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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!: Cast & Crew
EXTENDED through March 2nd, 2014
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm
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Allison Cain (Prudence)
Allison is thrilled to be back treading the boards with Lifeline, where audiences have seen her in Johnny Tremain, Crossing California, The Mark of Zorro, and Mariette in Ecstasy. She received her training at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and Columbia College in Chicago. As an actor, she has performed in over thirty productions in Chicago since 1992. She was a proud ensemble member of the Factory Theater from 2000 to 2011, and served as Executive Director from 2001-2007. Since 2009 she has served as the Managing Director of Lifeline Theatre, where she remains committed to the production of new works.
Diana Coates (Magill)
Diana is absolutely thrilled to be making her Lifeline Theatre stage debut. She was recently seen at Victory Gardens playing the role of Margarat in Rasaka Theatre Companyís production of Much Ado About Nothing. Sheís also had a blast playing with Eclipse Theatre, Babes with Blades, and the Muse of Fire Company, where she shared her love for the arts with a great group of kids in Evanston. Up next, you can find Diana at Piccolo Theatre playing Hermia in a production of A Midsummer Nightís Dream.
Marissa Lessman (Rocky/Dr. Bobby/Martha/Maxwell)
Marissa is an actress/sketch comedian and has worked with Second City Hollywood and Chicago, pH Comedy Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Stage 773, ImprovOlympic, and The Groundlings. She was recently a cast member and staff writer for a critically-aclaimed sketch show at Second City, LA. She is currently working on The Bully Show with Alphabet Soup Productions as well as is thrilled to be understudying Lyle Finds His Mother in the spring with Lifeline. She has a BFA in Acting from Chicago College of Performing Arts. She wears cable-knit and eats too much cheese.
Amanda Roeder (Julia)
Amanda is thrilled to return to Lifeline Theatre! Her last appearance at Lifeline was in the groovalicious production of The Emperor's New Threads as Mom/June/Marissa/Primp. Other Chicago credits include Annee in Anneepocalypse with Hubris Productions as well as work with Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, Rivendell Theatre, the Plagiarists, City Lit, Nothing Special Productions and Circle Theatre. Amanda received her BA in acting from Illinois State University and has taken classes at Black Box Studio.
David Sajewich (Al)
David is thrilled to be performing at Lifeline Theatre for the first time! Davidís recent Chicago credits include The Pajama Game (Music Theatre Company), The Baker's Wife (both Circle Theatre and Music Theatre Company), Fiddler on the Roof (Paramount Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet (First Folio Theatre). Regionally, David has also performed in both Once Upon A Mattress and Legally Blonde at the Fireside Theatre.
Alexandra Gonzalez (Understudy)
This is Alexandraís second production with Lifeline, having previously worked as an understudy on Click, Clack, BOO!. She is a graduate of CCPA at Roosevelt University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous Chicago credits include Mavra in Dead Souls (Spartan Theatre Company), Jo March in Little Women (NightBlue Performing Arts Company), and Cissy Torres in Dancing in the Mirror (Chicago Pride Films and Plays). Around the country she has been seen as Mary Jane in the national tour of Huckleberry Finn.
Bailey Heinz (Understudy)
Bailey is ecstatic to be understudying for The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! in her first show with Lifeline Theatre. She is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Theatre: Acting. Past credits include Cinderella/Wilhemina in Cinderella; Kate in July 7th, 1994; and she was a member of the New Works Play Ensemble at CCC. She is also a proud former intern and teaching artist at Lifeline.
Charlotte Long (Understudy)
After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in New York with a dual concentration in Literature and Theater, Charlotte moved back to her hometown of Chicago to begin life in the cityís performance world. Previous shows include the Factoryís Toast of the Town, Prop Theaterís Always Saturday, Mechanical Advantageís Salome, ShaBAM!ís production of Refuge with Susan Padveen, the Plagiaristsí King Ubu, and Oracle Theaterís The Revenge of Radio Goggles. Charlotte will be performing this upcoming Spring with Right Brain Theater and in the Whisky Rebellionís Rinofest piece. On the side, Charlotte combines dance-theater, ukulele and some solo writing in small multi-media performance pieces.
Timothy Maples (Understudy)
Timothy is ecstatic to be returning to Lifeline once again after appearing earlier this season in Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat as the Farmer Brown understudy. He was last seen in Chicago in Oak Park Festival Theatre's production of Amadeus. A recent graduate from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO, Timothy is thrilled to be back in the city of Chicago and to be involved with such an awesome company!
Robert Kauzlaric (Adaptor)
Robert is a proud member of Lifelineís artistic ensemble. He has written over a dozen adaptations which have been produced all across the U.S., as well as in England, Ireland, and Canada. For Lifeline, he has adapted 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 Moonstone, The Woman in White, The Three Musketeers, Flight of the Dodo, The 13 Clocks, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Robert has also appeared as an actor in fifteen productions on the Lifeline stage, and directed Treasure Island and Hunger.
Paul Gilvary (Co-Composer)
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, Cat's Cradle, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. 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 is an elementary school music teacher. By night, he plays bass fiddle with the Sun Blisters.
William Rush (Co-Composer)
A sometime band-mate to co-composer Paul Gilvary, and a student of the mystic arts, Bill channels musical guides through the ether. A self-described 'rhythmic sculptor,' his musical training started with the gift of an AM clock radio and ended with violin lessons at age 8.
Amanda Link (Director)
Amanda is honored to be a Lifeline ensemble member and is thrilled to direct this show. Also at Lifeline, she choreographed and assistant directed The Emperor's New Threads, assistant directed and movement designed The City & The City, assistant directed Pride and Prejudice, and appeared in Click, Clack, BOO!, Duck For President (2012 and 2008), How To Survive A Fairy Tale, Dooby Dooby Moo, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and Half Magic. Amanda is also a proud member of the Lifeline Storytelling Project. Other Chicago credits include work with Griffin Theatre, The Mill, The Anatomy Collective, and Sandbox Theatre Project.
Jennifer Aparicio (Stage Manager)
Jennifer returns to Lifeline, where she last stage managed The Emperorís New Threads. Past stage management credits include Arnie the Doughnut (Lifeline), Empanada for a Dream (16th Street Theater), Tony Fitzpatrickís Trilogy (This Train, Stationís Lost, and Nickel History) at Steppenwolf Garage and The Boiler in Brooklyn, NY; as well as work with Prop THTR and Teatro Luna. Jennifer also works with Pegasus Players as their production manager.
Benjamin W. Dawson (Production Manager)
Prior to coming to Chicago, Ben served as the Production Safety Coordinator with The Santa Fe Opera and as Art Director for several television series with networks like Discovery, PBS, MTV and VH1. In Chicago, Ben has served, among other things, as Production Manager for Pine Box Theater and WildClaw Theatre; as Technical Director for Haven Theatre and The Strange Tree Group; and as the Scene Shop Foreman at Goodman Theatre. In addition to his work with Lifeline, Ben is also a Company Member and the Production Manager for Sideshow Theatre Company and the Assistant Technical Director for Lookingglass Theatre Company.
Alan Donahue (Lighting Designer)
Alan recently brought Christmas to Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge, TN, having opened two productions of A Christmas Carol and one of Itís a Wonderful Life featuring his scenic designs. Returning home, Remy Bumppo theatre mounted his scenic design for An Inspector Calls. Alan is an ensemble member of Lifeline where his designs for The Little Sister, Jane Eyre (2001), Around the World in 80 Days, Mariette in Ecstasy, and Neverwhere have received Non-Equity Jeff Awards. For Lifeline, he has also adapted Donald E. Westlakeís Trust Me on This and Adam Langerís Crossing California for the MainStage and Daniel Pinkwaterís Bongo Larry and Two Bad Bears and Eileen Spinelliís Sophie Masterpiece: A Spiderís Tale for the KidSeries. In March he will be designing scenery for Lyle Finds His Mother.
Amanda Herrmann (Properties Designer)
Amanda is very happy to be joining the team at Lifeline. Perviously she has worked at Peninsula Players, American Blues Theatre, Paramount Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Victory Gardens and Silk Road Rising. As a young designer, she is grateful for all the opportunities to work in this hard working community. Amanda is a graduate from Ripon College in Ripon, WI.
Anthony Ingram (Sound Designer)
Anthony is very happy to be back at Lifeline after having most recently designed sound for Click, Clack, BOO!. Previous designs for Lifeline include Duck For President (2012); How To Survive A Fairy Tale; Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2010); and Dooby Dooby Moo. As the resident Sound Designer and Production Manager at Signal Ensemble Theatre, Tony has worked on a majority of their productions, including East of Berlin & The Russian Play, Aces, 1776, Aftermath, The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe, and Seascape. He has also worked with Shattered Globe Theatre, Bailiwick, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, and The Right Brain Project. Tony is the Technical Associate for The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.
Joanna Iwanicka (Scenic & Puppet Designer)
Joanna is thrilled to work again at Lifeline, where she designed the set for the original production of The True Story of 3 Little Pigs!, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, and Duck for President (2012); masks/puppets for Dooby Dooby Moo, The Last of The Dragons, The Blue Shadow, and Watership Down; and managed props for A Room with a View. Her recent credits include designing sets for the Strawdog Theatreís Great Expectations and Improbable Frequency, Trap Door Theatreís The Balcony and Core of the Pudel, as well as productions at Rivendell, The Division Theatre Company, Bialystok Puppet Theatre and Teatr Arlekin in her native Poland. This spring, she will design Lifeline's MainStage production of Monstrous Regiment.
Emily McConnell (Costume Designer)
Emily is very excited to be working with Lifeline for the first time. In addition to being the Resident Costume Designer for Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts, she also freelances for such companies as Oak Park Festival Theatre (Amadeus, Twelfth Night, Inherit the Wind, Richard III), Redtwist (Reverb), Artistic Home (American Plan), Northlight (Black Pearl Sings), Dog & Pony (Roadkill Confidential), Gift Theatre (Suicide Incorporated), Steep Theatre (Luther, Lakeboat, Hollow Lands, In Arabia...), Theatre Mir, American Theatre Company, Remy Bumppo, Griffin Theatre and About Face. She is a proud Artistic Associate of Steep Theatre, and has her MFA in Costume and Set Design from Northwestern University.
Laura McKenzie (Musical Director)
Laura is hog happy to be working with Lifeline! One of her all-time favorite roles was Meg Murray in Lifeline's production of A Wrinkle in Time. Previous music directing credits include That's Weird, Grandma (Barrel of Monkeys) and Beer (Neo-Futurists). Upcoming music directing credits include Hey! Dancin! Hey Musical!, for which Laura is also the composer and lyricist (Factory Theater). Laura was half of the comedy facemelt duo The Laura On Laura Comeback Tour and is currently an ensemble member with Barrel of Monkeys and Factory Theater.
Joe Schermoly (Technical Director)
Joe is a set designer, technical director and a company member with Griffin Theatre. His design work has been seen at Lifeline Theatre (The Count of Monte Cristo, The City & The City), Griffin Theatre (Spelling Bee, Flare Path, Punk Rock, No More Dead Dogs, Port, Constant Wife), Theatre Wit (Completeness), Seanachaí (The Seafarer), Strawdog Theatre (Duchess of Malfi, Master and Margarita, Richard III), Sideshow Theatre (Idomeneus, The Ugly One), Eclipse (Beyond the Horizon, 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 and two Jeff Nominations.

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