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Duck for President: Cast & Crew
Oct 11 – Nov 30, 2008

Heather Currie (Pig)
Heather is thrilled to make her debut with Lifeline theatre! Favorite past credits include: School House Rock Live!, The Taffettas, Nunsense, Spinning Into Butter, Frankie and Johnny In the Clare De Lune, and Godspell. Ms. Currie currently teaches screenwriting in the Film Department at Columbia College, and can be heard singing every Friday and Saturday night at Davenportís Piano Bar and Cabaret.
David Fink (Duck)
David is thrilled and grateful to return to the Lifeline stage! A graduate of Columbia College, David was last seen here as Lyle in Lifeline's remount of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, and can be currently be seen in The Hypocrites production of Our Town. He has also worked with Silent Theater Company (A Charlie Chaplin Christmas), Blue Moon Studio Theater (Weird Romance), Gorilla Tango Theater (Colonel Ingut-Whustard's Compelling Mango Gesture).
Christina Hall (Cow)
Christina is excited to be returning to Lifeline! Previous credits include: Dirty Cowboy, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile and Half Magic. Other Chicago credits include The Merchant of Venice with The Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, and Disneyís Aladdin with Emerald City Theatre Company. Look for her this winter in the new work The Rotogravure at the Athenaeum Theater.
Amanda Link (Hen)
Amanda is happy to be back at Lifeline where she previously played Jane in Half Magic. Other Chicago credits include Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief and Big Love with The Mill, The Landry News with The Griffin Theatre Company, Bottle Can Draft with The Sandbox Theatre Project and The Prometheus Myth with The Anatomy Collective. Amanda has performed in several sketch shows at Donny's Skybox and is a proud graduate of the Conservatory at Second City. She currently tours with Healthworks Theatre.
Tom Weber (Farmer Brown)
Tom Weber is having a great time playing in the barnyard here at Lifeline for the first time. He has also been seen at many theatres throughout the area. Some recent favorites include To Pay the Price (Victory Gardens), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Noble Fool), and the Jeff-winning productions of Gross Indecency (Boho Theatre) and Mack and Mabel (Circle Theatre). He will next appear in The Illusion with Promethean Theatre Ensemble where he is an ensemble member.
B. Diego Colon (Understudy)
Diego is happy to be making his Lifeline Theatre KidSeries debut with Duck for President. Diego can be seen currently in Lifelineís production of The Mark of Zorro at Theatre Building Chicago. He was last seen in Berlin to Broadway with The Loop Players. Past roles 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.
Benjamin Kirberger (Understudy)
Ben is very excited to make his debut with Lifeline Theatre. He considers himself extremely lucky to be part of such a wonderful project, being new to Chicagoland. He is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University's Theatre program, where past roles include Bobby Child in Crazy For You, Oscar in Sweet Charity, and the Baker in Into the Woods.
Nikki Klix (Understudy)
Nikki is thrilled to be performing in her first production with Lifeline. Her credits include Disturbed III with Oracle Productions, Old Town with Strawdog Theatre Company, and The Woman in Black with Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. She can also be seen in the upcoming independent film To Have and Have More. Nikki is a recipent of the John Belushi/Second City Scholarship and a proud member of the acting ensemble at Players, Please Theatre.
James E. Grote (Adaptor)
This is Jimís third trip to the farm, having previously adapted Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2002) and Giggle, Giggle, Quack (2005). Click, Clack, Moo has been produced in Milwaukee and Vermont, and can be seen in Dallas and Portland, Oregon in the coming year. Jimís other adaptations for Lifeline include C.S. Lewis' The Silver Chair; The Dirty Cowboy; and Daniel Mason's The Piano Tuner (2007 After Dark Award for Outstanding Production). As an actor, he has appeared in Lifelineís productions of The Killer Angels, Around the World in 80 Days, and Johnny Tremain, and will be appearing in Busmanís Honeymoon next spring.
George Howe (Music & Lyrics)
George is a Jeff Citation Winner (Queen Lucia - Best New Musical 2006) and multiple After Dark Award winning composer/lyricist/cabaret artist. His musical Sleeping Ugly won him a 2006 After Dark award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. He has written the songs for many of Lifeline Theatreís KidSeries shows including Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, Brave Potatoes and most recently Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. George can be seen most nights playing piano and belting out pop, rock and showtunes at Davenportís.
Shole Milos (Director)
Shole is a member of the Lifeline artistic ensemble who is thrilled to back in the world of Framer Brown and friends after previously directing both Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type and Giggle, Giggle, Quack. He has directed numerous production on the Lifeline stage, including Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; Dirty Cowboy and A Long Way From Chicago. As an actor, Shole has appeared on the Lifeline stage in The Piano Tuner, Johnny Tremain and will appear in this season's production of Mariette in Ecstacy. Other Chicago area productions include directing Disney's Aladdin and Stellaluna for Emerald City Theatre Company and appearing in The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui at Steep Theatre.
Ellen Willett (Stage Manager)
Ellen loves working with Lifeline, where she has previously stage managed Talking It Over, Half Magic, Crossing California, Strong Poison and Sophie's Masterpiece. Other Chicago credits include shows with Emerald City Theatre Company, Theatre Seven, Viaduct, Stage Left, Terrapin Theatre Company, Irish Rep, and many more. She also serves on the board of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), a unique and vibrant music ensemble dedicated to advancing the music of our time.
Jana Anderson (Costume Designer)
After working on Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile costumes in spring, Jana is delighted to be working with Lifeline Theatre again. Her work has been featured by numerous theater groups including Redmoon Theater, Light Opera Works, Irish Repertory Theatre, Rivendell, Experimental Theatre and Collaboraction. She works with students at Roosevelt College of Performing arts and at Northeastern University in their costume shop. Prior to coming to the United States, Jana created elaborate costumes for classical opera productions at the Slovak National Theater in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, where she also attended the University of Art.
Tim Hill (Sound Designer)
Tim is very happy to be making sounds for another Lifeline Children's play. Past sound designs include productions with Tantalus Theatre Group, Chicago Actors Wordshop, Irish Repertory of Chicago, Stage Left, University Theatre of Madison, Tireswing, The Neo-Futurists, Roadworks, Women's Club of Evanston, Queen of All Saints, St. Scholastica Academy, Summerplace, St. John of the Cross, UIC Theatre, St. Patrick High School, and The Free Associates Improv Theatre. Tim is also a proud member of The Grandkids band and The Anti-Road Trip Alliance multi-media group.
Kim Kozak (Lighting Designer)
Kim is happy to be working with Lifeline again now that she is back in town. In the past, she has worked with them on Brave Potatoes, Johnny Tremain, The Talisman Ring, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Other companies that she has worked with include Rubicon, 20%, Darknight Theatrical Productions, Sprung and DOG, a Theatre Company.
Katie Schweiger (Scenic & Props Designer)
Katie is very excited to be working on her first show at Lifeline! Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Katie graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University in 2007. She is currently working as a scenic designer and artist at many Chicago theaters and is a resident designer at Emerald City Theatre Company.
Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)
Cortney is excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the '08-'09 season. Previous and current production management positions include Ellen Under Glass with the House Theatre of Chicago; One False Note with Plasticene; Old Town, Richard III, Aristocrats, A Lie of the Mind, and Marathon '33 with Strawdog Theatre, where she is the mainstage production manager; as well as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake since 2004. 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.
Ian Zywica (Technical Director)
Ian moved to Chicago about a year ago after completing his M.F.A. He has really enjoyed it thus far, designing and picking up freelance work along the way.

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