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The Stinky Cheese Man: Cast & Crew
September 30 - November 26, 2006

Cathleen Bentley (Little Red Hen/Cinderella)
Cathleen is happy to be a part of this Lifeline/Griffin Theatre collaboration. With Lifeline, she appeared in Gaudy Night and Jane Eyre as well as the KidSeries productions of Cricket in Times Square, Bongo Larry and Two Bad Bears, and Rumplestiltskin Revisited. Her work with Griffin Theatre includes Stairs to the Roof, Sleeping Ugly, and the Midwest and Florida tours of There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom and Frindle. Other Chicago credits include Apple Tree Theatre, Irish Repertory, Defiant Theatre, Mary-Arrchie Theatre, and Oak Park Festival Theatre. Offstage, Cathleen works as a figure skating coach and choreographer.

Marsha Harman (Stepmother/Pea Girl/Little Red Running Shorts)
Marsha is excited to work with Lifeline Theatre. Marsha is a company member of New Leaf Theatre where she has appeared in Reckless, Brilliant Traces, and As It Is In Heaven. Other regional credits include Antigone, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night's Dream with Bakerloo Theatre Project in New York. Marsha holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University and an MA in Theatre History and Criticism from Catholic University.

Kevin Kingston (Giant)
Kevin is pleased to be back at Lifeline, after appearing as Joey in their production of A Long Way From Chicago. Since moving to Chicago he has also worked with Griffin Theatre, Eclipse, Rogue Theatre, GreyZelda, and Free Readers Ensemble. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Vergia Siovhan (Frog Princess/Rumpelstiltskin/Queen)
Vergia is making her Lifeline debut with The Stinky Cheese Man. Other credits include Bye Bye Birdie starring Rue McLanahan at the Civic Light Opera Performing Arts Academy. She is a recent graduate of The Theatre School at Depaul University where she earned a BFA in Acting. She is currently performing in a sketch comedy show at The Second City with the Outreach and Diversity program on Saturday nights.

Nicholas Ward (Stinky Cheese Man/Prince/Wolf/Frog/Stepsister)
Nicholas makes his first appearance in a Lifeline production. Past credits include Winter's Tale for Bohemian Theatre Ensemble and Rogue 8 for Rogue Theater. He is an Artistic Associate with Serendipity Theatre Collective, currently serving as producer of 2nd Story, a music, wine and storytelling festival. He is also happy to be the production coordinator for Pine Box Theatre Company's This Is Our Youth, opening on October 15th. Nicholas is a graduate of Miami University (OH).

Steve Wilson (Jack)
Steve is no stranger to this weird and wonderful play. He has performed as both Jack and the Stinky Cheese Man at various times with The Griffin Theater and its touring company. This is Steve's first appearance with Lifeline. He is a member of The Hypocrites where he was last seen as as Louis in Angels in America (Parts 1 and 2). Other Hypocrite credits include Jim, The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie, Joe in Balm in Gilead and Valentine in Arcadia. Previous Griffin credits include Frindle and The Flying Trunk. He has also worked with The Factory Theater, Remy Bumppo and Zeppo Productions. You can catch Steve in The Factory Theater's Operation Infiltration opening in November as well as Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano for The Hypocrites in April.

William Massolia (Adaptor)
William is a founding member of the Griffin Theatre Company. As a playwright he is the author of many plays including Stardust, Loving Little Egypt, Shakespeare's Dog, Ash Can Alley, Frindle, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom, Sleeping Ugly, Catherine Called Birdy, A Night in Mantua and Riding the Dolphin. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Mr. Massolia is a past member of the League of Chicago Theatres Board of Directors, the theatre advisory panel for the Illinois Arts Council, and a recipient of an IAC 2000 Playwriting Fellowship Award.

Richard Barletta (Director)
Richard is a founding member of the Griffin Theatre Company. In his almost 30 years of theatre he's directed over 125 productions, many of these with the Griffin. Some of his favorites would include: Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, All the Way Home, Ah, Wilderness!, Shake Your Groove Thing, Shakespeare's Dog, Ash Can Alley, Henry and the Second Gunman, A Night in Mantua, The Whipping Boy, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom, Frindle, There's a Girl in my Hammerlock and Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging, for which he received a Joseph Jefferson Citation nomination. Richard holds an MFA in Directing from the Goodman School of Drama and a BS in theatre from the University of Evansville. In addition he has directed productions at the Theatre School, DePaul University and Loyola University in Chicago. He received Joseph Jefferson Citation Awards for both directing and ensemble with the Midwest premiere of Stags and Hens.

Michelle Lilly (Stage Manager)
Michelle is pleased to be making her debut with Lifeline Theatre. Michelle graduated from Truman State University in 2005 with degrees in Theatre and English. She recently stage managed Fellow Travellers for Stage Left Theatre here in Chicago. Other Illinois credits include scene designs for the musicals Ragtime and Aida with the Springfield Muni. Michelle has also worked as a sound technician for the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis on productions of Macbeth and As You Like It.

J Branson (Scenic Designer)
This production marks yet another collaboration with Griffin Theatre. Chicago theatergoers have seen his work at Apple Tree Theatre, Pegasus Players, Pyewacket as well as the Chicago Theatre. He remains on staff, year round, as a scenic designer for several Kansas, Connecticut and Wisconsin theaters. Recent works are Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, Coyote on a Fence, and Hair. National tours include The Music Man and Brigadoon. He has various local and regional acknowledgements as well as an After Dark Award, and three National Addy Awards. Past Chicago productions have included Three Tall Women and A Man of No Importance (Apple Tree Theatre), The Conversation (Pyewacket Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (After Dark Award), Company (Pegasus Players), and Ella Enchanted (Griffin Theatre).

Jessica Kuehnau (Costume Designer)
Jessica recently completed her MFA in Scenic and Costume Design at Northwestern University. She is pleased to be returning to Lifeline Theatre for the second time having designed the KidSeries production of Stuart Little last fall. Her Chicago credits in costumes include Still Life with Iris and I Dream in Blues (Vittum Theatre), Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse and Glory of Living (Northwestern University Theatre) and assistant designing for Fences (Court) and Hecuba (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). She has also designed scenery for The Griffin, Light Opera Works, MPAACT Theatre, Theatre Building (new musical program) and Northwestern University. Jessica is currently the resident set designer, technical director and design professor at North Park University.

Michelle N. Warner (Properties Design)
Michelle is happy to be working on her first show at Lifeline Theatre. She has worked on props at various other theatres in Chicago, including Steppenwolf and Stage Left. She now spends most of her time as the Properties Assistant at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Michelle is also a Scenic Designer, and her work can be seen at the inaugural production of Pavement Group Theatre Company.

Tim Hill (Sound Design)
Tim is very glad to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. Past sound designs include productions by Irish Repertory Theatre, Neo-Futurists, Tireswing Theatre, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Roadworks Theatre, and Free Associates. Proud member of The Anti Road Trip Alliance and ARTA Films.

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.

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.

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