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The Mark of Zorro: Cast & Crew
May 2 - June 22, 2008

Larry Baldacci (Don Carlos)
Larry is excited to be working with Lifeline for the first time. Other Chicago credits include work at Timeline, Eclipse, Signal Ensemble, City Lit, Bailiwick, Commons and Absolute. Favorite roles include Karl Jaspers in Hannah and Martin, Burton Strauss in Spinning Into Butter, John Hancock in 1776, Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock’s Last Case, and Heinrich Mann in Tales From Hollywood. Larry is a two-time Jeff Citation nominee: for his direction of She Loves Me for SCT Productions and for his role in The Assignment with Absolute. He is a founding member of The Free Readers Ensemble, a readers theatre troupe based in Oak Park.
Don Bender (Don Alejandro)
Don is making his first appearance in a Lifeline production. He was last seen in Silk Road Theatre Project's premiere of Our Enemies. He is frequently featured at City Lit in such roles as Sherlock Holmes and many P.G. Wodehose characters. Don has been acting in Chicago for 25 years and has worked with many theatres including Writers Theatre, Next Theatre, Circle Theatre, Stage Left, The Journeymen, The Hypocrites, Seanachaí Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory and Shakespeare's Motley Crew.

Allison Cain (Dona Catalina)
Having previously been seen in Johnny Tremain in 2006 and Crossing California in 2007, Allison is thrilled to return to the Lifeline stage in 2008. She received her training at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and Columbia College in Chicago and has worked almost exclusively on new work since 1990, in Los Angeles, Connecticut, Scotland and Chicago. She became the Artistic Director of the now-defunct Studio 108 after moving to Chicago and has acted in a multitude of plays with various theater companies throughout the city over the past 17 years. A member of the Factory Theater since 2000, after serving as the Executive Director for the past seven years, Allison finally decided to let someone else have all of the fun. She is now happily ensconced in the role of dedicated ensemble member of this fine company. She remains committed to the production of new works in Chicago and thanks you for your support.

B. Diego Colon (Ensemble)
Diego is truly excited to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut with The Mark of Zorro. He was last seen in Berlin to Broadway with The Loop Players. Past roles for include Superdog in the Chicago Childrens Theatre Production of Go Dog, Go! Diego is an ensemble member of One theatre Company since its creation and he has appeared as Tito Merelli in Lend me a Tenor, and Jimmy Powers in City of Angels for them.
James Elly (Don Diego)
James is thrilled to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. A graduate of Northwestern University, James has performed all over Chicago for the past seven years. His Chicago credits include Our Enemies at Silk Road Theater Project; Phedre at Court Theater; World Set Free at Steppenwolf; The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer at Next Theater; Catch-22 at Steep Theater; Twelfth Night at Noble Fool; and Detective Story at Strawdog. He is a member of A Crew of Patches Shakespeare Company, where he performs Shakespeare in rep for Chicago high school students.
Eduardo Garcia (Ensemble)
Eduardo is delighted to make his Chicago debut in his first show with Lifeline Theatre. He recently graduated last May with a BFA from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and was last seen in the Dept. of Theater’s production of A Chorus Line. His other credits include Michael (Dancing at Lughnasa), and Silvius (As You Like It).
Rosa de Guindos (Lolita)
Rosa is excited to be making her Chicago theatre debut with Lifeline Theatre. A Spanish native, she has performed in several productions at San Pol Theatre in Madrid, The Hungry Poet with Guirigai Theater in Spain, Poland and Ireland and Yllana Theatre’s Spingo - which toured in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. She has a BFA in theatre from the University of Kent in Madrid.
Jonathan Helvey (Ensemble)
Jonathan is thrilled to be working at Lifeline Theatre for the first time on The Mark of Zorro. Jonathan is in his second year undergrad at Chicago College of Performing Arts were he is working towards his BFA in Acting. He was recently seen as Phil in The Shape of Things at Rodgers Park Theatre Company and as Freddy in Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Transit 5.
Robert Kauzlaric (Captain Ramon)
Robert is a member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble and is delighted to appear in his tenth production on this stage. Some past favorites include The Talisman Ring, The Killer Angels, The Return of the King, and Around the World in 80 Days (Jeff Citations: Supporting Actor-Play and Ensemble). Other Chicago-area credits include work with Seanachaí Theatre Co., Greasy Joan & Co., Strawdog Theatre, the Hypocrites, City Lit, Circle Theatre, Theatre at the Center, New American Theater, Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
Brian Kilborn (Ensemble)
Brian is proud to return to Lifeline after understudying for both A Room With a View and The Island of Dr. Moreau. Brian is a co-founder of the Broken Compass where he most recently portrayed Darren in the critically acclaimed production of Mercury Fur. Around Chicago, Brian has performed with The Side Project, Appetite Theatre, Azusa Productions, Bailiwick and Boxer Rebellion Theatre.
Jennifer Munoz (Ensemble)
Jennifer is appearing for the first time at Lifeline Theatre. Jennifer recently moved to the U.S. from Puerto Rico and now lives in Rogers Park. Previous dance/stage experience includes 5 years of ballet classes and 1 year of Salsa dancing. By day, Jennifer is a Creative Genius with the Apple Store in Skokie. Currently, Jennifer is busy in the production of a video podcast.

Hanlon Smith-Dorsey (Governor, Fray Felipe)
Hanlon was most recently seen in A Fairy Tale Life at Emerald City. Before that he was in Paradise Lost at Timeline Theatre. His last Lifeline show was as Charlie Wasserstrom in Crossing California. Prior to that he played Horatio in Hamlet at New World Rep in Downers Grove and the Model Boat in The Velveteen Rabbit, also at Lifeline. He received his MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul.

Manny Tamayo (Sergeant Gonzalez)
Manny is pleased to be a part of this production. He is an actor, writer and director with The Factory Theater. He hails from Joliet.
Nilsa Reyna (Understudy)
Nilsa is Artistic Director of Chicago Fusion Theatre. She recently directed Hugging the Shoulder, the company’s inaugural production. Additional directing credits include staged readings of A Basket of Fruit, The Tortilla Trilogy and Our Family Moment, all at Teatro Luna. As an actress, she has performed in Interpreting a Dream (Bailiwick Directors Festival), The Seagull (GroundUp Theatre), Operation Infiltration (Factory Theater), Escanaba in da Moonlight (Circle Theatre), And This Was Free, (Maxwell Street Foundation), Big Love (The Mill), The Maria Chronicles (Goodman Theatre Latino Festival), Anna in the Tropics (Victory Gardens Theater), Generic Latina (Teatro Luna) and The Wedding Album of Sandy Benito’s Wedding (Collaboraction Sketchbook).
Katie McLean (Adaptor)
Katie has been a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble since 2006. She directed Johnny Tremain for the 2005-2006 MainStage season and The Cricket in Times Square for Lifeline's KidSeries in 2003. As an actor, she has appeared in Talking It Over, Crossing California, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, Gaudy Night, Trust Me On This, Far From the Madding Crowd, Whose Body?, Cooking With Lard, and Bongo Larry and Two Bad Bears. She also assistant directed Lifeline's multiple-award-winning Around the World in 80 Days. A native of upstate New York, she has been in Chicago since 1993 and worked on productions with BlindFaith, the Hypocrites, Bailiwick Repertory (including now then again, a Jeff Citation winner for Best New Play in 2000), Greasy Joan & Co., Shakespeare's Motley Crew, Who Threw That Ham?, and Zebra Crossing. The Mark of Zorro is Katie's first adaptation.
Dorothy Milne (Director)
Dorothy is a Lifeline ensemble member and has been Artistic Director since 1999. She has directed numerous shows here including Around the World in 80 Days, Jane Eyre, Gaudy Night, A Room with a View and (earlier this season) Talking It Over. Other Chicago credits include Griffin Theatre's Stardust and multiple shows with the solo-performance collective Sweat Girls, as writer and performer. Dorothy is also one of the organizers of the annual Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest. Come join us at the Fest for free fun, August 23-24.
Erica Foster (Stage Manager)
Erica has stage managed numerous productions at Lifeline including Cat’s Cradle, The Killer Angels, Around the World in 80 Days, Johnny Tremain, The Talisman Ring and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type. Erica has also been working as the Operations Manager at Lifeline for the past two seasons.
Jasmin Cardenas (Choreographer/Assistant Director)
Jasmin is thrilled to once again work with Lifeline Theatre! Last season you may have seen her as Lil’ Magill in The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! Jasmin has truly enjoyed being Assistant Director and Choreographer for Zorro! She has trained and danced professionally with Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater. Currently, she is training at Lou Conte Dance Studio and Tango Ritz Café. Recently, Jasmin wrote and produced her one woman show, Niña Buena?. She has worked with The Goodman Theatre, Vittum Theatre, Collaboraction, Pegasus Players, Teatro Luna and Aguijon Theater, to name a few.
Geoff Coates (Fight Choreographer)
Geoff is a freelance Fight Director with over 17 years of experience in Chicago Theatre. He is thrilled to return to Lifeline Theatre, previously designing Gaudy Night, Brave Potatoes, and The Talisman Ring, for which he achieved the 2006 Jeff Citation in Fight Design. Geoff is also honored to have designed for Factory Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Drury Lane Oakbrook. Other awards include 2005 Jeff Citation in Fight Direction for Defiant Theatre’s Action Movie: The Play and 2005 After Dark Award in Fight Direction for Infamous Commonwealth’s The Kentucky Cycle.
Victoria DeIorio (Original Music/Sound Designer)
Victoria is an ensemble member at Lifeline Theatre and has designed sound for many shows including The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Velveteen Rabbit, A Room with a View, Gaudy Night (Jeff Nomination), The Talisman Ring, The Sirens of Titan, A Long Way from Chicago, Strong Poison, The Shadow (Jeff Citation), Far From the Madding Crowd, and Around the World in 80 Days (Jeff Citation). She also directed last season's KidSeries production of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!. Victoria has worked with many Chicago and Regional theatre including Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, LA Theatre Works, Northlight Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, The Next Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, and other storefront theatres in Chicago. Her Off-Broadway work includes Steppenwolf’s The Bluest Eye at the Duke Theatre, and Ophelia at the Connelly. Victoria served as an Associate Designer for Off-Broadway Productions at Actor’s Studio, Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Urban Stages. Victoria was nominated for 4, and received 2 Jeff Citations, and 2 After Dark Awards (The Shadow and Fiddler on the Roof). For more information visit www.victoria-sound-design.com.

Alan Donahue (Scenic and Props Designer)
Alan is a Lifeline ensemble member. The Mark of Zorro proves, after careful counting, his 34th scenic and prop design for Lifeline MainStage and KidSeries. His most recent previous designs were for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, which returns to the theatre in June. When not designing scenery or props he does the occasional lighting design (Killer Angels, The Talisman Ring [2005]) or adaptation (Trust Me on This, Crossing California, Bongo Larry & Two Bad Bears, Sophie's Masterpiece). Away from Lifeline just after the first of the year he designed Sunday on the Rocks at Bailiwick (directed by Lifeline ensemble member Toy DeIorio) and The End for Black Sheep Productions at the Royal George. Among current projects is Creature Adventure at Dollywood featuring Chris and Martin Kratt (of Zobomafoo and Kratts' Creatures on PBS) which opens in June.

Branimira Ivanova (Costume Designer)
Branimira is a graduate of the University of Connecticut - MFA Costume Design and the International Academy of Design and Technology- BFA in Fashion Design. The Mark of Zorro is her second collaboration with Lifeline Theatre after recently designing Talking it Over. She has worked with Citylit Theare, Emerald City Theatre, The Gift Theatre, Pegasus Players, Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory, Black Sheep Productions, and dance companies- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance, Breakbone Dance Company and Thodos Dance Company. Out of state she has worked with Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival (MA) and Miniature Theatre of Chester (MA). Branimira is a recipient of Certificate for Excellence in Theatre Design by USITT in 2007. Her work was part of the United States National Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial World Stage Expo in Prague 2007.

John Sanchez (Lighting Designer)
John is happy to be back with Lifeline Theatre, where past shows include The Shadow, Sirens of Titan, Johnny Tremain, and A Room With a View, along with several children's shows. In the past he has worked with the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and many other theatre and dance companies. Currently he is the master electrician/ designer for the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Charlie Cascino (Assistant Fight Choreographer)
Charlie has been an actor and fight director here in Chicago for a number of years. She has directed violence for a great number of productions at her Alma Mater, Columbia College Chicago, including Little Foxes, The House of Bernada Alba, The Fruits of Pride, Ghosts, Arabian Nights, and several others. She has also assisted David Woolley with the college productons of Ubu Roi, The Changeling, and Woyczek, as well as assisting him with the professional productions of Shakespeare’s Othello at Writers’ Theatre and John Clancy’s Fatboy at A Red Orchid. Charlie is an Advanced Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.
Elise Kauzlaric (Dialect Coach)
Elise is a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble and most recently appeared on the MainStage in Talking it Over. She has coached dialects for Lifeline's productions of The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Piano Tuner, Johnny Tremain, The Killer Angels, The Shadow and Trust Me on This. She is also a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble. Other dialect coaching projects include Angels in America, Equus and Henry V (the Hypocrites); Wintertime (Reverie) and A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mocking Bird and Cabaret (Metropolis Theatre).
Susan McClelland (Dramaturg)
Susan most recently worked as Dramaturg for the Infamous Commonwealth Theatre's production of Keely and Du. She joins the Chicago theatre community from New Jersey where roles included Li'l Bit in How I Learned to Drive, Ann in All My Sons, Emily in Our Town, and Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Susan has a theatre degree from New York University and a Master's in Library Science from Rutgers University. Currently, she works full time as a stay at home mom with daughter, Eliza.
Charlie "Ziggy" Olson (Technical Director)
Charlie is delighted to be working with Lifeline on his 12th show. His other Chicago credits include stints with Silk Road, A Red Orchid, City Lit, and the Factory Theatres, as well as the Opera at Northwestern University. This coming year will see him managing the touring production of Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as acting and designing in his own company’s (Theatre Seven) second terrific season.
Joe Schermoly (Technical Director)
Joe is a freelance set designer, carpenter and painter in Chicago, recently graduated from Northwestern University. He is very happy to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time and hopes it will not be the last. His design work has been seen in The Constant Wife and How I spent My Last Night on Earth, both with the Griffin, and in Richard III at Strawdog, with the premier of Sweet Confinement with Sinnerman Ensemble opening at The Side Project in May.
Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)
Cortney is excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre again for the 07/08 season. Previous and current production management positions include Ellen Under Glass for the House Theatre of Chicago; One False Note with Plasticene; Creole with InFusion Theatre; Marathon ’33, A Lie of the Mind, and Aristocrats with Strawdog Theatre, where she is the mainstage production manager; as well as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake for the last 4 years. During the school year Cortney can be found at St. Scholastica Academy, where she has been the resident designer (scenery and lighting) and technical theatre instructor/director for the last nine years.

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