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2016-17 Performances:
Miss Holmes
Thumbelina
Fable-ous!
A Wrinkle in Time
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Her Majesty's Will
Fillet of Solo 2017
Concert Reading Series
A Wrinkle in Time: Cast & Crew
EXTENDED through April 23, 2017!
 
Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm
(No 4pm performance April 15)

 
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Jamie Cahill Jamie Cahill (Meg Murry)
Jamie is delighted to be working with Lifeline Theatre on another fantastic show. She was last seen at Lifeline as the Velveteen Rabbit in The Velveteen Rabbit, which was one of her favorite roles thus far. Her most recent credit is Ruth Greenberg in The Burmingham Children's March (Civil Rights Arts Project), where she traveled to schools across Illinois, Indiana, and St. Louis to perform. Jamie received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Trent Davis Trent Davis (Charles Wallace Murry)
Trent is very excited to play Charles Wallace in A Wrinkle in Time. Trent made his national acting debut playing the younger version of actor and rapper Nick Cannon in the Spike Lee movie Chi-raq, where he worked with Wesley Snipes, Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson, and others. Trent's other credits include playing a student in an untitled drama series recently picked up by Showtime, produced by Oscar-winning rapper and actor Common. Trent is represented Gray Talent Group.
Javier Ferreira Javier Ferreira (Mrs. Who and Ensemble)
Javier is thrilled to be returning to Lifeline after appearing in Northanger Abbey. Other Chicago credits: Wicked City (Chicago Theatre Workshop); Another Word for Beauty (u/s - Goodman Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Porchlight Music Theatre); Babes in Arms (Porchlight); La Cage Aux Folles (Marriott); Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare); Lysistrata Jones, Ripper, and Amadeus (Rooseveltís Theatre Conservatory). Favorite regional credits: Carousel, Catch Me If You Can, Avenue Q, Rent (Wagon Wheel Theatre, IN); Sweeney Todd and Titanic (Second Stage Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN). Javier graduated from Roosevelt Universityís Chicago College of Performing Arts with a Musical Theatre BFA. Love and thanks to Mom. Sui Generis!
Marsha Harman Marsha Harman (Happy Medium and Ensemble)
Marsha is delighted to return to Lifeline Theatre after appearing in The City & The City on the MainStage and The Stinky Cheese Man in the KidSeries. Other Chicago credits include Georgie in The Full Monty (Kokandy Productions), The Anyway Cabaret (TUTA Theatre), and Hannah in Arcardia (New Leaf Theatre). Regional credits include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Cassius in Julius Caesar, and Helena in A Midsummer Nightís Dream (Bakerloo Theatre Project, NY). Marsha earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Drew University and an M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from Catholic University.
Naïma Hebrail Kidjo Naïma Hebrail Kidjo (Red Eyes and Ensemble)
Naïma is a Franco-Beninese actress who grew up in Paris and in Brooklyn. This is her first time working with Lifeline Theatre! Previous Chicago credits include: Rutherfordís Travels (Pegasus Theatre Company); You On The Moors Now (U/S, The Hypocrites); A Big, Big Knowing (Jackalope Living Newspaper Festival); Milkwhite (The Kinematics); The Whole World is Watching (Dog and Pony), and Solo Crowd performances. Regional: How To Be Alone! (Dixon Place, NYC), The Tempest (Yale University), Dracula (Williamstown Theatre Festival). In 2015 she received a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University.
Michael McKeogh Michael McKeogh (Father and Ensemble)
Michael is thrilled to be returning to Lifeline Theatre, where he previously appeared as Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in The Killer Angels. Other Chicago credits include: Eddie in Pocatello (Griffin Theatre); Frankie Wild in The White Road (Irish Theatre of Chicago); Hamlet in Hamlet (Oak Park Festival Theatre); Dmitri in Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West (TimeLine Theatre); Dr. Greenberg in Freshly Fallen Snow (Chicago Dramatists), and in 2014 Michael co-hosted The Chicago Symphony Orchestraís holiday show Welcome Yule! Other regional credits include: Mr. Brown in The 20th Century Way (The Know Theatre, Cincinnati). Michael is represented by Paonessa Talent.
Carmen Molina Carmen Molina (Mrs. Which and Ensemble)
Carmen is extremely excited to make her Lifeline Theatre debut. Favorite Chicago credits include: World Builders (First Floor Theatre), Design for Living and Kill Your Boyfriends (Pride Films and Plays), A Doll's House (Definition Theatre), Heat Wave (Steppenwolf Garage Rep), Heist Play (The Ruckus), and The Skriker (Red Tape Theatre). She is a proud company member of Pride Films and Plays.
Glenn Obrero Glenn Obrero (Calvin O'Keefe)
Glenn is super hyped to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut. Credits: How We Got On (Haven Theatre, performing u/s); Unto These Hills (Mountainside Theatre); Romeo & Juliet, Columbinus (SCAD). He is represented by Gray Talent Group and is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design.
Madeline Pell Madeline Pell (Mrs. Whatsit and Ensemble)
Madeline is thrilled to be a part of the cast of A Wrinkle In Time for her Lifeline Theatre debut. A recent graduate of Roosevelt Universityís Chicago College of Performing Arts, some of Madelineís Chicago credits include: Twelfth Night (Three Brothers Theatre), Followspot (The Bridge), and The 39 Steps (CCPA). Regional credits include: Titanic the Musical (Union Colony Dinner Theatre, CO) and A Midsummer Nightís Dream (Stampede Theatre, CO).
James Romney James Romney (Chris Henderson and Ensemble)
James is very happy to be making his Lifeline debut in A Wrinkle in Time. Other Chicago credits include Fly By Night (Theo Ubique), The Merry Widow and Carousel (The Lyric Opera of Chicago), The Distance (Haven Theatre), The ForgetMe_Knot and La Chingada (Inappropriate Theatre Company). Regional credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Man of La Mancha, and Twelfth Night (Texas Shakespeare Festival). James is represented by Shirley Hamilton and is a Graduate of CCPA at Roosevelt University. Thank you to his friends family and to Michaeleen for their continued support.
Davu Smith Davu Smith (Charles Wallace Murry)
Davu is excited to make his Lifeline Theatre debut. He has been actively training in Chicago for five years. Davu caught the acting bug at Provision Theater's Under the Sea. Some of his other stage performances include Carroll Gardens (16th St. Theater), Mothers and Sons (Northlight Theatre), Harry Potter (House Theatre), and Don Quichotte (Lyric Opera). He was also cast in Lyricís Porgy and Bess. Outside of acting Davu, is an active Webelo 2 Scout and enjoys playing baseball and golf. His favorite subject in school is History.
Vahishta Vafadari Vahishta Vafadari (Mother and Ensemble)
Vahishta is so excited to work with Lifeline after being a fan of their work since moving to Chicago. Recent Chicago productions include: Pygmalion (Remy Bumppo), Bars and Measures (Prop Thtr), Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (Brown Paper Box Co), A Widow of No Importance (Rasaka Theatre Company), and Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Oak Park Festival Theatre). Vahishta received her MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University and is represented by Gray Talent.
Tyler Brown Tyler Brown (Understudy)
Tyler is privileged to have the opportunity to work with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A in Theatre and Dance and minor in Vocal Performance and is now successfully pursuing her career in the Windy City. Credits include Assistant Director for the Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol, and Locations for Showtime's Shameless, as well as performing in Adding Machine (Mrs. Two) and American Idiot with the Hypocrites, ABC's American Crime, and a solo of the Black National Anthem after President Obama's Speech in the 2014 Civil Rights Summit. She is thankful to the entire company for bringing her on and trusting her with the task of telling a much-needed story.
Anna Civik Anna Civik (Understudy)
Anna is thrilled be making her Lifeline debut as an understudy in this wonderful cast! Other Chicago credits include Charred (Caroline) at Jackalope Theatre, as well as Hair, Aunt Dan and Lemon, and As You Like It, among others at Northwestern University, where she is a recent graduate of the theatre program.
Tom DeFrancisco Tom DeFrancisco (Understudy)
Tom is thrilled that he is involved with A Wrinkle in Time as his first professional acting work out of college! Tom graduated Northwestern University this year with a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a focus in Theatre. After countless hours in student theatre, he is excited to begin his career in Chicago with Lifeline.
Whitney Dottery Whitney Dottery (Understudy)
Whitney is very excited to be working with everyone here at Lifeline Theatre for the first time! Other Chicago credits include Methe in Watch Me Burn (Idle Muse Theatere), Ruby in Wicked City (Chicago Theatre Workshop), Johanna Faustus and American Idiot (The Hypocrites), Open Arms (Collaboraction), and Alexandria in How to Make Love Out of the Unconditional Grey (Gorilla Tango Theatre). Whitney earned her BA in Musical Theatre from Columbia College Chicago.
Akua Sarhene Akua Sarhene (Understudy)
Akua is excited to be making her Lifeline debut in this wonderful production. Her most recent Chicago credits include Hellcab (Profiles Theatre), Landmark Play Festival (Prologue Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (u/s - Two Pence Theatre Co.), Down the Moonlit Path (Nothing Without a Company), and El Stories (Waltzing Mechanics). Sheís also a proud graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaignís Theatre Program.
Timothy Sullivan Timothy Sullivan (Understudy)
Timothy is pleased to work with Lifeline Theatre again. Lifeline credits include: Mycroft Holmes (u/s) and Stamford (u/s) in Miss Holmes. Other Chicago credits include: Arnold Crouch in Not Now, Darling! (Brightside Theatre); Sir Robin in Spamalot (Metropolis); the Duke (u/s) in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Oak Park Festival Theatre); Kahless Past in A Klingon Christmas Carol (Commedia Beauregard). Regional credits include: King Arthur in Camelot and Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (Oxford Shakespeare Festival); Chip in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (Red Barn Summer Theatre). He received his BA and BM from Lawrence University and MFA from WIU.
James Sie James Sie (Adaptor)
James is an emeritus ensemble member of Lifeline Theatre, where he has written many adaptations, including: Island of the Blue Dolphins (Jeff Citation); Dracula (Jeff Citation nomination); A Wrinkle in Time (Jeff Citation nomination); The Snark-Out Boys and the Avocado of Death; and the original work, The Road to Graceland (After Dark Award). His solo show Talking With My Hands was produced in Los Angeles with The Mark Taper Forum and East West Players. James has also written a novel, Still Life Las Vegas, which was published by St. Martinís Press in 2015.
Elise Kauzlaric Elise Kauzlaric (Director)
Elise has been a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble since 2005, where she has directed Northanger Abbey, One Came Home, A Tale of Two Cities, The Woman in White, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Mariette in Ecstasy (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: Direction), Arnie the Doughnut, and The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes; adapted The Velveteen Rabbit and Half Magic; and appeared onstage in Miss Buncleís Book, Neverwhere, Queen Lucia, Strong Poison, and many others. Outside of Lifeline, she directed Irish Theatre of Chicagoís production of Dancing at Lughnasa, has dialect coached numerous shows around Chicago, and appeared onstage at such theatres as the Goodman, Apple Tree, Oak Park Festival, First Folio, and Griffin Theatre, where she received a Non-Equity Jeff Nomination for Supporting Actress for On the Shore of the Wide World.
Jennifer Aparicio Jennifer Aparicio (Stage Manager)
Jennifer is excited to be back at Lifeline, and working on her first MainStage production. Previous work with Lifeline has been with the KidSeries, most recently Sparky!. Other stage management credits include work with 16th Street Theater, Teatro Luna, and Steppenwolf Garage. Jennifer also works as a production manager, with credits that include work with Teatro Vista, 16th Street Theater, and Sideshow Theatre Company. She is an artistic associate with Teatro Vista and 16th Street Theater.
Eric Backus Eric Backus (Original Music/Sound Designer)
Eric is delighted to work with Lifeline again after designing last seasonís Northanger Abbey. Select sound design and music composition credits include Wolf (Teatro Vista), The Assembled Parties and Red Velvet (Raven Theatre), Apartment 3A (Windy City Playhouse), and Rose (Greenhouse Theater). He has worked with many Chicago theatre companies including Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Steppenwolf. Eric also designed the Off-Broadway and touring productions of SoloChicago Theatreís Churchill, and the Chicago and LA productions of Thrones! A Musical Parody.
Alan Donahue Alan Donahue (Co-Scenic Designer)
Alan has designed numerous Lifeline shows over the last 20+ years. Most recently, he designed scenery and properties for Miss Buncleís Book for the MainStage and Lesterís Dreadful Sweaters for the KidSeries. He opened a new production of Itís a Wonderful Life in Dollywood in November. In years past, Alan adapted Donald E. Westlakeís Trust Me on This and Adam Langerís Crossing California for the Lifeline MainStage and Daniel Pinkwaterís Bongo Larry & Two Bad Bears and Eileen Spinelliís Sophieís Masterpiece: A Spiderís Tale for the KidSeries. In Spring 2017, heíll create the environs for Giggle, Giggle, Quack.
Kevin D. Gawley Kevin D. Gawley (Lighting Designer)
Kevinís critical acclaim includes seven Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations and two Jeff Awards for The Island of Dr. Moreau and Jane Eyre, and an After Dark Award for Strong Poison. Kevinís lighting for CU Balletís Nutcracker is showcased on the 2017 Rosebrand Catalog cover. Kevinís film credits include theatrical lighting design for Were the World Mine. Previous theatrical design collaborators include Lifeline, Bailiwick, Organic, Porchlight, OperaModa, Blindfaith, Theatre on the Lake, Metropolis, Revels Chicago, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Lexington Childrenís Theatre, NHSI (Cherubs), UWEC, and Taylor University. Kevin is the Resident Scenic, Projection, and Lighting Designer at University of Louisville.
Amanda Herrmann Amanda Herrmann (Properties Designer)
Amanda is pleased be working at Lifeline again, where she also designed The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! and The Velveteen Rabbit. Other credits include: Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth, Life Sucks, Moby Dick (Lookingglass Theater); The Hollow, Tin Woman (Peninsula Players); Pirandello's Henry IV, Fallen Angels (Remy Bumppo); Miss Bennet (Northlight); Naperville (Theater Wit); Balm in Gilead (Griffin Theatre); The Sweeter Option (Strawdog); and The Apple Family Plays (TimeLine Theatre). Amanda is a graduate of Ripon College with a BA in Theater and Art.
Andrew Hildner (Co-Scenic Designer)
Andrew is thrilled to debut with Lifeline Theatre. Previous design credits include: Chicago Folks Operetta, Stage Left Theatre, Mary-Arrchie, Shattered Globe, Oak Park Festival, Cock & Bull, and Georgetown University. Andrew received his MFA from Northern Illinois University, a BA from Carthage College, and studied scenography at the Moscow Art Theatre.
Izumi Inaba Izumi Inaba (Costume Designer)
Previously at Lifeline, Izumi designed The City & The City, Miss Buncleís Book, Lions In Illyria, Mr. Popperís Penguins, and Thumbelina. Recent Chicago credits include: The House That Will Not Stand and A Wonder In My Soul (Victory Gardens), Learning Curve 3.0 (Albany Park Theater Project), Comedical Tragedy For Mister Punch and Diamond Dogs (The House), and You On The Moors Now (The Hypocrites). She enjoys the collaboration and appreciates the opportunities to work on new plays. M.F.A. in Stage Design, Northwestern University.
Justine B. Palmisano Justine B. Palmisano (Assistant Stage Manager)
Justine is thrilled to join Lifeline for the first time. She is a freelance stage manager, member of The Hypocrites Ensemble, and member of The Ruffians Collective. Previous work includes Adding Machine: A Musical, All Our Tragic, Endgame, Into the Woods, 12 Nights, Ivywild, Pirates of Penzance/The Mikado, The Fall of the House of Usher, Romeo Juliet, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Sophocles Seven Sicknesses (The Hypocrites); Ivywild, and Burning Bluebeard (The Ruffians) for the past four holiday seasons. By day she is a Physical Instructor for the Chicago Park District.
Dan Plehal Dan Plehal (Movement Director)
Dan is ecstatic to be back at LifeLine after choreographing Thumbelina last Fall. Locally, Dan was the Movement Director/AD for Urinetown (Boho Theatre), Circus Director for Titus Andronicus (The Home for Wayward Artists), and an understudy for The Tempest (Chicago Shakespeare). Regional: Walnut St Theatre, Pig Iron, The Arden, Devon Theatre, Plays & Players, and Theatre Horizon. Television: The Mysteries of Laura (NBC). Dan is Co-Artistic Director of Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre, which tours nationally. He trained at the FLIC Squola di Circo in Torino, the Accademia dell-Arte in Arezzo, and the College of William & Mary.
Julia Santha (Assistant Director)
Julia is so grateful to work on A Wrinkle In Time. Other assistant directing credits in Chicago include: Macbeth (Theatre Y) and Fantasy Island for Dummies (Trap Door Theatre). Julia graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016.

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