Michaela Petro, 31

There was no more seductive performance all last season than the smoldering turn in the Strawdog Theatre Company's production of Harold Pinter's "Old Times" from this lively daughter of Waterbury, Conn., who came to Chicago to study fiction writing at Columbia College but found her way to the theater. 
Petro isn't just an ensemble member at the venerable Strawdog, but also at Wildclaw Theatre, where she can be found sinking her fangs into horror theater on a regular basis. The big houses in town, she says, have yet to come calling. Maybe they just haven't seen her when she's on fire. By day, Petro says she thrives in customer service at Groupon among the company's plethora of actors and improvisers.
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UP NEXT: </b>Appearing in the Wildclaw Theatre adaptation of Clive Barker's "The Life of Death" at the Storefront Theatre in October; wildclawtheatre.com

( Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune / July 19, 2012 )

There was no more seductive performance all last season than the smoldering turn in the Strawdog Theatre Company's production of Harold Pinter's "Old Times" from this lively daughter of Waterbury, Conn., who came to Chicago to study fiction writing at Columbia College but found her way to the theater. Petro isn't just an ensemble member at the venerable Strawdog, but also at Wildclaw Theatre, where she can be found sinking her fangs into horror theater on a regular basis. The big houses in town, she says, have yet to come calling. Maybe they just haven't seen her when she's on fire. By day, Petro says she thrives in customer service at Groupon among the company's plethora of actors and improvisers.

UP NEXT: Appearing in the Wildclaw Theatre adaptation of Clive Barker's "The Life of Death" at the Storefront Theatre in October; wildclawtheatre.com

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