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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
Her Majesty's Will: Cast & Crew
May 26 – July 16, 2017
Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm
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Don Bender Don Bender (Sir Francis Walsingham and Ensemble)
Previously at Lifeline, Don has appeared in The Killer Angels, The City & The City, The Woman in White, Pride and Prejudice, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Mark of Zorro. He was last seen in Stage Left’s Midwest Premiere of The Body of an American. Over the last thirty years, he has worked with such companies as Writers Theatre, TimeLine, Shattered Globe, Eclipse, Silk Road, and the Hypocrites. He received a Non-Equity Jeff Nomination for his performance in City Lit’s production of Old Times.
Bryan Bosque Bryan Bosque (Christopher Marlowe)
Bryan is honored to work with the Lifeline family once again, having previously participated in Thumbelina, Lions in Illyria, and The Three Musketeers. Chicago credits include Prowess (Jackalope Theatre, u/s); The Compass (Steppenwolf for Young Adults); The Grown-Up (Shattered Globe Theatre); Harry and the Thief (Pavement Group); and Barbecue Apocalypse and The Deer (The Ruckus). Bryan works with Barrel of Monkeys and is represented by Lily's Talent.
Heather Chrisler Heather Chrisler (Chorus, Lady Helena, Emily Ball, and Ensemble)
Heather is an artistic associate at First Folio Theatre, where she was most recently seen as Arabella Bishop in the world premiere of Captain Blood, and has also been seen as Virginia Poe in The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe. Chicago credits include Rutherford's Travels (Pegasus), good friday (Oracle, Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Best Ensemble), and All's Well that Ends Well (Stage Left). Regional credits include Dancing Lessons (Riverside Theatre, IA), Romeo and Juliet (Door Shakespeare, WI), The Three Musketeers and A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, OH), and Much Ado About Nothing and Blithe Spirit (Monomoy Theatre, RI). Heather appeared in Season Three of Chicago PD (NBC) and she holds an MFA from Ohio University. She thanks everyone for coming to Her Majesty's Will and wishes you all a delightful time!
Dan Cobbler Dan Cobbler (Dick Tarlton, Sir Thomas Lucy, and Ensemble)
Dan is pumped to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut in Her Majesty's Will. Recent Chicago credits include: Cymbeline (Strawdog Theatre Company), 100 Hauntings (Free Street Theater), and Julius Caesar (Brown Paper Box Co.). He received his MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Javier Ferreira Javier Ferreira (William Shakespeare)
Javier is thrilled to be returning to the Lifeline stage! Previous Lifeline credits include A Wrinkle in Time and Northanger Abbey. Other Chicago credits: Wicked City (Chicago Theatre Workshop); Another Word for Beauty (u/s - Goodman Theatre); Sweeney Todd and Babes in Arms (Porchlight Music Theatre); La Cage Aux Folles (Marriott); Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare); Lysistrata Jones, Ripper, and Amadeus (Roosevelt’s Theatre Conservatory). Favorite regional credits: Carousel, Catch Me If You Can, Avenue Q, Rent (Wagon Wheel Theatre, IN); Sweeney Todd and Titanic (Second Stage Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN). Javier graduated from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts with a Musical Theatre BFA. Love and thanks to Mom. Sui Generis!
Peter Greenberg Peter Greenberg (Robert Greene and Ensemble)
Peter is familiar to Lifeline audiences for roles including Rochester (Jane Eyre), Phileas Fogg (Around the World in 80 Days ), Tristram Shield (The Talisman Ring ), Lord Peter Wimsey, and many others. He is a member of the Lifeline artistic ensemble and has also directed and adapted here. Before coming to Chicago, Peter worked extensively in regional theater on everything from Shakespeare and Moliere to Sam Shepard and Neil Simon, and he co-founded the Actors Shakespeare Company in Albany, New York.
LaQuin Groves LaQuin Groves (John Savage and Ensemble)
LaQuin is very excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre for a second time. Chicago credits include Miss Holmes (Lifeline), Incident on Run 1217 (Factory Theater), American Notes (Will Act For Food), and Frankenstein in Love (Will Act For Food). Regional credits include Children of Eden (Music Theater West), the Beast in Disney’s West Coast premiere of Beauty and the Beast (Theatrical Arts International), and Honk! (San Gabriel Civic Light Opera and Music Theatre Wichita). LaQuin was a company member for Performance Riverside in California for many years where he performed in Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Martel Manning Martel Manning (John Lyly and Ensemble)
Martel is so happy to be returning to Lifeline Theatre. He was previously seen in Lifeline's Miss Buncle's Book. Other Chicago credits include: Belarius in Cymbeline (Strawdog Theatre); Harold in Pirandello's Henry IV (Remy Bumppo Theatre); Tom in The Grapes of Wrath and Rivers/Murderer 1 in Richard III (The Gift Theatre). Martel holds an MFA in Acting from The University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program.
Mike Ooi Mike Ooi (Cutting Ball and Ensemble)
Mike is delighted to return to Lifeline, where his credits include The Three Musketeers, Neverwhere, The Mark of Zorro, and several KidSeries shows. Other Chicago credits include Motel 666 and Deathscribe (Wildclaw Theatre); The Arsonists and Old Town (Strawdog); RenFaire!, Black & Blue, 1985, and Mop Top Festival (Factory Theater); Star Witness, Curse of the Crying Heart, and Cave with Man (House Theatre); Spark, Sinbad: The Untold Tale, and Ghosts of Treasure Island (Adventure Stage). TV credits include NBC’s Chicago Fire. Mike is a proud company member of the Factory Theater. He is represented by Paonessa Talent.
Justin Harner Justin Harner (Understudy)
Justin is thrilled to be working with Lifeline Theatre. Favorite Chicago credits include: Larry in [title of show] (Brown Paper Box Co.); Jordy in WILD (Kid Brooklyn Productions); Boy in Erica Barnes' adaptation of David Lehman's Mythologies; Casca in Caesura: A Butchery (The Plagiarists); and Third Man in The Baltimore Waltz (BPBC). He is an Artistic Associate of Brown Paper Box Co. and an alumnus of Indiana University Bloomington.
Maggie Patchett Maggie Patchett (Understudy)
Maggie is thrilled to be making her professional debut here at Lifeline! Favorite educational roles include Ophelia in Hamlet and Sophia in Good Friday. Maggie is a proud graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University.
Cole Simon Cole Simon (Understudy)
Cole has been a theatre/film/photo maker in Chicago since 2009. During his time here, he’s worked as a youth director and writer with The Actors Gymnasium, where he studied physical theatre and adagio. Past company credits include The Goodman, Lakeside Shakespeare, The House Theatre, and Metropolis Performing Arts Center among others. He relishes working at Lifeline for the first time.
Sean Sinitski Sean Sinitski (Understudy)
Sean was a member of the late Defiant Theatre, where he performed such roles as Hamlet, Macduff, and a guy that got his thumb stolen in Action Movie: the Play! Other Chicago credits: Miss Buncle’s Book, A Tale of Two Cities, The Killer Angels, The Three Musketeers, The Moonstone, Neverwhere, Treasure Island, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Lifeline); All’s Well that Ends Well, Rabbit, Fellow Travelers (Stage Left); Timon of Athens, The Madness of King George (Chicago Shakespeare); The Merchant of Venice, Detective Story, The Cherry Orchard (Strawdog); Endgame, Henry V, Balm in Gilead (Hypocrites); Back of the Throat, Caravaggio (Silk Road).
Tony St. Clair Tony St. Clair (Understudy)
Tony's last stage appearance was as the malfeasant Colonel Lewis in the Agency's production of Skin for Skin. Previously, he was in Akvavit's production of The Orchestra, where he played the addled Halla. He's also collaborated with Steep, Awkward Pause, WildClaw, Collaboraction, and other Chicago theaters, while also performing sketch comedy in the Chicago Sketch Fest with The Third Floor and Dark Eyed Strangers groups, and he was a touring stand-up comic for several years. You may have also seen him in commercials for Danner Boots, Suzuki motorcycles, and others. He couldn't be happier working with such a talented cast and crew in this Lifeline production.
Robert Kauzlaric Robert Kauzlaric (Adaptor)
Robert is a proud member of Lifeline’s artistic ensemble. He has written more than a dozen theatrical adaptations, which have been performed in over 40 U.S. states, as well as in England, Ireland, Canada, and Australia. Previous Lifeline adaptations include The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Best Production-Play and New Adaptation), Neverwhere (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), The Moonstone, The Three Musketeers (originally commissioned for the 2010 Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Northanger Abbey (with George Howe), The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! (with Paul Gilvary & William Rush), Lions in Illyria, and Mr. Popper's Penguins (with George Howe).
Chris Hainsworth Chris Hainsworth (Director)
A proud ensemble member since 2010, Chris makes his Lifeline directorial debut with Her Majesty's Will. He has had three Mainstage adaptations performed (Hunger, Monstrous Regiment, and Midnight Cowboy) and one KidSeries (Fable-ous!). Favorite Lifeline roles include The Marquis in Neverwhere, Edmond Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo, and Mycroft Holmes in Miss Holmes. Chris has also been seen performing with The House, the side project, Irish Theatre of Chicago, WildClaw, and Strawdog, among others.
Kate Reed Kate Reed (Stage Manager)
Kate is excited to be working with Lifeline again after most recently stage managing Fable-ous! Previously at Lifeline, she has worked on Fillet of Solo 2015 and 2016, Northanger Abbey, Lester's Dreadful Sweaters, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Soon I Will Be Invincible, One Came Home, Jane Eyre, and Monstrous Regiment. Her other Chicago area credits include work with The Side Project, the Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center, and The Fine Print Theatre Company. She has a degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern.
Aly Renee Amidei Aly Renee Amidei (Costume Designer)
Aly Renee Amidei has been a designer and playwright in Chicago since 2000, with a focus on designing for new work and re-envisioned classics. She is a proud Lifeline company member and is the Assistant Professor of Costume Design at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
David Blixt David Blixt (Fight Director)
David is the Resident Fight Director at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and A Crew of Patches Theatre Company in Chicago, choreographing fights for most of Shakespeare's canon, including Macbeth, Henry IV, Othello, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Cymbeline, and Julius Caesar. Other fight direction credits include Steppenwolf (The Brother/Sister Plays), The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC (King Lear), Hope Summer Rep (Romeo & Juliet), First Folio (Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet), Rivendell (Dry Land, Grizzly Mama), InFusion (Fight Girl-Battle World), and Defiant (A Clockwork Orange). David was nominated for an Equity Jeff Award for Fight Direction for the Artistic Home's production of Macbeth, and his violence will soon be seen in the film Coming To You. David is the Resident Stage Combat Instructor at the Chicago High School For The Arts.
Diane D. Fairchild Diane D. Fairchild (Lighting Designer)
Previous designs with Lifeline: Fable-ous!, Northanger Abbey, Lester's Dreadful Sweaters, One Came Home, Velveteen Rabbit (2014), and A Tale of Two Cities. Other recent Chicago credits include work with Victory Gardens, Raven Theater, Piven Theater, Theatre Wit, and Wheaton College.
Morgan Gire Morgan Gire (Assistant Stage Manager)
Morgan is thrilled to be back Assistant Stage Managing for Lifeline. Earlier this season, she worked with Lifeline on Miss Holmes and the Fillet of Solo Festival. She has had the great fortune of working with such wonderful companies as Factory Theater, Awkward Pause Theatre, Strawdog's Hugen Hall, Adventure Stage Chicago, TEDx, Iowa Summer Rep, and Nothing Special Productions where she is a company member and major contributor for Fight Night.
Eleanor Kahn (Scenic Designer)
Eleanor is a freelance designer in Chicago. Previous scenic work includes: Hairy Ape, The Mother, The Jungle, and Waiting for Lefty (Oracle Productions); What of the Night (Stage Left and Cor Theatre); Bobbie Clearly (Steep Theatre); 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 (Original Music & Sound Designer)
Jeffrey is a composer, sound designer, and musician based in Chicago and happy to be making is Lifeline Theatre debut. Some favorite Chicago credits include The Hairy Ape (Oracle, Non-Equity Jeff Award: Sound Design), Hookman (Steep), What of the Night (Cor and Stage Left), Haven Place (A Red Orchid), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Strawdog, Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Sound Design), Octagon (Jackalope). Regional credits include Hope Summer Repertory (Holland, MI), Gulfshore Playhouse (Naples, FL), and Children's Theatre Madison. Masters of Music DePaul University and Bachelors of Music Columbia College Chicago.
Alec Long (Properties Designer)
Her Majesty’s Will is Alec’s debut at LifeLine Theatre. His other credits include: Roz and Ray, A Wonder in My Soul, Native Garden (Victory Gardens); Chagrin Falls (The Agency); The Room (A Red Orchid); The Grapes of Wrath (The Gift); Mosque Alert (Silk Road Rising); The Comedy of Errors (Commission Theatre); The Columnist and Dutchman/TRANSit (American Blues). In addition to being a theatre artist, Alec is a painter and carpenter.
Caitlin McManus Caitlin McManus (Assistant Director)
Caitlin is jazzed to be working with Lifeline for the first time. A recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, her regional credits include assistant direction for The Fairy Queen (Chicago Opera Theatre), and the Jeff Recommended good friday (Oracle Productions). Caitlin also served as an apprentice for Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre. LST credits include Taming of the Shrew (Biondello), Cymbeline (Queen’s Lady), Twelfth Night (Valentine), and Richard III (Messenger).
Annaliese McSweeney Annaliese McSweeney (Dramaturg)
Annaliese is delighted to be working with Lifeline again after previously working on Miss Buncle’s Book. Other Chicago credits include: The Bottle Tree (2016), The New Deal (2016), The Body of an American (2016), and All’s Well That Ends Well (2015) for Stage Left, where she is the Associate Literary Manager and an Ensemble member; Mosque Alert (Silk Road Rising); The White Road, Shining City, Lay Me Down Softly (Irish Theatre of Chicago); In the Garden and The Little Prince (Lookingglass Theatre). She holds a BA from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame and an M. Phil from Trinity College, Dublin.
Sarah Merrill Sarah Merrill (Assistant Properties Designer)
Sarah is incredibly excited to be joining Lifeline for the first time! She is still new to Chicagoland and was a recent Prop Intern at Chicago Shakespeare. In Spring 2016, Sarah received a BA in Theatre with a Scenic Design emphasis from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
Sarah Scanlon Sarah Scanlon (Assistant Director)
Sarah was last seen at Lifeline as Elphin in Soon I Will Be Invincible. Throughout Chicago she has been seen on stage, aerial dancing, or playing music with Factory Theater, Akvavit Theatre, The Side Project, WildClaw, Redmoon, and The Building Stage, among others, and is also an artistic associate with the Strange Tree Group. Regional and international credits include Ariel in The Tempest with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and projects with The American Repertory Theatre, The Kalamazoo Symphony, The NY Fringe, and the Moscow Art Theatre. She holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre and The Moscow Art Theatre School.

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