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2016-17 Performances:
Miss Holmes
A Wrinkle in Time
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Her Majesty's Will
Fillet of Solo 2017
Concert Reading Series
Miss Holmes: Cast & Crew
EXTENDED through November 27!
Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm
(No performance Nov. 24. No 4pm matinees Nov. 19 and 26)

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LaQuin Groves LaQuin Groves (Edwin Greener/Superintendent)
LaQuin is very excited to be working with the Lifeline Theatre for the very first time. Chicago credits include the Vagrant in Incident on Run #1217 (The Factory Theater) and the Carnival Barker in American Notes (Will Act For Food). Regional credits include Father in Children of Eden (Music Theater West), the Beast in Disney’s West Coast premiere of Beauty and the Beast (Theatrical Arts International) and The Bullfrog in Honk!(San Gabriel Civic Light Opera).
Chris Hainsworth Chris Hainsworth (Mycroft Holmes)
A proud ensemble member since 2010, Chris has been seen on the Lifeline stage in Talking it Over, Treasure Island, Neverwhere, The Count of Monte Cristo, The City & The City, The Three Musketeers, The Killer Angels, and A Tale of Two Cities. He is responsible for the adaptations of Hunger, Monstrous Regiment, and Midnight Cowboy. Later this season, he will be adapting Aesop's Fables for the KidSeries show Fable-ous! and directing Her Majesty's Will. He can also be seen onstage with The House Theatre of Chicago's Diamond Dogs, premiering in early 2017.
Abie Irabor Abie Irabor (Mrs. Hudson/Dr. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson/Eudora Featherstone)
Abie is excited to be making her Lifeline debut! Abie’s most recent Chicago credits include Gwen in A Song for Coretta (Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre); Casca in Julius Caesar (Brown Paper Box Theatre); Harriet Tubman (u/s) in the world premiere of The Raid (Jackalope Theatre); and Bethia in We’re Going to be Fine (The Theatre School). Abie received her MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University in 2015. She is represented by Big Mouth Talent.
Christopher W. Jones Christopher W. Jones (Inspector Lestrade)
Christopher is excited to make his Lifeline Theatre debut. He graduated in 2016 with a MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, where credits include: Too Legit to Quit in The Translation of Likes, Seth Holly in Joe Turner's Come and Gone, John Henry in The Day John Henry Came to School, Jos-B in Elemeno Pea, and El Piragüero in In The Heights. Baltimore, MD area credits include: Ain't Misbehavin' (Spotlighters Theatre), Franco in Superior Donuts and George in Stop Kiss (Fells Point Corner Theatre), and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, Antipholus of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors, and Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Baltimore Shakespeare Factory).
Katie McLean Hainsworth Katie McLean Hainsworth (Sherlock Holmes)
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 (2011) and Johnny Tremain (2006) for the Mainstage. As an actor, favorite Lifeline productions include Miss Buncle’s Book, Monstrous Regiment, A Tale of Two Cities, The Three Musketeers, Hunger, Neverwhere, Mariette in Ecstasy, Crossing California, Gaudy Night, and Cooking With Lard. A native of Central New York, Katie has since made Chicago her home, and appeared onstage with WildClaw, the Hypocrites, and Greasy Joan, among others.
Kate Nawrocki Kate Nawrocki (Lizzie Chapman/Peggy/Martha)
Kate is thrilled to be back at Lifeline where she was last seen in Crossing California. Recent credits include Pygmalion (Rogue), To the New Girl (The Foundling’s), and The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen (Fringe NYC) with the Strange Tree Group, where she is an ensemble member and Associate Artistic Director. Kate has performed with Pegasus, Pivot Arts, The Plagiarists, Collaboraction, Caffeine, and the Griffin. She is a graduate of Indiana University and has studied with The British American Drama Academy in Oxford, as well as Washington University's Globe Education Program and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Tim Newell Tim Newell (Thomas Chapman, Oct 29-Nov 27)
After 21 years of life in Buffalo, NY, Tim is very pleased to call Chicago his new artistic home. Since August of 2015, Tim has appeared with Profiles Theatre in their seasonal hit, Hellcab. His one-man show, Mr. Benny (about legendary comedian Jack Benny), received a second successful run at Clockwise Theatre in Jack’s hometown of Waukegan; and, this past July, the show was given two lovely performances at the Skokie Theatre. Other Chicago credits: In the Heat of the Night (Shattered Globe Theatre) and Where’s the Rest of Me? (A Red Orchid). In 2012, he made his Midwestern/Chicago debut with SGT as William Cain in Rebecca Lenkiewiczs’ Her Naked Skin. Buffalo credits include Twelfth Night, Henry V, Hamlet, Richard III, As You Like It, Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in Delaware Park). He holds four Artvoice Artie Awards for his work as actor and director; and in 2011, Tim was named Best Actor in Western New York by Buffalo’s Spree Magazine.
Michael Reyes Michael Reyes (Dr. Michael Stamford/Reginald)
Michael is very happy to be working with Lifeline for the first time. Most recently, he was in Stage Left’s production of Mutt, where he is an Artistic Associate. Prior to that, you may have seen in the world premiere of Animals Commit Suicide with First Floor Theater. He has played with other great Chicago companies, here and gone, including Theo Ubique, Promethean Theatre Ensemble, Muse of Fire, 20 Percent, New Suit, Pegasus, Backstage, Organic/Touchstone, Next, Chicago Opera Vanguard, and About Face. Thanks to Paul for this opportunity and humble thanks to you for coming out to see us!
John Henry Roberts John Henry Roberts (Thomas Chapman, Sep 9-Oct 28)
John Henry is very pleased to return to Lifeline, having previously appeared in Jane Eyre, A Tale of Two Cities, Hunger, The Moonstone, and Wuthering Heights. He is a member of Strawdog Theatre Company, where his acting credits include After Miss Julie, Old Times, Cherry Orchard, and Aristocrats (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Actor in a Supporting Role). TV: Chicago P.D. Upcoming: The Little Flower of East Orange with Eclipse Theatre Company, Diamond Dogs with The House Theatre of Chicago, and The Night Season with Strawdog. He is represented by Paonessa Talent.
Mandy Walsh Mandy Walsh (Dr. Dorothy Watson)
Mandy is thrilled to be back at Lifeline working on Miss Holmes. Previously, she has appeared in Monstrous Regiment and Watership Down, and understudied The Count of Monte Cristo. Some other favorite Chicago credits include Hotel Aphrodite, Incident on Run #1217 (Factory Theater), Carmilla (WildClaw Theatre), and The Ring Cycle (The Building Stage). She also has had the pleasure to work Stage Left Theatre, Fine Print Theatre Co., Babes with Blades, and Hobo Junction. Mandy is also a proud company member with both WildClaw Theatre and The Factory Theater.
Rasell Holt Rasell Holt (Understudy)
Rasell is excited to be joining Lifeline Theatre to work on Miss Holmes. Mr. Holt received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Chicago credits include Ladies Night of the Living Dead (Random Acts), Prowess (Jackalope Theatre), and The Hairy Ape (Oracle Productions).
Jhenai Mootz Jhenai Mootz (Understudy)
Jhenai is constantly thrilled to work & learn at Lifeline where she also has worked on Sparky!, Jane Eyre, and The Moonstone. Other credits around town: The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Richard III, Arms and the Man, Dancing at Lughnasa, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder by the Book, and Picnic (Oak Park Festival Theatre); Major Barbara, Saint Joan, Man and Superman, Pygmalion, The Widowers’ Houses, The Millionairess, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man (ShawChicago); The Mystery of Edgar Allen Poe (First Folio); and The Women and The Philadelphia Story (Circle Theatre). Also a visual artist, Jhenai’s artwork can currently be found in Lifeline's lobby.
Siobhan Reddy-Best Siobhan Reddy-Best (Understudy)
Siobhan is very pleased to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the very first time. Other Chicago credits include: Evie in In Love and Warcraft (Halcyon Theatre); Lucy Parsons in Hobohemia (Od Theatre). Regional credits include: Ensemble in This Beautiful City (Wilbury Theatre Group, RI). She is a proud ensemble member of Halcyon Theatre. In 2013, Siobhan received a BA Vassar College.
Timothy Sullivan Timothy Sullivan (Understudy)
Timothy is pleased to work with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. Other Chicago credits include: Arnold Crouch in Not Now, Darling! (Brightside Theatre); Sir Robin in Spamalot (Metropolis); the Duke(u/s) in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Oak Park Festival Theatre); Kahless Past in A Klingon Christmas Carol (Commedia Beauregard). Regional credits include: King Arthur in Camelot and Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (Oxford Shakespeare Festival); Chip in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (Red Barn Summer Theatre). Timothy is a company member of Commedia Beauregard. He received his BA and BM from Lawrence University and MFA from WIU.
Christopher M. Walsh Christopher M. Walsh (Adaptor)
Christopher is a proud member of the artistic ensemble at Lifeline Theatre. He was nominated for a Non-Equity Jeff Award for his adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities. Other Lifeline writing credits include Soon I Will Be Invincible, The City & The City, and The Count of Monte Cristo. He is also the Literary Manager of WildClaw Theatre, where his radio plays Comparing Notes at the End of the World and Fracture Zone were a finalist and winner, respectively, of Deathscribe, and his one-act play The Hunters was presented as part of the live horror anthology Motel 666.
Paul S. Holmquist Paul S. Holmquist (Director)
Paul joined the Lifeline Ensemble in 2006. He has directed the KidSeries shows Rikki Tikki Tavi, Flight of the Dodo, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost, and Mr. Popper's Penguins; and the MainStage productions of The Island of Dr. Moreau, Busman's Honeymoon, Neverwhere, The Moonstone, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Soon I Will Be Invincible. Paul holds a BFA in Acting from the Theatre School at DePaul University.
Becky Bishop Becky Bishop (Stage Manager)
Becky is excited to be back working with Paul and with Lifeline on Miss Holmes. Past Lifeline shows include Miss Buncle’s Book, Soon I Will Be Invincible, Jane Eyre, Monstrous Regiment, and The City & The City. Other productions in Chicago include: Prowess (Jackalope Theatre); The Dead Prince, The Half Brothers Mendelssohn, Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play (Strange Tree); Robber Bridegroom, Letters Home, and Stage Door (Griffin Theatre). Additional productions have been with Steep, Caffeine Theatre, and The Gift. She’s been a non-Equity stage manger in Chicago since 2006.
Morgan Gire Morgan Gire (Assistant Stage Manager)
Morgan is thrilled to be working on her first show with Lifeline Theatre. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2010 and has had the pleasure of working with such companies as Adventure Stage Chicago, Strawdog Theatre's Hugen Hall, Awkward Pause Theatre and Chicago Sketchfest. She has also stage managed for TEDx Chicago and The Chicago Film Critic's Association. She is a company member with Nothing Special Productions and is the primary stage manager for their Fight Night series.
Andrew Hansen Andrew Hansen (Original Music & Sound Designer)
Andy returns to Lifeline where previous credits include A Tale of Two Cities, Treasure Island, and Hunger. He is an Associate Artist with TimeLine Theatre, where he recently designed Bakersfield Mist. Other Chicago credits include work with Writers Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and Shattered Globe Theatre. Regional credits include Indiana Repertory Theatre, Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame, and American Players Theatre.
Jordan Kardasz Jordan Kardasz (Lighting Designer)
Jordan is excited to light her first Mainstage show here at Lifeline. Assistant design credits at Lifeline include Jane Eyre, Woman in White, Hunger, and Neverwhere. KidSeries design credits include Thumbelina (Oct. 2016); Mr. Popper's Penguins; Lions in Illyria; Click, Clack, BOO!; Duck for President, How to Survive a Fairy Tale, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Jordan has worked with lots of companies around town including The Factory, Sideshow, and Strawdog (where she is an ensemble member). She holds an MFA in Design from Ohio State University and works as the Technical Director at Northeastern Illinois University.
Elise Kauzlaric Elise Kauzlaric (Dialect Coach)
Elise has been a member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble since 2005 and has coached numerous productions (The Killer Angels, The Moonstone, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Mark of Zorro, The Piano Tuner, et al). She has also coached for Steppenwolf, TimeLine, Irish Theatre of Chicago, Griffin Theatre, Backstage, Signal Ensemble, the Hypocrites and others. Twice nominated for Non-Equity Jeff Awards for her dialect work (Busman’s 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 also teaches at CCPA at Roosevelt University. Next up at Lifeline, Elise will direct A Wrinkle in Time.
Holly McCauley (Properties Designer)
Holly is a Chicago-based props designer who is thoroughly enjoying her first production with Lifeline. She has designed shows with many companies, including Sideshow, the Ruckus, First Floor Theatre, The Inconvenience, 20% Theatre, Metropolis Theatre, and the side project. Upcoming productions include Young Frankenstein at Metropolis and The Mars Assignment with Collaboraction. Holly served as the assistant props designer for The Marriott Theatre’s world premiere of October Sky, and TimeLine Theatre’s Chimerica. She is a proud member of Tympanic Theatre Company.
Greg Poljacik Greg Poljacik (Fight Choreographer)
In addition to being the inventor of the secret recipe for Gravity & Momentum’s stage blood products, Greg has been working as a teacher and choreographer for over a decade, providing award-winning choreography for over two dozen theater companies in Chicago. Currently Greg teaches stage combat at The Second City Training Center and is a Research Consultant in the field of Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience. Greg also has been a guest lecturer at Columbia College Chicago and has taught at Regional workshops across the country, including co-coordinating the Winter Wonderland Workshop, the largest stage combat conference in the US. Greg is a teacher with the United Stuntmen’s Association, a member of SAG/AFTRA, SAFD, AGMA, and LBP stunts Chicago. All of his work in the art of stage combat follows the principles of “Safety, Story, Substance.”
Maren Robinson Maren Robinson (Dramaturg)
Maren is delighted to be dramaturg for Miss Holmes. She is a proud Lifeline ensemble member and has been dramaturg for productions of Neverwhere, The Moonstone, Hunger, Pride and Prejudice, The Woman in White, and Northanger Abbey. She has been dramaturg for forty-eight productions with theaters such as Court, Strawdog, Eclipse, and TimeLine Theatre, where she is a company member and resident dramaturg. She has toured with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, and was an artistic intern at Steppenwolf. She holds an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago, teaches at the Theatre School at DePaul and is 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.
Rachel M. Sypniewski Rachel M. Sypniewski (Costume Designer)
Rachel is thrilled to be returning to Lifeline after previously designing Midnight Cowboy. Among her favorite Chicago credits are Titanic: The Musical (Griffin; Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Best Costume Design); La Bete (Trap Door; Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Costume Design); The Ghost is Here (Vitalist); Tiger at the Gates (Promethean; Broadway World nomination for Best Costume Design); Universal Wolf, Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, The Balcony (Trap Door); Hotel Aphrodite, 'Namosaur, Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical! (Factory); and Caucasian Chalk Circle (Wheaton College). Rachel is the resident costume designer for Trap Door and a company member with the Factory.
Emily Wills Emily Wills (Assistant Director)
Emily is thrilled to be in the rehearsal room for Miss Holmes. Emily's past work with Lifeline includes being a proud member of Lifeline's Box Office staff, and a teaching artist for weekly KidSeries workshops. Emily is also a participant in the Lifeline Storytelling Project at Redline Tap. She sends her thanks to the Lifeline family. Emily can also be found teaching with Raven Theatre and the Lycee Francais. Emily graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Theatre.
Ashley Woods Ashley Ann Woods (Scenic Designer)
Ashley is thrilled to be working with Lifeline for the first time! Her recent Chicago credits include Posh (Steep); Distance, With Love & a Major Organ (Strawdog); Heathers: the Musical, Tomorrow Morning (Kokandy); Even Longer and Farther Away (New Colony); Connected (Collaboraction); Rent (Metropolis); and The Raid (Jackalope) among others. Ashley is currently the charge painter at Means of Production as well as a Company Member with 20% Theatre Chicago and Collaboraction.

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