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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
Thumbelina: Cast & Crew
Oct 22 – Nov 27, 2016
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm
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Bryan Bosque Bryan Bosque (Ensemble)
Bryan is so grateful to return to Lifeline, having previously worked on Lions in Illyria and understudied The Three Musketeers. Favorite credits include 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 also works with Barrel of Monkeys and Erasing the Distance.
Antoniao LaVance Bouie Jr Antoniao LaVance Bouie Jr (Ensemble)
Antoniao excitedly anticipates making his debut performance with Lifeline Theatre. Favorite credits include: American Idiot (Bicentennial Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (LWASS), Grease (LWASS), Ordinary People (Bicentennial Theatre), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Bicentennial Theatre). He would like to thank the cast and crew of Thumbelina for being so welcoming and his friends and family for their support.
Nate Buursma Nate Buursma (Ensemble)
Nate is thrilled to return to Lifeline, where he had the pleasure of understudying Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Other recent Chicago credits include The Green Bird (Cuckoo’s Theater Project); All the World’s a Stage, Tomato Queen (Quest Theatre Ensemble); and Holiday One World (Shedd Aquarium). A proud graduate of Butler University, Nate is a company member with Quest Theatre Ensemble and can often be found behind a microphone recording voiceovers. Many thanks to Dorothy, Amanda, and Lifeline for the opportunity to collaborate on such a beautiful piece of storytelling!
Brandi Lee Brandi Lee (Thumbelina/Ensemble & Assistant Director/Leadership Team)
Brandi is thrilled to be returning to Lifeline Theatre for the second time as one of her all-time favorite characters, Thumbelina. She was first seen in the KidSeries production of Lions of Illyria. She is a theater graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in acting. Other credits include the collaboration with DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology) on the devised piece, Terminal One. Brandi is a teaching artist and has worked with numerous organizations all over the city including FYI (For Youth Inquiry), Story Catchers, and Lifeline. She is currently the Education Associate/Internship Coordinator at the Goodman Theatre.
Krystal Ortiz Krystal Ortiz (Ensemble)
Krystal is delighted to be making her Lifeline debut with Thumbelina! Other recent credits include Kid Prince and Pablo by Brian Quijada (Ars Nova), Mother Road by Octavio Solis (Latino/a Theatre Commons’ Carnaval of New Latina/o Work), and In Love and Warcraft (Halcyon Theatre). Next, Krystal can be seen in the world premiere of Into the Beautiful North by Karen Zacarías at 16th Street Theatre. Krystal recently graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University and is proudly represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.
Dominique Watkins Dominique Watkins (Ensemble)
Dominique moved from Houston, Texas to Chicago to attend The Theatre School at DePaul. Dominique has played a wide range of roles, from heightened movement and language pieces on large stages, to performing contemporary plays in intimate studio spaces. Most recently, Dominique originated the role of Ferdinand in Prospero's Storm, adapted by Damon Kiely. Other Theatre School credits include The Humbug in The Phantom Tollbooth, directed by David Catlin; 12 Angry Men, directed Matt Hawkins; 4.48 Psychosis, directed by Kelvin Wong; Dreams, directed Camille Litalien; Acaste in The Misanthrope; and Carol in Sparkleshark, directed by Jordyn Prince. In his spare time Dominique likes to dress up and turn the party.
Nic Bell Nic Bell (Understudy)
This is Nic's first performance at Lifeline. Other Chicago credits include Zion in Forecast (For Youth Inquiry), and a cast member of the Sober Ben show Lower Wacky Drive: Death Finds Us All (Gorilla Tango Theatre). Nic is a recent graduate from the Chicago College of Performing Arts (BFA 2014). He has also worked with Empire Films Inc. in Atlanta, GA.
Samantha Jai Samantha Jai (Understudy)
A native of the Southwest, Samantha moved to Chicago to further her training and pursue a career in acting for film and stage. She has had the pleasure of training with studios including the Second City Training Center, GreenShirt Studio, and Vagabond School of the Arts. Her credits also include Aboutface Youth Theatre ensemble member and Line One and El Stories with Waltzing Mechanics. Samantha is incredibly excited to be a part of Thumbelina.
Richard Schiraldi Richard Schiraldi (Understudy)
Richie is pleased to make his first appearance at Lifeline. Other credits include Serenade to Simons Park (Operamatic), The Odyssey (Ghostlight Ensemble, Creative Wellness), Exit 27 (Genesis Theatrical), Drunk Donkey (Ensemble-devised and produced), Titus Andronicus (The Home for Wayward Artists), and several festivals and events as a strolling performer and circus artist. He has also worked on shows with Akvavit Theatre and The Brown Paper Box Co.
Sofia Tew Sofia Tew (Understudy)
Sofia is excited to be making her Lifeline debut. She is a recent graduate from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Some of her favorite Theatre School credits include: In The Heights (Daniela), Women (Amy), The Merchant of Venice (Jessica), and And Then Came Tango (Nita/Mom).
Amanda Delheimer Dimond Amanda Delheimer Dimond (Director & Adaptor)
Amanda has been a proud Lifeline Ensemble member since 2013; her credits include directing The 13 Clocks (2011), The Three Musketeers (2013), Lions in Illyria (2015), and adapting and directing Thumbelina. Amanda is the Artistic Director of 2nd Story, and has worked all over Chicago as a director and teaching artist. She was an inaugural recipient of the Leadership U Fellowship, funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by the Theatre Communications Group, and was invited into the inaugural cohort of artEquity’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Facilitator Training in the fall of 2015, hosted by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Mariana Green Mariana Green (Assistant Director/Leadership Team)
Mariana is a California-raised, Chicago-bred theater artist with degrees in Theater and Writing. As a teaching artist for The Goodman Theatre, she encourages young people to dive into the colorful worlds of self-expression and engagement. For companies like Erasing the Distance and ICAH, she engages people of all ages in conversations around mental and sexual health via documentary and participatory plays. A founding member of FEMelanin, she also creates theatrical experiences that lift up unheard voices in celebratory ways. She recently performed in FEMelanin’s Epic Tales from the Land of Melanin in the Chicago Kids Fringe Festival 2016.
Liz Rice Liz Rice (Assistant Director/Leadership Team)
Liz is excited to return to Lifeline where she previously worked on Lions in Illyria with Amanda, Brandi, and Bryan. Liz is the School Programs Coordinator at Goodman Theatre and a company member of 2nd Story. She has previously worked with Mercy Street Theatre Company, City Lit, The Whiskey Rebellion, and Remy Bumppo in various capacities. She is thankful for the opportunity to have worked with these amazing ladies, Amanda, Brandi, and Mariana, over the past year. She can’t wait for you to experience what this wonderful cast and artistic team has created!
Clare Roche Clare Roche (Stage Manager)
Clare returns to Lifeline, where she previous worked as Stage Manager on Lions in Illyria and The 13 Clocks. Clare also worked as the Master Electrician on The City & The City, The Woman in White, Duck for President, Hunger, Pride and Prejudice, How to Survive a Fairy Tale, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Outside of Lifeline, Clare works as the Lighting and Sound Supervisor at Loyola University Chicago, Touring Stage Manager/Lighting Designer with Griffin Theatres’ Ghost of War, Touring Stage Manager with The Handsome Little Devils' Squirm Burpee, and Touring Stage Manager with New Belgium Brewery Tour de Fat.
Stephanie Díaz Stephanie Díaz (Puppet Designer)
Stephanie specializes in Bunraku-style tabletop and shadow puppetry. Her critically-acclaimed full-length piece, Mariposa Nocturna: A Puppet Triptych, opened the 2015 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival to sold out houses and enjoyed successful runs at Free Street and 16th Street. Her work has been seen at Strawdog (Jeff nomination, The Long Christmas Ride Home), Lookingglass, A Red Orchid, Cock and Bull, Links Hall, Prop Thtr, The Paper Machete Show, and most recently in The Life of Galileo at Remy Bumppo. As one-half of experimental performance duo Portmanteau, she's currently creating new work in residence with Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Sarah Espinoza Sarah Espinoza (Sound Designer)
Sarah is so ecstatic to be returning to Lifeline for Thumbelina. She has recently sound designed You On the Moors Now (The Hypocrites), Farewell My Friend ((re)-discover), Douglass (American Vicarious), Dating and Dragons (The Factory), Midnight Cowboy and Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Lifeline), The Revel (The House), Motel 666 (Wildclaw), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Two Pence), fml: How Carson McCullers saved my life (Loyola University Chicago), Deathscribe 2014 (WildClaw), and The Last Defender (The House, co-designer). Sarah won the Non-Equity Jeff Award for her sound design for The Arsonists (Strawdog). She is also a proud company member of WildClaw.
Mikhail Fiksel Mikhail Fiksel (Composer)
Mikhail is delighted to be back at Lifeline, having designed Lions in Illyria, The 13 Clocks, The Last of the Dragons, Watership Down, and Neverwhere. Other credits include projects with Goodman Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, PlayCompany, Chicago Children’s Theatre, The New Victory, Long Wharf Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Geffen Playhouse, Second Stage Theatre, Writers Theatre, TimeLine, The Seldoms, Lucky Plush, the Hypocrites, and Redmoon Theatre. He has received several Joseph Jefferson Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. He is an Artistic Associate with TimeLine Theatre, Teatro Vista, and Redmoon, and on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago and University of Chicago.
Izumi Inaba Izumi Inaba (Costume Designer)
Previously at Lifeline: The City & The City, Miss Buncle’s Book, Lions In Illyria, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Recent credits include The House That Will Not Stand (Victory Gardens), Learning Curve 3.0 (Albany Park Theater Project), Comedical Tragedy For Mister Punch (The House), You On The Moors Now (The Hypocrites), and The Winter’s Tale (University of Chicago). She enjoys the collaboration and appreciates the opportunities to work on new plays. M.F.A. in Stage Design, Northwestern University.
Jordan Kardasz Jordan Kardasz (Lighting Designer)
Jordan is happy to be back at Lifeline after recently designing Miss Holmes. Assistant design credits at Lifeline include: Jane Eyre, The Woman in White, Hunger, and Neverwhere. KidSeries design credits include: Mr Popper's Penguins; Lions in Illyria; Click, Clack, BOO!; Duck for President; How to Survive a Fairy Tale; and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Jordan has worked with lots of companies around town including The Factory, Sideshow, and Strawdog (where she is an ensemble member). She holds an MFA in Design from Ohio State University and works as the Technical Director at Northeastern Illinois University.
Jacqueline Penrod (Scenic Designer)
Jacqueline’s award-winning design work has been seen locally and regionally. Some of her recent designs include: Pygmalion, Love and Information, Northanger Abby, and The Importance of Being Earnest (Remy Bumppo); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly (Northlight); Apartment 3A and Stick Fly (Windy City Playhouse); Richard III (The Gift, produced at Steppenwolf Theatre); Nice Work If you Can Get It, Big Fish, All Shook Up, and A Christmas Carol (Theatre at the Center); Hank Williams: Lost Highway (American Blues); Mud Sky Blue (A Red Orchid); Luck of the Irish and Welcome Home Jenny Sutter (Next). She has received many nominations and awards for her design work. She is an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago.
Dan Plehal Dan Plehal (Choreographer)
Dan is thrilled to be working with Lifeline for the first time. Locally, Dan was a Resident Artist and Circus Director with The Home for Wayward Artists, and an understudy at Chicago Shakespeare. He is Co-Artistic Director of Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre, which tours nationally. Other Regional Credits include Pig Iron Theatre Company, The Arden Theatre, Walnut St Theatre, The Devon Theatre, Plays & Players, and Theatre Horizon. Television: The Mysteries of Laura (NBC). Dan trained at the FLIC Squola di Circo in Torino, the Accademia dell-Arte in Arezzo, and the College of William & Mary in Virginia.

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