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Monstrous Regiment: Cast & Crew
EXTENDED through August 3, 2014!
Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm
(No performance July 4)

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Kim Boler (Tonker)
Kim is bursting with excitement to not only be working with the Lifeline Theatre for the first time but to also be able to bring to life a story by one of her favorite authors. Chicago credits include Tom Jones (Polarity Ensemble), All Childish Things (Hubris Productions), Jenni & Jenny (The Factory Theater), and Bruised Orange's weekly show I SAW YOU. Regional credits include MerryGoRound Theatre (New York), Georgia Ensemble Theatre (Atlanta), Roxy Regional Theatre (Tennessee), and Busch Gardens, VA.
Matt Engle (Zlobenian Captain/Lord Rust/Paul)
Matt is ecstatic about returning to Lifeline Theatre, where he last appeared in Watership Down. Other Chicago credits include Catch-22 and Howie the Rookie (Steep Theatre), Feydeau Si Deau (Theatre Wit), Marathon '33 (Strawdog), Legion (WildClaw), and Henry V (Oak Park Festival Theatre). Since 2002, he has also been a proud ensemble member of The Factory Theater where he has performed (Dirty Diamonds, Toast of the Town, Janice Dutts Goes To Life Camp, and Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats) and directed (Incident On Run #1217, Gray Girl, and League of Awesome). Matt is represented by Paonessa Talent.
Melissa Engle (Wazzer)
Melissa is thrilled to be back at Lifeline Theatre where she was last seen in A Tale of Two Cities and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Chicago credits: OOHRAH! (LiveWire/Steppenwolf); Henry V (Oak Park Festival); Romeo & Juliet (Shattered Globe); Feydeau Si Deau (Theatre Wit); Dancing at Lughnasa, The Seagull, Book Of Days (Raven Theatre); The (W)hole Thing (Stage Left); The Stinky Cheese Man (Griffin); as well as work with Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, Chicago Shakespeare, Collaboraction and The Strange Tree Group. Regional credits include Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Brown County Playhouse, Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Melissa is represented by Paonessa Talent.
John Ferrick (Cpl. Strappi/Sgt. Towering/Gen. Froc)
This marks John's 12th show with Lifeline, after last appearing in The Count of Monte Cristo. Lifeline credits include Treasure Island, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Killer Angels, The Return of the King, and The Two Towers. A proud Ensemble Member of Strawdog Theatre, John's credits there include Miss Marx, Great Expectations, Big Love, Red Noses, Old Town, Three Sisters, Julius Caesar, and Our Country's Good. Additional Chicago credits include Opus (Redtwist), Cabaret (the Hypocrites), Kingsville (Stage Left), The Artist Needs a Wife (side project), Dream Boy (About Face), and Arcadia (Goodman Theatre). A member of both SAG and AFTRA, John holds a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University and is represented by Paonessa Talent.
Robert Kauzlaric (Lt. Blouse)
Robert is a proud member of Lifelineís artistic ensemble. As an actor, he has appeared in many Lifeline productions over the past fourteen seasons, including The Return of the King, Around the World in 80 Days (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Supporting Actor-Play and Best Ensemble), The Killer Angels, Strong Poison, The Mark of Zorro (After Dark Award: Outstanding Production), Neverwhere, and The Count of Monte Cristo. Robert has also adapted ten shows for Lifeline, and directed Treasure Island and Hunger. Other area acting credits include work with Seanachaí, Strawdog, Goodman Theatre, Greasy Joan, the Hypocrites, City Lit, Circle Theatre, New American Theater, and the IL Shakespeare Festival.
Katie McLean Hainsworth (Igor)
Katie has been a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble since 2006. Her adaptation of The Mark of Zorro won the 2009 Non-Equity Jeff Award for New Adaptation, and she directed Watership Down, Johnny Tremain, and The Cricket in Times Square. As an actor, her Lifeline credits include A Tale of Two Cities, The Three Musketeers, Hunger, Neverwhere, Mariette in Ecstasy, Talking it Over, Crossing California, Gaudy Night, Trust Me On This, Far From the Madding Crowd, Whose Body?, and Cooking With Lard. A native of upstate New York, Katie has made Chicago her home for over twenty years and worked on productions with Black Sheep, BlindFaith, the Hypocrites, Bailiwick Repertory, Greasy Joan, Shakespeare's Motley Crew, Who Threw That Ham?, and Zebra Crossing.
Michaela Petro (Maladict)
Michaela is very excited to be here. As an ensemble member with Strawdog Theatre Company, as well as a company member of Wildclaw Theatre, she has been blessed to keep busy. She's also spent time with Mary-Arrchie Theatre, Interrobang and various other storefronts. You can see her next as Dawn in Cole Theatre Company's inaugural production of Ecstasy in mid-August at A Red Orchid Theatre. She is represented by Big Mouth Talent.
Sarah Price (Polly)
Sarah is ecstatic to be making her Lifeline debut in Monstrous Regiment. Other Chicago credits include EL Stories (Waltzing Mechanics), Your Name Will Follow You Home (Steppenwolf, First Look Reading Series), Northanger Abbey (Remy Bummpo Theatre Company), and, most recently, Sita in A Red Orchid Theatre's Solstice. Regional credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Indiana Repertory Theatre). Sarah is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University and the iO Chicago Training Center.
Justine C. Turner (Carborundum)
Justine is thrilled to be making her Lifeline debut in Monstrous Regiment. She is an ensemble member of Strawdog Theatre, where roles include Laura/Harry in Miss Marx, the Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi, Margarita in The Master and Margarita, and J in The J and M Comedy Hour. She has previously worked with the Goodman, Writers Theatre, TimeLine, the Den, City Lit, Factory Theater, Defiant Theatre, Famous Door, Rivendell, Noble Fool Theatricals, and Journeymen Theatre Company. She was also a founding member of Crew of Patches Theatre Co. and The Plagiarists. She recently appeared in the season finale of Chicago Fire.
Christopher M. Walsh (Sgt. Jackrum)
Christopher is a proud member of the artistic ensemble at Lifeline Theatre. He has appeared on the Lifeline stage nine times, including last season's The Three Musketeers and The Woman in White. Other recent acting credits include Street Justice: Condition Red (Factory Theater), The Crownless King (House Theatre of Chicago), and The Duchess of Malfi (Strawdog Theatre). Christopher has also written a number of adaptations for Lifeline, including this season's A Tale of Two Cities, and next season's superhero musical, Soon I Will Be Invincible.
Mandy Walsh (Lofty)
Mandy is thrilled to be back at Lifeline after appearing in Watership Down, as well as understudying The Count of Monte Cristo. Other Chicago credits include Detective Danielle Dugan in Street Justice: Condition Red and Sarah in Incident on Run #1217 (Factory Theater); Mom in The Xylophone West (Fine Print Theatre Co.); Madame Perrodon in Carmilla (WildClaw Theatre); and Fricka in The Ring Cycle (The Building Stage). Mandy is also a Company Member with WildClaw Theatre and a Graphic Designer at The Second City.
Alexandra Burch (Understudy)
Ali is very pleased to be making her Lifeline Theatre debut. Chicago credits include the recent English premiere of no gravity (Red Tape Theatre), Katharine Hepburn u/s in Tea At Five (First Folio); as well as work with Redmoon, Collaboraction, Northlight and Two Pence Theatre. Regional credits include: The Girl in Hello Out There (Savage Rose Theatre Co, Louisville); Hermione in The Winterís Tale and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Walden Theatre, Louisville.) Ali is a proud Loyola University Chicago graduate and a soon to be Apprentice in Actors Theatre of Louisvilleís 51st season.
Katie Campbell (Understudy)
Katie is excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre. Chicago credits include Ensemble in Evita (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center) and U/S Viola in Twelfth Night (Oak Park Festival Theatre). Regionally, she has performed with Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse (Quad Cities), Unto These Hills (Cherokee, NC), Music Theatre Louisville and Stage One (Louisville). Katie graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.
Catherine Dughi (Understudy)
Catherine is ecstatic to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. Favorite Chicago credits include Spark (u/s, Adventure Stage Chicago); Dream Catchers & Other Oddities (Careening Theatre); and Hey! Dancin'!, The League of Awesome, and Incident on Run #1217 (assistant director) with Factory Theater, where she is a proud ensemble member. She can also be seen nationally in commercials for TruMoo and Jolly Time. Catherine is represented by Big Mouth Talent.
Kyle A. Gibson (Understudy)
A lifelong Chicagoan, Kyle couldn't be happier to be back with the talented folks at Lifeline, where he also appeared in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Kyle graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University with an BFA in Acting, and is a proud Ensemble Member of Strawdog Theatre Company, where he has appeared in Big Love, Red Noses, The Duchess of Malfi, Master & Margarita, and most recently the hit Great Expectations - which you can also catch him in this summer at Theatre On The Lake. Kyle has also had the pleasure of working with Griffin Theatre (local and Nat'l tours), Oak Park Festival Theatre, Bailiwick Chicago, Emerald City, and others. A member of SAG-AFTRA, Kyle is represented by ATG.
Anthony Kayer (Understudy)
Anthony is ecstatic to be returning to Lifeline where he was recently seen in Lyle Finds his Mother. Other Lifeline credits include The Emperor's New Threads and Arnie the Doughnut. Other Chicago credits include: SITA RAM (Chicago Childrenís Choir), Iphigenia 2.0 (Next Theatre), The March (Steppenwolf), and Elizabeth Rex (Chicago Shakespeare). Anthony is an alumnus of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and a proud ensemble member of The Inappropriate Theatre Company.
Chris Hainsworth (Adaptor)
Chris is a proud member of the Lifeline Ensemble since 2010. Monstrous Regiment is his second adaptation; Hunger by Elise Blackwell was his first. He is a four-time finalist for WildClaw's DeathScribe competition, winning in 2009 with his piece Remembrance. His work has also been seen in several WildClaw Salons and he studied in Strawdog's Writing Initiative "The Hit Factory," under Hank Boland. He is also an actor and was seen recently on the Lifeline stage in A Tale of Two Cities, The Killer Angels, The Three Musketeers, and The City & The City. When not performing with Lifeline he can be seen performing Shakespeare with A Crew of Patches at area high schools.
Kevin Theis (Director)
Kevin returns to Lifeline, having previously directed The Silver Chair, The Sirens of Titan, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Other Chicago productions include six shows at City Lit, most recently The Hound of the Baskervilles; four productions with Seanachaí Theatre Company (where he is an ensemble member), including A Moon for the Misbegotten; and five shows at Oak Park Festival Theatre, where he will direct The Importance of Being Earnest this summer. Other productions include The Fair Maid of the West (CT20 Ensemble), The Mandrake (Greasy Joan), and all three of the Bumblinni Brothers shows at the Actorís Gymnasium. He has been nominated for three Jeff Awards for directing and has three published works.
Becky Bishop (Stage Manager)
This is Becky's second show with Lifeline after stage managing last season's production of The City & The City. Previous works elsewhere include The Dead Prince, The Half Brothers Mendelssohn, and Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play (Strange Tree); Kin, Letters Home, On the Shore of the Wide World, and Stage Door (Griffin Theatre); Under the Blue Sky (Steep), Under Milk Wood (Caffeine Theatre), Ape (Dog & Pony), Suicide Inc. (The Gift); and others. She has been a freelance stage manager in Chicago since 2006.
Kitty Campbell (Properties Designer & Puppet Assistant)
Kitty is delighted to join Lifeline for the first time. Kitty is a freelance Props Designer in the Chicago area. Her recent design credits include: Six Stories Tall, Augusta and Noble, and Spark (Adventure Stage); Flare Path (Griffin Theatre); Dido and Aeneas (Westminster Opera Co.); Motortown and If There Is I Havenít Yet (Steep Theatre); The Dead Prince (Strange Tree); and Il Viaggio A Reims (Roosevelt University). Kitty earned her BFA in Art History from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is the Props Assistant at Blue Man Group Chicago.
Geoff Coates (Fight Director)
Geoff is a freelance Fight Director with over 21 years and 50 productions worth of experience working in Chicago theatre. Geoff received Non-Equity Jeff Awards in Outstanding Fight Choreography for Action Movie: The Directorís Cut at Defiant Theatre (with Joe Foust), and for the Lifeline productions of The Talisman Ring, The Mark of Zorro, and Treasure Island, as well as After Dark Awards in Outstanding Fight Direction for The Mark Of Zorro and The Kentucky Cycle (Infamous Commonwealth). Geoff strives to explore the causality of conflict, and express it through dynamic and realistic physical action, cunning and inventive spectacle, and a desire to entertain and educate.
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 Sideshow Theatre Company, Pine Box Theater, and WildClaw Theatre; as Technical Director 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 an Artistic Associate with Sideshow Theatre Company and the Assistant Technical Director for Lookingglass Theatre Company.
Emily Dillard (Assistant Director)
Emily is delighted to work on Monstrous Regiment. She was a recent intern of Lifeline Theatre. This is her first Chicago production. She recently graduated with a B.S. in Corporate Communications and Theater from Olivet Nazarene University.
Kevin D. Gawley (Lighting Designer)
A Lifeline ensemble member since 2001, Kevin won the Non-Equity Jeff Awards for his designs of The Island of Dr. Moreau and Jane Eyre, and the After Dark Award for Strong Poison. He was also nominated for Non-Equity Jeff Awards for his designs of Hunger, Treasure Island, Neverwhere, and The Woman in White. His lighting and scenic designs have also appeared in numerous productions at the Bailiwick, Organic, Porchlight, Blindfaith, Theatre on the Lake, Metropolis, Storefront, Loyola University, Revels Chicago, Midwest Jewish, Taylor University, and at the NC Shakespeare Festival theatres. Kevin is the Lighting and Scenic Design professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has taught previously at Loyola University Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Joanna Iwanicka (Scenic Designer)
Joanna is thrilled to work again at Lifeline where she designed the sets for KidSeries productions The True Story of 3 Little Pigs! (2007 & 2014), Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, and Duck for President; masks/puppets for Dooby Dooby Moo, The Last of the Dragons, The Blue Shadow, Watership Down; and managed props for A Room with a View. Her recent set credits include Pinkolandia (16th Street Theatre), The President (Oracle), Great Expectations and Improbable Frequency (Strawdog Theatre), The Balcony and Core of the Pudel (Trap Door), Electric Baby and Wrens (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble) among others.
Elise Kauzlaric (Dialect Coach)
Elise has been a member of Lifelineís Artistic Ensemble since 2005 and has coached numerous productions, including The Killer Angels, The Moonstone, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Mark of Zorro, and The Piano Tuner. She has also coached for TimeLine, Seanachaí, Griffin Theatre, Backstage, Signal Ensemble, the Hypocrites, and others. Twice nominated by the Jeff Committee for her dialect work (Busmanís Honeymoon at Lifeline and Punk Rock at Griffin), she also directs and acts around town, receiving a Non-Equity Jeff nomination for her direction of Mariette in Ecstasy (Lifeline) and Supporting Actress nomination for her work in On the Shore of the Wide World (Griffin). Elise teaches at CCPA at Roosevelt University.
Emily McConnell (Costume Designer)
Emily is delighted to return to Lifeline after designing The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! earlier this season. She is the Resident Costume Designer for Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts, and designs for theaters around Chicago. Credits include Black Pearl Sings, The Commons of Pensacola (Northlight); Amadeus, Twelfth Night, Inherit the Wind, Richard III (Oak Park Festival Theatre); Reverb (Redtwist), Roadkill Confidential (Dog & Pony ); Suicide Incorporated (Gift Theatre); and Luther, Lakeboat, Hollow Lands, and In Arabia... (Steep Theatre), among others. She is a proud Artistic Associate of Steep Theatre, and has an MFA from Northwestern.
Christopher Kriz (Original Music & Sound Designer)
Chris returns to Lifeline, having previously designed The City & The City, The Woman In White (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination), Pride and Prejudice (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination), and The Count Of Monte Cristo (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination). Next spring, Lifeline will produce Chris's original musical Soon I Will Be Invincible, adapted by Christopher M. Walsh. In Chicago, Chris has designed for Writers Theatre, Northlight, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Victory Gardens, Remy Bumppo, First Folio, Next, The Gift, TimeLine, and many others. Recent designs include Hedda Gabbler (Writers), Great God Pan (Next Theatre), Salvage (First Folio), Cicada (Route 66), Mill Fire (Shattered Globe), and Miss Marx (Strawdog). Chris has received nine Jeff nominations and two awards. Chris is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829
Kate Reed (Assistant Stage Manager)
Kate is thrilled to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. Her previous stage management credits include The Duchess of Malfi , Bye Bye Birdie , and Amadeus (Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center); The Xylophone West (Fine Print Theatre Co.), Much Ado About Nothing (Lovers and Madmen), and The God of Hell (Spectrum Theatre Company). She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Performance Studies.
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 (The Count of Monte Cristo, The City & The City), Griffin (Spelling Bee, Flare Path, Punk Rock, No More Dead Dogs, Port, Constant Wife), Theatre Wit (Completeness), Seanachaí (The Seafarer), Strawdog (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. Joe studied set design at Northwestern University and has received two After Dark Awards and two Jeff Nominations.

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