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The 13 Clocks: Cast & Crew
October 15 – December 4, 2011

Joey deBettencourt (Zorn of Zorna)
Joey is thrilled to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. After working with Dorothy Milne on No More Dead Dogs with Griffin Theatre, Joey was excited to meet more of the Lifeline staff and artists. Joey is currently an ensemble member of Griffin Theatre, and has appeared there in Port, Stage Door, and their touring production of Frindle. Joey has worked with many companies around town including City Lit (Lovers) and Mary-Arrchie (Cherrywood). Joey is currently represented by Shirley Hamilton Inc.
David Guiden (The Golux, Tosspot)
David makes his Chicago debut with The 13 Clocks! He recently received his BFA in Acting at Ball State University and can next be seen in the Chicago Premiere of F***ing A by Suzan-Lori Parks with Urban Theatre Company this spring.
Jonathan Helvey (The Duke of Coffin Castle, Traveler, Farmer)
Jonathan is thrilled to be back at Lifeline, where he last appeared in The Mark of Zorro. His past credits include Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater ); Ghosts of Atwood (MPAACT Theatre ); Prom Night (Red Tape Theatre); The Shape of Things (Rogers Park Theatre); Point of Contention’s Chaos Festival; Is There Life After High School? and Cloud Tectonics (Transit 5 Cincinnati); and Rumpelstiltskin (Clear Stage Cincinnati). Jonathan has his BFA in acting from Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University.
Mildred Marie Langford (Saralinda, Troublemaker, Whisper, Guard, Hagga)
Mildred is very excited to be making her Lifeline Theatre debut in The 13 Clocks. Other Chicago credits include: Venus (Steppenwolf Theatre); In Darfur (Timeline Theatre); A Civil War Christmas (Northlight); Zulu Fits (MPAACT); the world premiere of War with the Newts and The Overwhelming (Next Theatre); The Twins Would Like to Say (Dog & Pony); 12 Ophelias (Trap Door); The Crucible (Steppenwolf); Sinbad: The Untold Story, The Ghosts of Treasure Island, and The Blue House (Adventure Stage Chicago); and Professions for Women (Bailick Director's Festival).
Mike Ooi (Hark, Tale-teller, King Gwain)
Mike is pleased to return to Lifeline after appearing in the KidSeries production of The Last of the Dragons and the MainStage productions of Neverwhere and The Mark of Zorro. Other Chicago credits include Black & Blue, 1985, and Mop Top Festival (Factory Theater); Sinbad: The Untold Tale and Ghosts of Treasure Island (Adventure Stage Chicago); Three Penny Opera (The Hypocrites at Steppenwolf Garage); Old Town (Strawdog Theatre); and Curse of the Crying Heart and Cave with Man (House Theatre of Chicago). Mike has worked as a stage manager and in other aspects for The House Theatre of Chicago, The Hypocrites, The GameShowShow and Stuff, Eric & Andy’s Reviews You Can Iews!, and Lifeline Theatre. Mike is the Operations Manager for the Factory Theater, where he is also a company member.
Ariel Begley (Understudy)
Ariel is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting program at NIU, where she had the opportunity to study abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre. She's an ensemble member of Discovery Movement Theatre, and since moving to Chicago this spring she's performed with Oak Park Festival Theatre and is excited to be working with Lifeline on The 13 Clocks!
Morgan Maher (Understudy)
Morgan is thrilled to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut in The 13 Clocks. Around town, he's worked with American Theater Company, Collaboraction, The Griffin, Steppenwolf, New Leaf, Chicago Fusion Theater, Appetite, the Inconvenience, and Awkward Pawz.
Jacquis Neal (Understudy)
Jacquis is very excited to be working with Lifeline for the first time. Jacquis has worked with various theatres here in Chicago, including Adventure Stage Chicago, projects through American Theatre Company, and numerous others. He also has been a part of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Play Festival in the world premiere of Escape. He can also be seen in a few national commercials, including State Farm, Hasbro, and a currently running spot for Airheads Candy. He’s a proud alumnus of Columbia College.
Robert Kauzlaric (Adaptor)
Robert is a proud member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble. He has written twelve theatrical adaptations which have been produced in eighteen states around the U.S., as well as in Ireland, England, and Canada. 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 (published by Playscripts, Inc.), Neverwhere (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), and The Moonstone; and the KidSeries productions of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, Flight of the Dodo, and the upcoming Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Robert has also appeared as an actor in fifteen productions on the Lifeline stage, and directed Treasure Island.
Amanda Delheimer (Director)
Amanda is thrilled to be working at Lifeline for the first time. Other Chicago credits include Sinbad: The Untold Tale, The Ghosts of Treasure Island, The Cay, and Ash Girl, all with Adventure Stage Chicago. In addition to her work at ASC, she has had the pleasure of working with the Steppenwolf, the Goodman, Red Moon, Collaboraction, Strawdog, and Teatro Vista, among others. She is the Artistic Director of 2nd Story, and when she's not directing theater for young audiences, Amanda spends her time working in the local public schools as a teaching artist and running the Goodman’s summer program for teens.
Clare Roche (Stage Manager)
Clare is making her Lifeline Theatre debut. Clare’s recent stage management credits include: Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lakeside Shakespeare); Sinbad: The Untold Tale and 500 Clown Trapped (Adventure Stage Chicago); Red Noses (Strawdog) and Cabaret (The Hypocrites). Clare also manages for 500 Clown. Aside from stage management, Clare works as Master Electrician at Loyola University, Lighting Designer and Technical Director at Sacred Heart Academy and assistant lighting designer around town, most recently for Cyrano (House). Clare will next be managing The Better Half (Lucky Plush Dance Company) and The Giver (Adventure Stage Chicago) and assisting lights for Death and Harry Houdini (House).
Melanie Berner (Associate Puppet Designer)
Melanie is a local theatrical designer. Her recent Chicago credits include Theatre Mir's Caucasian Chalk Circle; Griffin Theater’s Port; and Jackalope Theatre Co.'s productions of My Name is Mudd, Slaughter City, Under Construction, Moonshiner, and The Last Exodus of American Men. She spent this past summer working as an instructor and designer for the NHSI Cherubs program at Northwestern University. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.F.A in Theatrical Design and has done work for theater and film. Mel finds her greatest pleasure in making things, mostly miniature things.
Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Designer & Composer)
Mikhail is delighted to be back with Lifeline, having recently worked on Watership Down, Neverwhere (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Sound Design) and The Last of The Dragons. He’s an Ensemble member with Strawdog Theatre and 2ndStory, an Artistic Associate with Collaboraction, Teatro Vista and Redmoon, and teaches Sound Design at Loyola University. Recent credits include Woyzeck, Pirates of Penzance (The Hypocrites); Pony, Stupid Kids (About Face); Tree, Living Green (Victory Gardens); In the Next Room (St. Louis Rep); Mauritius (Milwaukee Chamber); The Master and Margarita (Strawdog); Travels with My Aunt (Writers Theatre); Winter Pageant (Redmoon Theater); Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Teatro Vista); 1001, Jon (Collaboraction); and Massacre (Goodman Theatre). He has received numerous Jeff Awards, an After Dark Award and an Orgie Award for Original Music, was recently nominated for the Henry Hewes Award and The Lucille Lortel Award for his sound design of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (2ndStage, NYC) and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. When he is not busy fighting crime, he is performing or recording with his band Seeking Wonderland or as part of a dynamic dj duo The Ordeal.
Heather Gilbert (Lighting Designer)
Chicago credits include: The Real Thing, The Detective’s Wife, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Old Settler (Writers’ Theatre); Home, Comedy of Errors, and The Mystery of Irma Vep (Court Theatre); Honus and Me, Esperanza Rising, and The Hundred Dresses (Chicago Children’s Theatre); The Front Page, Master Harold and the Boys, and Not Enough Air (TimeLine Theatre); Our Town and Cabaret (The Hypocrites); and A Separate Peace (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Regional credits include A Streetcar Named Desire (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Farnsworth Invention (Alley Theatre), and Off-Broadway credits include Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre). Upcoming projects include The Caretaker at Writers, Our Town at the Broad Stage in LA, and The Better Half for Lucky Plush Productions in Chicago. Heather was a 1999-2001 recipient of the NEA/TCG Development Program Award. She serves as the Head of Lighting Design at Columbia College and received her MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul.
Katherine Greenleaf (Properties Designer)
Katherine is delighted to be back at Lifeline, where she last designed puppets for Arnie the Doughnut. Previous props work in Chicago includes The Kid Thing (About Face Theatre/Chicago Dramatists), The Homosexuals (About Face), Cherrywood (Mary Arrchie), The Wreck of the Medusa (The Plagiarists), Brainpeople (Urban Theater Company), A Brief History of Helen of Troy (Steep), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Theatre Mir), and Acis and Galatea (Chicago Cultural Center). Katherine has also worked with The Prop Theater, Rhinofest, and Court Theatre. Katherine is a 2009 graduate of the University of Chicago.
Nathan R. Rohrer (Costume Designer)
Nathan returns to Lifeline where he previously assistant costume designed Treasure Island. He most recently designed Pinkalicious, concurrently playing at the Broadway Playhouse, and has designed countless children’s theatre productions with Chicago’s Emerald City Theatre. He has also designed numerous dance productions for Hubbard Street 2, River North Chicago Dance, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Deeply Rooted Productions. Other theatre credits include New Colony, Griffin Theatre, and University of Chicago. His picturesque costume renderings have been exhibited and sold in art galleries, and have been featured in Time Out Chicago. Nathan received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point.
Chelsea Warren (Scenic & Puppet Designer)
Past projects at Lifeline include: Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch, Flight of the Dodo, The Dirty Cowboy, and Mrs.Caliban. Chicago projects include: scenery for The Kid Thing (Chicago Dramatists & About Face), They’re Playing Our Song (Fox Valley Rep), Pornography and A Brief History of Helen of Troy (Steep Theatre), Educating Rita (Shattered Globe), A Separate Peace (Steppenwolf for Young Adults), K. (The Hypocrites), and Precious Little (Rivendell). International work includes: La Femme des Sables (companie Unikaji, Paris & Zagreb) and Stones/Air (Barossa International Sculpture Park, Southern Australia). Chelsea received her MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University.
Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)
Cortney is thrilled to join the Lifeline team for the sixth season in a row. Previous production management positions include the last five seasons at Strawdog Theatre, where she PMed a variety of shows including The Master & Margarita, Red Noses, Cherry Orchard, Lie of the Mind, and Marathon ‘33; Ellen Under Glass with the House Theatre of Chicago; and One False Note with Plasticene. She currently serves as the General Manager of Strawdog Theatre.
Joe Schermoly (Technical Director)
Joe is a set designer, technical director and painter. His design work has been seen around Chicago at Lifeline Theatre (The Count of Monte Cristo, The Moonstone), Griffin (No More Dead Dogs, Port, The Constant Wife), Strawdog (Master and Margarita, Richard III), Sinnerman Ensemble (Sweet Confinement), Eclipse (The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek) and more. He has also designed and built shows in London for The Finborough, Bush, and Gate theatres among others. Joe studied set design at Northwestern University and has received two After Dark Awards for his design work in Chicago.


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