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The Mark of Zorro: Cast & Crew
Sep 27 – Nov 23, 2008

Rom Barkhordar (Don Carlos Pulido, Dealer: Sep 27 - Oct 5)
Rom is very happy to be returning to The Mark of Zorro after a brief stint as Don Carlos at Lifeline Theatre last summer. He was also seen last spring in Around the World in 80 Days at The Lookingglass Theatre, written and directed by Laura Eason.
B. Diego Colon (Ensemble)
Diego is truly excited to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut with The Mark of Zorro. He was last seen in Berlin to Broadway with The Loop Players. Past roles for include Superdog in the Chicago Childrens Theatre Production of Go Dog, Go! Diego is an ensemble member of One theatre Company since its creation and he has appeared as Tito Merelli in Lend me a Tenor, and Jimmy Powers in City of Angels for them.
Bryan DiLoreto (Ensemble)
Bryan makes his Lifleline Theater debut with The Mark of Zorro. He was last seen in Othello at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He is recent graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he received his BFA in Acting.
James Elly (Don Diego Vega)
James is thrilled to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. A graduate of Northwestern University, James has performed all over Chicago for the past seven years. His Chicago credits include Our Enemies at Silk Road Theater Project; Phedre at Court Theater; World Set Free at Steppenwolf; The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer at Next Theater; Catch-22 at Steep Theater; Twelfth Night at Noble Fool; and Detective Story at Strawdog. Next spring, James will be performing in Silk Road's production of Pangs of the Messiah.
Eric Haugen (Don Alejandro Vega, Magistrado)
Eric started in Chicago with The Practical Theatre Company. Previous Lifeline credits include roles in Pride and Prejudice; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Purloined Poe and Servant of Two Masters.
Tom Hickey (Don Carlos Pulido, Dealer: Oct 10 - Nov 23)
Tom is a member of Strawdog Theatre Company where he has appeared in Aristocrats, Marathon '33, Three Sisters, Detective Story, and Julius Caesar, amongst other productions. Other theatre companies he has worked with include Seanachaí (Scenes from the Big Picture), Wildclaw (The Great God Pan), Silk Road Theatre Project (Back of the Throat), Steep Theatre (Book of Days), The House Theatre (Valentine Victorious), Visions and Voices ([the] Violent Sex), Lakeside Shakespeare, Live Bait and Stage Left.
Robert Kauzlaric (Captain Ramon)
Robert is a member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble and is delighted to appear in his tenth production on this stage. Some past favorites include The Talisman Ring, The Killer Angels, The Return of the King, and Around the World in 80 Days (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Supporting Actor-Play and Ensemble). Other Chicago-area credits include work with Seanachaí Theatre Co., Greasy Joan & Co., Strawdog Theatre, the Hypocrites, City Lit, Circle Theatre, Theatre at the Center, New American Theater, Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
John Luzar (Sergeant Gonzalez)
John is glad to be on board with the Lifeline crew for this production of The Mark of Zorro. He has recently appeared in Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats (Factory Theater), Fatboy (A Red Orchid) and Men of Steel (Theatre Wit). Other favorites include The Lion in Winter (TimeLine), and Marathon ‘33 (Strawdog), as well as work with The New York International Fringe Festival, Steep, Metropolis, Blindfaith, Boxer Rebellion, Seanachaí, Adventure Stage Chicago, Chicago Jewish Theatre, The Bailiwick and Disposable Theatre.
Jennifer Munoz (Ensemble)
Jennifer is appearing for the first time at Lifeline Theatre. Jennifer recently moved to the U.S. from Puerto Rico and now lives in Rogers Park. Previous dance/stage experience includes 5 years of ballet classes and 1 year of Salsa dancing. By day, Jennifer is a Creative Genius with the Apple Store in Skokie. Currently, Jennifer is busy in the production of a video podcast.
Christina Nieves (Lolita Pulido)
Christina is a native of South Florida and a recent graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Christina is thrilled to add Lifeline to her growing list of professional credits here in Chicago. This summer, Christina had the opportunity to participate in the Goodman Theatre's biennial Latino Theatre Festival, where she understudied in the Chicago Children's Theatre production of Esperanza Rising, directed by Henry Godinez, and played the part of Natalia in the staged reading of Little Certainities, directed by Lisa Portes. While training at The Theatre School, Christina enjoyed such roles as Laertes in Hamlet, Gabriela in References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Ana Hernandez in Living Out, and Antigone in Jean Anouilh's Antigone.
Derek Peruo (Ensemble)
Derek is a Recognized Actor/Combatant by the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and is a member of Chicago Stunt Works, a Chicago-based team of stunt performers for film and television. He recently choreographed violence for A Place with the Pigs, and was Assistant Fight Director for Carmen at Chamber Opera Chicago. Derek appeared on stage as Papacacia in Kosi Dasa and as Basilio in Life's A Dream, both at DePaul University. He also played Oscar in The Lady From Dubuque, Gaston in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Arkas in Iphigenia In Tauris, the Prosecuting Attorney in Machinal and Fred Whitmarsh in Years Ago. Film credits include Table Stakes, Hobo Magic: The Taylor Horner Story, Uso Dakara (Because It's a Lie) and Upper Eastern Philosophy. Derek received his B.F.A. in acting from DePaul University. He is originally from New York City, where he graduated from the School of Performing Arts at LaGuardia High School with four awards for Excellence and Achievement in Drama. He has appeared off-Broadway as Doofus in the premiere production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Snow Angel, performed at HERE Arts Center in New York.
Isabel Quintero (Dona Catalina Pulido)
Isabel most recently appeared in the Goodman’s Latino Theatre Festival 2008 where she played the Mother in Laura Crotte’s musical adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding, and understudied roles in Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Esperanza Rising. Ms. Quintero has proudly worked with Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Congo Square, Adventure Stage, New Leaf, Halcyon and Infamous Commonwealth Theatres. Ms. Quintero worked as a radio announcer for 8 years in both English and Spanish and had the #1 rated morning show program in South Florida. She continues to work as a commercial voiceover artist, and occasionally appears on television and film.
Trevor Reusch (Ensemble)
Trevor is very excited to be making his Lifeline debut in The Mark of Zorro. He has been seen around Chicago in Steppenwolf's Good Boys and True, and also in The Chicago Children’s Theater production of Go, Dog, Go! Trevor just recently graduated in May from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with a BFA.
Christopher M. Walsh (Governor, Fray Felipe)
Christopher is very excited to be in his first show with Lifeline. His most recent acting credits include Bloody Bess: A Tale of Piracy and Revenge with BackStage Theatre, Journey's End with Griffin Theatre, Chalk with The Right Brain Project and The Hound of the Baskervilles at City Lit. Chris has acted with or provided fight choreography for several Chicago companies including Circle Theatre, the Building Stage, and Defiant Theatre. He studied acting and stage combat at Columbia College Chicago.
Eduardo Garcia (Understudy)
Eduardo is delighted to make his Chicago debut in his first show with Lifeline Theatre. He recently graduated last May with a BFA from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and was last seen in the Dept. of Theater’s production of A Chorus Line. His other credits include Michael (Dancing at Lughnasa), and Silvius (As You Like It).
Jonathan Helvey (Understudy)
Jonathan is thrilled to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time on The Mark of Zorro. Jonathan is a third year undergrad at Chicago College of Performing Arts were he is working towards his BFA in Acting. He was recently seen as Phil in The Shape of Things at Rodgers Park Theatre Company, Anibal in Cloud Tectonics at Transit 5, and is currently in Henry V at CCPA. Jonathan is also a graduate of the Acting Certificate Program at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Nilsa Reyna (Understudy)
Nilsa is the Artistic Director of Chicago Fusion Theatre. She recently directed the company's inaugural production of Hugging the Shoulder. Select stage credits include: bobrauschenbergamerica (Chicago Fusion Theatre), The Massacre (Halcyon Theatre), A Humechanical Nightmare (Lucid Street Theatre), The Seagull (GroundUp Theatre), Operation Infiltration (Factory Theater), Escanaba in da Moonlight (Circle Theatre), Big Love (The Mill), The Maria Chronicles (Goodman Theatre Latino Festival), Anna in the Tropics (Victory Gardens Theater), Generic Latina (Teatro Luna) and The Wedding Album of Sandy Benito’s Wedding (Collaboraction Sketchbook). Also, a Teaching Artist, she works with various schools in Chicago and in the surrounding suburbs.
Katie McLean (Adaptor)
Katie has been a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble since 2006. She directed Johnny Tremain for the 2005-2006 MainStage season and The Cricket in Times Square for Lifeline's KidSeries in 2003. As an actor, she has appeared in Talking It Over, Crossing California, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, Gaudy Night, Trust Me On This, Far From the Madding Crowd, Whose Body?, Cooking With Lard, and Bongo Larry and Two Bad Bears. In 2007 she also became a founding ensemble member with Black Sheep Productions. A native of upstate New York, she has been in Chicago since 1993 and worked on productions with BlindFaith, the Hypocrites, Bailiwick Repertory (including now then again, a Jeff Citation winner for Best New Play in 2000), Greasy Joan & Co., Shakespeare's Motley Crew, Who Threw That Ham?, and Zebra Crossing. The Mark of Zorro is Katie's first adaptation.
Dorothy Milne (Director)
Dorothy is a Lifeline ensemble member and has been Artistic Director since 1999. She has directed numerous shows here including Around the World in 80 Days, Jane Eyre, Gaudy Night, A Room with a View and (earlier this season) Talking It Over. Other Chicago credits include Griffin Theatre's Stardust and multiple shows with the solo-performance collective Sweat Girls, as writer and performer. Dorothy is also one of the organizers of the annual Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest. Come join us at the Fest for free fun, August 23-24.
Erica Foster (Stage Manager)
Erica has stage managed numerous productions at Lifeline including Cat’s Cradle, The Killer Angels, Around the World in 80 Days, Johnny Tremain, The Talisman Ring and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type. Erica has also been working as the Operations Manager at Lifeline for the past two seasons.
Jasmin Cardenas (Choreographer/Assistant Director)
Jasmin is excited to see Zorro moving forward... On Guard! Since we opened at Lifeline, Jasmin has been busy. For The Goodman Latino Theater Festival's Esperanza Rising she was choreographer and understudy. Last spring she was Maricela in The Blue House that world premiered at Adventure Stage Chicago. During the summer she also taught at Lifeline's Summer Theater Camp. Currently, Jasmin is working on her one woman show, Niña Buena?. She has trained and danced professionally with Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and performed with Lifeline Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Collaboraction, Pegasus Players, Teatro Luna and Aguijon Theater, to name a few.
Geoff Coates (Fight Choreographer)
Geoff is a freelance Fight Director with over 17 years of experience in Chicago Theatre. He is thrilled to return to Lifeline Theatre, previously designing Gaudy Night, Brave Potatoes, and The Talisman Ring, for which he achieved the 2006 Jeff Citation in Fight Design. Geoff is also honored to have designed for Factory Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Drury Lane Oakbrook. Other awards include 2005 Jeff Citation in Fight Direction for Defiant Theatre’s Action Movie: The Play and 2005 After Dark Award in Fight Direction for Infamous Commonwealth’s The Kentucky Cycle.
Victoria DeIorio (Original Music/Sound Designer)
Victoria is an ensemble member at Lifeline Theatre and has designed sound for many shows including The Island of Dr. Moreau (Jeff Award - Non Equity), The Velveteen Rabbit, A Room with a View, Gaudy Night (Jeff Nomination), The Talisman Ring, The Sirens of Titan, A Long Way from Chicago, Strong Poison, The Shadow (Jeff Citation), Far From the Madding Crowd, and Around the World in 80 Days (Jeff Citation). She also directed last season's KidSeries production of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!. Victoria has worked with many Chicago and Regional theatre including Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, LA Theatre Works, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, The Next Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, and other storefront theatres in Chicago. Her Off-Broadway work includes Steppenwolf’s The Bluest Eye at the Duke Theatre, and Ophelia at the Connelly. Victoria was nominated for 5, and received 3 Jeff Awards - NE, and 2 After Dark Awards. Victoria is the head of Sound Design at Depaul University.

Alan Donahue (Scenic and Props Designer)
Alan is a Lifeline ensemble member. The Mark of Zorro proves, after careful counting, his 34th scenic and prop design for Lifeline MainStage and KidSeries. When not designing scenery or props he does the occasional lighting design (Killer Angels, The Talisman Ring [2005]) or adaptation (Trust Me on This, Crossing California, Bongo Larry & Two Bad Bears, Sophie's Masterpiece). Away from Lifeline just after the first of the year he designed Sunday on the Rocks at Bailiwick (directed by Lifeline ensemble member Toy DeIorio) and The End for Black Sheep Productions at the Royal George. Among current projects is Creature Adventure at Dollywood featuring Chris and Martin Kratt (of Zobomafoo and Kratts' Creatures on PBS) which opens in June.

Branimira Ivanova (Costume Designer)
Branimira is a graduate of the University of Connecticut - MFA Costume Design and the International Academy of Design and Technology- BFA in Fashion Design. The Mark of Zorro is her second collaboration with Lifeline Theatre after recently designing Talking it Over. She has worked with Citylit Theare, Emerald City Theatre, The Gift Theatre, Pegasus Players, Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory, Black Sheep Productions, and dance companies- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance, Breakbone Dance Company and Thodos Dance Company. Out of state she has worked with Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival (MA) and Miniature Theatre of Chester (MA). Branimira is a recipient of Certificate for Excellence in Theatre Design by USITT in 2007. Her work was part of the United States National Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial World Stage Expo in Prague 2007.

John Sanchez (Lighting Designer)
John is happy to be back with Lifeline Theatre, where past shows include The Shadow, Sirens of Titan, Johnny Tremain, and A Room With a View, along with several children's shows. In the past he has worked with the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and many other theatre and dance companies. Currently he is the master electrician/ designer for the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Charlie Cascino (Assistant Fight Choreographer)
Charlie has been an actor and fight director here in Chicago for a number of years. She has directed violence for a great number of productions at her Alma Mater, Columbia College Chicago, including Little Foxes, The House of Bernada Alba, The Fruits of Pride, Ghosts, Arabian Nights, and several others. She has also assisted David Woolley with the college productons of Ubu Roi, The Changeling, and Woyczek, as well as assisting him with the professional productions of Shakespeare’s Othello at Writers’ Theatre and John Clancy’s Fatboy at A Red Orchid. Charlie is an Advanced Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.
Elise Kauzlaric (Dialect Coach)
Elise is a member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble and will direct Lifeline's upcoming winter production of Mariette in Ecstasy. She has coached dialects for Lifeline's productions of The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Piano Tuner, Johnny Tremain, The Killer Angels, The Shadow and Trust Me on This. Other dialect coaching projects include The Birthday Party (Signal Ensemble); Angels in America, Equus and Henry V (the Hypocrites); and A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mocking Bird and Cabaret (Metropolis Theatre).
Susan McClelland (Dramaturg)
Susan most recently worked as Dramaturg for the Infamous Commonwealth Theatre's production of Keely and Du. She joins the Chicago theatre community from New Jersey where roles included Li'l Bit in How I Learned to Drive, Ann in All My Sons, Emily in Our Town, and Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Susan has a theatre degree from New York University and a Master's in Library Science from Rutgers University. Currently, she works full time as a stay at home mom with daughter, Eliza.
Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)
Cortney is excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre again for the 07/08 season. Previous and current production management positions include Ellen Under Glass for the House Theatre of Chicago; One False Note with Plasticene; Creole with InFusion Theatre; Marathon ’33, A Lie of the Mind, and Aristocrats with Strawdog Theatre, where she is the mainstage production manager; as well as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake for the last 4 years. 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 nine years.

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