Creative Team


Marlene Necheles


Marlene Necheles grew up on the West Side of Chicago. She received an A.B. in English from Roosevelt University, and went on to complete two masters degrees at The University of Chicago, in Education and Social Service Administration.

Marlene loved to write, and wrote a book about her mother, Clara Peller, An American Icon. Soon after publication of her book, Marlene became a member of Midwest New Musicals. She collaborated with two fellow students and wrote Maxwell, a short play about love and loss in a small town in Ohio.

Marlene is the author and lyricist of Clara and The Beef.


Geoff Shell


Described by the Chicago Tribune as ‘thoughtful and talented’Geoff Shell is an artist, musician and producer. He is the founder and president of Geoff Shell Inc., a privately held corporation that does business as: Modal Media Group – a branding, web design and video production firm, Geoff Shell Music – a one stop shop for film scoring, concert music, multi-instrumental performance and music education, and Rad Universe – a retro 80s / 90s inspired brand and pseudonym where Geoff operates as a creative director, synthwave music producer, remix artist and video editor. Geoff infuses creative tasks with expertise, dedication and insight to deliver on every unique vision.

Geoff is the co-author and composer of Clara and the Beef, creative director, head of archiving and the director/producer/editor of the video web series.