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A Room With a View: Cast & Crew
October 13 - December 3, 2006

Hillary Clemens (Lucy Honeychurch)
Hillary is delighted to be making her Lifeline debut. Recent Chicago roles include Donna in Hurlyburly (The Gift Theatre Company), Anne Frank in And Then They Came For Me... and Mayella in To Kill a Mockingbird (Apple Tree TYA). Regional credits include Hero in Much Ado About Nothing (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival), Amy in Little Women (Coterie Theatre), and three seasons of A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

John Coriell (Mr. Emerson)
John has worked as an actor and voice talent for over 18 years. You may have seen or heard him in commercials for Office Max, Lennox, Portillo's, and the Majestic Star Casino with Mike Ditka. Theatre roles include An Empty Plate in the Café Du Grand Boeuf with Appetitie Theatre, Bang the Drum Slowly at Steep Theatre in Chicago, and The Dining Room, I'm Not Rappaport, and The Dresser in Ohio.

Patricia Donegan (Catherine Allen, Mrs. Vyse)
Patricia is delighted to be making her first appearance with Lifeline. She recently appeared with Strawdog Theatre in Curt Colombus's Jeff Award winning translation of Three Sisters (After Dark Award for Best Ensemble). She has appeared in numerous Griffin Theatre productions including Picnic, and The Fifth of July. She was featured in Steep Theatre's Jeff Nominated production of Book of Days and had the pleasure of working with David Cromer in Mary-Arrchie Theatre's Hot L Baltimore. Other Chicago credits include several Steppenwolf productions, Collaboraction's To Kill a Mockingbird as well as The Lower Depths, Escape from Happiness and Frozen Assets with Shattered Globe Theatre. She has also appeared at Court Theatre, Lookingglass, Organic, Stage Left, Bailiwick and Chicago Dramatists. Patricia's feature film debut will be in the upcoming Unconditional Love.

Bryson Engelen (George Emerson)
Bryson recently appeared in Lifeline's production of Johnny Tremain. He has also worked with several theaters around Chicago including Oracle Productions, Strawdog, Piven, and the Free Associates. Bryson is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago where he was allowed to do plays, circuses, movies, performance art, dance, fashion shows, and all sorts of other cultural stuff. While there he also interned at Court Theatre (acting), the Goodman (PR/Marketing), and Steppenwolf (casting).

Robert Kauzlaric (Rev. Eager, Cecil Vyse)
Robert is a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble, and has appeared in numerous productions here during the past six seasons, including Return of the King, Around the World in 80 Days (Jeff Citation—Supporting Actor), The Killer Angels, Strong Poison and The Talisman Ring. Other acting credits include A Whistle in the Dark (Seanachaí Theatre Co.), Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV (Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre), The Nose (Greasy Joan & Co.), Balm in Gilead (the Hypocrites), Tartuffe (City Lit), Candida (Circle Theatre), and A Christmas Carol (New American Theater).

Lawrence Kern (Freddy Honeychurch, George Understudy)
Lawrence is making his Lifeline debut with A Room With A View. He received his BFA from Southwestern University in his home state of Texas and recently finished up his MFA at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Some of his favorite roles he has played include the title role in Henry V, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Oscar Rolfe in Judgment at Nuremburg.

Morgan McCabe (Eleanor Lavish, Mrs. Honeychurch)
Morgan is delighted to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. She has appeared at various Chicago and regional theatres including Stonington Opera House (ME), Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left, Madison Repertory, The Gift, Ursa Major Ensemble (NYC), Lookingglass, Next, Apple Tree, Court, The Commons, International Performance Studio, Fox Theatricals and the Vienna English Theatre. She is a member of Stage Left Theatre Ensemble, and has an active career in on-camera and voice-over work.

Mark Richard (Mr. Beebe, Sir Harry Otway)
Mark last appeared at Lifeline as Puddleglum in The Silver Chair and in the first production of Pride and Prejudice and Christmas on Mars. He also adapted Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister for Lifeline (Jeff Citation). Elsewhere he has appeared with Timeline, Writers Theatre, Remy Bumppo, and many others. He was artistic director of City Lit Theatre (1993-2000) where he adapted and appeared in (or directed) many adaptations, most notably the Jeeves stories of P.G. Wodehouse and the poetry of Raymond Carver.

Sandy Snyder (Charlotte Bartlett)
Sandy is a founding member of Lifeline. Over the past 23 years favorite performance credits on the Lifeline MainStage include Strong Poison (Joseph Jefferson nomination for Supporting Actress), Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Lizard Music, The Servant of Two Masters, and A Wrinkle in Time. Most recent KidSeries performance credits include Giggle, Giggle, Quack and Somebody Loves you, Mr. Hatch.

Hilary Williams (Minnie Beebe, Lucy understudy)
Hilary is excited to be making her first appearance on the Lifeline stage. Her Chicago credits include The Changeling and Arabian Nights at Columbia College Chicago. Other credits include Thomasina in Arcadia (Blue Barn Theatre-Omaha, NE), Leisle in The Sound of Music (Omaha Community Playhouse-Omaha, NE), and several characters in the Nebraska Theatre Caravan's tour of A Christmas Carol.

Christina Calvit (Adaptor)
Christina is a Lifeline ensemble member. She has written over a dozen theatrical adaptations which have been performed throughout the United States, including Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Joseph Jefferson Citation, 2004), Far from the Madding Crowd, Jane Eyre, Pistols for Two (Joseph Jefferson Citation, 2000), The Talisman Ring (Joseph Jefferson Award, 1996) and Pride and Prejudice (Joseph Jefferson Citation, 1986). Her most recent adaptation, created with Composer/Lyricist George Howe, Queen Lucia, was awarded a 2005 After Dark Award and a 2006 Joseph Jefferson Citation for New Work. Original plays include Snowflake Tim's Big Holiday Adventure, Purloined Poe, Chaos (co-writer), and Several Voices from The Cloud (Agnes Nixon Award, 1981).

Dorothy Milne (Director)
Dorothy is a Lifeline ensemble member and has been artistic director since 1999. She has directed numerous shows for Lifeline, including last season's The Talisman Ring and Gaudy Night. Elsewhere in Chicago, she directed Stardust for Griffin Theatre and will also direct Be More Chill for them this spring. Dorothy is a writer/performer/director for the solo-performance collective Sweat Girls. She also serves on the organizing committee of the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, an annual arts/music/theater festival here in the Glenwood Avenue Arts District.

J Branson (Scenic Designer)
J is delighted to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut. For 17 years, J has been a Chicago-based designer and is currently a resident artist for several Kansas, Wisconsin and Connecticut theaters. Recent national-tour credits include Beauty and the Beast, Brigadoon and The Music Man, and original productions include Shockwave (Disney), Jungle Man and A Tale of Two Cities. J has done extensive work with Appletree Theatre, such as Three Tall Women, A Man of No Importance, Old Wicked Songs, and Assassins. Additional Chicago-area productions include Stardust (Griffin Theatre), Company (Pegasus Players) and The Wizard of Oz (for which J received an After Dark Award). Regional credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Smokey Joe's Café, Jekyll and Hyde, and Chess. J has an array of industrial design credits and has received three National Addy Awards.

John Sanchez (Lighting Designer)
John has worked extensively in theater, dance, and television. On Lifeline's stage he has lit Johnny Tremain, The Shadow, The Sirens of Titan as well as Rikki Tikki Tavi, Sophie's Masterpiece, Cricket In Times Square, and remounts of Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type. Currently he is the Master Electrician/ Lighting Consultant for The Oprah Winfrey Show. He feels honored to work with the great talents of Lifeline's ensemble, designers, and cast members.

Elizabeth Shaffer (Costume Designer)
Elizabeth is an Artistic Ensemble Member with Lifeline Theatre. Recent shows include Kiss of the Spiderwoman with Bailiwick Theatre, Josephine Tonight with The Theatre Building, La Cecchina and Threepenny Opera with Northwestern University Opera, Tale of the Allergist's Wife with Appletree Theatre, Design for Living with Circle Theatre, and 110 Degrees in the Shade and The Sound of Music with Light Opera Works. She spent 5 seasons as the Assistant Designer for the annual Baroque Handel Opera Festival in Göttingen, Germany. Elizabeth is the 2004 recipient of the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, and the 2005 winner of the Chicago After Dark Award for her costume design of Queen Lucia with Lifeline Theatre.

Victoria DeIorio (Original Music and Sound Design)
Victoria is an ensemble member of Lifeline Theatre and has designed numerous shows for Lifeline including Gaudy Night, Talisman Ring, Sirens of Titan, Long Way from Chicago, Strong Poison, The Shadow (Jeff Citation), Far From the Madding Crowd, and Around the World in 80 Days (Jeff Citation). Victoria has worked with many Chicago theatre companies including Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens, Northlight Theatre, Writers' Theatre, The Next Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Light Opera Works, and other storefront theatres in Chicago. She served as the Associate Designer with Actor's Studio, Primary Stages (Off-Broadway), People's Light and Theatre (PA), Milwaukee Rep, and Geva Theatre (Rochester, NY). She was nominated for three Jeff Citations, and received 2 Jeff Citations and 2 After Dark Awards (The Shadow and Fiddler on the Roof). She holds a BFA from Syracuse University and studied at RADA and LAMDA in London. For more information visit www.victoria-sound-design.com.

Phil Timberlake (Dialect Coach)
Phil returns to Lifeline where he appeared as Peppino, the Guru, and others in Queen Lucia (Jeff Citation Nomination, Best Supporting Actor - Musical), Gollum and Legolas in The Two Towers and coached dialects for Strong Poison and Gaudy Night. Other dialect coaching includes Private Lives at First Folio, Fellow Travellers at Stage Left, and She Stoops to Conquer at Signal Ensemble. Phil is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech at DePaul University.

Paul S. Holmquist (Movement Consultant)
Paul is a new Lifeline Ensemble member where he has acted in Strong Poison and The Talisman Ring and directed the KidSeries production of Rikki Tikki Tavi and Other Just So Stories. He is also a member of the Griffin Theatre Company where he Assistant Directed Stardust under Dorothy Milne and acted the title role in Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging (Jeff Citations Adaptation and Ensemble). Recent acting work includes The General From America at Timeline and TS Eliot's The Cocktail Party with Caffeine Theatre. Paul holds a BFA in Acting from the Theatre School at DePaul University and a Graduate Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago.

Jennie Cleghorn (Stage Manager/Assistant Director)
Jennie returns to Lifeline where she previously stage managed Rikki Tikki Tavi. Theatres worked for include Steppenwolf, Lincoln Square Theatre, Griffin, Bailiwick, Chicago ScriptWorks, Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, The Neo-futurists, and Metropolis. Her upcoming projects include directing Last Letters Home, a co-production of the Griffin Theatre and the City of Chicago; and stage managing The Homage That Follows and The Lady from Dubuque for Infamous Commonwealth Theatre. Jennie has a BFA in Theatre Studies with a specialization in playwriting and directing from Southern Methodist University.

Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)
Cortney is excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the season. Previous and current production management positions include Ellen Under Glass for the House Theatre of Chicago, Marathon '33 for Strawdog, One False Note for Plasticene, as well as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake for the last 3 years. Cortney is also a company member of 20% Theatre, where she often acts as production manager, lighting and set designer, and dramaturg, among other things. During the school year Cortney can be found at St. Scholastica Academy, where she has been the resident designer (scenery and lighting) and technical theatre instructor/director for the last eight years.

Charlie "Ziggy" Olson (Technical Director)
Charlie just recently started with Lifeline Theatre and couldn't be happier. He freelances around Chicago at CityLit, A Red Orchid, and Chicago Shakespeare.

Nourbal Meirmanov (Circus Training Coach)
Nourbal is a skilled athlete and a professional acrobat who has been a leading circus performer and an amazing circus, acrobatic and gymnastic coach for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the world famous Moscow State Circus School with a Master of Sport in several disciplines. A leader of his own acrobatic act, he developed an act with his son Almas, and performed with many circuses including Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey circus with both the Blue and Red Units. Nourbol Meirmanov has been recruited by circuses to teach performers new acts. He is a private coach for professional performers and athletes including those competing in gymnastics, bodybuilding and fitness competition. He is the president and founder of Meirmanov SportsAcro a not for profit 501 (c) (3) Public Charity.

Almas Meirmanov (Circus Coordinator)
Almas is a second generation circus performer from Kazakhstan, Russia. Almas has been in the circus ring since the age of 3 performing with his father all over the world with circuses like Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Circus Flora, Tarzan Zerbini Circus. Almas has won many awards for his hand balancing artistry including the silver medal at the International Circus Festival in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, the special prize at the International Circus Festival Circo de Latina in Italy, and the silver medal at the International Circus Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam. Almas was also featured as Ares in Hephaestus at the Lookingglass theatre.

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