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2017-18 Performances:
Arnie The Doughnut
Montauciel Takes Flight
Anna Karenina
You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?
Fillet of Solo 2018
Concert Reading Series
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere: Cast & Crew
EXTENDED through August 12, 2018!
Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm
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LaQuin Groves LaQuin Groves (Mr. Vandemar & ensemble)
LaQuin is very excited to be working again with Lifeline Theatre, after appearing as John Savage in Her Majesty’s Will and Edwin in Miss Holmes. Chicago credits include the Vagrant in Incident on Run 1217 (The Factory Theater), the Carnival Barker in American Notes, and Follezou in Frankenstein in Love (Will Act For Food). Regional credits include Father in Children of Eden (Music Theater West), the Beast in Disney’s West Coast premiere of Beauty and the Beast (Theatrical Arts International), The Bullfrog in Honk! (San Gabriel Civic Light Opera), and Ken in Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Performance Riverside).
Chris Hainsworth Chris Hainsworth (Islington & ensemble; July 19–August 12)
A proud ensemble member since 2010, Chris has been seen on the Lifeline stage in Talking it Over, Treasure Island, Neverwhere, The Count of Monte Cristo, The City & The City, The Three Musketeers, The Killer Angels, A Tale of Two Cities, and Miss Holmes. He directed Her Majesty's Will last season and is responsible for the MainStage adaptations of Hunger, Monstrous Regiment, and Midnight Cowboy, and the KidSeries production of Fable-ous!.
Aneisa Hicks Aneisa Hicks (Hunter & ensemble)
Aneisa is so excited to be a part of the cast of Neverwhere and to continue her stay at Lifeline! She made her Lifeline debut in Anna Karenina. Other credits include The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil (Babes with Blades Theatre Company), The End Of TV (Manual Cinema), and In To America (Griffin Theatre). TV credits include The Excorcist, Empire, and Chicago Justice. She is originally from Asbury Park, NJ but has embraced Chicago as her home. Aneisa is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.
Jose Nateras Jose Nateras (Richard)
Jose is a Chicago-based actor and writer and is so excited to make his Lifeline debut with such a special production. Recent credits include Two Mile Hollow (First Floor); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I <3 Juliet (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); Picnic (American Theatre Company); Cymbeline (Strawdog); Reprise (Adventure Stage); The Van Gogh Cafe (Filament Theatre), The Grapes of Wrath (The Gift Theatre); and Since I Suppose (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). He's toured with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and appeared on NBC's Chicago Fire, as well as in spots for Onion Labs and Radar Studios. He is represented by Gray Talent Group. Love and gratitude to all his amazing family and friends.
Samantha Newcomb Samantha Newcomb (Door)
Samantha is excited to return to Lifeline Theatre! She was previously seen this season as Phoebe Marlow in Sylvester, for which she was nominated for a Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a play. Other recent credits include Traitor (A Red Orchid Theatre), Once a Belle...? (Tectonic Theater Project), and In the Wake (The Comrades). Samantha holds a B.F.A in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University and is represented by Actor's Talent Group.
Michaela Petro Michaela Petro (Jessica & ensemble)
Last seen in Lifeline's production of Monstrous Regiment, Michaela is delighted to be back at Lifeline. An ensemble member with Strawdog Theatre since '08, some of her favorite Strawdog credits include: Cymbeline, Once in a Lifetime, The Sweeter Option, Big Love, and Old Times. She also has performed with Mary-Arrchie Theatre, Wildclaw Theatre, Interrobang Theatre, Cole Theatre, Lakeside Shakespeare, and A Red Orchid Theatre. She is represented by Big Mouth Talent.
Michael Reyes Michael Reyes (Islington & ensemble; May 25–July 15)
Michael is happy to be back at Lifeline after appearing in Anna Karenina and Miss Holmes. He is an ensemble member with Strawdog Theatre, most recently appearing with them as Gary in Night Season and Cornelius/Philario in Cymbeline. Other credits: Turv in Captain Steve’s Caring Kingdom and Neville in Born Ready (Factory); Nick in Mutt and the Duke in All’s Well (Stage Left); Sebastian in Animals Commit Suicide (First Floor); and more. He has played with other great companies, here and gone, including Theo Ubique, Chicago Opera Vanguard, Promethean Theatre Ensemble, Muse of Fire, About Face, Backstage, 20 Percent, Next, and Organic/Touchstone. Much gratitude to Ilesa for this opportunity, and many thanks to you for coming out to see us!
John Henry Roberts John Henry Roberts (Mr. Croup & ensemble)
John Henry is thrilled to return to Lifeline, where his credits include Miss Holmes, Jane Eyre, A Tale of Two Cities, and Hunger. He’s a member of Strawdog Theatre Company, credits include: Pillars of the Community, Barbecue, The Night Season, Old Times, and Aristocrats (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Actor in a Supporting Role). Other recent credits: Welcome to Jesus (American Theater Company), The Little Flower of East Orange (Eclipse Theatre — Jeff nomination, Actor in a Principal Role), Diamond Dogs and The Hammer Trinity (The House Theatre). Film/TV: Widows, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med. He is represented by Paonessa Talent.
Matthew Singleton Matthew Singleton (Marquis de Carabas & ensemble)
Matt is incredibly happy to be making his Lifeline debut. Some of Matt's credits include Our Town (Redtwist Theatre), The 39 Steps (Buffalo Theatre Ensemble), and understudying in At The Table (Broken Nose Theatre), This Is Modern Art (Steppenwolf Theatre), and Butler (Northlight Theatre). Special thanks to everyone involved in Neverwhere!
Dave Skvarla Dave Skvarla (Old Bailey & ensemble)
Dave has performed at Lifeline in The Sirens of Titan, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Busman’s Honeymoon, The Moonstone, and Watership Down, and is delighted to be here again. Dave played Prospero in The Tempest (City Lit); Edward III in The Scullery Maid and Henry II in The Lion in Winter (Idle Muse); Bluto in New Adventures of Popeye (Factory Theater); Lenny in Of Mice and Men (OPFT); and appeared with Strawdog, New Millennium, Shaw Chicago, Mary-Arrchie, Promethean, Caffeine, Backstage, Signal, Open Eye, The Hypocrites, in the historical documentary No Man Shall Protect Us, and the web series Mad Scientists Consortium and Mike’s Ma’s Balls.
Ty Carter Ty Carter (Understudy)
Ty couldn’t be happier to be part of Neverwhere as a huge fan of both Lifeline and Neil Gaiman. At Lifeline, he was recently part of Montauciel Takes Flight and will be in the upcoming Frankenstein. Elsewhere in Chicago: Fifty Shades of Shakespeare with (re)discover theatre, Gulliver’s Travels with Forks & Hope Ensemble, and Richard III with Fury theatre. He would like to express his sincere gratitude and appreciation for the continued support of his family and peers!
Paul Chakrin Paul Chakrin (Understudy)
Paul is happy to be back with Lifeline Theatre. Previously, he has worked with City Lit Theatre (Forty-Two Stories, The Bloodhound Law); Muse of Fire (Hamlet); and Northlight (The City of Conversation, Sen. Mallonee u/s).
Jennifer Cheung Jennifer Cheung (Understudy)
Jennifer is excited to be working with Lifeline for the first time. Other Chicago credits include At The Table (Broken Nose, Non-Equity Jeff Award: Ensemble); The Heavens are Hung in Black (Shattered Globe); In To America (Griffin); Chagrin Falls (Agency, Jeff Nomination); Dream Freaks Fall From Space (The Second City, performing understudy); Natural Affection (Eclipse); Hookman (Steep, performing understudy); In the Spaces (Erasing the Distance); The Van Gogh Cafe (Filament); El Stories 25: Tunnel Vision (Waltzing Mechanics); and Thoughts and Prayers and Other Magical Things (The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival). Jennifer is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf.
Andrés Enriquez Andrés Enriquez (Understudy)
Andrés returns to Lifeline’s MainStage after previously being seen in Sylvester (Sylvester Rayne), Northanger Abbey (John Thorpe), and Soon I Will Be Invincible (CoreFire understudy). He’s also been lucky enough to be in Lifeline’s KidSeries production of Sparky! (Sparky). Other Chicago credits include Into The Beautiful North (16th Street Theater), My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Theater at the Center), Cymbeline (Strawdog Theater), and In The Heights (Porchlight Music Theater). Regional credits include The 39 Steps, The Fantasticks (Shawnee Theatre, IN); and Scapin (Colonial Williamsburg). He is represented by Gray Talent Group.
Kim Fukawa Kim Fukawa (Understudy)
Kim is thrilled to be working with Lifeline for the very first time. Chicago credits include Henry V (Babes With Blades Theatre Company); Chimerica (TimeLine Theatre); and United Flight 232 (House Theatre). Kim is an Artistic Associate and occasional fight designer with Babes With Blades Theatre Company.
Gary Henderson Gary Henderson (Understudy)
Gary is making his Lifeline debut and couldn't be more stoked to work on Neverwhere. Chicago credits include Poe in Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe (Theatre Hikes), Clayton in Hound of the Baskervilles (Idle Muse Theatre), Seth in The Boys Upstairs (Pride Films and Plays), Montresor in The Madness of Edgar Allen Poe (First Folio), Octavius in Julius Caesar (Muse of Fire), and a Townsperson in Enemy of the People (Goodman Theatre). Regional credits include Oswald in King Lear and understudy for Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Great River Shakespeare). Enjoy the show!
Dakota Hughes Dakota Hughes (Understudy)
Dakota is excited to be joining the Neverwhere team in her Lifeline debut! Chicago credits include: Aristophanesathon, American Idiot (The Hypocrites); Enemy of the People (Goodman Theatre); Lizzie (Firebrand Theatre Company); Thrones! The Parody Musical (Apollo Theatre); Magic Treehouse: Showtime with Shakespeare (Emerald City Theatre); and [title of show] (Open Door Repertory Company). Dakota is a Los Angeles native and a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance.
Oly Oxinfry Oly Oxinfry (Understudy)
Oly was recently seen as Twinkle in Lifeline's You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy. Chicago acting credits include Strawdog, Muse of Fire, Cock and Bull, Red Theater, Facility, and Stone Soup Shakespeare. They are a teaching artist and adapter/performer with Barrel of Monkeys and will make their directing debut with Bluebird Arts next spring.
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, Wales, Canada, and Australia. Previous Lifeline adaptations include The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Production-Play and New Adaptation), The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Three Musketeers (originally commissioned for the 2010 Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Northanger Abbey (with George Howe; Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Musical), Her Majesty's Will, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! (with Paul Gilvary & William Rush), Lions in Illyria, and Mr. Popper's Penguins (with George Howe).
Ilesa Duncan Ilesa Duncan (Director)
Ilesa is thrilled to return to Lifeline, where she last directed The Blue Shadow by Nambi Kelley. She is Producing Artistic Director at Pegasus Theatre, where recent directing credits include The Green Book, Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery (Jeff Recommended), Rutherford’s Travels (Jeff Nominated), For Her as a Piano, and Blacula: Young, Black & Undead. Other credits include Broken Fences (16th Street Theater), the Jeff Award-nominated The Nativity (Congo Square), and the Jeff Award-winning Jar the Floor (ETA Creative Arts). Ilesa has also worked with Goodman Theatre, Writers Theatre, Victory Gardens, Rivendell, Stage Left, and Chicago Dramatists, as well as Contemporary American Theatre Company (Ohio), The Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Arena Stage (Washington, DC) and Lincoln Center Theater (New York). Ilesa’s creative nonfiction short stories have been published (Columbia College Chicago), and she’s written several poems and screenplays. Ilesa is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Lab, a NEA/TCG Directing Fellow, and an Associate Artist at Chicago Dramatists.
Becky Bishop Becky Bishop (Stage Manager)
A long time Neil Gaiman fan, after seeing (and loving) the 2010 production, Becky is ecstatic to actually be working on Neverwhere. Some of her previous excursions with Lifeline include Miss Holmes, Miss Buncle’s Book, Soon I Will Be Invincible, Jane Eyre, Monstrous Regiment, and The City & The City. Other productions in Chicago include Some Like it Red and Circle House (Plagiarists); Prowess (Jackalope); The Dead Prince, The Half Brothers Mendelssohn, Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play (Strange Tree); Robber Bridegroom, Letters Home, and Stage Door (Griffin Theatre). Additional productions have been with Steep, Caffeine Theatre, and The Gift. She is looking forward to this fall and working with Lifeline again on Frankenstein.
Aly Renee Amidei Aly Renee Amidei (Costume Designer)
Aly is a proud ensemble member of Lifeline Theatre. Favorite Lifeline costume designs include Her Majesty's Will, Northanger Abbey, Fable-ous!, Lester's Dreadful Sweaters, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Watership Down. She is also an ensemble member at Strawdog Theatre Company. Her costume and makeup designs have been seen at Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Irish Theater of Chicago, Buffalo Theater Ensemble, Stage Left, Artistic Home, House Theater, Piven Workshop, and Vitalist Theater. She is the sssistant professor of costume design at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and her research focuses on designing for new works and re-envisioned classics.
Alan Donahue Alan Donahue (Scenic & Properties Designer)
Alan is an ensemble member at Lifeline and most recently designed the game board set for Sylvester. At Lifeline he’s currently engaged in adapting the scenic design for Giggle, Giggle, Quack for touring and will also undertake lighting for the tour version of The One and Only Ivan as well. Recent designs elsewhere include Ghosts of War/Letters Home (Griffin Theatre), The Next Big Thing (Factory Theater), special scenic window clings for the video screens for Company (Mercury Theatre), and a new sleek revised set for the revamped concert show My People My Music in the Dreamsong Theatre at Dollywood. Next summer he opens a new musical romp, The Quest, for Silver Dollar City in Branson.
Morgan Gire Morgan Gire (Assistant Stage Manager)
Morgan is thrilled to be back at Lifeline Theatre. Previously, she was the ASM on Her Majesty's Will and Miss Holmes, and she stage managed the Heartland Stage for Fillet of Solo. She has had the great fortune of working with such wonderful companies as WildClaw Theatre, Factory Theatre, Strawdog's Hugen Hall, Adventure Stage Chicago, and Nothing Special Productions.
Andrew Hansen Andrew Hansen (Original Music & Sound Designer)
Andy returns to Lifeline where he previously composed and designed for Miss Holmes, A Tale of Two Cities, Hunger, Wuthering Heights, Treasure Island, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. He is an Artistic Associate at TimeLine Theatre where he most recently collaborated on In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play. Other Chicago credits include work with Writer’s Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and Goodman Theatre.
Becca Jeffords (Lighting Designer)
Becca is thrilled to be returning once again to Lifeline to collaborate on Neverwhere. Previous Lifeline designs include Arnie the Donut, Sparky!, and Soon I Will Become Invincible. Some Chicago designs include: Nice Girl, Betrayal (Raven Theatre); Marry Me a Little, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Porchlight Music Theatre); A Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter, Mr. Chickee's Funny Money (Chicago Children's Theatre); The Temperamentals, The Pride (About Face Theatre). Other credits include Cherry Lane Theatre (New York), NYC Fringe Festival (New York), and The Theatre Arts Guild (Atlanta). Becca received her B.F.A. in Production Design from Columbus State University and her Masters in Lighting Design from Northwestern University. More information about her work can be found at
Michelle Lopez-Rios Michelle Lopez-Rios (Dialect Coach)
Michelle is delighted to collaborate on her first show with Lifeline. She recently moved to Chicago to join The Theatre School at DePaul University as an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech. Coaching credits include Augusta and Noble (The Theatre School at DePaul) and Measure for Measure (Goodman Theatre). Regional credits include Julius Caesar, Mojada (Oregon Shakespeare Fesitval); The Foreigner (Milwaukee Rep); Milwaukee Chamber Theatre; Renaissance Theaterworks (Milwaukee); First Stage (Milwaukee); and Houston Shakespeare Festival. Michelle is also an actor, director, activist and founding member of The Royal Mexican Players.
Kyle Mundil Dye Kyle Mundil Dye (Assistant Stage Manager)
As a former Lifeline Theatre intern, Kyle is thrilled to be back with his first Chicago family! Recent Chicago theatre credits include Cinderella (Special Gifts Theatre), Cornerstone (Nothing Without A Company), Annie (Special Gifts Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Special Gifts Theatre), and Sylvester (Lifeline Theatre.) Kyle is the Artistic/Casting intern at TimeLine Theatre. He proudly holds his B.A. in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Mike Oleon Mike Oleon (Puppet Designer)
Mike is a puppeteer, puppet-designer, director, and founding Artistic Director of Rough House. Directorial and puppet-design credits include Rough House’s Ubu the King (National Puppetry Festival Selection); Cicada Summer, Sad Songs for Bad People, Murder Ballads (Open Eye Figure Theater’s Toy Theater After Dark Festival selection); and Ichthyodyssey (National Puppetry Festival selection). Regional collaborations include Blair Thomas & Co., Redmoon, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He produces Nasty, Brutish & Short: A Puppet Cabaret quarterly at Links Hall. This Fall, Mike is directing The Walls of Harrow House, an immersive, theatrical puppet haunted house at the Chopin.
R & D Choreography R&D Choreography (Victor Bayona & Richard Gilbert) (Violence Designers)
R&D Choreography is Victor Bayona (he/him/his) and Rick Gilbert (he/him/his), who are right chuffed to return to the world of London Below! R&D was founded in 1997 for the purpose of improving the power and effectiveness of Chicago area theatre through the art of violence design – choreographing better fights for better shows! They have designed violence and/or intimacy for over three hundred productions and films. Their work has been seen at dozens of Chicago-area theatres, including 16th Street, Akvavit, ATC, Chimera, Factory, Oak Park Festival, The Paramount, Pegasus, Piven, Steep, Strawdog, and Theo Ubique.
Maren Robinson Maren Robinson (Dramaturg)
A proud Lifeline ensemble member, Maren first worked with Lifeline in 2010 as dramaturg for Neverwhere and she is honored to revisit it in 2018, a moment that feels even more dangerous. Lifeline credits include The Moonstone, Hunger, Pride and Prejudice, The Woman in White, Northanger Abbey, and Miss Holmes. She is also a company member at TimeLine Theatre, where she has been dramaturg for over twenty plays. Additional Chicago credits include Court, Strawdog, Eclipse, Caffeine, Greasy Joan, and Camenae theaters. Maren is an instructor at The Theatre School at DePaul, Associate Director of the Master of Arts Program in Humanities at the University of Chicago, and the Chicago VP of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
Michelle Underwood Michelle Underwood (Projections Designer)
Michelle has designed video and projections for Johnny Ten Beers’ Daughter (Something Marvelous); Geography of a Horse Dreamer (Mary-Arrchie); Kill Shakespeare: A Live Graphic Novel, The Hunting of the Snark, The Long Christmas Ride Home (Strawdog); Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Three Little Pigs, and Charlotte’s Web (Emerald City). She was a founding member of Mortar Theatre Company, where she designed projections for the world premieres of I Am Montana; Corazón de Manzana; and Bombs, Babes and Bingo. After long nights at the theatre, Michelle works as a Creative Director by day.

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