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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
You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?: Cast & Crew
Mar 17 – Apr 22, 2018
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am & 1pm
(No performances Easter Sunday, April 1)
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Chris Causer Chris Causer (Flash)
Chris returns to Lifeline after appearing in Fable-ous! last season. Other Chicago credits include Frank O'Connor in Ayn Rand in Love and Ben in Curse of the Goat (MCL Chicago), Roger in RENT (AGB), Jack/Jesus in Reefer Madness (Cult Camp Productions). Other credits include Weaker People (Stephen Sondheim Broadway Theatre - One Night Engagement), Anselmo in Man of La Mancha (Merry Go Round Playhouse), Greg in Reasons to be Pretty, and George Gibbs in Our Town (District Theatre - IL). Chris is an alumnus of Circle in the Square Theatre School (NYC).
Diana Coates Diana Coates (The Tooth Fairy)
Diana last worked with Lifeline on The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! and was most recently seen in Griffin Theatre’s touring production of Letters Home. Other Chicago credits: The House That Will Not Stand (Victory Gardens); Winter's Tale (First Folio); Henry V, Titus Andronicus, and Julius Caesar (BWBTC); Commons of Pensacola (Northlight); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Piccolo); Much Ado About Nothing (Rasaka). Regional credits: Blues for An Alabama Sky (African Continuum, DC); Harlem 9/11 (Arc Theatre, DC). Film/TV: Game Day, Chicago Fire. She is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.
Benjamin Ponce Benjamin Ponce (Twinkle)
Benjamin is thrilled to join this cast and crew. Chicago acting credits include Strawdog, Trap Door, Muse of Fire, Cock and Bull, Red Theater, and Stone Soup Shakespeare. He is a teaching artist/adapter/performer with Barrel of Monkeys and will make his directing debut with Bluebird Arts next spring.
Darian Tene Darian Tene (Dew Drop)
Darian is so excited to join the Lifeline Theatre family, especially as Dew Drop. Darian wants to thank her family for letting her prepare for this role her entire life and supporting her fairy dreams. Other recent credits include Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Pegasus Theatre); The Wiz (Kokandy Productions); Give It All Back (Sideshow Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (American Blues Theater); and A Charlie Brown Christmas (Emerald City Theater). Darian is from Chicago, Illinois and a University of Alabama graduate.
Brian Tochterman Jr. Brian Tochterman Jr. (Fresnel)
Brian is very happy to return to the Lifeline stage, where he’s been seen in Fable-ous!; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and Lyle Finds His Mother. Brian also performs improv comedy all around Chicago with his indie team LL Cool Beans. Offstage, Brian works as a director and recently assistant directed a production of Don Quixote at Mudlark Theater. Brian is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent and is a proud Loyola Chicago alum.
Trevor Bates Trevor Bates (Understudy)
Tooth Fairy marks Trevor's first appearance with Lifeline Theatre. Other Chicago credits include Speech and Debate (Brown Paper Box Co.), Jerker (Pride Films and Plays), and The Temperamentals (About Face Theatre u/s). He also goofs around with the LGBT sketch comedy troupe, The Wig Bullies. TV: Play By Play. Trevor is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul and is proudly represented by Actors Talent Group.
Gabriel Fries Gabriel Fries (Understudy)
Gabriel is excited to be making his Lifeline Theatre debut! Chicago credits include The Picture of Dorian Gray (City Lit), The Civility of Albert Cashier (Permoveo Productions), The Kid Thing (Nothing Without a Company), Peter and the Starcatcher (E.D.G.E. Theatre), Wicked City (Chicago Theatre Workshop), and King Lear (Eleusis Productions). Gabriel has also taught theatre workshops in Italy, France, and China. You can catch him next in Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of Do Re Mi. Gabriel holds a BA from Wesleyan University. Thanks to Mom and Dad for always supporting my dreams!
Shea Lee Shea Lee (Understudy)
Shea is thrilled to make her Lifeline Theatre debut! She will graduate from Northwestern University in June with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre. Northwestern credits include Anon(ymous), A Year With Frog And Toad, Hair, and her independent performance The Shape Of A Girl. Chicago credits include Charred (Muse10 Theatre Ensemble) and Pride Ever After (Pride Arts Center). Shea is also a member of The Panini Players, Northwestern's Commedia dell'Arte troupe, and has been producer of the troupe for the last two years.
Stephanie Stockstill Stephanie Stockstill (Understudy)
Stephanie happily returns to Lifeline, where she has been seen as Catherine in Northanger Abbey. Other credits include Sweeney Todd (Porchlight), Melancholy Play a Chamber Musical (Piven), Loving Repeating (Kokandy), A Little Night Music (Circle), and The Student Prince (Light Opera Works).
Heather Currie Heather Currie (Director/Co-Adaptor)
Heather has been a proud Lifeline ensemble member since 2013, where she most recently directed Fableous! and Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters. Lifeline Theatre acting credits include: Jane Eyre (2014), One Came Home, Duck for President (2008 & 2012), How to Survive a Fairy Tale, Click Clack BOO! A Tricky Treat, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Recent Chicago acting credits include: The Wicked Witch, WOZ: A Rock Cabaret (Victory Gardens); and Lady Montague, BCC: Romeo&Juliet (Along The Way Productions). Recent directing credits: Don Quixote (Mudlark Theater) and Junie B. Jones The Musical (Magik Theatre, San Antonio). Heather has been teaching screenwriting in the department of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago since 2004.
Derek Czaplewski Derek Czaplewski (Co-Adaptor)
Derek is pleased to once again be working with the fine folks at Lifeline Theatre. He portrayed "Farmer Brown" in Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; Duck For President; and Click, Clack, BOO! A Tricky Treat. He also appeared in How To Survive a Fairy Tale. Derek has also worked with About Face Theatre, Mercury Theater Chicago, Stage Left Theatre, Piven Workshop, Circle Theatre, Northlight Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Pegasus Players, Emerald City, and Handbag Productions, among others. Derek is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and The School at Steppenwolf.
Laura McKenzie Laura McKenzie (Composer/Lyricist/Music Director)
Laura returns to Lifeline where she previously wrote music and lyrics for Sparky!, worked as music director for a handful of shows, and appeared as Meg Murray in A Wrinkle in Time (many wrinkles in time ago!). Other credits include Picnic (ATC); Six Characters in Search of an Author (The Hypocrites); Alice Beer, and Picked Up (Neo-Futurists); and a ton of shows with the Factory Theater. Laura was half of the comedy facemelt duo The Laura on Laura Comeback Tour and is currently an ensemble member with Barrel of Monkeys.
Kate Reed Kate Reed (Stage Manager)
Kate is excited to be working with Lifeline again after most recently stage managing Her Majesty's Will for the MainStage and Arnie The Doughnut for the KidSeries. Previously at Lifeline, she has worked on Fillet of Solo 2015 and 2016, Northanger Abbey, Fable-ous!, 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.
Lizzie Bracken Lizzie Bracken (Scenic Designer)
Lizzie is delighted to be working at Lifeline for the first time. Other design credits include The Magic Play (Goodman Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville); Lord of the Flies, The Book Thief, Blacktop Sky, and See What I Wanna See (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Burning Bluebeard (The Ruffians); Endgame, Ivywild, and Six Characters in Search of an Author (The Hypocrites); PopWaits and 44 plays for 44 Presidents (The Neo-Futurists). Prior to receiving her M.F.A. in Scenic Design from The University of Texas at Austin, Lizzie was an architect in New York and England. Lizzie is a company member with The Ruffians and Barrel of Monkeys.
Diane D. Fairchild Diane D. Fairchild (Lighting Designer)
Diane is a Chicago-based freelance lighting designer. Diane recently became a proud ensemble member of Lifeline, and she is happy to now call this company her artistic home. Prior Lifeline credits include Anna Karenina, Her Majesty's Will, Fable-ous!, Northanger Abbey, Lester's Dreadful Sweaters, One Came Home, The Velveteen Rabbit (2014), and A Tale of Two Cities. Other recent area credits include work with Theatre Wit, Mudlark Theatre, Raven Theater, and Wilmette Parks District.
Joe Griffin Joe Griffin (Sound Designer)
Joe has been a recording engineer/sound designer for 25 years, give or take. His sound design has been heard in the Hypocrites’ Dracula; Festival 56’s War of The Worlds; Commedia Beauregard’s A Klingon Christmas Carol and Bard Fiction; Steep Theatre’s Coronado; The (edward) Hopper Project with WNEP Theatre (in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs); and the last ten years of summer Shakespeare at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL, including Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, and King Lear. Joe is currently working on Mother Courage at Oakton Community College.
Jenny Pinson Jenny Pinson (Properties Designer)
This is Jenny's third show with Lifeline, having previously served as props designer on Fable-ous! and Arnie the Doughnut (2017). She has also designed props at Emerald City (Hansel and Gretel, Dr. Doolittle, Cinderella, Peter Pan); Route 66 (High Fidelity: The Musical); Oakton Community College (A Flea in Her Ear, M. Butterfly, Harvest); Drury Lane Oakbrook (Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical); American Theater Company (Disgraced); Theater Wit (The North Plan); A New Colony (Rewilding Genius); A Red Orchid Theatre (Pilgrim's Progress); Steep Theatre (Posh); About Face Theatre (After All the Terrible Things I Do, The Secretaries); Light Opera Works (Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady); Remy Bumppo (Seascape, Pygmalion); as well as many productions at The University of Chicago where she is the Props Manager for the Theater and Performance Studies department.
Brenda Winstead Brenda Winstead (Costume Designer)
Brenda is excited to be working at Lifeline for the first time! Her Chicago-area design credits include a Jeff Nominated design for Nice Work if You Can Get It at Theatre at the Center, where she has designed over 50 shows. She has also designed at Light Opera Works, Stage Left, Shattered Globe, Chicago Folks Operetta, Theatre Seven, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Regional design credits include Peninsula Players, Forestburgh Playhouse, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Black Hills Playhouse and Sierra Repertory Theatre. Brenda is an ensemble member with Stage Left Theatre and has an M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut.

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