(Annabel Glick) is thrilled to be a part of NEIU's production of Lucky
Stiff. She is a recent transplant to Chicago but has already had
the privilege to work with Dennis De Young in his Hunchback of Notre
Dame, as well as Julia Cameron in the premier of her new musical, The
Medium At Large. She is also currently starring in the long running
musical comedy hit, Kama Sutra: The Musical at Davenport's. She would
like to thank her friends and family for their continual support.
(Harry Witherspoon) is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful
production. After appearing in his first Stage Center Theatre
production as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream this past summer, he
is eager to take on the role of Harry in Lucky Stiff. It has been a
thrill for Ryan to be a part of this cast and production. Ryan would
like to thank his family and friends for all their support. He would
also like to thank Anna, Julie and Judith for pushing him to the
limit and making him the best he could possibly be.
|Lisa Cantwell (Rita
La Porta) is humbled to be working with the amazingly talented cast and
crew of Lucky Stiff. She is currently a graduate student in
Communication, Media and Theatre at NEIU. Her favorite roles
include Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Miss Framer in Lettice
and Lovage, and Miss Lynch in Grease. Many thanks to Judith and Julie
for their effervescent enthusiasm, to the simply divine Anna for her
boundless energy and wisdom, and to Monkey and B for making each day
(Vincent Di Ruzzio) is a native of Chicago and is delighted to be
acting at the Stage Center Theater once again. He was last seen in the
Stage Left’s Loopshop production of NightSongManChild, Thymely
Theater’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Studio Series
production of Queer Strindberg, and the Stage Center Theater
productions of Electra and Charley's Aunt. Andrew would like to thank
Anna for taking him in last-minute, and the entire cast and crew for
allowing him this wonderful opportunity. Oh, and Mom? Dad? My shoes
hurt for you.
(Luigi Gaudi) is excited to be back on the boards again at NEIU.
He last appeared as Reginald Lawrence in a staged reading of Walter
Mosley’s A Red Death in the Studio Theater several years ago. Among
John’s favorite roles are: Bill in Gladiator, Egeus in A Midsummer
Night’s Dream, Antoine in A Slap in the Farce, Smirnov in The Bear, The
Old Man in Edward Bond’s Bingo and Nils Krogstad in A Doll’s House.
John would especially like to thank his very understanding and patient
wife Mechelle for all of her support on this long and winding road.
(Woman 1) is proud to be working with the cast of Lucky Stiff for her
first performance since moving to Chicago in September. Favorite
performances include, Martha in The Secret Garden, Eve in Children of
Eden, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hold Me, Touch Me in The
Producers. Danna would like to thank Mom, Papa and Paul for their
constant love and encouragement.
|Jesus Matta (Man
1) is thrilled to be in his very first musical!! He's had the
time of his life working with the enormously talented
folks here at the Stage Center Theatre and thanks
everyone for their patience as he tried to find his voice and dancing
feet. Special thanks to Anna and company for having me along for
(Woman 2) is happy to be returning to the Stage Center Theatre where
her previous credits include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sara
is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s BFA program in
Theatre Performance and this upcoming year you can catch her on
television in commercials for AIU. Other Chicago credits include Voice
of Camp Zero in the US premiere of Zero with Oracle Theatre and Merge
by Neil Labute for the 2008 WTA Actor Showcase at the Theatre Building
in Chicago. Favorite past roles include Sarah in J.B., Beatrice in The
Changeling, and Mae in The Wild Party.
(Man 2) is a graduate of ICC and Bradley and was involved in many
productions while in college, including the lead in The Importance of
Being Earnest. Since, he has been writing sketch comedy,
performing and doing as much art as possible. This is his first
show at NEIU and he is excited to be working with a talented cast and
crew. Danny hopes his work in theatre may be a cure to world
peace, or hunger, but unfortunately has slight delusions of grandeur;
which is leading to his massive ego and hence causing increased global
warming through the emission of toxic pretension.
(Stiff) is returning to the stage for the first time in more than
ten years, and only the second time he has appeared on stage dead. Tony
was last seen fleeing the scene of a cow-tipping incident gone horribly
wrong. But on stage he last performed as Van Buren, the manager of the
Washington Senators, in Theatre Albany’s 1998 production of Damn
Yankees in Albany, Georgia. Tony is single, lives in the northwest
suburbs, loves cuddling during thunderstorms and enjoys long walks on
the beach, though he is acutely aware none exist in the northwest
(Director) has been a member of NEIU’s theatre family for the past
nineteen years. She is the Managing and Artistic Director of the Stage
Center Theatre, Thymely Theatre, and is a past president of the
Illinois Theatre Association. She holds an M.F.A. from New York
University and has worked in various theatrical venues across the
country, the most recent being the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre.
Special thanks to H-S-A-N-T and, as always, Mr. McGuire.
Julie Crossen (Musical Director) recently completed her M.A. in Vocal Pedagogy at NEIU and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anna Antaramian! Julie also holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa and has appeared professionally in dozens of productions in Chicago as well as in regional theater. Her favorite roles have been those recently at NEIU in the Opera Workshop under the direction of Sasha Gerritson (Susannah in Susannah, Monica in The Medium, and the Witch in Into the Woods). As a musical director/vocal coach/accompanist, Julie works at theaters/studios throughout the area and at Niles West High School. There she had the opportunity to musical direct in a workshop with the Tony Award winning William Finn on A New Brain as part of their Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in the Arts. This summer she will be accompanying the Niles West students as musical director for their production at the Fringe Festival in Scotland. Much love to Kaleb and Jadyn, who patiently have sat through theater rehearsals since their infancy!
Judith Warren (Choreographer) is delighted to be returning to NEIU. Since 1991 she has been honored to work with director Anna Antaramian on more than a dozen productions, both at NEIU and at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake, Colorado. Favorite NEIU credits as costumer for Anna include: You Can’t Take It With You, Much Ado About Nothing, Flyin’ West and Same Time, Next Year. Favorite RMRT credits as choreographer for Anna include: Hello Dolly, 1776, Dames at Sea, Fiddler on the Roof and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Along with her husband, Skelly Warren, Judith worked with the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre for 35 years, serving as Artistic Director for nine years. She was on the faculty of the Milwaukee Ballet School and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee for 15 years, and is currently teaching dance at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. This one is for my new grandson Max. May he always be lucky!
Elizabeth Wislar (Costumer) formerly Shaffer- has been designing in the Chicago area for over nine years as a freelance costume designer for theater and film. This career has blessed her with multiple design awards, as well as opportunities to work in Europe. Her designs have been seen in collaboration with over 30 professional theaters, New York film production companies, as well as all of the local major universities.
Jessica Kuehnau (Scenic Designer) is pleased to be designing her third season for the Stage Center Theatre and third year as tech faculty for NEIU. Since completing her MFA in Scenic and Costume Design at Northwestern University, Ms. Kuehnau has been designing sets and costumes for such notable theatres as Pegasus Players, Circle Theatre, Griffin, Lifeline Theatre, MPAACT, Adventure Stage Chicago, Metropolis Performing Art Center and Backstage Theatre. She is also the resident set designer at North Park University and a founding ensemble member of Adventure Stage Chicago.
John Rodriguez (Lighting Designer) joined the theatre faculty at NEIU six years ago and has been teaching courses in technical theatre as well as working as a designer on Stage Center Theatre productions. Most recent designs include An Inspector Calls, Arms and the Man, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lettice and Lovage, The Illusion, Electra and Charley’s Aunt as well as Thymley Theatre’s productions of Taking Steps and Stage Door.
Ann Dernbach (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working on her first production at the Stage Center Theatre. She graduated from Fordham University in 2006 and received the Rev Alfred Barrett, SJ award for theatre. She has also interned at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Second City, and 78th Street Theatre Lab. She would like to thank the cast and crew for a great experience, Anna for the opportunity, Lisa for thinking of her, and her boss for being flexible.
Cheryl Lyman (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working backstage for the first time, as Assistant Stage Manager for Lucky Stiff. In the past few years, she’s appeared onstage in Queer Strindberg, Electra, Charley’s Aunt, Stage Door, Arcadia and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. She would like to thank Anna for the opportunity to learn more areas of the theatre, and her son Alex for accepting his mother’s eccentricities with a shrug and a hug.
Patti Cavaleri & Terez Fancher (Dance Captains) are University of Wisconsin-Parkside dance students of guest choreographer Judith Warren, (UW-Parkside Faculty) and are earning extra credit for their Jazz Dance class by learning the ropes of being dance captains and swing dancers for musical theatre. Patti Cavaleri is from Woodbury, Minnesota. She has danced for most of her life and loves musicals. Patti has performed both on stage and in the orchestra pit for theatrical productions. This is her first experience with being a dance captain/swing dancer. Terez Fancher is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She enjoys dancing, and is currently in her second year as a performing member of UW-Parkside’s Chaos dance team. Terez is excited to be learning about the musical theatre dance world alongside NEIU’s Lucky Stiff cast.