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Lions in Illyria: Cast & Crew
EXTENDED through March 1st, 2015!
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm
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Bryan Bosque Bryan Bosque (Ensemble, Nov 10-Jan 10)
Bryan appears for the first time with Lifeline, having previously understudied for The Three Musketeers. Most recent work includes Social Creatures (Tympanic), Harry and the Thief (Pavement Group), and The Deer at The Ruckus Theatre, where he is an ensemble member. Bryan is a teaching artist with Barrel of Monkeys and is currently understudying for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them with First Floor Theatre.
Mykele Callicutt Mykele Callicutt (Ensemble)
Mykele is thrilled to be returning to the Lifeline Stage! Recent credits include The Velveteen Rabbit at Lifeline, SPARK at Adventure Stage, and Red Kite, Brown Box at Chicago Children's Theatre. He is a BFA graduate of UIC's School of Theatre and Music and proudly represented by Big Mouth Talent.
Brandi Lee Brandi Lee (Ensemble)
This is Brandi's first show at Lifeline! She is currently studying at Columbia College, where she participated in an exchange program and collaboration with DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology), creating a devised piece called Terminal One. She also works as a teaching artist with groups like GTS (General Theater Studies) and Story Catchers. In her spare time she is an actress for FYI, which is a programing health collective.
Kate McDermott Kate McDermott (Ensemble)
Kate returns to Lifeline with a full heart after being part of Jane Eyre last fall. She is an ensemble member at Piccolo Theatre, where she performed in Blithe Spirit (Elvira), Bah! Humbug (Beggit), and as part of the clown duo Bubble & Trubble. Other Chicago area credits include Cymbeline at First Folio Theatre. Regional credits: Othello, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). Kate holds an MFA in Classical Acting from Illinois State University.
Ryan Stajmiger Ryan Stajmiger (Ensemble, Jan 10-Feb 15)
Ryan is very excited to be working on this wonderful adaptation of one of his favorite plays. Ryan recently graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from The Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Though this is his first time working with Lifeline, Ryan has been with a few other Chicago area companies, including Fox Valley Rep (Eugene - Brighton Beach Memoirs), Porchlight (Rudolf - Fade Out/Fade In), Bailiwick (Carrie), Night Blue (Spamalot), Drury Lane (A Christmas Carol), and Circle Theater (Jimmy - Reefer Madness) for which he was nominated for a Non-Equity Jeff Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Ryan Czerwonko Ryan Czerwonko (Understudy)
This is Ryan's first show at Lifeline! Happy to be back in town after the North American tour of Evil Dead: The Musical, his Chicago credits include Broken Fences (16th Street Theater), Cymbeline (First Folio Theatre), The Jewels (TUTA Theatre), and shows with Trap Door Theatre, Definition Theatre, and the side project. Regional: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet (Livermore Shakespeare); Romeo and Juliet (Orlando Shakespeare); Much Ado About Nothing, The Cherry Orchard (Monomoy Theatre). Film: Wiggah, Violets, The Glass House.
Jaci Entwisle Jaci Entwisle (Understudy)
Jaci marks her Lifeline debut with this production. She has been seen in Chicago on stage at A Red Orchid Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre, and Collaboraction. Previous roles include Cressida (Troilus & Cressida), Jenny (The Threepenny Opera), Lady Anne (Richard III), and Bianca (Desdemona). She is proudly represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.
Alison Sweat Alison Sweat (Understudy)
Alison is a first-timer at Lifeline and could not be more excited about it! Most recently, Alison was a part of El Stories: New in Town with Waltzing Mechanics. Other recent credits include The Golfball (The Bridge), The Visit (CCPA), and Dog Sees God (Fearless Theatre Collaborative). Alison holds a BFA in Acting from Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Robert Kauzlaric Robert Kauzlaric (Adaptor)
Robert is a proud member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble. He has written over a dozen theatrical adaptations which have been produced all across the U.S., as well as in England, Ireland, and Canada. For Lifeline, he wrote the MainStage adaptations of The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Best Production-Play and New Adaptation), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: New Adaptation), Neverwhere (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), The Moonstone, The Woman in White, and The Three Musketeers; and the KidSeries adaptations of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, Flight of the Dodo, The 13 Clocks, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed.
Amanda Delheimer Dimond Amanda Delheimer Dimond (Director)
Amanda was thrilled to be invited to join the Lifeline Ensemble in 2013, and her Lifeline credits include directing The 13 Clocks (2011) and The Three Musketeers (2013). She currently serves as the Artistic Director of 2nd Story, a position she has held since 2007. As a director, choreographer, and teaching artist, she has had the pleasure of working with Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Next Theatre Company, Redmoon, Collaboraction, Strawdog Theatre, Teatro Vista, and Adventure Stage Chicago, among others. She was also an inaugural recipient of the Leadership U: One-on-One Fellowship program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Theatre Communications Group, which placed her in residence at Lookingglass Theatre Company, working with their Artistic and Executive Leadership on visioning and long-term planning.
Clare Roche Clare Roche (Stage Manager)
Clare returns to Lifeline where she previously worked as the Stage Manager for The 13 Clocks and Master Electrician for The Woman in White, Duck for President, Hunger, Pride and Prejudice, How to Survive a Fairy Tale, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Clare is the Production Stage Manager/Company Manager for Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre. Ms. Roche has stage managed with numerous other companies in Chicago including 500 Clown, Lucky Plush Productions, Strawdog, the side project, the Hypocrites, and Blindfaith. Clare is the Lighting and Sound Supervisor at Loyola University Chicago where she also manages special events for the Dance and Music department.
Mikhail Fiksel Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Designer & Composer)
Mikhail is delighted to be back at Lifeline, having designed The 13 Clocks, The Last of the Dragons, Watership Down, and Neverwhere. Other recent endeavors include projects with Goodman Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, PlayCompany, Chicago Children’s Theatre, The New Victory, Long Wharf Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Geffen Playhouse, Second Stage Theatre, Writers Theatre, TimeLine, The Seldoms, Lucky Plush, the Hypocrites, and Redmoon Theatre. Recent film work includes scores for feature films Glitch, The Wise Kids, and In Memoriam. He has received several Joseph Jefferson Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. He is an Artistic Associate with TimeLine Theatre, Teatro Vista, and Redmoon, and on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago and University of Chicago.
Izumi Inaba Izumi Inaba (Costume Designer)
Izumi returns to Lifeline, where she designed The City & The City. Her recent works include costume design for The Season On The Line (The House), Animal Farm (Steppenwolf for Young Adults), The Hundred Flowers Project (Silk Road Rising), and The Mousetrap (Northlight Theatre). She is an ensemble member at Red Tape, a resident designer at Albany Park Theatre Project, and a long time staff/faculty member at National High School Institute. She holds M.F.A. in Stage Design, Northwestern University.
Jordan Kardasz Jordan Kardasz (Lighting Designer)
Jordan is thrilled to be back at Lifeline after having been the Assistant Lighting Designer for Jane Eyre. Previous assists include The Woman in White, Hunger, and Neverwhere. She has also lit Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat; Duck for President; and How to Survive a Fairy Tale. Around town, she has worked with Strawdog (where she is an ensemble member), Sideshow (where she is an Artistic Associate), Factory, Strange Tree, The Arc, and many more. Her most recent work includes Fail/Safe and Desperate Dolls, both at Strawdog, where she will also be designing The Sweeter Option. When not working in theatres around the city, Jordan works for the Student Union at Northeastern Illinois University.
Jow Schermoly Joe Schermoly (Scenic & Properties Designer)
Joe has been the Technical Director at Lifeline for four seasons, during which time he has designed sets for The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost, A Tale of Two Cities, The City & The City, and The Count of Monte Cristo. Joe is also an ensemble member with the Griffin Theatre, where he has designed and built many sets including Titanic, Spelling Bee, Flare Path, Punk Rock, Port, and Constant Wife. His other design work includes productions with Theatre Wit (Seven Homeless Mammoths, Completeness), Sideshow (Stupid F***ing Bird, Idomeneus, The Ugly One) and Irish Theatre of Chicago (The Seafarer, Lay Me Down Softly). Joe studied set design at Northwestern University and has received two After Dark Awards and two Jeff Nominations
Milo Bue (Assistant Scenic & Properties Designer)
Milo is a third year Theatre Design student at Columbia College Chicago. He works at Columbia College Chicago as a carpenter, Redbox Workshop as a part time carpenter, and Ravenswood Event Services as a crew lead/carpenter. His past credits include Bent and Arcadia at Columbia College. He is looking forward to his upcoming show, Spirits to Enforce, at Columbia College as well. He is very excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre.
Liz Rice Liz Rice (Assistant Director)
Liz is the Education Programs Associate at Goodman Theatre. As a firm believer in theater as art and art as visual story, she is excited to work with Lifeline and Amanda Delheimer Diamond and the cast and crew of Lions in Illyria. Previously, she has worked with 2nd Story, City Lit Theater, (re)discover theatre, The Whiskey Rebellion, and is a board member of Mercy Street Theatre Company. In her free time, she likes to feed people, cook, and eat. Always in that order.

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