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Pride and Prejudice: Cast & Crew
April 20 – June 10, 2012

Don Bender (Mr. Bennet)
Don was last seen as Abbe Faria in Lifeline's production of The Count of Monte Cristo. Previously at Lifeline, he appeared in The Mark of Zorro and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Other recent credits include Frost/Nixon (TimeLine Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (Seanachaí Theatre Company), The Little Foxes (Shattered Globe Theatre), Our Enemies (Silk Road Theatre Project), One Fine Day (Stage Left Theatre), and The Night Season (Vitalist Theatre). He received a Joseph Jefferson Nomination for his performance in City Litís production of Old Times. Over the course of the last 25 years he has worked with such companies as Writers Theatre, Next Theatre, American Blues Theatre, Circle Theatre, The Hypocrites, and many others.
Wm. Bullion (Sir William/Col. Forster/Mr. Gardiner)
Wm. was most recently seen in Akvavit Theatreís U.S. premiere of Red and Green. This past summer, he performed Shakespeare in three languages — comedy, English and French — in Oak Park Festivalís Henry the Fourth and Henry V. Other notable stints include Jenny & Jenni and The League of Awesome at the Factory, The Ring Cycle and Hamlet at Building Stage, The Thin Man at City Lit and Hizzoner: Daley the First at the Prop.
Amanda Drinkall (Jane)
As an Ensemble Member with Red Tape Theatre, Amanda was seen in The Love of the Nightingale; The Making of a Modern Folk Hero at CFANN 2011; Brand; and Pullman, WA. Other Chicago credits include understudying Marie/Stell in Pony at About Face Theatre, The Blessed Child, at Halcyon Theatre, and Sex Marks the Spot at the Theatre Building. Regional credits: Michigan Shakespeare Festivalís Comedy of Errors (Luciana) and Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival's King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing (Ursula). She has studied with Profiles Theatre, and stage managed their production of The Mercy Seat. Amanda holds a BFA in Acting Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Cameron Feagin (Mrs. Bennet/Mr. Darcy's Housekeeper)
Cameron Feagin is delighted to return to Lifeline, where she appeared in Wuthering Heights and Pistols For Two. Recent credits include Elling (Redtwist Theatre); The Elephant Man (Boho Theatre); Macbeth, Private Lives (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Actress in a Principal Role), Old Times, The Confession, Seascape, The Playís the Thing, The Turn of the Screw (City Lit); Voyeurs de Venus (Chicago Dramatists, where she is an artistic associate); Court Martial at Fort Devens (Victory Gardens); and Polish Joke (Noble Fool). She has also worked with Organic Theatre Company, Broutil and Frothingham, Stage Left, and Roadworks, among others.
James Gasber (Mr. Wickham/Col. Fitzwilliam)
James is truly excited to be at Lifeline in his first professional production since graduating from The Theatre School at DePaul University last June. Some of his favorite credits there included Ariel in The Pillowman, Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, Eric Harris in Columbinus, and Bo Decker in Bus Stop. He also appeared in DePaul's production of A Raisin in the Sun at the Merle Reskin Theatre, the site of the original Chicago Premiere 50 years earlier.
Dennis Grimes (Mr. Darcy)
Dennis, having admired the work at Lifeline for so long, is so privileged to make his debut here in Pride & Prejudice. Recently, he was seen at Fox Valley Repertory in Moonlight & Magnolias, and as Robert Lyon in the extension of The Pitman Painters at TimeLine Theatre. He has had the great honor to work at The Goodman, Next, Northlight, TimeLine, Strawdog, Walkabout, and Provision Theatres, as well as Uma Productions and Theatre Hikes. Regionally, he has worked with the Oak Park Festival Theatre and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Television credits include a guest starring role on Detroit 187 on ABC. Film Credits include Black Box, premiering in the spring of 2013. Dennis is a proud graduate of Illinois State University and is represented by Gray Talent Group.
Kelsey Jorissen (Kitty/Caroline Bingley)
Kelsey is thrilled to be making her debut with Lifeline Theatre. She most recently appeared in The Oracle Theatreís Life Separates Us written by Chicago playwright Sean Farrell. She recently graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University and her favorite credits include Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Catherine Weidner; Cherie in Bus Stop, directed by Dan Kerr-Hobert; and Fraulien Kost in Cabaret, directed Barry Brunetti. Kelsey is also an ensemble member and has served as a production assistant with ShPIeL- Performing Identity.
Micah J.L. Kronlokken (Mr. Bingley)
Micah is thrilled to be back at Lifeline after appearing as Mr. Goober in Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. Most recently, he was seen as Dastardly Snide in Tinsel! The Musical (Lilí Buds Childrenís Theatre). Elsewhere, favorite credits have included Max in Lend Me A Tenor (Pioneer Playhouse of Danville, KY), Horatio in Hamlet (3AM Productions of Minneapolis, MN), Jack in The Boys Next Door, and V.P. Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Highland Summer Theatre of Mankato, MN). Micah is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato (BFA),where favorite roles included CB in Dog Sees God and Patrick Dennis in Mame.
Ariella Marchioni (Mary/Miss de Bourgh, June 14-July 8)
Ariella is very excited to be making her Lifeline debut in Pride and Prejudice. She is currently a BFA candidate at Roosevelt Universityís Chicago College of Performing Arts. This summer, Ariella will be performing at Next Theatre in Evanston in their production of Iphigenia 2.0.
Laura McClain (Lizzy)
Laura is overjoyed to work with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. Recent Chicago credits include: Susan in Company (Griffin Theatre), Tracy in The Philadelphia Story, Meg in Little Women (Circle Theatre), Emma in Jekyll & Hyde (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble), Adele in A Man of No Importance, and Alma in The Christmas Schooner (Jeff Nomination, Leading Actress in a Musical; Bailiwick Repertory). She has also worked with Quest Theatre Ensemble, Apple Tree Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and Bailiwick Chicago, and was profiled by the Chicago Tribune as a "Hot New Face of the Chicago Stage."
Chelsea Paice (Charlotte)
Chelsea is tickled pink to be back at Lifeline after appearing in last year's production of Watership Down (Clover/Vinca). Other Chicago work includes Reefer Madness (Mae) with The Brown Paper Box Co., Red Noses (Tricycle Clown) with Strawdog Theatre, and Cabaret (Heidi) with The Hypocrites.
Kirsty Rivett (Lydia)
Kirsty is thrilled to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. Previous Chicago credits include Romeo and Juliet (Chicspeare Production Company) and Shakespeare's Notebook (Moving Dock Theatre Company). Kirsty recieved her BA in Theatre in June 2011 from Principia College. Originally from England, Kirsty is delighted to be given the opportunity to work in this great city for a short while.
Jan Sodaro (Mrs. Gardiner/Lady Catherine)
Jan is so pleased to be part of the Pride and Prejudice cast. She has appeared at Lifeline Theatre in Gaudy Night, Queen Lucia, and Strong Poison. Other past credits include Portia Coughlin, an Inisfree Irish Arts/Turnaround Theatre Production; Happy Birthday Wanda June and The Devilís Disciple for Theo Ubique; The Last of Mrs. Cheney, Present Laughter, and The Cairn Stones at Bailiwick; The Beginning of August and Kind Lady for Pendulum Theatre; John Bullís Other Island for Irish Repertory at Victory Gardens; and Suddenly Last Summer, an Eclipse Theater production.
Cassidy Shea Stirtz (Mary/Miss de Bourgh, April 20-June 10)
Cassidy is delighted to make her Lifeline debut. She most recently appeared in Right Brain Project's We Are Not These Hands. Other Chicago area credits include First Folio (Romeo and Juliet), Metropolis Performing Arts (The Diary of Anne Frank), and Adventure Stage (And A Child Shall Lead). Internationally, she has had the honor of working with Punchdrunk and at Shakespeare's Globe in London, UK. She received her BFA in Acting from Millikin University.
Phil Timberlake (Mr. Collins)
Phil appeared on the Lifeline stage as the Angel Islington in Neverwhere, Bunter in Busman's Honeymoon (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: Best Supporting Actor-Play), Prendick in The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Production-Play), the Guru/Peppino in Queen Lucia (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: Best Supporting Actor-Musical), and as Gollum/Legolas The Two Towers. Other Chicago acting credits include First Folio Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest), Apple Tree (Violet), and Shaw Chicago (Misalliance). He is an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech at the Theatre School, DePaul University. Phil joined the Lifeline ensemble in 2006.
Chris Ballou (Understudy)
Chris is very excited to be making his debut with Lifeline Theatre. Chris is currently a BFA candidate at Roosevelt Universityís Chicago College of Performing Arts and a recent graduate of BADAís Oxford Shakespeare program where he studied with John Barton, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw and many others. Chris was previously seen in Beyond the Fringe, Henry IV (i & ii), and Henry V (Oak Park Festival Theatre) and in Tartuffe at (BoHo Theatre). Favorite credits include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Marius in Les Miserables, and Edmund in King Lear at various theatres in his home state of Washington.
Olivia Dustman (Understudy)
Olivia Dustman is so excited to make her Lifeline theatre debut! Olivia is a recent graduate from The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she received her BFA in Acting. Olivia's previous Chicago credits include Summer and Smoke (Nellie) at The Den Theatre, Dark Play, or Stories for Boys (Rachael/Molly) at Collaboraction, and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) with Glass Onion Theatre. This summer Olivia will be performing with The Theatre at Monmouth, in Monmouth, Maine. There, Olivia will be performing Two Gentlemen of Verona (Julia), Tartuffe (Marianne), and Henry IV, part I.
Christina Calvit (Adaptor)
Christina is a Lifeline Theatre ensemble member. She has written over a dozen theatrical adaptations which have been performed throughout the United States. Favorites include: Pride and Prejudice (also seen at the Stratford Festival); Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging; and Pistols for Two (all Non-Equity Jeff Award winners for New Adaptation); The Talisman Ring (Equity Jeff Award for Adaptation); and Queen Lucia: A Musical Romp (with composer/lyricist George Howe, After Dark and 2006 Non-Equity Jeff Awards for best new musical). Other recent adaptations include Wuthering Heights and Mariette in Ecstasy with Elise Kauzlaric, director. Her original plays include Snowflake Timís Big Holiday Adventure, Chaos (co-writer) and Several Voices from the Cloud (Agnes Nixon Award, 1981).
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 Wuthering Heights, Mariette in Ecstasy (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: Direction), Arnie the Doughnut, and The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes; adapted The Velveteen Rabbit and Half Magic; coached dialects for numerous productions; and appeared onstage in Neverwhere, Queen Lucia, Talking it Over, Strong Poison, and many others. Outside of Lifeline, she directed Seanachaí's production of Dancing at Lughnasa, and as an actor she has worked with The Goodman Theatre, Northlight, Apple Tree, City Lit, Circle Theatre, First Folio, and Griffin Theatre, where she received a Non-Equity Jeff Nomination for Supporting Actress for On the Shore of the Wide World. Next up at Lifeline, she'll direct the fall Mainstage production of The Woman in White, adapted by her husband and fellow ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric.
Stephanie Ingram (Stage Manager)
Stephanie returns to Lifeline where she previously stage managed Mariette in Ecstasy and Mrs. Caliban. Selected previous SM credits include Aftermath, East of Berlin/The Russian Play, Motion, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, The Birthday Party, and 1776 (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Musical) with Signal Ensemble Theatre, where she has also been serving as Managing Director since 2008. 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.
Jesse Gaffney (Properties Designer)
Jesse is happy to be back at Lifeline after designing props for Hunger. Elsewhere in Chicago she is an artistic associate at 16th Street Theatre and has worked with Silk Road, Congo Square, Marriot Lincolnshire, A New Leaf, 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.
Sarah Hughey (Lighting Designer)
At Lifeline, Sarah designed lights for Arnie the Doughnut, Wuthering Heights, The Blue Shadow, The Last of the Dragons, and Mariette in Ecstacy. Other Chicago credits include work with Northlight Theatre, House Theatre of Chicago, Chicago Children's Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, About Face, Fox Valley Rep, Silk Road Rising, Steep, Provision, A Red Orchid Theatre, Lookingglass, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Sarah is a recipient of a 2011 Jeff Award for her lighting design for Scorched at Silk Road. Sarah earned her MFA from Northwestern University and teaches lighting design at Northwestern and Columbia College.
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 Ď33; 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.
Christopher Kriz (Original Music & Sound Designer)
Christopher works nationally as a composer and sound designer and is happy to be working with Lifeline again, having recently composed and designed The Count Of Monte Cristo. In Chicago, Chris has designed for companies including Northlight, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Victory Gardens and TimeLine. Recent Chicago credits include The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (Steppenwolf), Black Pearl Sings (Northlight), After The Revolution (Next), Orpheus Descending (Shattered Globe), The Word Progress On My Mother's Lips Doesn't Ring True (Trap Door), Opus (Redtwist), Old Times (Strawdog), Festen (Steep) and Cloud 9 (Gift Theate). Regional credits include the national tour of America Amerique (Jena Company) and The Fall Of The House (Theatre Squared). Upcoming productions include I Am Going To Change The World (Chicago Dramatists), Her Naked Skin (Shattered Globe) and The Merchant Of Venice (First Folio).
Melania Lancy (Scenic Designer)
Melania is delighted to be working with Lifeline again after designing the scenery for Arnie The Doughnut. Melania has been the resident scenic designer for Signal Ensemble Theatre since 2004 and has designed the bulk of their sets. Her work has been honored by the 2007 Non-Equity Jeff Nomination for Best Scenic Design, 2008 Non-Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Musical Production, 2009 Equity Jeff Nomination for Best Scenic Design in a mid-size theatre. In addition to designing commercial sculptures for the Shedd Aquarium, Brookfield Zoo, Sea World, and the Museum of Science and Industry, her designs have been seen at several other theaters and colleges: Shattered Globe, RBP, Village Players, Grinnell College, and Jedlicka Performing Arts Center.
Amanda Link (Assistant Director)
Amanda is thrilled to be assistant directing at Lifeline where she has previously been seen performing in How To Survive a Fairy Tale, Dooby Dooby Moo, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Duck for President, and Half Magic. She is also a proud member of The Lifeline Storytelling Project. She recently performed in Assignment #403 at High Concept Laboratories. Other Chicago credits include work with Griffin Theatre, the side project, The Mill, The Anatomy Collective, Inconceivable Theatre, and Sandbox Theatre Project. A graduate of the Conservatory Program at Second City, she has also performed in several sketch shows at Donny's Skybox.
Bill Morey (Costume Designer)
Bill returns to Lifeline having costumed last seasonís The Moonstone. Other recent work includes A Catered Affair at Porchlight and Light in the Piazza at Theo Ubique. Bill recently made his Off Broadway debut with Tomorrow Morning at the York Theater. He has been nominated for four Equity Jeff Awards, winning in 2008 for Nine and in 2011 for The King and I — for which he also received the BroadwayWorld Chicago award. He is also the recipient of two After Dark awards. Bill has worked with TimeLine, Piven, Griffin, Emerald City, Madcap Productions, Hell in a Handbag, The Scooty and JoJo Show and others.
Maren Robinson (Dramaturg)
Maren is honored to return to Lifeline Theatre where she last worked as dramaturg for productions of Neverwhere, The Moonstone, and Hunger. She is also dramaturg for the current production of My Kind of Town at TimeLine Theatre, where she is an Associate Artist. Maren was an artistic intern at Steppenwolf Theatre. She also has worked with Strawdog, Eclipse, Caffeine, Greasy Joan, and CityLit theaters. She holds a masterís 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 (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.
Kate Setzer Kamphausen (Assistant Costume Designer)
Kate is delighted to return to Lifeline Theatre as assistant to costume designer Bill Morey, having last worked on The Moonstone. She is currently designing Rise of the Numberless with The New Colony and Bailiwick Chicago, a dystopian glamrock original musical about the dangers of trusting your government; and Sexy Baby with Hell in a Handbag, a musical spoof of Toddlers and Tiaras.
Scott Sowinski (Hair & Makeup Designer)
Scott is thrilled to work be working with Bill Morey once again. Recently he did the hair for the 50's with Porchlight, kicked in some 60's for TimeLine, went to fantasy for Boho, and rode a bus for Baliwick. He is currently doing tribal/glam/insane fun with Rise of the Numberless for The New Colony.
Natalie Turner-Jones (Movement Director)
Natalie has provided movement and choreography for more than forty theatre productions in London, Vienna, and Chicago. Her most recent productions include Las Hermanas Padilla and Big Love (Chicago Fusion Theatre); Nancy Drew and the Sign of the Twisted Candle and Cabaret (The Theatre School at DePaul); and Mami, Whereíd My O Go? (Cor Theatre). Natalie has taught movement and physical theatre at The Theatre School at DePaul University, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Rose Bruford College, Florida State University, The London Center for Theatre Studies and The Drama Center. Additionally, Natalie teaches mindfulness-based movement workshops and yoga at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago, where she is currently training as a Dharma Teacher.

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