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Alexis is a classically trained actress with extensive experience in Shakespeare, modern, contemporary, on-camera, and musical theatre styles. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois and has trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Acting Studio Chicago, Black Box Acting, and the Actors Gymnasium. Her most recent production of The Country Girl with Red Twist Theatre was cancelled due to COVID-19. You can catch a glimpse of her on NBC's Chicago PD season 9. See Alexis make her theatre comeback in Medea Material at Trapdoor Theatre this May 2022.

Born and raised on a farm in north-west Illinois, she grew up on Chicago sports teams and the arts. Alexis currently resides in Chicago where she is represented by Lily's Talent Agency.


In addition to acting in regional and collegiate productions, Alexis has choreographed, music directed, and written for several groups and companies throughout her career. Most notably was Call Me Woman, a passion project of hers that focused on Viewpoints, and Devising work. 

She holds a Recommended Pass in both Unarmed and Single Sword from the Society of American Fight Directors.  Alexis is a recipient of the Stevick Foundation of Excellence in Humanities/FAA Research for  the writing and research done on the show entitled TOM: Letters from the Somme.

That story will forever live at the Museum of Sentry Hill located just outside of Belfast, Ireland.

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Medea Material 

Medea Material is a  a powerful, unrelenting examination of modern society. 


"In Heiner Müller's postmodern remaking of the Medea myth. I argue that Medea is the ideal centre for Muller's critique of the western subject, as she represents the destructive future that the East Germany Müller sees as both hopeful and inevitable. Müller explodes Medea's potential by using her not as a character bus as a material, creating various irresolvable juxtapositions and contradictions of character, structure, narrative, and performance. This forces a confrontation with the cultural and theatrical legacy of Greek tragedy and presents to artists and audiences a crisis of culture and interpretation. " - Peter A. Cambell University of Toronto Press

Theatre is making a comeback

opening May

Written by Hiener Müller

Translated and adapted by Sarah Tolan-Mee
Directed by Resident Director Max Truax

The cast features Steven Schaeffer, Miguel Long, Keith Surney, Emily Lotspeich, Cat Evans, Emily Nichelson, Venice Averyheart, and Alexis DawTyne. 


Please go to for more information. 

Trapdoor Theatre is located at 1655 W. Cortland St. Chicago, IL 60622

Dates: May 5 - June 26 2022

Industry Night: Monday, June 1, 7:30pm

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Catch Alexis on season 9 of

Chicago PD

Alexis DawTyne on Chicago PD

BTS on dark comedy short film

Nov 2021


A behind the scenes video for Emily Schumann's Funeral Theory 


Live Performance

Oct 2021

Alexis performed live with

Marauderville in LA, debuting their duet More Country from the album Osmanthus.


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Alexis partakes in some Good News edibles while watching a football game.


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Alexis parties with new LED Bluetooth speaker lightbulbs. Found exclusively at Home Depot.


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Catch Alexis in a Caplyta print campaign. The newest FDA approved bipolar medicine.


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Alexis is featured as an EMT in Alight's "Welcome to the Employee Economy" campaign.


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Enjoy Alexis as a witch in Good News: Cannabis Together's Halloween campaign. 


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Watch Alexis' handy work in Good News Cannabis Together.


Casting Announcement

opening September 2020

Alexis joins the cast of Medea Material at Trapdoor Theatre directed by Max Truax. This post modern take on the ancient Greek tragedy by Euripedes will feature an ensemble of 9. It opens Sept 10 and runs through Oct 24th.


Casting Annoucement

Opening May 2020


Alexis will be playing the role of Nancy in Redtwist Theatre's production of The Country Girl running May 11th - June 28th

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Launching a craft shop


Alexis has been tinkering around the farm's shop for as long as she can remember.

"My love for crafting comes from gift giving. I LOVE a homemade gift. Let me help you give some love with a homemade gift."


Casting Announcement

opening January 2019

Alexis will be playing the role of Harriet in the thrilling drama Boy Gets Girl with Saltbox Theatre Collective. Running January 3rd through January 27 at the Edge Theatre.

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Demo Reel 


Check out Alexis' updated reel. 

It includes some of the footage from her recent works.


Extended trailer drop!

March 2018

Here's the official trailer for Alexis' recent feature film We Are Nothing where she stars as the troubled and abused millennial, Samantha Queen. The movie will premier Thursday April 22 at Lake Theatre in Oak Park. 


a wrap for WE ARE NOTHING

November 15, 2017

After several months, Alexis and the production company have finished filming We Are Nothing. It is slated to come out April 18th. Check back later for more info on where to catch this coming of age drama.


Casting announcement

opening October 201

Alexis has been cast as the understudy of Katie in the gnarly, in your face dark comedy Bachelorette with Level 11 Theatre Company. This production will be lead by 2017 Jeff Award Winning director Spenser Davis and runs

Oct 13 - Nov 5th at the Den Theatre


first day of filming

September 07, 2017

Alexis has begun filming the indie feature We Are Nothing.


Alexis plays the leading role of Samantha Queen who is strong, fierce and troubled. She wears her pain like a crown; in public she deals gracefully, while in private is is crippling.


Low Hanging Fruit on ABC News

August 12, 2017

Playwright and director Dane A. Campbell and fellow cast member Michael Lewis (Zeke) were featured on the ABC Eyewitness News. The two talked about how the play addresses the racial tensions and challenges surrounding police shootings of black people in the U.S.


Casting Announcement

Oct 2020

Alexis will begin filming an indie film this autumn. She will be playing the role of Samantha Queen in a story about two millennials trying to find purpose and understanding in a world that relentlessly tells them who they ought to be.


Low Hanging Fruit official trailer

May 2017

Plot: an interracial friendship of five is torn apart when one of them, a white cop, in the line of duty, shoots and kills an unarmed black teenager.

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Commercial drop!

April 2017

You can catch Alexis' hilarious vacuuming skills in Yup! Chocolate Milk's commercial featured on Facebook.

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a wrap for THE WEEKEND

Oct 2016

Alexis has wrapped filming the intense drama short of The Weekend. It was filmed on location at a haunting lake house in Indiana. You may be able to catch it at various film festivals in 2017.


Narrator for non-Hollywood's 

Audio Book


Alexis has finished narrating the hilarious novel non-Hollywood by Neal A. Yeager. This book is, "a novel for the fans of the underdog, non-Hollywood takes the reader through the life of the folks who are struggling on the fringes of show business."

Give it a listen for free.

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Fight Director of Oklahoma

Aug 2016

Alexis is going to serve as the Fight Director for CUTC's production of Oklahoma. She will choreograph the three major fight scenes, including the very stylized fight in the Dream Ballet.


Moving to Chicago

September 2016

Alexis is making the move to Chicago where she will be represented by Lily's Talent Agency as on-camera, theatrical and voice-over talent.


Keep an out for her on your local stages.


TOM. in Belfast Ireland

July 1, 2016

Tom. will be performed in Ireland at The Mill starting July 1st. This company is composed of all Irish actors who are using the original choreography and staging.

July 1st marks 100 years since the first day of the Battle of the Somme.


Departmental Distinction Award

May 2016

Alexis is the recipient of the very prestigious Departmental Distinction Award at Theatre Department Ceremony.


This award is based on the opinions of her professors and the grades she earned throughout her time at the University of Illinois. 

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May 2016

It's official! Alexis has graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She holds a BFA in Acting.

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TOM. wins a Research Grant

April 2016

Alexis and the team at Armoory Theatre Company received the Stevick Foundation of Excellence in Humanities/FAA Research for the work they did on their show TOM. They won a stipend to aid in the continuation of their work. 

The show focused on the story of Tom McKinney's life until his untimely death at the Battle of the Somme. Because of their research and artistry, the story of the McKinney family will live forever.


SAFD Certification

May 2016

After a full year of training, Alexis has recieved a Recommended Pass in both Single Sword and Unarmed Combat by the Society of American Fight Directors. She is on her way to becoming an Actor Combatant.


Signed with Lily's Talent Agency

April 2016

Alexis is officially represented by Lily's Talent Agency. LTA is located in Chicago, IL .

She is also excited to announce she will be moving to Chicago after graduation. 

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UIUC BFA Showcase

April 2016

Alexis and her fellow classmates are gearing up for their Chicago debut. Join them at Stage 773 on April 18th as they share stories and showcase a culmination of four years of intensive training.

RSVP or gather more info at their website.

See you there!


Call Me Woman featured in


March 2016

Alexis and Mindy's production of Call Me Woman was featured on Her Campus Website. They are a feminist website that empowers college age women. The two were interview and promoted fo their pertinent message thst is being shared on U of I campus





March 2016

Illinois' production of In The Blood has sold out! The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has added an extra show for Tuesday April 5th.

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Call Me Woman

March 2016

Alexis is collaborating with Mindy Shore in writing and directing a show entitled Call Me Woman. This project will feautre all the ladies in the department and be a testimony; an anthem for what its ike to be a women in theatre and of the world. It will embod each individual actress' story. 

You can catch it at the Armory Free Theatre where admission is free!


Casting Announcement

Nov 2015

Alexis will be playing Amiga Gringa / Beauty in the U of I's production of In The Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks. Her last show at U of I will be directed Lisa Gaye Dixon.


This production will run March 31st - April 10th at the KCPA.


a summer in LONDON

Aug 2015

Alexis just got back from Shakespeare and his Contemporaries intensive at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. 

While at LAMDA she trained in classical works as well as classical dance and singing, the Alexander Technique and more.

Alexis played Adrianna in Comedy of Errors and Beatrice in Middleton's The Changeling. 


Your Affectionate Tom:

Stories from the Somme

June 2015

Alexis will join fellow classmates Mindy Shore, Sam Babick, and Dylan Connelley in devising a show. 

This production will be based on the correspondence, photographs and diaries between Tom McKinney and his family, until Tom's injury and death after the Battle of the Somme. 

She will work with professors Robin McFarquhar and Philip Johnston to bring this story and Irish treasure to life.


Casting Announcement

April 2015

Alexis will be playing Julia in the University of Illinois' production of 1984 by George Orwell and adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan. 

Tom Mitchell will direct the run 

Oct 15th-Oct 25th

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