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Hunger: Cast & Crew
February 3 – March 25, 2012

Dan Granata (Sergei, Pyotr)
Dan returns to the Lifeline stage following appearances in Mrs. Caliban and Neverwhere. Other Chicago stage credits include work with A Red Orchid (Becky Shaw), Strawdog (Master & Margarita), the Hypocrites (K.), New Leaf (The Man Who Was Thursday and Touch), Factory Theater (The League of Awesome), Caffeine (Under Milk Wood), and Raven (Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Hedda Gabler). He is a frequent contributor to the weekly radio magazine The Paper Machete, and is co-founder of the Chicago Theater Database.
Peter Greenberg (Vitalli, Government Man, Lysenko)
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 cofounded the Actors Shakespeare Company in Albany, New York.
Katie McLean Hainsworth (Efrosinia, Klavdiya)
Katie has been a member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble since 2006, and she has appeared in many productions, including Neverwhere, Mariette in Ecstasy, 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 and Two Bad Bears, Whose Body?, and Cooking with Lard. Her adaptation of The Mark of Zorro won a Non-Equity Jeff Award in 2009, and she is proud to have directed Watership Down, Johnny Tremain, and The Cricket in Times Square for the Lifeline stage. Katie has performed with Black Sheep Productions, Blindfaith, the Hypocrites, Greasy Joan, and Bailiwick Repertory, among others, since arriving in Chicago in 1993.
John Henry Roberts (Ilya)
John Henry couldn't be happier to be back on the Lifeline stage, where he appeared last season in The Moonstone and Wuthering Heights. He is a proud ensemble member of Strawdog Theatre Company, where his many credits include Old Times, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Cherry Orchard, Aristocrats (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Actor in a Supporting Role), Three Sisters (After Dark Award: Outstanding Ensemble), and Detective Story (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Ensemble). Other credits include Three Days of Rain with BackStage Theatre Company, 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).
Kendra Thulin (Alena)
Kendra is delighted to return to Lifeline where she appeared in Jane Eyre, The Silver Chair, and Cotillion. Recent Chicago credits include Want (Steppenwolf Theatre), Pornography (Steep Theatre), State of the Union (Strawdog Theatre), and Harper Regan (Steep Theatre, 2010 Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Actress). Kendra is a professor in the theatre department at Columbia College Chicago, where in addition to teaching acting and voice, she has dialect/voice coached over fifty productions. She is currently dialect coaching Love and Money (Steep Theatre).
Jenifer Tyler (Lidia)
Jenifer is a graduate of DePaul Theatre School and a Lifeline ensemble member since 2001. Most recently, at Lifeline, she was seen as Mercedes in The Count of Monte Cristo. She received a Non-Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Actress in a Principle Role and an After Dark Award for her portrayal of Jane in Jane Eyre, and a nomination for her 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.
Christopher M. Walsh (The Director, Ivan)
Chris has been a member of Lifeline Theatre’s artistic ensemble since 2010. He has been seen on the Lifeline stage in Watership Down, Neverwhere, Treasure Island, Busman’s Honeymoon, and The Mark of Zorro, and made his debut as an adaptor with Lifeline's Fall 2011 production of The Count of Monte Cristo. Other recent acting credits include Louis Slotin Sonata (A Red Orchid), Bloody Bess: A Tale of Piracy and Revenge (Backstage Theatre), Journey’s End (Griffin Theatre), and The Hound of the Baskervilles (City Lit). Chris studied acting at Columbia College and is a continuing student at Black Box Acting Studio. He will appear in Strawdog Theatre Company's Spring 2012 production of The Duchess of Malfi.
Tosha Fowler (Understudy)
Tosha can be seen as the Evil Queen in Snow White at Emerald City through May. Recently, she co-created, produced and performed in Wild Women XXX at the Chi-Fringe Festival. Other Chicago credits include her original solo show, Mami, Where'd my O go?, housed at Lifeline, and working as a playwright with American Theatre Company and DePaul University’s Diversity Initiative. She is a native of Savannah, GA and recently went back to her alma-mater Armstrong University to teach theatre and perform in the two-woman faculty showcase, The Ironmistress. Tosha has performed throughout the Southeast with Actor’s Express, Academy Theatre and her own company, Fowl Brick. She holds an MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Simone Roos (Understudy)
Simone is very excited to work with Lifeline for the first time. A proud member of Signal Ensemble Theatre, Simone has appeared in their productions of Hamlet, Fool for Love, Six Degrees of Separation, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Aces, and Aftermath. Other Chicago credits include Design for Living and Escanaba in Love (Circle Theatre), Noises Off! and The Melville Boys (Buffalo Theatre Ensemble), and Dancing at Lughnasa (Seanachai). Simone can be seen in Signal's upcoming production of Hostage Song this spring.
Joseph Stearns (Understudy)
Joe is very pleased to be working with Lifeline for the first time. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Signal Ensemble Theatre, where he has appeared in Aces, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Aftermath, The Real Inspector Hound, and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, along with many others. Has also most recently worked with The Right Brain Project (And They Put Handuffs on the Flowers, Chalk) and The Strange Tree Group (Hey! Mr. Spaceman!) He has also written and performed music for various and sundry productions.
Chris Hainsworth (Adaptor)
Chris first performed with Lifeline in 2008, playing Oliver in Talking It Over. He then went on to play Israel Hands/Captain Flint in Treasure Island in 2009 and the Marquis De Carabas in Neverwhere in 2010, soon after which he was asked to join the Lifeline ensemble. Recently, he was seen playing Edmond Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo. He is a four-time finalist in WildClaw Theatre's DeathScribe: Ten Minutes of Terror Audio Play Festival (winning in 2009 for his piece Remembrance), a graduate of Strawdog Theatre's writing initiative The Hit Factory, and a frequent contributor to The Hit Factory Presents. Hunger is his first adaptation.
Robert Kauzlaric (Director)
Robert is a proud member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble. Recent directing credits include Treasure Island at Lifeline and Tartuffe at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival (where he will also direct Love's Labour's Lost this summer). Robert is a published playwright and has adapted numerous books for the Lifeline stage, including The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Best Production-Play and New Adaptation), The Picture of Dorian Gray, Neverwhere (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, and the upcoming Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Additionally, his adaptation of The Three Musketeers premiered at the 2010 Illinois Shakespeare Festival. As an actor, Robert has appeared in many Lifeline productions over the years, including Around the World in 80 Days, The Killer Angels, Neverwhere, and The Count of Monte Cristo.
Katie Adams (Stage Manager)
Katie is delighted to return to Lifeline for her fourth production. Previously, she stage managed The Count of Monte Cristo, The Moonstone, and the 2011 Fillet of Solo festival. Other recent Chicago credits include productions with Steep Theatre, Roosevelt University, and the Chicago Humanities Festival. Katie is a graduate of the Northwestern University theatre department.
Matt Engle (Violence Designer)
Matt is excited to be back at Lifeline Theatre after working on Wuthering Heights. Other Chicago violence design credits include: fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life and The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (Steppenwolf's Young Audience Series); Where We're Born (Steppenwolf/NU); 2000 Feet Away, Insignificance, and Breathing Corpses (Steep Theatre); Hot 'N' Throbbing (Pine Box Theatre); Marathon '33 (Strawdog Theatre); and The Gray Girl, League of Awesome, Siskel & Ebert Save Chicago, and Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats (Factory Theater). Matt is also a company member with Chicago's Factory Theater.
Jesse Gaffney (Properties Designer)
Jesse is excited to be working here at Lifeline for the first time. Elsewhere in Chicago she is artistic associate at 16th Street and has worked with Silk Road, Apple Tree, Marriot Lincolnshire, A New Leaf, Steep, Chicago Children's, Piven, and Noble Fool Theatre Companies among others. Outside of Chicago, Jesse worked for Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, PA; Stages St. Louis; and The Arrow Rock Lyceum in Arrow Rock, MO. Jesse is a St. Louis native and an Illinois Wesleyan graduate.
Kevin D. Gawley (Lighting Designer)
As a freelance lighting/scenic designer in Chicago, Kevin’s work has appeared on many Chicago stages, including Lifeline Theatre where he won Non-Equity Jeff Awards for his designs of The Island of Dr. Moreau and Jane Eyre, an After Dark Award for his design of Strong Poison, and has been an ensemble member since 2001. Kevin was also nominated for Non-Equity Jeff Awards for his lighting designs of Lifeline’s productions of Treasure Island and Neverwhere. Kevin was the theatrical lighting designer on the feature film, Were the World Mine. His work also appeared in numerous productions at the Bailiwick, Organic, Porchlight, OperaModa, Blindfaith, Theatre on the Lake, Metropolis, Store Front, Loyola University Chicago, Revels Chicago, Midwest Jewish, Taylor University, and at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival theatres. Kevin is currently the Lighting and Scenic Design professor at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and has taught Lighting Design and Technology courses previously at Loyola University Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Andrew Hansen (Original Music & Sound Design)
Andy has been a sound designer and theatre composer in Chicago since 1998. At Lifeline he created the sound and music for Wuthering Heights, Treasure Island, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. His work has been heard at Writer's Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, and others. Upcoming productions include Fallen Angels at Indiana Repertory Theatre, A Little Night Music at Writer's Theatre, and Troilus and Cressida at American Players Theatre. Andy is an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre.
Jordan Kardasz (Assistant Lighting Designer)
Jordan is excited to be working with Kevin at Lifeline again, having last assisted on Neverwhere. Jordan has been designing lights around town with lots of folks including Strawdog Theatre, Sideshow Theatre Co, Urbantheatre, Factory, and Matter Dance. She has also assisted on shows with The Hypocrites, Next Theatre, and Adventure Stage. Recent credits include Recent credits include How to Survive a Fairy Tale for Lifeline's KidSeries, The Spirit Play with the Strange Tree Group, and We Live Here with Theatre Seven. Jordan is an artistic associate with Sideshow and recently became an ensemble member with Strawdog.
Jessica Kuehnau (Scenic Designer)
Jessica Kuehnau is pleased to be returning to Lifeline Theatre. In seasons past, she has gleefully designed costumes for the KidsSeries productions of Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch; Half Magic; The Stinky Cheese Man; and Stuart Little. A graduate of Northwestern University, Jessica received her MFA in both set and costume design. Her Chicago credits include Rivendell Theatre (These Shining Lives, Jeff Recommended), Griffin Theatre (Company, Jeff Recommended; Journey’s End), The Building Stage, A Red Orchid Theatre, Pegasus Players, Steep Theatre, MPAACT, Circle Theatre, and Metropolis Performing Arts Center. Jessica is a founding ensemble member of Adventure Stage Chicago and ensemble member of Backstage Theatre Company. She is currently the resident set designer and design professor at North Park University and full time teaching faculty at Northeastern Illinois University.
Joanna Melville (Costume Designer)
This is Joanna's fourth show at Lifeline. You may have seen her work recently at Strawdog, Quest, or Shattered Globe. Joanna is a graduate of Illinois State University (B.A.) and the University of Wisconsin Madison (M.F.A.) and currently works as Costume Manager for Lookingglass.
Maren Robinson (Dramaturg)
Maren is honored to return to Lifeline Theatre where she was dramaturg for The Moonstone and Neverwhere. She is also dramaturg for the current production of Enron at TimeLine Theatre, where she is an Associate Artist. Maren was an artistic intern at Steppenwolf Theatre and has also worked with Strawdog, Eclipse, Caffeine, Greasy Joan, and Camenae 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.
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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