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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: Cast & Crew
March 17 – May 6, 2012

Morgan Maher (Beauregard)
Morgan is thrilled to be performing with the folks at Lifeline Theatre again, after understudying for The 13 Clocks. Around town, he's worked with the Griffin, American Theater Company, Collaboraction, Mary Archie, New Leaf, Steppenwolf, Dog + Pony, Awkward Pawz, and the Inconvenience, among others.
Nathaniel Niemi (Wilbur)
Nathaniel is thrilled to be back at Lifeline after playing Jack in How to Survive a Fairy Tale and Duck in Dooby Dooby Moo. Other recent credits include Phillipe in The Bakerís Wife at Circle Theatre and Jack in Into the Woods at Quest Theatre Ensemble. Other favorite roles include Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Dewey in The Diviners, and Mortimer in The Fantasticks. Nathaniel is also a clown and performs in various revues around Chicago.
Mike Ooi (Mr. Cleary, Grand-pah)
Mike is pleased to return to Lifeline after appearing in The 13 Clocks, The Last of the Dragons, 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); Three Penny Opera (The Hypocrites at Steppenwolf Garage); Old Town (Strawdog Theatre); 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 Lifeline, The House Theatre, The Hypocrites, and The GameShowShow and Stuff, and he is the Operations Manager for the Factory Theater, where he is also a company member.
Ellie Reed (Esther)
Ellie is thrilled to be making her debut at Lifeline! She has also worked with Griffin Theatre (Letters Home, No More Dead Dogs) and Buzz22 Chicago (Quake, Hooters: A Play), a theatre company of which she is a founding member. A proud graduate of Northwestern University, the Conservatory Program at Second City and the training program at iO, you can also see her improvise all over town.
Julia Stemper (Rhonda)
Julia is excited to be working with Lifeline for the first time. In Chicago she has worked with First Folio (Romeo and Juliet) and Red Tape Productions (Fresh Eyes Project). Favorite regional credits include Alice in Wonderland with Classika Theater (Queen of Hearts), Captain Squishy's Yee-Haw Jamboree with I Like Nuts (Daisy), and The Drunkard with Solas Nua (Arabella). International credits include Twelfth Night (Viola) at Globe Theatre in London and Heuristics in the Diner (Mae) at Tron Theatre in Glasgow. Julia will next be seen as Titania in Stone Soup Shakespeare's tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Victoria Abram-Copenhaver (Understudy)
Victoria is excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre once again! Recent Chicago credits include Camp Super Friend and The Wizard of Oz with Provision Theatre; Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch with Lifeline Theatre; Doo Listerís Blues with National Pastime Theatre; The Better Doctor with Bootstrap Theatre Company; Messiah on the Frigidaire with Hubris Productions; and Gossamer with Adventure Stage Chicago. Victoria has also performed in several readings: Remembering Ricci and Easy On The Eyes with the Pride Film festival, and City of Ember with Adventure Stage Chicago.
Timothy Cahill (Understudy)
This is Timothy's third production with Lifeline Theatre. He previously served as the understudy for Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch and Arnie The Doughnut. He has recently been seen in Chicago with Theatre-Hike's productions of The Hobbit and Work Song, and with the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company's production of The Mikado. He has also performed with the Great River Shakespeare Company in Winona, Minnesota.
Christopher Leck (Understudy)
Christopher is thrilled to be making his Lifeline debut with Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. He was last seen in Seven Doors with Premiere Theatre and Performance and tours Chicagoland with King David: LIVE!, an interactive musical for young audiences. Christopher graduated from Northwestern University where his favorite credits include Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Godspell; Macbeth; Noises Off; and Parade.
Robert Kauzlaric (Adaptor)
Robert is a proud member of Lifelineís artistic ensemble. He has written twelve theatrical adaptations which have been produced in eighteen U.S. states, as well as in Ireland, England, and Canada. For Lifeline, he 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 13 Clocks. Robert has also appeared as an actor in fifteen productions on the Lifeline stage, and directed Treasure Island and Hunger.
Paul Gilvary (Composer, Musical Director)
Paul's history of composing for Lifeline Theatre began in 2000 with Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Since then, Paul has written music for Puss in Boots, Bongo Larry and Two Bad Bears, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, Crossing California, and Cat's Cradle. Paul has also written music for Tellin' Tales Theater, Silent Theater, Polarity Theater, and he has played bass in several productions for Strawdog Theater. By day, Paul teaches music at Oriole Park School here in Chicago. By night, he has played in too many bands to list, but he currently plays bass with The Sun Blisters, a Violent Femmes tribute band.
Paul S. Holmquist (Director)
Paul has been a Lifeline ensemble member since 2006. Directing credits for Lifeline's KidSeries include Flight of the Dodo and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. For Lifeline's MainStage, he has directed The Count of Monte Cristo, The Moonstone, Neverwhere, Busman's Honeymoon, and The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Award Nomination: Director-Play). 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.
Jeri Frederickson (Stage Manager)
Jeri is proud to be working with Lifeline Theatre again after subbing on The Count of Monte Cristo this past Fall. She is a proud member of Seanachaí Theatre, where she is dramaturging for A Moon for the Misbegotten this season. Recent credits include: Assistant Director and Dramaturg for The Shadow of a Gunman (Seanachaí), AD and Dramaturg for Romeo and Juliet (First Folio), and Director as part of the Cut to the Chase Festival at Artistic Home. Stage management credits include St. Nicholas (SEP), Blithe Spirit (First Folio), The Chicago Landmark Project and The Water Engine (Theatre Seven). She graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and Writing from Hope College.
Michael James Brooks (Sound Designer)
Michael is thrilled to be making his Chicago sound design debut at Lifeline Theatre. Michael studied theatre in Grand Rapids, MI, where his credits included original music for the Actors' Theatre World Premiere of Seven Passages, as well as The Tempest, Elizabeth Rex, and Sense and Sensibility. He received a Kennedy Center Achievement Award for his original score of the US Premiere of Disciples by Hungarian National Playwright Andras Visky. His onstage appearances have included leading roles in A New Brain, A Funny Thing... Forum, Bach at Leipzig, and the title role in Richard III. For over six years, Michael has also been making music with his indie-pop band, Common Shiner.
Kristina Fluty (Choreographer)
Kristina is a long-time movement collaborator with Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, and has been honored to work with many other talented choreographers in Chicago, Nashville, and New York. She holds a Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, as well as a Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GLCMA), from Columbia College Chicago, where she is an adjunct faculty member. Her BA in Dance is from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she frequently returns to teach and choreograph. She spent six years on faculty at The University of Chicago, and teaches regularly throughout the city for many professional companies and studios. Kristina currently works with individual professional artists and dance companies in Chicago in the facilitation, support, and research of personal creative process.
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).
Joanna Iwanicka (Scenic & Properties Designer)
Joanna returns to Lifeline where she designed the set, properties, and puppets for The True Story of 3 Little Pigs! and created puppets for Dooby Dooby Moo, The Last of The Dragons, The Blue Shadow, and Watership Down. Her recent credits include designing sets and costumes for Zastrozzi with The Division Theater Company, assisting Blair Thomas on CCTís The Houdini Box, and her ongoing collaboration with Sea Beast Puppet Company. Joanna graduated from UIUC (BFA) and Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland (MA). She will travel to Poland in June, to design a show based on J.R.R. Tolkienís Farmer Giles of Ham.
Jordan Kardasz (Lighting Designer)
Jordan is happy to be rounding out her season at Lifeline with such a fun show with a great cast and crew. She last lit How to Survive a Fairy Tale and assisted on Hunger. Jordan has been designing and assisting with lots of folks around town like Strange Tree, Theatre Seven, The Hypocrites, Factory, Urbantheatre, and Matter Dance. Jordan is an ensemble member at Strawdog Theatre Company and an artistic associate with Sideshow Theatre.
Kimberly G. Morris (Costume Designer)
Kim is pleased to be working again with Lifeline. Based in Chicago, she freelance designs and builds costumes, wigs, makeup, props, puppets and special effects for numerous venues around the country such as the Chicago Childrens Theatre, Babes with Blades, Shedd Aquarium, Stage Left Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, The Griffin Theater, American Shakespeare Center (VA), Theatre West Virginia (WV), Denison University (OH), Virginia Commonwealth University (VA), and Tecumseh!(OH). Upcoming projects include Breaking Up Is Hard to Do and Sirens with Fox Valley Repertory, Curious Savage with MEHS, Chicago with NWHS, and Susan Swayne and the Reluctant Bride with Babes with Blades.
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 (Punk Rock, No More Dead Dogs, Port, The Constant Wife), Strawdog (The 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.
Manny Tamayo (Assistant Director)
Manny last appeared at Lifeline onstage as Sgt. Gonzalez in The Mark of Zorro. He is a proud ensemble member of the 20-year old Factory Theater. Manny hails from Joliet.


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