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The Velveteen Rabbit: Cast & Crew
EXTENDED through December 7th, 2014!
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm
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Christopher AcevedoChristopher Acevedo (The Boy)
Chris is so thrilled to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut, and working with such a wonderful group of artists. Previous Chicago credits include: Romeo & Juliet and White Tie Ball (Teatro Vista), Big Love (Strawdog Theatre—Jeff Recommended), The One Minute Play Festival (Victory Gardens), Salome (Right Brain Project), An Actor Prepares (University of Chicago), as well as work with American Theatre, Urban Theater, Tympanic Theatre, Genesis Ensemble, Teatro Luna, Pavement Group, Collaboraction, Red Tape, The Ruckus, and the side project. He is a proud founding member of Tympanic Theatre and an Artistic Associate with Genesis Ensemble.
Jamie CahillJamie Cahill (The Velveteen Rabbit)
Jamie is truly honored to be joining the Lifeline Theatre family! She was last seen earlier this year at The Music Theatre Company as Little Alice / Patty / Dancer in a new works production entitled (Suadade: Dreams and Longing). She recently graduated from Chicago College of Performing Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre.
Mykele CallicuttMykele Callicutt (The Skin Horse)
Mykele is so happy to be performing with Lifeline Theatre for the very first time! Recent credits include Half Price Cosmos (The Athenaeum Theatre); SPARK (Adventure Stage Chicago); and Red Kite, Brown Box (Chicago Children's Theatre). Mykele is a BFA graduate from UIC School of Theatre & Music and is proudly represented by Big Mouth Talent.
Danielle DavisDanielle Davis (Model Boat, Doctor)
Danielle is thrilled to be making her Lifeline Theatre debut! Other Chicago credits include Spark and Six Stories Tall with Adventure Stage Chicago, where she is an Associate Artist; From Doo Wop to Hip Hop and Aint No Crying the Blues...Howlin’ Wolf (Black Ensemble Theater); The Wiz and Nunset Boulevard (Theatre at the Center); Leader of the Pack and Jesus Christ Superstar (Big Noise Theatre). She has also worked with TimeLine Theatre and Quest Theatre Ensemble. She holds a BFA in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.
Jenna SchoppeJenna Schoppe (Toy Soldier, Nana)
Jenna is proud to make her Lifeline debut in The Velveteen Rabbit. Previous Chicago credits include Pal Joey (Porchlight Music Theatre), Hey! Dancin! Hey! Musical! (Factory Theater), Monty Python's Spamalot (Nightblue Performing Arts), Reservoir Dogs (Roundhouse Productions), and Pirates of Penzance (Tall Ship Windy). Jenna holds a BFA in acting from Drake University.
Andres EnriquezAndres Enriquez (Understudy)
Andres is very honored to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time on this amazing project. He has previously worked with Red Tape Theater (Life and Death of Madame Barker), Provision Theater (Sleeping Beauty), Fox Valley Repertory (Forever Plaid, The Woman In Black) and AlphaBet Soup Productions (Aladdin). He has also worked at Shawnee Theater in Indiana, and most recently at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. He will be making his debut at 16th Street Theater in January of 2015.
Parker GuidryParker Guidry (Understudy)
Parker is excited to be working on his first show at Lifeline! He is a recent graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He was last seen in Eclectic Full-Contact Theatre's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Emerald City's Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, and Billy Pacholski's Assassins.
Shannon NishiShannon Nishi (Understudy)
Shannon is thrilled to be working at Lifeline for the very first time! Originally from the Denver area of Colorado, she graduated in May from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Regional: The King and I, Country Dinner Playhouse (Englewood, CO). Favorite roles include Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Lampito in Lysistrata Jones at CCPA.
Elise KauzlaricElise Kauzlaric (Adaptor)
Elise has been a member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble since 2005. In addition to The Velveteen Rabbit, her KidSeries work includes her adaptation of Half Magic, direction of Arnie the Doughnut and The Emperor’s Groovy New Clothes, and appearances onstage in My Father’s Dragon, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Hen Lake, and Bunnicula. She has directed many MainStage productions, including A Tale of Two Cities, Pride and Prejudice, and Mariette in Ecstasy, and also works as an actor and dialect coach at Lifeline and other theatres around Chicago.
Amanda LinkAmanda Link (Director)
Amanda joined the Lifeline Theatre ensemble in 2013. At Lifeline, she directed The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, and has appeared in Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat; Duck For President; How To Survive A Fairy Tale; Dooby Dooby Moo; Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle; Half Magic; and many performances with the Lifeline Storytelling Project. She also choreographed and assistant directed The Emperor's New Threads, assistant directed and did movement design for The City & The City, and assistant directed Pride and Prejudice. Other Chicago credits include work with Factory Theater, Griffin Theatre, the side project, and The Mill.
Ellen WillettEllen Willett (Stage Manager)
Ellen is glad to be back with the Lifeline KidSeries. Previous Lifeline Theatre credits include Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat; How to Survive a Fairy Tale; Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2010); Dooby Dooby Moo; Duck for President (2008 and 2012); Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle; Talking It Over; Half Magic; Crossing California; Sophie’s Masterpiece; and Strong Poison. In addition, she has worked with American Blues Theater, Adventure Stage Chicago, The Inconvenience, Steep Theatre, Strawdog Theatre Company, and many more. She also serves on the board of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and volunteers with Houndsong Rescue fostering beagles and coonhounds.
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.
Diane D. FairchildDiane D. Fairchild (Lighting Designer)
Diane is thrilled to be returning to Lifeline again this season. Her work with the team on A Tale of Two Cities last season earned her a Non-Equity Jeff Award. Design credits include productions at Rivendell, Next, BoHo, Raven, Babes with Blades, TimeLine, Northlight, Chicago Dramatists, City Lit, Redmoon, Court Theatre, INTIMAN, Trinity Rep, Wheaton College, and the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. She is a proud member of USA829, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, an Artistic Affiliate with BoHo Theatre, an Artistic Associate of Next Theatre, and part-time faculty at The School of the Art Institute Chicago.
Amanda Herrmann (Props Master)
Amanda is happy to return to Lifeline after working on The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! last season. Previously, she has worked at Peninsula Players, American Blues Theatre, Paramount Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Victory Gardens and Silk Road Rising. Amanda is a graduate from Ripon College in Ripon, WI.
Anthony IngramAnthony Ingram (Sound Designer)
Anthony is very happy to be back at Lifeline after having most recently designed sound for The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! (2014). Previous designs for Lifeline include Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat; Duck For President (2012); How To Survive A Fairy Tale; 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 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.
Michele Lilly Michele Lilly (Scenic Designer)
Michelle returns to Lifeline Theatre after designing for Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat last season. She has lived and worked in Chicago since 2005. She spent four years as New Leaf Theatre’s resident scene designer, five years as Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Technical Assistant in scenery, and a semester as a Teaching Artist with Lifeline Theatre. Locally, she has also scene designed for A Red Orchid Theatre, Emerald City Theatre, the side project, Theatre Seven of Chicago, TUTA Theatre, The Springfield Muni, and the Springfield Theatre Center. Michelle has also assistant designed for productions at The Court Theatre, Drury Lane, Chicago Shakespeare, and Milwaukee Rep.
Jessica Kuehnau Wardell (Costume Designer)
Jessica is a freelance scenic/costume designer, teacher and artist in Chicago. She is happy to return to the KidSeries at Lifeline, having previously designed costumes for Stuart Little; The Stinky Cheese Man; and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. Her Chicago design credits include Hypocrites, Steep, Rivendell Theatre, Griffin Theatre, A Red Orchid, 16th Street Theatre, Pegasus Players, Circle Theatre, and Metropolis Performing Arts Center. Jessica is a founding ensemble member of Adventure Stage Chicago and an artistic associate with MPAACT. Earning her MFA from Northwestern University, Jessica is currently the Director of Theatre Design at University of Chicago.
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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