Kate is a Chicago based comedy writer and improvisor. She has been writing and performing for various divisions of The Second City since 2006. Second City projects include co-writing The Second City Guide to the Opera, performed at Lyric Opera Chicago, starring Renee Fleming and Patrick Stewart, writing and performing for Lyric Opera’s 60th Anniversary Gala starring Jane Lynch and Renee Fleming, and as a contributing writer for The Art of Falling, a collaboration between The Second City and Hubbard Street Dance.

Kate is a founding member of the sketch comedy group Schadenfreude. The group had a self-titled radio show for two years on Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ), for which she co-wrote 60 episodes. The group also created IL-Informed, a political comedy television pilot (WTTW) that earned a Chicago Emmy nomination.




Tim grew up in Locust Valley, NY…home to more than a few real-life Ravonkas. Tim has been a writer with The Second City since 2007, writing and performing with the The Second City Touring Company as well as for The Second City Guide To The Opera and the upcoming Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody. Tim’s also written for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and NPR’s Marketplace. Before Chicago, Tim spent three years in Amsterdam writing for the Boom Chicago theater. Follow Tim on twitter at @MisterSniffen. Finally, writing for Realish Housewives has helped Tim admit his long-hidden love for the kind of television you can’t find on HBO.



Eric Hoff is a director and producer of new plays and musicals. He directed the sold-out run of Hit The Wall at Steppenwolf Garage, which transferred to Barrow Street Theatre Off-Broadway. He is an Artistic Associate at About Face Theatre, where he directed WHAT’S THE T? and produced The Woyzeck Project. He has developed new work with Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New York Theatre Workshop, Steppenwolf, American Theatre Company, Goodman, Pig Iron, Humana Festival of New American Plays, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He is the creator and producer of REVIVAL, which has entertained thousands on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park.


Set Designer

Theresa Akers is an interdisciplinary performance designer focusing on building new and interesting multimedia compositions applying sound, light, and spatial storytelling elements in immersive collaborations. She has designed productions with theatre powerhouses Bedlam for Hire, Mu Performing Arts, Freshwater Theatre, Workhaus Collective, and Hennepin Theatre Trust. A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin Program for Spatial Psychology and Visual Design, she is excited to bring her interdisciplinary work in building the world for The Realish Housewives.


Lighting Designer

John Kelly is a lighting designer in Chicago who was worked with companies including Victory Gardens, The Hypocrites, About Face, Theatre Wit, The Ruffians, The Neofuturists, The Ruckus, Strawdog Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Stage773 and Underscore Theatre. He is an ensemble member with Strawdog Theatre where he will be designing Love and a Major Organ, The Long Christmas Ride Home, In a Word, Robinhood and Maid Merrian and D.O.A.there this season.


Sound Designer

Katharine Horowitz is a theatrical sound designer based in the Twin Cities, MN. With a focus on layered effects and soundscapes, Katharine has designed critically-acclaimed and award-winning shows for Mixed Blood Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, and Park Square Theatre in the Twin Cities, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (Wellfleet, MA), Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival (Provincetown, MA), and many others. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Katharine also teaches sound design workshops to students and young professionals.


Costume Designer

Mieka van der Ploeg has designed costumes for a variety of Chicago theaters, including The Hypocrites, About Face Theatre, Theater Wit, Griffin Theatre, Next Theatre, The Building Stage, the House Theatre, Albany Park Theater Project, Dog and Pony Theatre, RedTwist Theatre, Pegasus Players, the side project, and Filament Theatre Ensemble.  Further credits include wig and make-up work at The Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Goodman Theatre.


Stage Manager

William is very excited to join this production of The Realish Housewives: A Parody. William is a freelance stage manager in Chicago where his credits include work with Redmoon Theater (The Cabinet, Sink.Sank.Sunk), Drury Lane Oakbrook, Paramount Theatre (My Fair Lady), The Chicago Humanities Festival, About Face Theatre, First Folio, Windy City Playhouse and The Goodman Theatre (Other Desert Cities) and the Chicago premier of Unspeakable: A Dramatic Fantasia at the Broadway Playhouse. William has also spent 5 seasons stage managing for Peninsula Players Theatre in Door County, Wisconsin.

“It promises a comedic exploration of brawls, booze and Botox.”