

More of their work can be found at:

The Crew


Sean Magner

Director of Photography, Producer

An Associate Producer at TeamWorks Media, Sean has worked as a cinematographer around Chicago in a number of capacities. From student films to the Big 10 Network, he knows his way around a camera better than he plays Settlers of Catan. He graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in film production and political science, but somehow still has yet to see Citizen Kane.


Peder Goodman

"B" Camera Operator

A University of Iowa graduate, Peder specializes in cinematography, physical/ motion capture, visual graphics, and brewing his own beer. He is currently wrapping up productions on The 13th Doll computer game with Attic Door Productions and works as a Documentary Cinematographer & Media Specialist with Madland Studios.

More of his work can be found at:


Tim Chan

Sound Mixer & Boom Operator

Tim is a Columbia College Chicago graduate, freelance Sound Mixer, and a rock climbing ninja. He currently works around Chicago on various projects and spends his free time buying new sound equipment, at comic conventions or printing things on his 3D printer.

His list of projects can be found at:

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Jim Alrutz

Sound Designer

Jim may be pursuing a JD (or a Juris Doctor law degree for the rest of us who don't know what that is and assumed it was a Scrubs reference), but he still composes and designs sound as part of his unrelenting war on his own free time.

Some of his work can be found at: