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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
Northanger Abbey: Cast & Crew
EXTENDED through August 13, 2016!
Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm
(No performances July 23)
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Chris Ballou Chris Ballou (James Morland)
Chris is ecstatic to return to Lifeline Theatre, having previously appeared in Pride and Prejudice. Chicago credits include: J.D. in Heathers: The Musical (Kokandy); Melancholy Play: a chamber musical (Piven Theatre Workshop); Veronica's Room, Tartuffe, Mozart in Amadeus (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: Actor in a Principal Role - Bohemian Theatre Ensemble); Pericles (u/s - Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Hit The Wall (The Inconvenience); Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Henry V (Oak Park Festival Theatre). Ballou is a proud alumnus of CCPA at Roosevelt University.
Shelby Lynn Bias Shelby Lynn Bias (Eleanor Tilney)
Shelby is thrilled to return to Lifeline Theatre for Northanger Abbey. She is graduate from Columbia College Chicago’s Theater Program, BA Acting. Some of her other Chicago credits include: Miss Buncle’s Book (u/s, Lifeline); The Wild Duck (Halcyon Theater), and Mona in Six Postcards (Columbia College Chicago).
Andres Enriquez Andres Enriquez (John Thorpe)
Andres is excited to return to the Lifeline stage once again! He has most recently been seen as Sparky in the Lifeline KidSeries production of Sparky!, and has previously understudied Soon I Will Be Invincible and The Velveteen Rabbit. Other Chicago credits include The Adding Machine (Hypocrites); Love and Information (Remy Bumppo); Yasmina’s Necklace, The Art of Disappearing (16th Street Theatre); Forever Plaid and The Woman In Black (Fox Valley Rep). Regional credits: Scapin (Colonial Williamsburg, VA); The 39 Steps, The Fantasticks (Shawnee Theatre, IN); What The Butler Saw, and Family of Mann (Iowa Repertory, IA). He will be next seen in The Gift Theatre’s world premiere of A Life Extra Ordinary. Andres received his MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa, and is also a proud company member of Barrel of Monkeys. He is represented by Gray Talent Group.
Javier Ferreira Javier Ferreira (Henry Tilney)
Javier is thrilled to be making his Lifeline debut. Chicago credits: Another Word for Beauty (The Goodman Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Porchlight Music Theatre); Babes in Arms (Porchlight’s “Revisits!” series); La Cage Aux Folles (Marriott Lincolnshire); A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Lysistrata Jones, Ripper, Amadeus (Roosevelt’s Theatre Conservatory). Favorite regional credits include: Carousel, Catch Me If You Can, Avenue Q, Rent (Wagon Wheel Theatre, IN); Sweeney Todd, Titanic (Second Stage Theatre Company, MN). Javier graduated from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts with a Musical Theatre BFA. Love and thanks to my two families: the CCPA MT class of ’14, and, of course, to Mom! Sui Generis!
Peter Greenberg Peter Greenberg (General Tilney)
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.
Lydia Hiller Lydia Hiller (Isabella Thorpe)
Lydia is thrilled to be making her Lifeline (as well as her Chicago) debut. Recent roles include Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ophelia in Hamlet, and Lucy in The Rivals (Michigan Shakespeare Festival); Dottie in A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Tipping Point Theatre); and Bec in 4000 Miles (Jewish Ensemble Theatre). Lydia graduated with a BFA in acting from Michigan State University in 2014.
Stephanie Stockstill Stephanie Stockstill (Catherine Morland)
Stephanie is overjoyed to make her Lifeline debut in Northanger Abbey! Among her favorite Chicago credits are Tilly in Melancholy Play: a Chamber Musical (Piven Theatre Workshop); Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Porchlight Music Theater); and Laura in Goblin Market (Black Button Eyes). Stephanie was featured in last year's Chicago Tribune article as one of ten faces to watch in Chicago theatre. She's a graduate of Northwestern University and is represented by NV Talent.
Denzel Tsopnang Denzel Tsopnang (Frederick Tilney)
Denzel is excited to be making his Lifeline debut! He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University and is represented by Gray Talent. His credits include: Balm in Gilead (Griffin Theatre), South Pacific and Guys and Dolls (Light Opera Works), The Healer (Pegasus Theatre), and Heathers: The Musical (Kokandy Productions).
Jenifer Tyler Jenifer Tyler (Mrs. Allen/Mrs. Tilney)
Jenifer is a graduate of DePaul Theatre School and a Lifeline ensemble member since 2001. She received 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, and a nomination for her performance as Harriet Vane in Gaudy Night. She was most recently seen as Miss Buncle in Miss Buncle’s Book here at Lifeline. Jenifer directed The Velveteen Rabbit 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.
Nicholas Jacob Amann Nicholas Jacob Amann (Understudy)
Nicholas is thrilled to be working on his first production with Lifeline Theatre. In 2015, Nicholas received his BFA in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Thank you to everyone involved for making the experience truly delightful.
Nicole Armold Nicole Armold (Understudy)
Nicole is excited to make her Lifeline debut! Nicole has previously understudied Chicago Shakespeare Theater's productions of Ride the Cyclone and Sense and Sensibility. Other Chicago credits include: The Merry Widow (Light Opera Works); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Spring Awakening (Chicago College of Performing Arts, where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre). She is proudly represented by Stewart Talent Agency.
Curtis Dunn Curtis Dunn (Understudy)
Curtis is originally from Thomaston, CT, where he grew up performing at his dad’s theater, the Thomaston Opera House. He attended Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, where he received a BFA in Acting, appearing in various productions including Dancing at Lughnasa (Jack) and Twelfth Night (Orsino). He also studied classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, appearing in a devised musical production of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Soranzo) as well as Twelfth Night (Malvolio). Recent credits include The Seagull (Konstantin) at Dominican University and Hamlet (Laertes) at Greenbrier Valley Theatre in West Virginia.
Kirsty Engelhardt Kirsty Engelhardt (Understudy)
Kirsty is delighted to be returning to Lifeline, having previously played Lydia in Pride and Prejudice. Other Chicago credits include Romeo and Juliet (Chicspeare), and Shakespeare's Notebook (Moving Dock). Kirsty received her BA in Theatre in 2011. Originally from England, and having hopped back and forth since she was 16, Kirsty is now thrilled to call Chicago her permanent home.
Emily Radke Emily Radke (Understudy)
Emily is thrilled to be participating in her first show at Lifeline Theatre. A Chicago based actress, songwriter, and comedian, she recently starred in Bloomington Playwrights Project’s US premiere of The Bull, The Moon, and The Coronet of Stars. Recent Chicago projects include: Asskicking Amazons (The Mammals), Midsummer Nights Dreams (The Resident Theatre), Teeny Travel Takes A Trip (Coriolis Theatre Company), And A Moon Saw Nothing (Forget Me Not Theatre Company), Letters/X (The Apollo Theatre), The World Over (The State Theatre Project), and Tartuffe (Athenaeum Theatre). Check her out with her iO house team Uh-Oh or on the internet singing songs.
Nick Heinzmann (Cellist)
After taking leave from the music world for two years, Nick came out of early retirement for Northanger Abbey, his first pit show in Chicago. He works as a journalist by day, reporting on the supply chain chain industry for a B2B publisher. Moonlighting as a cellist is helping him put his bachelor's degree to use, which he earned studying music at Northwestern University, in 2014.
Renee Henley (Violinist)
Renee plays the violin and can be found teaching and performing in regional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and musical pits around the Chicago area. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with a Masters’ Degree in Violin Performance and appreciates the many musical experiences that Chicago has to offer. She is excited to be playing in the musical pit for Lifeline’s production of Northanger Abbey.
Ellen K. Morris (Music Director, Piano Conductor)
Ellen is so excited to work with Lifeline for the first time! She is a Chicago area music director, teaching artist, and pianist whose Chicago credits include Velveteen Rabbit (Marriott Theater); Adding Machine (The Hypocrites); Next to Normal, Dogfight, Parade (Boho Theatre); and Fanatical (CMTF). Ellen is a teaching artist and director with Evanston Children's Choir, Music Institute of Chicago, and Wilmette Park District, and a proud graduate of Northwestern Bienen School of Music.
Minjung Park (Alternate Violinist)
Min recently graduated from Northwestern University, with degree of MM in Violin Performance and Pedagogy under the guidance of Almita Vamos. Before NU, she received BM in Violin from University of Texas at Austin under Brian Lewis and Miro Quartet. She has been in masterclasses with Erin Keefe, Catherine Cho, Donald Weilerstein, and Augustin Hadelich, to name a few. Min is active as a chamber musician as well; she formed Aoide Quartet at Northwestern University and had masterclasses with St. Lawrence Quartet, Lynn Harrell, Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, and Shumul Ashekanisi, among others. In her spare time, you can find her in bikram yoga classes.
Robert Kauzlaric Robert Kauzlaric (Adaptor)
Robert is a proud member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble. He has written more than a dozen theatrical adaptations, which have been performed in over 40 U.S. states, as well as in England, Ireland, and Canada. Previous scripts at Lifeline include The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Best Production-Play and New Adaptation), Neverwhere (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), The Moonstone, The Three Musketeers (originally commissioned for the 2010 Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Lions in Illyria, and Mr. Popper's Penguins. This summer, Robert will direct As You Like It and play King Richard in Richard II at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.
George Howe George Howe (Composer & Lyricist)
George is an award-winning composer/lyricist and a familiar face at Lifeline Theatre. He has written the songs for many Kidseries shows, including the five musicals in the Click, Clack, Moo series; as well as Mr. Popper's Penguins; Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch; The Emperor's New Threads; and 2011’s hit Arnie the Doughnut, which went on to be performed at the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). His musical Queen Lucia premiered at Lifeline and received a Non-Equity Jeff Award for Best New Musical 2006. George can be heard belting out showtunes and pop songs at Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret.
Elise Kauzlaric Elise Kauzlaric (Director, Dialect Coach)
Elise has been a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble since 2005. For Lifeline’s MainStage she directed One Came Home, A Tale of Two Cities, The Woman in White, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Mariette in Ecstasy (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: Direction). She has also adapted and directed for Lifeline’s KidSeries, coached dialects for many productions; and appeared onstage in Miss Buncle’s Book, Neverwhere, Queen Lucia, Strong Poison, and many others. Around Chicago, Elise has dialect coached numerous shows, and has appeared onstage at Goodman Theatre, Oak Park Festival, First Folio, and Griffin Theatre (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Supporting Actress–Play for On the Shore of the Wide World). Elise is an adjunct professor at CCPA at Roosevelt University and The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Jacqueline Marschke Jacqueline Marschke (Stage Manager)
Jacqueline is thrilled to be joining Lifeline for the first time on Northanger Abbey! Other Chicago credits include assistant stage management for The Life of Galileo (Remy Bumppo), No Wake (Route 66 Theatre Company), and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (No Stakes Theatre Project); and stage management for The Citizens Anthology (The Inconvenience). Jacqueline graduated in 2015 from Hope College (Holland, MI), where she received her B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Stage Management.
Aly Renee Amidei Aly Renee Amidei (Costume Designer)
Aly is crazy for Austen and so pleased to work on Northanger Abbey. A Lifeline ensemble member, Aly's Lifeline credits include both the adaptation and costumes for Lester's Dreadful Sweaters, and costumes for One Came Home, The Three Musketeers, Soon I Will Be Invincible, The Woman in White, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Watership Down. She is also designing Spinning (Irish Theatre of Chicago) and As You Like It (Michigan Shakespeare Festival) this summer. She is also a company member at WildClaw Theatre and Strawdog Theatre Company. Aly is the Assistant Professor of Costume Design at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Eric Backus Eric Backus (Sound Designer)
Eric is excited to work with Lifeline Theatre for the first time! Recent sound design and composition credits include The Bachelors (Cole Theatre); Ziryab, the Songbird of Andalusia (Silk Road Rising); The Old Friends (Raven Theatre); Year of the Rooster (Red Theater), and the Off-Broadway and Chicago productions of Churchill. Eric has also worked with Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf, Route 66, American Blues Theater, and Mary-Arrchie. He is an artistic associate with The Poor Theatre and SoloChicago Theatre.
Diane D. Fairchild Diane D. Fairchild (Lighting Designer)
Diane is thrilled to be working with Lifeline again. Diane’s previous design work at Lifeline includes Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters, One Came Home, The Velveteen Rabbit (2014), and A Tale of Two Cities. Diane's other design credits include work with Rivendell, Raven, Sideshow, Boho, Babes with Blades, TimeLine, Northlight, Chicago Dramatists, City Lit, Court Theatre, INTIMAN, Trinity Rep, Wheaton College, and the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. She is a proud member of USA829, and an ensemble member with Rivendell Theatre.
Mealah Heidenreich (Properties Designer)
Mealah is excited to be joining Lifeline for this beautiful production. Some of her previous designs include Caged Dames and Miracle! (Hell in a Handbag Productions), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Dreamgirls (Porchlight Music Theatre), Really Really and Recent Tragic Events (Interrobang Theatre Project), and Chalk and Mai Dang Lao (Sideshow Theater Company). Mealah is an ensemble member with Hell in a Handbag Productions and owes most of her success to her bestie Isaac and wife Debbie.
Kate Setzer Kamphausen Kate Setzer Kamphausen (Assistant Costume Designer)
Kate is delighted to return to Lifeline where she recently assisted costumer Aly Amidei on Lester's Dreadful Sweaters. Recent design credits include Dan Savage's Miracle! with Hell in a Handbag; Story of a Story (The Untold Story) with Underscore; and Johnny Drago's Trash with New American Folk Theater. Kate is a Jeff Award-winning costumer and company member of Hell in a Handbag. She is an ex-pat Southerner with three cats, four sewing machines, and pink dreadlocks.
Anthony Kayer Anthony Kayer (Assistant Director)
Anthony is positively delighted to be returning to Lifeline with this remarkable group of artists! Other Lifeline credits include performing in Jane Eyre (2014), Lyle Finds His Mother, The Emperor's New Threads, and Arnie the Doughnut. Additional Chicago acting credits include: (the)Forget_Me\Knot, R&J: a techno ballet (inappropriate theatre); SITA RAM (Chicago Children’s Choir/Lookingglass); Iphigenia 2.0 (Next Theatre); The March (Steppenwolf); and Elizabeth Rex (Chicago Shakes). Anthony is an alumnus of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Sarah Lewis Sarah Lewis (Scenic Designer)
Sarah is thrilled to work with Lifeline Theatre! Among her favorite Chicago credits are Ten Dollar House (Pride Films & Plays); Ghost Gardens, Blacula, Young Black & Undead (Pegasus Theatre Chicago); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Promethean Theatre); Treasure Island (Mudlark Theatre), The Misanthrope, The Venetian Twins, SMASH, The Love of Three Oranges, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Piccolo Theatre). Sarah is a Company Member of Piccolo Theatre, works as the Scenic Charge Artist at Lookingglass Theatre, and works as the Assistant Charge Artist at Steppenwolf Theatre.
Shannon Nishi Shannon Nishi (Assistant Dialect Coach)
Shannon is thrilled to be a part of another Lifeline production after appearing in The Velveteen Rabbit. Graduating from Chicago College of Performing Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre, she discovered her love for dialect work as a student of the lovely and multi-talented Elise Kauzlaric. Shannon has experienced theatre from many angles from under the lights to above the cat walks and is so happy to have found a niche to settle into in the vast and exciting world of dialects. She can't wait for you enjoy to this journey to another country, to another time from your very own seat!
Kate Reed Kate Reed (Assistant Stage Manager)
Kate is excited to be working with Lifeline again after most recently stage managing Lester's Dreadful Sweaters. Previously at Lifeline, she has worked on Fillet of Solo 2015 and 2016, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Soon I Will Be Invincible, One Came Home, Jane Eyre, and Monstrous Regiment. Her other Chicago area credits include work with The Fine Print Theatre Company, the side project, and the Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center. She has a degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern.
Todd Rhoades Todd Rhoades (Choreographer)
Todd is incredibly honored to collaborate with Lifeline on this new production. His choreographic credits include New Orleans Opera, Finger Lakes Opera, Chicago Folks Operetta, Light Opera Works, Paramount Theatre (Associate Choreographer), Little Theater on the Square, DePaul University (Theater School), North Park University (Opera Program), The Savoyaires Chicago, Nomi Dance Company, Inaside Chicago Dance (where he also was the recipient of the 2015 Choreographic Sponsorship Event) and Ballet Austin Academy. His performance credits include ballet, jazz and modern dance companies as well as opera, theater and musical theater companies. Thank you to Elise for this opportunity!
Maren Robinson Maren Robinson (Dramaturg)
Maren Robinson is delighted to be dramaturg for Northanger Abbey. She is a proud Lifeline ensemble member and has been dramaturg for productions of Neverwhere, The Moonstone, Hunger, Pride and Prejudice, and The Woman in White. She also has worked on over forty productions in Chicago with Court, Strawdog, Eclipse, Caffeine, Greasy Joan, and Camenae theaters. Maren is a company member and resident dramaturg at TimeLine Theatre, where she has worked on twenty-seven productions. She has toured with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, and was an artistic intern at Steppenwolf. She holds a Master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago. She is an adjunct instructor at The Theatre School at DePaul University and the Associate Director of the Master of Arts Program in Humanities at the University of Chicago. Maren is regional Vice President for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

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