Elana Gartner

Founder / Artistic Director / Producer

Elana Gartner has walked two different roads that led her to Four Walls Theater: theatre and social services. In theatre, she is an internationally produced and recognized playwright. She has written Jagged Journey, Runtime Error, Before Lesbians, Daughter, Pilar’s Brother, and Because of Beth, among others. Elana founded the EMG Playwriting Workshop and is also a member of the Manhattan Oracles playwriting group. Elana founded the International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Awards and served on the ICWP board for five years. Elana is a member of the Dramatists Guild and writes freelance articles for HowlRound. She is currently an MFA candidate at Spalding University. In social services, Elana has worked with people with disabilities and low-income adults through workforce development and volunteer management. She helped to found Girls Write Now, providing women mentors to young female writers. The marriage of these two worlds was realized through the creation of Four Walls Theater during Covid-19: providing socially responsible theatre. Elana is grateful to her ever-supportive family.


Gina Marie Dropp

Associate Artistic Director

Gina Marie Dropp is a Chicago based Theater Artists, focused on Playwriting, Directing, and Theater Development. Gina received her BA in Performance Arts from Young Harris College (2015) where she focused on acting and directing, working on projects such as The Valentines Cabaret, a variety show curated and directed by Dropp to raise funds for theatre students to study abroad and competing as a director at the KCACTF conference. Shortly after her undergraduate studies, Gina relocated to Chicago to study with The Second City, The Annoyance, and other surrounding comedy theaters in the areas of Improvisation, Sketch Writing, Solo Performance, and Stage management in shows such as Under-aged Thinking (The Second City), Gravedigger: The Musical (Lincoln Loft), and The Solo Showcase(The Annoyance). Her work in The Second City’s writing program propelled her to focus in on her play writing, she is currently and MFA candidate at Spalding University. Gina has started and managed many creative projects such as her podcast, The Giving Care Podcast, focused on her work as an In-Home Care Specialist. Most recently Gina Dropp has started working with Four Walls Theater as the Director of Development, Marketing and Patron Services, as well as the Stage manager for the theater’s first two virtual productions.


M. Florian Staab

Sound Designer / Composer

M. FLORIAN STAAB is a composer and sound designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Staab was
born and raised in Germany and received his BA from Oberlin College and MFA from Krannert
Center. He is an associate artist with Sinking Ship Productions and the resident sound
designer at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Credits include: The Library, Pretty
Hunger and Teenage Dick (Public Theater); Nomad Motel (Pittsburgh City Theatre); Into the
Breeches! (Trinity Rep); On Beckett with Bill Irwin (Center Theatre Group); Winners
(Ensemble Studio Theatre); Crackskull Row (The Cell and Irish Rep); The Seafarer and Sean
O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy (Irish Rep); The Mountains Look Different (Mint Theater Company);
Uncle Vanya (Pearl Theatre Company); Minor Character (New Saloon); A Hunger Artist
(Sinking Ship); This Lingering Life (Here Arts); MukhAgni (Ars Nova); Mad Libs Live! (New
World Stages); The Bonapartes (Ars Nova); A Bright New Boise (Partial Comfort) and The Suitcase Opera (Chicago Opera Vanguard).


Katherine Hintz

Creative Department Assistant / Graphic Designer


Katherine Hintz is a performer, teacher, arts administrator, and full-time Content Manager from Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked and performed professionally all throughout the South and Midwest in places such as Second City Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and Riverside Theater. You can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, creating a joke or a graphic for one of her numerous projects, and looking at rescue pups online.



Kate Hohn

Stage Manager

Kate Hohn is a recent graduate of Young Harris College where she primarily studied Theatrical Design and Production, as well as Art and History. She has spent time during summer breaks developing her craft at Chicago Scenic Studios and Six Flags Over Georgia. As a member of the unforgettable Class of 2020, she hopes to spend some time following undergrad to learn and grow as a person and a young theatre professional. Digital theatre is evolving every day, and Kate is elated to be on the leading edge with Four Walls Theater. She could not have made it to where she is now without the support of her family. Wishes of safety and good health to all!