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2015-16 Performances:
Miss Buncle's Book
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Midnight Cowboy
Lester's Dreadful Sweaters
Northanger Abbey
Fillet of Solo 2016
Concert Reading Series
Miss Buncle's Book: Cast & Crew
September 11 – November 1, 2015
Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm
(No performances October 31st)

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Peter Greenberg Peter Greenberg (Mr. Abbott, Mr. Durnet)
Peter is familiar to Lifeline audiences for many roles including Rochester (Jane Eyre), Phileas Fogg (Around the World in 80 Days), Tristram Shield (The Talisman Ring), Lord Peter Wimsey, and many others. He is a member of the Lifeline artistic ensemble and has also directed and adapted here. Before coming to Chicago, Peter worked extensively in regional theater on everything from Shakespeare and Moliere to Sam Shepard and Neil Simon, and he co-founded the Actors Shakespeare Company in Albany, New York.
Kate Hildreth Katharine Hildreth (Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Walker)
Kate has worked with many Chicago theaters including Victory Gardens, Interplay, Renaissance Repertory, and Argyle Gargoyle Productions. She was last seen in Lifeline’s production of Gaudy Night at Theatre on the Lake. Other Lifeline credits include Cat’s Cradle and Cotillion. Kate is thrilled to be back working with Lifeline Theatre once again.
Elise Kauzlaric Elise Kauzlaric (Mrs. Greensleeves, Miss King)
Elise is thrilled to be returning to the Lifeline stage where she was last seen in Neverwhere. A member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble since 2005, she has appeared in numerous Lifeline productions including Queen Lucia, Strong Poison, and The Silver Chair, and directed such productions as One Came Home, Pride and Prejudice, and Mariette in Ecstasy (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: Direction). Around town as an actor she has worked with Goodman Theatre, Oak Park Festival, City Lit, Circle Theatre, First Folio Shakespeare, Apple Tree, and Griffin Theatre (On the Shore of the Wide World, Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Supporting Actress-Play), among others. Next up, Elise will direct Lifeline’s summer production of Northanger Abbey.
Kristina Loy Kristina Loy (Sally, Margaret)
Kristina is thrilled to be making her Chicago debut with Lifeline Theatre. She spent the past year as an Artistic Intern at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater for their 2014-2015 Season. Her credits there include: after all the terrible things I do, Harvey, and Peter and the Starcatcher. In 2014, Kristina received her BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Credits there include: 9 Parts of Desire, 44 plays for 44 Presidents, Kabuki Lady Macbeth, and Cabaret.
Martel Manning Martel Manning (Stephen Bulmer, Dr. Walker)
Martel is thankful to be making his debut at Lifeline Theatre. His previous Chicago credits include Midsummer Night's Dream with Two Pence Theatre, Circle-Machine with Oracle Productions, Social Creatures with Tympanic Theatre Co, and Much Ado About Nothing with Midsommer Flight. Regional theatre credits include Ragtime and A Christmas Carol at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Offstage, Martel also works as a vocal coach and a fight choreographer. He is a proud member of Midsommer Flight and holds an MFA from the University of Houston.
Katie McLean Hainsworth Katie McLean Hainsworth (Mrs. Featherstone Hogg, Marina)
Katie has been a member of Lifeline's 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 and Johnny Tremain for the Mainstage. As an actor, her favorite Lifeline productions include Monstrous Regiment, A Tale of Two Cities, The Three Musketeers, Hunger, Neverwhere, Mariette in Ecstasy, Crossing California, Gaudy Night, Whose Body?, and Cooking With Lard. A native of Central New York, Katie has made Chicago her home, and appeared onstage with WildClaw, the Hypocrites, Bailiwick, and Greasy Joan, among others.
Tiffany Oglesby Tiffany Oglesby (Sarah Walker, Dorothea Bold, Angela Pretty)
Tiffany is happy to return to Lifeline after making her debut in last season’s The One and Only Ivan and is thrilled to be on board with a wonderful cast and crew. Other recent Chicago credits include Bob: A Life in Five Acts (Livewire Chicago Theatre), and Run Chris Run (Stone Soup Theatre Project). Tiffany received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is a recent graduate from The Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA in Acting, 2014). Her TTS credits include: What Happened in Pinkville?, Our Town, Trust, Blue Heart, and In the Red and Brown Water. Tiffany is happily represented by Grossman & Jack Talent Agency.
Sean Sinitski Sean Sinitski (Col. Weatherhead, Mr. Featherstone Hogg)
Sean was member of the late Defiant Theatre, where he performed such roles as Hamlet, Macduff, and a guy that got his thumb stolen in Action Movie: the Play! Other Chicago credits: Lifeline – A Tale of Two Cities, The Killer Angels, The Three Musketeers, The Moonstone, Neverwhere, Treasure Island, The Picture of Dorian Gray; Stage Left – All's Well that Ends Well, Rabbit, Fellow Travelers; The House – Season on the Line; Chicago Shakespeare – Timon of Athens, The Madness of King George; Strawdog – The Merchant of Venice, Detective Story, The Cherry Orchard; Hypocrites – Endgame, Henry V, Balm in Gilead; Silk Road – Back of the Throat, Caravaggio.
Jenifer Tyler Jenifer Tyler (Barbara Buncle)
Jenifer is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University and has been a Lifeline ensemble member since 2001. She has appeared in numerous productions on the Lifeline stage, receiving a Non-Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Actress in a Principle Role and an After Dark Award for her portrayal of Jane in Jane Eyre (2001), and a nomination for her performance as Harriet Vane in Gaudy Night. Jenifer also directed The Velveteen Rabbit (2006) for Lifeline’s KidSeries. She is a member emeritus of the writing-performance group, The Sweat Girls, and a teaching artist with Lifeline’s CPS residency program.
Chris Vizurraga Chris Vizurraga (Ernest Hathaway, Mr. Fortunum)
Chris is very excited to make his Lifeline Theatre debut with Miss Buncle's Book! Chicago credits: A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol (Chicago Shakespeare),The Drowsy Chaperone (Metropolis Performing Arts), and Tamer of Horses (Stone Soup Theatre Project). Regional credits: Ragtime, Noises Off, A Christmas Carol, End of the Rainbow, and The History of Invulnerability (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). He received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shorter College, and completed an acting internship in Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 2013-14 season.
Shelby Lynn Bias Shelby Lynn Bias (Understudy)
Shelby Lynn is a recent graduate from Columbia College Chicago, and she is beyond thrilled to be making her Lifeline Theatre debut! Some of her Chicago theatre credits include: Mona in Six Postcards (Columbia), Othello in Othello (Foundlings Theatre), Molvik (u/s) in The Wild Duck (Halcyon Theatre), and Maggie in Chicago (Columbia). She excited to be taking the first steps in what she hopes will be a long career in the Chicago Theatre Community.
Linsey Falls Linsey Falls (Understudy)
Linsey is thrilled to be returning for his third production with Lifeline Theatre, after understudying The One and Only Ivan and appearing in Lyle Finds His Mother. A proud company member of Barrel of Monkeys, his past work includes Chicago productions such as Hotel Aphrodite and Namosaur (Factory Theater); Slaughter City, Drumming in the Night, and Debris of the Prophet (Prop Thtr); A Summer’s Day and Blue Planet (Akvavit Theatre); The Sign of the Four and Frankenstein (City Lit); Ghosts of Treasure Island (Adventure Stage Chicago); and Henry V (Promethean Theatre)
Josh Mattingly Josh Mattingly (Understudy)
This marks Josh's first time working with Lifeline. He was most recently seen in Two Pence Theatre Company's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other Chicago credits include work with Bailiwick, Silk Road Rising, Nothing Without a Company, Rasaka Theatre, and Quest Theatre Ensemble, where he was a founding member.
Jhenai Mootz Jhenai Mootz (Understudy)
Jhenai is constantly thrilled to work and learn with the Lifeline folks, where she was seen last year in Jane Eyre, and will be appearing in their upcoming KidSeries production of Sparky! Other recent credits include: Geneva, Major Barbara, Man and Superman, Saint Joan, Pygmalion, The Millionairess, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and Arms and the Man (ShawChicago); Cymbeline (Muse of Fire Theatre Company); Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Richard III, Dancing at Lughnasa, Arms and the Man, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder By The Book, and Picnic (Oak Park Festival Theatre); The Women, The Philadelphia Story (Circle Theatre); and The Mystery of Edgar Allen Poe (First Folio).
Maggie Speer Maggie Speer (Understudy)
Maggie is quite pleased to be working with Lifeline Theatre. Most recently she appeared as Lady Stutfield in Lady Windemere’s Fan (Dead Writer’s Collective). Her favorite roles include Margaret Mead, Hair (American Theatre Company); Mrs. Graves, Enchanted April (Idle Muse); Bernarda, The House of Bernarda Alba (Circle Theatre); Bessie Burgess, The Plough and the Stars (Irish Heritage Center); Mrs. Pascal, The House of Yes (Strawdog); and Lorraine, A Lie of the Mind (Azusa Productions). Maggie is a former member of Strawdog Theatre Company, a current member of Polarity Ensemble and is also a director, producer and teacher.
Christina Calvit Christina Calvit (Adaptor)
Christina is a Lifeline ensemble member. She has written over a dozen theatrical adaptations which have been performed both in the United States and internationally. Her work has received eleven Jeff Award nominations, four Non-Equity Jeff Awards and one Equity Jeff Award. With composer/lyricist George Howe, she also won an After Dark award for the musical Queen Lucia. Other favorite shows include Pride and Prejudice; Mariette in Ecstasy; A Room with a View; Jane Eyre; Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging; Pistols for Two; and The Talisman Ring. Original plays include Snowflake Tim's Big Holiday Adventure, Purloined Poe, Chaos (co-writer), and Several Voices from The Cloud (Agnes Nixon Award, 1981). Christina is currently working on an audio version of her adaptation of Jane Eyre for LA Theatre Works, which will be directed by Marsha Mason.
Dorothy Milne Dorothy Milne (Director)
Dorothy is an ensemble member and the Artistic Director of Lifeline Theatre. She has directed over twenty productions at Lifeline, receiving a Non-Equity Jeff Award (Direction) for Around the World in 80 Days in 2003, and she most recently directed The One and Only Ivan for Lifeline's KidSeries. Dorothy is also involved in the Chicago storytelling scene: she has been writing and performing with the storytelling collective Sweat Girls for over 20 years; she directs occasionally for 2nd Story; and at Lifeline she leads the Lifeline Storytelling Project and co-curates the Fillet of Solo Festival.
Becky Bishop Becky Bishop (Stage Manager)
Becky is always pleased to explore the literary vistas with Lifeline. Her most recent excursion was the summer musical adventure Soon I Will Be Invincible. Other productions at Lifeline include Jane Eyre (2014), the Jeff-nominated Monstrous Regiment, and The City & The City. Previous works elsewhere in Chicago include The Dead Prince, The Half Brothers Mendelssohn, and Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play, with Strange Tree. She’s also stage managed productions with Griffin Theatre (Robber Bridegroom, Letters Home, On the Shore of the Wide World, Stage Door), Steep (Under the Blue Sky), Caffeine Theatre (Under Milk Wood), Dog & Pony (Ape), and The Gift (Suicide Inc.) She received her BA in Theatre and English from Winona State University. She has been a freelance stage manager in Chicago since 2006.
Alan Donahue Alan Donahue (Scenic & Properties Designer)
Alan has designed numerous Lifeline shows over the last 20+ years. Most recently, he designed scenery and properties for One Came Home and scenery, projections, and properties for Soon I Will Be Invincible. Come mid-October he will head down to Silver Dollar City in Branson to again bring Christmas to the Ozarks via his designs for Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life. Last spring, Alan received a Broadway Theatre World Chicago award for his 2014 scenic design (Resident Equity Theatre) for Avenue Q at the Mercury Theatre Chicago. And in years past, Alan adapted Donald E. Westlake’s Trust Me on This and Adam Langer’s Crossing California for the Lifeline MainStage and Daniel Pinkwater’s Bongo Larry & Two Bad Bears and Eileen Spinelli’s Sophie’s Masterpiece: A Spider’s Tale for the KidSeries. In Spring 2015, he'll create the environs for Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters.
Kevin D. Gawley Kevin D. Gawley (Lighting Designer)
A Lifeline ensemble member since 2001, Kevin won Non-Equity Jeff Awards for his designs of The Island of Dr. Moreau and Jane Eyre, and an 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 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 an Assistant Professor and Resident Scenic/Lighting Designer at the University of Louisville, and has taught previously at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Izumi Inaba Izumi Inaba (Costume Designer)
Izumi is thrilled to return to Lifeline Theatre. Her previous credits at Lifeline include The City & The City and Lions In Ilyria. She is a freelance costume/makeup designer in Chicago and has worked on productions with Griffin, Steep, Gift, A Red Orchid, Steppenwolf for Young Adults, Chicago Dramatists, About Face, Raven, Buzz 22, Route 66, American Blues, Victory Gardens, Sideshow, Strawdog, Northlight, and many others. She is a company member at Red Tape, a resident designer at Albany Park Theatre Projectm and a recipient of two Non-Equity Jeff Awards and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. She received her MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University.
Anthony Ingram Anthony Ingram (Sound Designer)
Tony is very happy to be back at Lifeline after having most recently designed sound for The Velveteen Rabbit (2014). As the resident Sound Designer at Signal Ensemble Theatre, Tony has worked on many productions including The Drowning Girls, East of Berlin & The Russian Play, Aces, 1776, Aftermath, and The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe. He has also worked with other companies in the Chicagoland area including Factory Theatre, Shattered Globe Theatre, Bailiwick, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, and The Right Brain Project. Daily, Tony can be found working with tech at The Shedd Aquarium.
Annaliese McSweeney Annaliese McSweeney (Dramaturg)
Annaliese is delighted to have the opportunity work with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. Other Chicago credits include The Bottle Tree (Leapfest and Residency programs with Stage Left Theatre); All’s Well That Ends Well (Stage Left); The White Road, Shining City, and Lay Me Down Softly (Irish Theatre of Chicago); In the Garden and The Little Prince (Lookingglass); and Gus’s Fashion and Shoes (Route 66). She is currently the Associate Literary Manager at Stage Left Theatre and holds a BA degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame and an M.Phil from Trinity College, Dublin.
Cody Michael Schmidt Cody Michael Schmidt (Assistant Stage Manager)
Cody is excited to be joining Lifeline Theater for the first time. His previous Chicago credits include Assistant Stage Manager for Boy From Oz and The Book of Merman (Pride Films and Plays); Lighting Designer for I am the Rat (Acorn Button Productions); and Carpenter for Sucker Punch (Victory Gardens) and All Our Tragic (The Hypocrites). As a recent graduate of Elon University, additional credits include Frozen by Bryony Lavery (Director/Production Manager), Angels in America: Part One (Assistant Director), and Rocky Horror Show (Lighting Designer).
Kendra Thulin Kendra Thulin (Dialect Coach)
Kendra most recently worked with Lifeline playing Alena in Hunger, and is delighted to be back. Kendra recently coached Brilliant Adventures at Steep Theatre, where she is a company member. In addition to coaching many shows there, she has dialect coached for Griffin Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Raven Theatre, and Pine Box Theatre. This fall she will be appearing at Steep in the world premiere of The Cheats. Kendra is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Voice and the Theatre Foundations program at Columbia College Chicago.

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