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2018-19 Performances:
Frankenstein
Bunnicula
We Found A Hat
The Man Who Was Thursday
The Time Warp Trio
Emma
Fillet of Solo 2019
Concert Reading Series
Emma: Cast & Crew
May 24 – July 14, 2019
 
$20 Previews: May 24-Jun 2 (Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 8pm, Sun at 4pm)
Regular Run: Jun 6-Jul 14 (Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm)

 
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Peter Gertas Peter Gertas (Actor 3/Mr. Elton/Frank Churchill and others)
Peter is a recent graduate of the Chicago College of the Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University 2018. Most recently seen in Griffin Theatre's In To America directed by Dorothy Milne, as well as Citadel's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I'm very excited to begin a career of the arts in the beautiful city of Chicago, and am super honored to be in this amazing cast and crew of Emma at Lifeline. Special thanks to my parents, and friends, whose support and love make my pursuit possible. Represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.
Jeri Marshall Jeri Marshall (Actor 5/Jane Fairfax and others)
Jeri is excited to be making her Lifeline Theatre debut. Chicago credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), You Can't Take it With You (Oak Park Festival Theatre), and Good Person of Szechwan (Cor Theatre). Regional Credits: The Tin Woman (Theatre at the Center), A Christmas Carol and To the Promised Land (Children's Theatre of Madison). Jeri has also made appearances on Chicago Med (NBC), The Onion, as well as several voiceovers. She is an alumni of the Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA) and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Jeri is represented by Gray Talent Group.
Madeline Pell Madeline Pell (Actor 4/Harriet Smith and others)
Madeline is delighted to be back at Lifeline where she was last seen in A Wrinkle in Time (Mrs. Whatsit) and We Found a Hat (u/s). A graduate of Roosevelt University's CCPA, some of Madeline's Chicago credits include: An Ideal Husband (Ghostlight Ensemble Theatre), Twelfth Night (Three Brothers Theatre), Followspot (The Bridge), and The 39 Steps (Roosevelt). Regionally, she was seen in Titanic the Musical (Union Colony Dinner Theatre, CO) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stampede Theatre, CO), and film credits include The Exorcist (FOX). madelinepell.com
Emma Sipora Tyler Emma Sipora Tyler (Emma Woodhouse)
Emma is so excited to be making her Lifeline debut! Emma is a recent graduate of CCPA at Roosevelt University where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre. Hailing originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Emma now calls Chicago home. This fall she made her Chicago theatre debut in Caroline, or Change with Firebrand Theatre. Shout out to her amazing friends and family for their constant love and support; I love you all ever so. emmasiporatyler.com
Cory David Williamson Cory David Williamson (Mr. Knightley and others)
This is Cory's first time working with Lifeline. He has worked with Steppenwolf, Strawdog, Filament and Other Theatre. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Barrens Theatre Co., where he performed in the immersive play Bloody Bathory, which is being remounted this October. He was part of the writer's room at the New Colony and is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and the University of Idaho.
Aissa Guerra Aissa Guerra (Understudy: Emma)
Aissa is overjoyed to be working with Lifeline on Emma! Recent credits include The Van Gogh Cafe (Filament Theater), Roots in the Alley (Adventure Stage Chicago), Mechanisms of Fidelity (SideShow Theatre), and Bechdel Fest: Wave (Broken Nose Theatre). Other acting credits include work with: Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf Scout Series, Milwaukee Rep, and more. She's also a touring actor with Barrel of Monkeys and FYI (Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health). Aissa is represented by Lily's Talent Agency.
Royen Kent Royen Kent (Understudy: Mr. Knightley)
Royen returns to Lifeline after performing in the remount of The Killer Angels. Recent credits include: The Full Monty (Theo Ubique), Hatfield & McCoy (House Theatre), 9 to 5 (Firebrand Theatre), The Nance (Pride Films & Plays), My Name Is Annie King and Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook (Underscore Theatre), Adding Machine: A Musical and The Pirates of Penzance (The Hypocrites). He's also performed with Writers Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Kokandy Productions, and Theater at the Center. He performs in drag as Jenn Der Fach (@jennderfach). Gratitude to Elise and Phil, and love to Parker.
Jonathan Lourie Jonathan Michael Lourie (Understudy: Frank/Elton)
Jonathan is thrilled to join Lifeline for the first time. Jonathan received training from the Michael Chekhov Studio (Boston) and MTB Studio (NYC). He is currently a student at Second City and Theatre iO. He also co-runs a sketch comedy troupe in Chicago called The Degenerates. They perform regularly at aliveOne Bar, every Monday night at 9:30PM (Early Bird Nights @5pm) on 2683 N Halstead St. The Degenerates also have a YouTube channel where you can see some of their hilarious sketches. @TheDegeneratesTheatre
Jamie Sandomire Jamie Sandomire (Understudy: Harriet)
Jamie is delighted to be working with Lifeline for the first time. She moved to Chicago from Arizona in 2017, where she was an ensemble member at Childsplay for nine years, as a teaching artist and actor in performances including Interrupting Vanessa, Junie. B. Jones is Not a Crook, and the regional premieres and local tours of The Smartest Girl in the World and Girls Who Wear Glasses. She has also toured the U.S. as an actor/director with Missoula Children's Theatre. She holds a BA in Theatre from Arizona State University.
Sana Selemon Sana Selemon (Understudy: Jane)
Sana is grateful to be working at Lifeline and this incredible team creating Emma! Sana hails from Columbus, Ohio where she graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in Acting and a minor in Sociolinguistics, fueling her passion for accents and the world of dialect coaching. She was last seen in 110 in the Shade (BoHo Theatre) in the fall and recently was the dialect coach for ETHIOPIANAMERICAN (Definition Theatre). Love to her friends and fam for supporting her through it all!

Phil Timberlake Phil Timberlake (Adaptor)
Phil appeared on the Lifeline stage in Soon I Will Be Invincible, Pride and Prejudice (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination, Best Supporting Actor), Neverwhere, Busman's Honeymoon (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination, Best Supporting Actor), The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Award, Best Production), Queen Lucia (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination, Best Supporting Actor - Musical) and The Two Towers. He also coached dialects for Treasure Island, Strong Poison, Gaudy Night, Talking It Over, and A Room With a View. He is an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech at the Theatre School, DePaul University. Phil joined the ensemble in 2006.
Elise Kauzlaric Elise Kauzlaric (Director)
Elise has been a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble since 2005 where she has directed Northanger Abbey (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: Direction), A Wrinkle in Time, 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 Buncle's Book, Neverwhere, Queen Lucia, Strong Poison, and many others. Outside of Lifeline, she directed Irish Theatre of Chicago's production of Dancing at Lughnasa, has dialect coached numerous shows around Chicago, and appeared on stage at such theatres as The Goodman, Apple Tree, Oak Park Festival, First Folio Shakespeare Festival, and Griffin Theatre, where she received a Non-Equity Jeff Nomination for Supporting Actress for On the Shore of the Wide World.
Kate Reed Kate Reed (Stage Manager)
Kate is excited to be working with Lifeline again after most recently stage managing We Found A Hat. Previously at Lifeline, she has worked on Bunnicula (2018), You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?, Arnie The Doughnut (2017), Her Majesty's Will, Northanger Abbey, Fable-ous!, Lester's Dreadful Sweaters, Mr. Popper's Penguins (2015), Soon I Will Be Invincible, One Came Home, Jane Eyre (2014), and Monstrous Regiment. Her other Chicago area credits include work with Mudlark Theater, The Side Project, and the Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center. She has a degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern.
Aly Renee Amidei Aly Renee Amidei (Costume Designer)
Aly Renee Amidei has been designing costumes and writing plays in Chicago for nineteen years. She is proud ensemble member at Lifeline Theatre, Strawdog Theatre Company, and Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. Her costume and makeup designs have been seen at Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Irish Theater of Chicago, Magik Theatre in San Antonio, Buffalo Theater Ensemble, Stage Left, Artistic Home, House Theater, Piven Workshop, and Vitalist Theater. She is the assistant professor of costume design at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and her research focuses on designing for new works and re-envisioned classics. Upcoming projects include Pomona at Steep, Two Gentlewomen of Verona at Lakeside Shakespeare, and Cake at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. She will also be adapting Bunny's Book Club for Lifeline's KidSeries in January 2020.
Becky Bishop Becky Bishop (Asst. Stage Manager)
Becky is a long-time collaborator with Lifeline, most recently stage managing Frankenstein this past fall. Some of her other excursions with Lifeline include SM for, Neverwhere (2018), Miss Holmes, Miss Buncle's Book, Soon I Will Be Invincible, Jane Eyre, Monstrous Regiment, and The City & The City. She is a company member at The Plagiarists where she has SM'd Munsterspiel, Some Like it Red and Circle House. Other productions in Chicago include: Prowess (Jackalope); The Dead Prince, The Half Brothers Mendelssohn, Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play (Strange Tree); Robber Bridegroom, Letters Home, and Stage Door (Griffin Theatre). Additional productions have been with Steep, Caffeine Theatre, and The Gift. She has been a non-equity Stage Manager in Chicago since 2006.
Diane Fairchild Diane Fairchild (Lighting Designer)
Diane is thrilled to be working with this incredible team. Previous Lifeline credits include Time Warp Trio, You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?, Anna Karenina, Her Majesty's Will, Northanger Abbey, One Came Home, and A Tale of Two Cities. Regional credits: City Theatre, 1st Stage Springhill, Boise Contemporary Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Other Chicago area credits: Sideshow, Rivendell, Citadel, Wheaton College, UIC, and Teatro Vista.
Andrew Hansen Andrew Hansen (Original Music & Sound Designer)
Andy returns to Lifeline where he previously composed and designed for Neverwhere, Miss Holmes, A Tale of Two Cities, Hunger, Wuthering Heights, Treasure Island, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. He is an Artistic Associate at TimeLine Theatre where he most recently collaborated on Master Class. Other Chicago credits include Writer's Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and Goodman Theatre.
Persephone Lawrence (Props Designer)
Persephone is thrilled to work her first show with Lifeline Theatre. Other prop design credits include Wife Material (Underscore Theatre) and The Worst Mother in the World (Halcyon Theatre). Other credits include, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, The Paramount Theatre, Creede Repertory Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Little Theatre of the Rockies, and Winterstate Entertainment. Persephone would like to thank DS for his unconditional love and support.
Sarah Lewis Sarah Lewis (Scenic Designer)
Sarah is thrilled to return to Lifeline, where she designed Arnie the Doughnut and Northanger Abbey. Other recent credits include Steel Magnolias (Big Noise Theater), Miracle on South Division Street and The 39 Steps (Buffalo Theatre Ensemble), Darkness After Dawn and Fight City (The Factory Theater). Her work has been seen at Idle Muse Theater, Mudlark Theater, Willmette Children's Theater, Pride Film & Plays, JCC Mayer Kaplan, Pegasus Theatre, and Piccolo Theatre. Sarah currently works as the Assistant Charge Scenic Artist at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Maren Robinson Maren Robinson (Dramaturg)
Maren is pleased to be working with Elise again on their third foray into Austenland after having been dramaturg for productions of Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. Maren is a proud Lifeline ensemble member where she has been dramaturg for both productions of Neverwhere, The Moonstone, Hunger, The Woman in White, and Miss Holmes. She also has worked on over forty productions in Chicago with Court, Strawdog, Eclipse, Caffeine, Greasy Joan and Camenae theaters. Maren is also a company member and resident dramaturg at TimeLine Theatre where she has been dramaturg for over twenty plays. She holds a MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago. She is an instructor at The Theatre School at DePaul and Associate Director of the Master of Arts Program in Humanities at the University of Chicago. Maren is the Chicago VP of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.













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