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Mariette in Ecstasy: Cast & Crew
Feb 13 – April 5, 2009

Brenda Barrie (Mariette Baptiste)
Brenda is honored to be making her debut with Lifeline Theatre. Brenda is an ensemble member with the Backstage Theatre Company and has also enjoyed working with the American Theatre Company, Chopin Theatre, GreyZelda Theatre Group, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Silk Road Theatre Project, and Redmoon Theater. Brenda earned her BFA in Theatre from the University of Indianapolis and studied theatre at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. She will also be performing in Profile Theatre’s world premiere of Graceland and understudying in Of Mice and Men for Steppenwolf’s Young Adult program later this spring.
Allison Cain (Sister Agnes)
Allison is very proud that this show is her fourth with the lovely people at Lifeline Theatre, having previously been seen in Johnny Tremain in 2006, Crossing California in 2007 and The Mark of Zorro 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.
Patrice Egleston (Reverend Mother Celine)
This is Patrice's first appearance at Lifeline and the first time she's played a nun. Recent Chicago credits include Frau in 365 Days/365 Plays at Remy Bumppo, Barbara Fordham (understudy) in August: Osage County at Steppenwolf, Olivia in Twelfth Night at Noble Fool, and Lady Croom in Arcadia for Remy Bumppo. She has also acted at other Chicago theatres (Oak Park Festival, Northlight, City Lit, Reverie, Circle, and Stage Left) as well as at the Dallas Theater Center, Stage West, Stage #1, Undermain and several regional Shakespeare festivals. She is Head of Movement at The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Sarah Goeden (Sister Hermance)
Sarah is thankful for the chance to work with this fine group of folks at Lifeline. Sarah was seen most recently in Cabaret of Desire with Blair Thomas and Company at the Storefront Theater. Other recent credits include The Mime Show in The Neo-Futurist’s Picked Up series, 13 Dead Husbands with Sansculottes Theatre and Noir, Moby Dick, and Dustbowl Gothic, all at the Building Stage. She has also acted with many other theatres in this city, including The Hypocrites, Redmoon, Noble Fool Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory, and The Vittum Theatre. She is a proud company member of Barrel of Monkeys and can sometimes be seen performing in their long-running show That’s Weird Grandma, now playing in its 7th straight year at the Neofuturarium. You can see Sarah next in Red Noses at Strawdog Theater.
Morgan McCabe (Mother St. Raphael)
Morgan last appeared at Lifeline in A Room With a View. She has performed with many Chicago theatre companies, including: American Theatre Company, Apple Tree, Collaboraction, Court Theatre, The Gift, Lookingglass, Next, Prop Theatre, and Stage Left. Appearances at regional theatres include: Gertrude in Hamlet with SITI Company associates at the Stonington Opera House (ME) and Tess in The Credeaux Canvas (Madison Repertory). Collaboration on new plays includes work with: Lifeline, Lookingglass, Stage Left, and Chicago Dramatists. Roles in world premieres include: Lila in Ten Cent Night (Chicago Dramatists); Moms in I Sailed With Magellan (Victory Gardens) and Irene in Chagrin Falls (Stage Left).
Katie McLean (Sister Aimee)
Katie has been an ensemble member with Lifeline since 2006 and has appeared in many productions, including Talking It Over, Crossing California, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, Gaudy Night, Trust Me On This, Far From the Madding Crowd, Bongo Larry & Two Bad Bears, Whose Body?, and Cooking with Lard. She adapted last season’s critically acclaimed The Mark of Zorro, and directed Johnny Tremain in 2006 and The Cricket in Times Square in 2005. She is also a founding company member of Black Sheep Productions where she appeared in Another Day in the Empire, and Katie is proud to have performed in Chicago with Blindfaith, the Hypocrites, Greasy Joan & Co., and Bailiwick Repertory, among others.
Shole Milos (Dr. Baptiste)
Shole is an artistic ensemble member who was last seen in the Lifeline productions of The Piano Tuner and Johnny Tremain. He also was part of the cast for Steep Theatre's production of The Resistable Rise of Artuor Ui. As a director, Shole has helmed dozens of Lifeline's productions including Duck for President; Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; The Dirty Cowboy and A Long Way From Chicago as well as Emerald City Theatre's productions of Disney's Aladdin and Stellaluna.
Elizabeth Olson (Sister Philomene)
Elizabeth is thrilled to make her Chicago debut with Lifeline. She spent the last two years in Boston, where some her favorite roles were the Referee in Never Swim Alone and Luciana in The Comedy of Errors with Imaginary Beasts, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Shakespeare Now!, and various roles in rep with Kidstage at the Boston Children's Museum. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Janice O'Neill (Sister Marguerite)
Janice is happy to be making her debut with Lifeline Theatre in Mariette in Ecstacy. She appeared most recently as Honor Voysey in The Voysey Inheritance with Remy Bumppo. Other Chicago credits include Twelve Angry Jurors with Oil Lamp, Nocturne with EP Theatre, Symmetry with Victory Gardens and A Delicate Balance with Remy Bumppo. Janice recently was seen in the role of Jackie Costa in Prayers for Bobby on the Lifetime Channel. Other independent films include Carpet Kingdom and Moontrap. Janice has lived in Chicago for 19 years, working in commercials, industrial film and voice over.
Brian Parry (Pere Mariott)
Brian returns to Lifeline after a long absence. Previous shows here were Dracula, The Servant of Two Masters, and Christina Calvit's Purloined Poe. He is a company member at Redtwist Theatre where he has appeared in their Jeff Recommended productions of Shadowlands, Three Hotels and Equus, as well as the gender-blind Glengarry Glen Ross, and the U.S. premiere of Proving Mr. Jennings.
Melinda Polus (Sister Catherine)
Melinda was last seen at Lifeline as Dean Letitia Martin in Gaudy Night and previously as Grandma Dowdle in A Long Way from Chicago, for which she received an After Dark Award. Her other work includes a long collaboration with Touchstone, later Organic Theatre. Some favorite roles include: Mrs. Blaine in Roughing It, Mrs. Winemiller in Summer and Smoke, Arkadina in The Sea Gull, Gwen in Real Estate, Timothea in Sea Marks, Mother Courage in Mother Courage, and Josie Hogan in A Moon for the Misbegotten¸ for which she received a Jeff Citation.
Sadie Rogers (Sister Genevieve)
Sadie is making her first appearance in a Lifeline production. Sadie is a company member at the side project and a graduate of the school at Steppenwolf, summer of ’08. Her most recent credits include Many Loves with Caffeine Theatre and The Christians, a film with SplitPillow productions.
Devon Candura (Understudy)
Devon is happy to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. Originally from Massachusetts, Devon moved to Chicago after earning a BA in Theatre and English from the University of Notre Dame. Her previous Chicago credits include The Illusion with Promethean Theatre Ensemble, Doubt at Redtwist Theatre, and columbinus at Raven Theatre (Non-Equity Jeff nominations - Best Ensemble, Best Production).
Christina Calvit (Adaptor)
Christina is a Lifeline Theatre ensemble member. She has written over a dozen awarding-winning theatrical adaptations which have been performed throughout the United States, including Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging; Pistols for Two; and Pride and Prejudice (all Joseph Jefferson Non-Equity Award winners for adaptation) as well as The Talisman Ring (Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for Adaptation, 1996). She also adapted Queen Lucia: A Musical Romp with composer/Lyricist George Howe, which received a 2005 After Dark Award and 2006 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical. Her original plays include Snowflake Tim’s Big Holiday Adventure, Chaos (co-writer) and Several Voices from the Cloud (Agnes Nixon Award, 1981). She is currently working on a remount of her adaptation of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, which opens at Lifeline in early March.
Elise Kauzlaric (Director)
Elise has worked with Lifeline since 1998 and has been a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble since 2005. At Lifeline she has directed The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes, adapted The Velveteen Rabbit and Half Magic, coached dialects for numerous productions, and appeared onstage in Queen Lucia: A Musical Romp, Talking it Over, Strong Poison and many others. As an actor around town, she has also worked with The Goodman, Northlight, Apple Tree, Griffin, City Lit, Circle Theatre, Metropolis and First Folio Shakespeare Festival.
Stephanie Ehemann (Stage Manager)
This is Stephanie’s first production with Lifeline. Previous Stage Managing credits include The Birthday Party, 1776 (Jeff Award - Best Musical), Fool for Love, Hamlet, The Weir, Closer, She Stoops to Conquer and Waiting for Godot with Signal Ensemble Theatre, where she is also Managing Director. This spring, she will be Stage Managing for Signal’s production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Other Chicago companies she has worked with include First Folio, Bailiwick and Big Picture Group. Stephanie holds a BA in Theatre and Business from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Alan Donahue (Scenic and Props Designer)
Alan is a Lifeline ensemble member and veteran scenic designer for Lifeline MainStage and KidSeries. He most recently designed The Mark of Zorro and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, and is currently working on Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for KidSeries. 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). During the holiday season his designs for two holiday classics graced far flung stages: A Dickens' Christmas Carol at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO and Babes in Toyland at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. He returns to Dollywood this spring with designs for Sha-Kon-O-Hey, a modern day fable set in the Great Smoky Mountains and locally joins with Infamous Commonwealth Theatre for the first time for The Grapes of Wrath.

Tim Hill (Sound Designer)
Tim is very happy to be working again with Lifeline Theatre. Past sound designs include productions with Greasy Joan & Co., 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 a proud member of The Grandkids band and The Anti-Road Trip Alliance multi-media group.

Sarah Hughey (Lighting Designer)
Sarah's recent lighting design credits include Tell Me Something Good at the St. Louis Black Rep, On the Shore of the Wide World for Griffin Theatre, the world premiere workshop of Bowery Boys for the American Musical Theatre Project at Northwestern University, and Not a Game for Boys at A Red Orchid Theatre. Sarah holds an MFA from Northwestern, where she has returned to teach lighting design to undergraduates this winter.

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). Her designs for Lifeline Theatre include The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Mark of Zorro, and Talking It Over. She has designed costumes in Chicago for The Gift Theatre Company, City Lit Theatre, Emerald City Theatre, Pegasus Players, Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory, Black Sheep Productions, and several 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 the 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.

R&D Choreography (Violence Designers)
Richard Gilbert and David Gregory form the violence design partnership of R&D Choreography. They are thrilled to be working with Lifeline again, having designed violence for The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Piano Tuner, Around the World in 80 Days, Trust Me on This, The Silver Chair and Scary Home Companion. R&D was founded for the purpose of improving the power and effectiveness of Chicago area theatre through the art of violence design. They have worked with dozens of area theatres, including About Face, Apple Tree, ATC, Azusa, Bailiwick, Blindfaith, Circle, First Folio, Griffin, National Pastime,New American Theatre, Piven, Profiles, Shakespeare's Motley Crew, and Trapdoor.
Joseph Burt (Musical Director)
Joseph is happy to working with Lifeline for the first time. He is an accomplished musician having sung professionally for a number of years and now working principally as a conductor and composer. He has studied architecture and music at Auburn, Samford and Northwestern Universities. His compositions have received national recognition through performances and awards.
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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