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2017-18 Performances:
Arnie The Doughnut
Montauciel Takes Flight
Anna Karenina
You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?
Fillet of Solo 2018
Concert Reading Series
Montauciel Takes Flight: Cast & Crew
Jan 13 – Feb 18, 2018
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm
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Jordan Arredondo Jordan Arredondo (Joseph & ensemble)
Jordan is thrilled to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut! His previous Chicago credits include Waiting For Godot (Lucky) at Tympanic Theatre, and The Party House (Jake) at The Runaways Lab Theater. Academic Credits (UIC): Life's A Dream (Astolfo), The Piano Lesson (Lymon), The Secret in the Wings (First Prince, Papa, Suitor, 568), and A Matter of Life and Death (The Boy). Jordan recently graduated with his B.F.A in Acting from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jordan would like to thank his family and Sabrina for all the endless love and support.
Carisa Gonzalez Carisa Gonzalez (Bessie & ensemble)
Carisa is beyond stoked to be making her Lifeline debut in Montauciel Takes Flight! A suburban Chi-town native, Carisa has been active in city theater for the past two years, being involved with companies such as Bohemian Theatre Ensemble (Dogfight), Underscore (Carrie 2:The Rage) and Porchlight (New Faces). She also has had the pleasure of working with other education-based children's companies in the surrounding area, such as BAM!Theatre and The Actor's Garden. Many thanks to everyone involved for going above and beyond for this show!
Scott Ray Merchant Scott Ray Merchant (Étienne & ensemble)
A graduate of the Theatre Conservatory of Roosevelt University, Scott has had the privilege to perform at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Scooty & Jojo Show, Abraham Werewolf, New Leaf Theatre, Dog & Pony, Red Twist, First Floor Theatre, the former Les Enfants Terribles, and he is a proud company member of Collaboraction Theatre. Scott was most recently onstage dancing in the Fly Honey Show with the Inconvenience and with Rough House Theater in their production of Ubu the King.
Kirra Silver Kirra Silver (Montauciel)
Kirra is excited to be in her very first show with Lifeline! She was most recently seen in Ken Ludwig's 'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Emerald City Theater), Time Stands Still (AstonRep), and The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats (Emerald City Theater). She's also been involved with the Williamstown Theater Festival (MA), New Victory Theater (NYC), and Rosie's Theater Kids (NYC). Kirra hails from NYC and graduated from Northwestern University in 2016 with a BA in Theater.
Jennifer Vance Jennifer Vance (Rooster & ensemble)
Jennifer is so glad to be making her Lifeline Theatre debut alongside these lovely, funny, and super talented folks. She was last seen in Teatro Vista's Romeo and Juliet; catch her next in Promethean Theatre Ensemble's The Madwoman of Chaillot, or by streaming endless reruns of In An Instant: Buried by Bonfire on
Ty Carter Ty Carter (Understudy)
Ty is an actor from Kansas City, working with Lifeline Theatre for his first time. Trained at Stephens College, he returned to KC to work for the Coterie Theatre on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (puppeteer), then the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival on Merchant of Venice (Prince of Morocco). Returning to work for Stephens, he did Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka), and To Kill a Mockingbird (Rev. Sykes). In Chicago, he's worked with Fury Theatre on Richard III (Clarence) and rediscover theatre on Fifty Shades of Shakespeare. Ty would like to thank his loved ones for their invaluable love and support.
Whitney Dottery Whitney Dottery (Understudy)
Whitney is happy to be working on her third show at Lifeline. She has previously worked on the last KidSeries production, Arnie the Doughnut, and prior to that she worked on last season's MainStage production of A Wrinkle in Time. Past credits in the Chicago area include Johanna Faustus and American Idiot, both with The Hypocrites. Whitney would like to thank her partner, family and friends for all of their love and support and hopes you enjoy the show!
Suzanna Ziko Suzanna Ziko (Understudy)
Suzanna is excited to work with Lifeline for the first time! In addition, she is so happy to reunite with Aileen McGroddy after four productions with the Forks & Hope Ensemble and one with Theatre Hikes. Suzanna has also been seen in The Art of Losing (Aunt Peg) at the Den and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona) at the pH Comedy Theater. Suzanna hails from North Carolina, where she earned a B.F.A. in Acting and Minor in Voice from UNC Greensboro.
James E. Grote James E. Grote (Book)
Jim joined the Lifeline artistic ensemble in 1999. This is his second original work, following How to Survive a Fairy Tale. His adaptions of five of the books in the Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type series have been produced at theatres all across the country. He has also adapted Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Award-winning The One and Only Ivan, Daniel Mason’s The Piano Tuner, and C.S. Lewis’ The Silver Chair for Lifeline. As an actor, Jim has appeared at Lifeline in Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; Around the World in 80 Days; and The Killer Angels (2004), among other shows.
Russell J. Coutinho Russell J. Coutinho (Music & Lyrics)
Russell studied music composition at the University of Lowell, MA. His music and lyrics have been performed in cabarets in Boston and Chicago and he has also had works performed by the choruses of Windy City Performing Arts. He is the composer for the children’s musical, A Whooper’s Tale (Theatre Building Chicago). His song “Just a Box” was featured in the opening session of the CSCMP’s global conference in Philadelphia. Russell is an alumnus of TBC’s Music Theatre Writers Workshop and a member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP.
Aileen McGroddy Aileen McGroddy (Director)
Aileen is thrilled to return to Lifeline after assistant directing Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch in 2011. She is the Artistic Director of The Forks & Hope Ensemble, currently creating a new adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels. She is also a company member of TUTA, and most recently movement and assistant directing Gentle. As a founder of The Whiskey Rebellion, Aileen curates and directs The Whiskey Radio Hour. She has also directed for Emerald City Theatre, Theatre-Hikes, The Plagiarists, The Ruckus Theatre, The Dictionary Project, Mudlark Theatre, and The Chicago Fringe Festival. She has assistant directed at The Hypocrites, The House Theatre, Court Theatre, The Actors’ Gymnasium, and Theatre Y. Aileen is a current Trellis Residency Fellow at The Greenhouse Theatre Center and the Director of Programs for DirectorsLabChicago.
Jacqueline Marschke Jacqueline Marschke (Stage Manager)
Jacqueline is so excited to be returning to Lifeline KidSeries! She served as Stage Manager for Giggle, Giggle, Quack (2017) and Northanger Abbey in past Lifeline seasons. Other Chicago credits include stage management for The Citizens Anthology (The Inconvenience); and assistant stage management for Pirandello’s Henry IV and The Life of Galileo (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company), No Wake (Route 66 Theatre Company), and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (No Stakes Theatre Project). Jacqueline is an alumna of Hope College (Holland, MI), where she received her B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Stage Management.
Megan Elk Megan Elk (Music Director)
Megan is a performer, composer, director, and vocal coach. Following studies at The University of Akron, Megan joined the acclaimed New World Performance Laboratory. As ensemble member/resident composer, she toured performances, teaching workshops throughout Europe and the US. Currently, Megan serves as guest artist/director at Northern Illinois University (The Yellow Wallpaper, Trojan Women). Megan is also a regular performer of musical theatre and cabaret. Her original album, Miss Alexandra Huntingdon: LIVE at Survival Kit, earned her the title Best Musician 2015 (Cleveland Scene Magazine). In 2016, Lyric Opera of Chicago commissioned her to write the the musical FREEDOM: Out of Order for Chicago Voices. She also co-produced the album, Voices for Lyric in 2017. Megan holds numerous awards, including the Kennedy Center ACTF Award for music. More at
Amanda Herrmann Amanda Herrmann (Properties Designer)
Amanda is pleased be working with Lifeline Theatre again. Other credits include Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth, Life Sucks, Moby Dick (Lookingglass Theater); The Hollow, The Tin Woman (Peninsula Players Theatre); Pirandello's Henry IV, Fallen Angels (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); Miss Bennet (Northlight Theater); Balm in Gilead (Griffin Theatre); and The Sweeter Option (Strawdog Theatre Company). Amanda is a graduate of Ripon College with a BA in Theater and Art.
Eleanor Kahn (Scenic Designer)
Eleanor is a freelance designer in Chicago. She most recently designed LIZZIE: The Musical (Firebrand Theatre); Breath, Boom (Eclipse Theatre); and Swell in the Ground and Open Season at The Gift Theatre. Other scenic work includes: Machinal (Greenhouse Theatre); Her Majesty's Will (Lifeline Theatre); Into the Empty Sky (Trap Door); What of the Night (Stage Left and Cor Theatre); Bobbie Clearly (Steep Theatre); Hairy Ape, The Mother, The Jungle, and Waiting for Lefty (Oracle Productions); Deer and the Lovers and World Builders (First Floor Theatre); The Way She Spoke (Greenhouse Solo Celebration); The Van Gogh Cafe, Fog Island, Monster in the Hall, and Lifeboat (Filament Theatre). She also works extensively with The House Theatre as a props designer. Eleanor received her MFA in Scenic Design from Boston University. Her full resume and portfolio can be seen at
Jeffrey Levin Jeffrey Levin (Sound Designer)
Jeffrey is a composer, sound designer, and musician based in Chicago, IL. Past Lifeline work includes sound design and original music for Her Majesty's Will. Outside of Lifeline, Jeffrey has contributed original music and sound designs for nearly 100 productions for dozens of theatre companies in and outside of Chicago. Awards and recognitions include five Jeff Award nominations for Sound Design and Original Music and one win (The Hairy Ape, Oracle), Edes Award for Emerging Artists, the Michael Philippi prize (2016), two Broadway World nominations, and a Wilde Award nomination. Masters of Music DePaul University, Bachelors of Music, Columbia College Chicago.
Emily Swanson (Costume Designer)
Emily is thrilled to be making her Lifeline debut! She is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago, and recently has designed with Red Theatre, Actors Gymnasium, Something Marvelous, and Assitant Designed at Victory Gardens. When not Costume Designing she often Wardrobe Supervises at the House Theatre of Chicago and Dresses at Steppenwolf. You can see more of her work at Enjoy the show.
Eric Watkins Eric Watkins (Lighting Designer)
Eric is a lighting designer for theatre, opera, and dance, based in Chicago. Recent Chicago designs include Machinal (Greenhouse Theater); Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery (Pegasus Theatre); A Swell in the Ground (The Gift Theatre); Punk (New Colony); 42 Stories and Psmith, Journalist (City Lit); Porcelain and Tea (Prologue Theatre); Deer and the Lovers (First Floor Theater); Fisheye (Dandelion Theatre); Fallen (Mozawa), and The Property (Lyric Unlimited). Past designs outside of Chicago include: Show Boat (The Dallas Opera), Cenerentola (Merola Opera in San Francisco), Alcina (Boston Conservatory), A Streetcar Named Desire (Opera Santa Barbara and Kentucky Opera), Marriage of Figaro (Merola Opera), and Barber of Seville (Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre). He received his M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Boston University and is a proud member of USA 829, the theatrical design union.

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