Who’s in Charge Here?


Antoine McKay is the owner, producer and artistic director of McKay Arts. He hails from Detroit, Michigan, where he studied theatre at Eastern Michigan University and studied performance with world famous acting instructor, Uta Hagen. Antoine was a member of The Second City Main Stage in Detroit and Chicago. He wrote and acted in over twenty shows at the Second City. He won the Detroit Free Press Award for best supporting actor for his work in Second City Detroit’s “Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown”, and was nominated for a Jeff Award for best actor in a revue or musical in Second City Chicago’s “Red Scare”. Antoine also has been seen on NBC’s “ER” and “Sports Action Team”, ABC’s “Detroit 187” and FOX’s “Prison Break”. He has done films such as “The Weatherman”, starring Nicholas Cage, “Someone To Eat Cheese With”, starring Jeff Garland, “Osso Bucco, with Mike Starr, and “The Drunk”, with Tom Sizemore. Antoine is so excited about The Recession of Wisdom. It is such a blessing to have worked with this amazingly talented cast! Antoine would like to thank Jesus for His love and mercy, his beautiful, talented, amazing wife and children and this wonderful cast.

Assistant Director

Bailey Rose Murphy has been acting and directing merrily all around the city. She is an EIU alum who currently spends her daytimes ‘saving and maintaining lives’ employed as a chiropractic technician at Chiro One Wellness Centers. She is blessed and honored to be working with such a wonderful and lovely group of people. Thanks to Antoine for the opportunity and thanks to the cast for ALWAYS making her laugh and think. Many thanks to her friends and family for their continued patience, motivation, grace, support and love.

Technical Director

Jake Miser recently graduated with a degree in theatre from Texas-based Wayland Baptist University. A “Jake of all trades,” he prides himself on having at least a functional understanding of most aspects of running a show, but likes to think that he has somewhat more than a functional understanding in several aspects of running a show. In particular, Jake’s most valuable experiences have been in lighting design, acting, and dramaturgy. Some of his favorite roles include playing Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap, Dwight in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, David in Hand of Bridge, and Adam in The Complete History of America (Abridged). He is the recipient of a CUTF Acting Excellence award for his work in Musical Mayhem.  Jake is thrilled to be working in Chicago with McKay Arts Management and The Recession of Wisdom.