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The Moonstone: Cast & Crew
Feb 4 – March 27, 2011

Kaitlin Byrd (Drusilla Clack, Rosanna Spearman)
Kaitlin is pleased to perform in her first production with Lifeline Theatre. She most recently appeared in Caffeine Theatre’s production of Under Milk Wood. Other notable performances include Mary in Tallgrass Gothic and Sara in Translations, both with Caffeine Theatre; Iris in Girl in the Goldfish Bowl with New Leaf; Phyllis in This Happy Breed at TimeLine; and Lorna in Famous Door’s The Cider House Rules. Kaitlin is a founding member of The Plagiarists, with whom she writes, directs, and performs.
Sonja Field (Penelope Betteredge)
Sonja is very excited to be performing for the first time at Lifeline. In Chicago, she was last seen as Alizon in Theo Ubique's The Lady's Not For Burning, and in Chekhov's Shorts with the Saint Sebastian Players. She has previously worked on Julius Caesar with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Hamlet with the Bricolage Production Co. Favorite University credits include Ghosts, The London Cuckolds, and Don Carlos. She received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009.
Peter Greenberg (Ezra Jennings, Indian)
Peter is familiar to Lifeline audiences for roles including Rochester (Jane Eyre), Phileas Fogg (Around The World In 80 Days), Tristram Shield (The Talisman Ring), Lord Peter Wimsey, and many others. He is a member of the Lifeline artistic ensemble and has also directed and adapted here. Before coming to Chicago, Peter worked extensively in regional theater on everything from Shakespeare and Moliere to Sam Shepard and Neil Simon, and he co-founded the Actors Shakespeare Company in Albany, New York.
Vincent P. Mahler (Matthew Bruff, Thomas Candy)
Vince has performed for such current Chicago companies as Silk Road Theatre Project (Merchant on Venice; Our Enemies; Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith), TimeLine (The General From America; Guantanamo); Signal Ensemble Theatre (The Weir), Circle Theatre (What's Wrong With Angry?), Seanachaí (Dylan), and Rasaka (culture/clash). In addition, he has credits with a long list of companies no longer with us: Chicago Jewish Theatre, Impulse, Interplay, Irish Repertory, Magellan, New Tuners, and his own Frump Tucker Theatre Company, for which he served as artistic director, dramaturg, and company member during its 7-year tenure (RIP).
C. Sean Piereman (Godfrey Ablewhite)
C. Sean is thankful to return to the Lifeline stage after appearing in Treasure Island last season. His Chicago stage credits include Sweet Bird of Youth (The Artistic Home), The People We Know (Side Project), Doubt and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (RedTwist Theatre), StageLeft’s Leapfest, The Ruling Class (Backstage Theatre), and many others. Aside from his commercial and film work, he also performs motion capture for WB Games’ Mortal Kombat series. C.Sean has a BFA in Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, has studied at BADA in Oxford, and has trained locally with The Artistic Home, Second City, and Actor’s Gymnasium.
Cody Proctor (Franklin Blake)
Cody is very excited to be making his Lifeline debut. He most recently appeared in The Water Engine: An American Fable with Theatre Seven of Chicago, Last of My Species II with Redmoon, and The Crucible with Infamous Commonwealth, all in 2010. Regional credits include the '08 and '09 seasons at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Cody also tours occasionally all over the world as a company member of Alithea Mime Theatre.
John Henry Roberts (Mr. Murthwaite, Septimus Luker)
John Henry is very happy to return to Lifeline after appearing in Wuthering Heights earlier this season. He is a member of Strawdog Theatre Company, where his credits include Detective Story (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Ensemble), Three Sisters (After Dark Award: Outstanding Ensemble), and Aristocrats (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Actor in a Supporting Role). Other credits include Wilson Wants It All with The House Theatre, Leaving Iowa at The Royal George, and To the Green Fields Beyond at Writers’ Theatre (Jeff Award nomination: Ensemble). He can next be seen in BackStage Theatre Company's production of Three Days of Rain, opening in May.
Sean Sinitski (Gabriel Betteredge)
Sean is pleased return to Lifeline once again, having last been seen as Mr. Croup in Neverwhere. He was member of Defiant and performed such roles as Hamlet, Macduff, and a guy that got his thumb stolen in Action Movie: the Play! Other Chicago credits include: Back of the Throat (Silk Road); The Cherry Orchard, The Merchant of Venice, Detective Story (Strawdog); Winter's Tale (Chicago Shakespeare); The Doctor’s Dilemma (Writers Theatre); Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Next Theatre); Henry V, Balm in Gilead (the hypocrites); Fellow Travelers (Stage Left); and Another Day in the Empire (Black Sheep).
Dave Skvarla (Sergeant Richard Cuff, Mr. Ablewhite, Colonel John Herncastle)
Dave is delighted to return to Lifeline, having worked here previously as Winston Niles Rumfoord in The Sirens of Titan, James Vane (Elder) in The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Superintendent Kirk in Busman's Honeymoon. Spring 2011, Dave will play General Woundwort in Lifeline’s world premiere adaptation of Watership Down. Recent credits include The New Adventures of Popeye (Bluto) at The Factory Theater, Of Mice And Men (Lenny Smalls) at Oak Park Festival Theatre, Under Milk Wood (Capt. Cat) with Caffeine Theatre, City Lit’s Macbeth, Backstage Theatre’s Bloody Bess, and Dirty Diamonds at The Factory Theater.
Ann Sonneville (Rachel Verinder)
Ann is overjoyed to be working with the remarkable folks at Lifeline for the first time. She was most recently seen as Trisha in Bruised Orange Theater Co.'s production of Lakefront Property. Other Chicago credits include The Ghost Sonata (Oracle Productions); The Artist Needs A Wife (the side project); and Village of K__, Siberian Mouth, and The Nebraska Project with BOTC, where she also serves as a proud ensemble member and resident costumes/properties designer. Ann is also a professional voice over artist and co-creator/cast member of BOTC's hit comedy show I Saw You.
Jenifer Tyler (Lady Julia Verinder, Landlady)
Jenifer is a graduate of DePaul Theatre School and a Lifeline ensemble member since 2001. Most recently, at Lifeline, she was seen as Estelle in Mrs. Caliban. In 2001 she received a Joseph Jefferson award for Outstanding Actress in a Principle Role, for her portrayal of Jane in Jane Eyre, and a nomination for her 2007 performance as Harriet Vane in Gaudy Night. Jenifer also directed The Velveteen Rabbit for Lifeline’s KidSeries. She is a member emeritus of the writing-performance group The Sweat Girls and a teaching artist with Lifeline’s CPS residency program.
Vic May (Understudy)
Vic was last seen at Lifeline Theatre as Mr. Smith/Lancelot in Half Magic. Vic is an ensemble member with Red Tape Theatre Company, where performances have included Tereus in The Love of the Nightingale and Cliff in Enemy of the People. Vic has also been seen in the past three Christmas Pantos at Piccolo Theatre most recently as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: The Panto. Other theatres include Oak Park Festival Theatre, Redmoon Theatre, Theatre Hikes, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita Children’s Theatre, and H&A Summer Theatre.
Jhenai Mootz (Understudy)
Jhenai is privileged to be working with Lifeline. Last summer she was seen as Liz in Circle Theatre's The Philadelphia Story. Recent local credits include: You Can't Take it With You, Arms and the Man, Dancing at Lughnasa, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder by the Book, Picnic (Oak Park Festival Theatre); The Mystery of Edgar Allen Poe (First Folio Theatre); The Crucible (North Region Theatre); and Necessary Targets (St. Sebastian Players). Jhenai's theatre-inspired artwork can currently be found in Lifeline's lobby. Jhenai holds a B.F.A. from the University of Utah’s Actor Training Program.
Robert Kauzlaric (Adaptor)
Robert is a proud member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble. He has written ten theatrical adaptations which have been produced in sixteen states around the U.S., as well as in Ireland. At Lifeline, he previously adapted the MainStage productions of The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Best Production-Play and New Adaptation; published by Playscripts, Inc.), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: New Adaptation; published by Playscripts, Inc.), and Neverwhere; and the KidSeries productions of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! and Flight of the Dodo. His new adaptation of The Three Musketeers premiered at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival last summer. Robert has also appeared as an actor in over a dozen productions on the Lifeline stage, and directed last season's Treasure Island.
Paul S. Holmquist (Director)
Paul has been a Lifeline ensemble member since 2006. Directing credits with Lifeline include Neverwhere, Busman's Honeymoon (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: Production-Play), Flight of the Dodo, The Island of Dr. Moreau (winner of 5 Non-Equity Jeff Awards including Best Production-Play; nominated for Director-Play) and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Other directing credits include The Robber Bridegroom (Non-Equity Jeff Award Nomination: Director-Musical) and The Constant Wife with Griffin Theatre Company, and Under Milk Wood with Caffeine Theatre. As an actor, Paul most recently appeared at Lifeline in The Picture of Dorian Gray (Non-Equity Jeff Award Nomination: Supporting Actor-Play) and will soon be playing Hazel in Watership Down. Paul is a graduate of the BFA Acting program of The Theatre School at DePaul University and holds a Graduate Laban CMA from Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches and works.
Katie Adams (Stage Manager)
Katie is thrilled to be working with Lifeline for the first time. Recent stage management credits include A Brief History of Helen of Troy with Steep Theatre Company, Roosevelt University’s annual opera, and numerous productions at Northwestern University, where she also holds her BA.
Cristina DeRisi (Sound Designer)
Cristina is thrilled to be designing her first show at Lifeline. Regional credits include Dr. Faustus, Origin Story, Military 4-Play, Busytown, Snow White, and Clementine and the Cyber Ducks with Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY; and she recently designed There's No Place Like Home at University of London's CSSD. In Chicago, Cristina designed Tester with 20% Theatre Company; Mami, Where'd My O Go? with t&t Productions; Route 66's McMeekin Finds Out; and Hurrah For The Next Who Dies, Alice In Wonderland, Ghosts, The Lover, Macbeth, Flow My Tears The Policeman Said, A Raisin in the Sun, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, and The American in Me with DePaul University's Theatre School.
Richard Gilbert (Assistant Director)
Richard is really enjoying the opportunity to work with this astonishingly talented group of artists. Having worked with Paul and Rob as a violence designer on both The Island of Dr. Moreau and Neverwhere, he is honored to be working with them even more closely as assistant director.
Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)
Cortney is happy to be returning for her fifth season with Lifeline after working on such productions as The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The Mark of Zorro. Previous production management positions include the last four seasons at Strawdog Theatre, Ellen Under Glass with the House Theatre of Chicago, and One False Note with Plasticene. She currently serves as the Production Manager and General Manager at Strawdog Theatre, as well as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake (since 2004).
Elise Kauzlaric (Dialect Coach)
Elise has been a member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble since 2005, and was most recently seen on the Lifeline stage in Neverwhere. She has coached dialects for numerous Lifeline productions, including Busman’s Honeymoon, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Mark of Zorro, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Piano Tuner, and The Killer Angels, and received a Non-Equity Jeff Nomination for her direction of Mariette in Ecstasy. Other dialect coaching projects around Chicago include Frost/Nixon (TimeLine); Mojo Mickybo (Seanachaí); Aunt Dan and Lemon and Memory (Backstage Theatre Co.); Golda’s Balcony (Pegasus Players); Aftermath, The Ballad of the Sad Café, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and The Birthday Party (Signal Ensemble); and Angels in America, Equus and Henry V (the hypocrites).
Bill Morey (Costume Designer)
Bill is happy to be working with Lifeline for the first time. He has been nominated for three Equity Jeff Awards for Costume Design-Midsize, winning in 2008 for Nine at Porchlight Music Theatre. He has also received two After Dark Awards and been nominated for two BroadwayWorld Awards. Bill has designed for Griffin, TimeLine, Theo Ubique, Boho, Hell in a Handbag, The Scooty and Jojo Show, Piven, Bailiwick Rep, Bailiwick Collective, Emerald City and others.
R&D Choreography: David Gregory & Richard Gilbert (Violence Designers)
R&D Choreography is totally psyched to once again be working with Lifeline. R&D is a non-profit company founded by David Gregory and Richard Gilbert for the purpose of improving the power and effectiveness of Chicago area theatre through the art of violence design. Since 1997, R&D has choreographed fight scenes in over one hundred and seventy productions, taught stage combat at universities, colleges, and workshops, and performed in professional theatre, live stunt shows, and film. They have designed violence for dozens of Chicago area theatres, including About Face, Apple Tree, ATC, Azusa, Bailiwick, Blindfaith, Circle, First Folio, Griffin, National Pastimes, New American Theatre, Piven, Profiles, Shakespeare’s Motley Crew, Theo Ubique and Trapdoor.
Maren Robinson (Dramaturg)
Maren is honored to return to Lifeline Theatre, where she last worked with Paul and Rob on Neverwhere. She is also dramaturg for the current productions of The Master and Margarita at Strawdog and In Darfur at TimeLine Theatre, where she is an Associate Artist. Maren was an artistic intern at Steppenwolf Theatre. She also has worked with Eclipse, Caffeine, Greasy Joan and Camenae and CityLit theaters. She holds a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago. She has taught or lectured at the Newberry Library, the Chicago Public Library and various Chicago universities. Maren is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
Joe Schermoly (Properties Designer)
Joe studied at Northwestern University and recently returned to Chicago after two years in London designing and building sets. London design credits include the UK premieres of Suzan Lori-Parks' In the Blood and Bekah Brunstetter's You May Go Now. Chicago credits include The Constant Wife, How I Spent My Last Night on Earth (Griffin), Richard III (Strawdog), and Sweet Confinement (Sinnerman).
Barbara Trinh (Properties Assistant)
Barbara Trinh has been an props assistant at the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Center for over a year. The Moonstone is her first production at Lifeline Theatre.
Brandon Wardell (Lighting Designer)
Brandon returns to Lifeline after designing Mrs Caliban and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. He is an Ensemble member with Backstage Theatre Co. and Adventure Stage Chicago, and recently designed the lights for And A Child Shall Lead. Other lighting designs include Aunt Dan and Lemon (Backstage), The Hollow Lands (Steep), and the US Premiere of Harper Regan (Steep). Scenic Designs include Baal (TUTA), Holes (ASC), In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Steep), and Dracula (Building Stage). Brandon earned his MFA from Northwestern University and teaches at several Chicago area Universities.
Ian Zywica (Scenic Designer & Technical Director)
Ian works throughout Chicago as a freelance Scenic Designer and Technical Director. His design work includes The Blue Shadow (Lifeline KidSeries); Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lilly (Barter Theatre); One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Gift Theatre); Over the Tavern (Noble Fool Theatre); The Robber Bridegroom (Griffin Theatre); Into The Woods (Porchlight Music Theatre); and Under Milk Wood (Caffeine Theatre). Upcoming designs include Meet John Doe (Porchlight Music Theatre) and Jackie and Me (Chicago Children's Theatre).

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