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Lifeline Theatre Welcomes Three New Staff Members Photo Lifeline Theatre Welcomes Three New Staff Members
by Stephi Wild - Oct 5, 2022

Lifeline Theatre welcomes Paige Keedy as Production Manager, Nathan Crawford as Operations Manager/Accessibility Coordinator, and Merissa Stewart as Education Director, beginning in Summer 2022.  Reporting to Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan and working in partnership with the Operations Manager, Keedy will be responsible for managing the overall production of all of Lifeline's programming. 

World Premiere of EXTRA YARN & More Announced for Lifeline Theatre 2022-2023 Season Photo World Premiere of EXTRA YARN & More Announced for Lifeline Theatre 2022-2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 13, 2022

Lifeline Theatre announced their 2022-23 season of Big Stories, Up Close. It’s a monumental year of unforgettable stories brought to life, from beloved classics to modern titles. The 2022-23 MainStage season features the Midwest premiere sequel Miss Holmes Returns, followed by a retelling of Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland’s From the Mississippi Delta.

First Folio Theatre Presents Jane Austen's EMMA March 26 - April 24 Photo First Folio Theatre Presents Jane Austen's EMMA March 26 - April 24
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 25, 2022

First Folio Theatre will present Jane Austen's EMMA by Phil Timberlake, previewing March 23rd, 24th, and 25th, opening March 26th, and running through April 24th, 2022.

The Theatre School At DePaul University Awards The 2021 Cunningham Commission For You Photo The Theatre School At DePaul University Awards The 2021 Cunningham Commission For Youth Theatre To Omer Abbas Salem
by Stephi Wild - Oct 20, 2021

The Theatre School at DePaul University has announced that Omer Abbas Salem has been awarded the 2021 Cunningham Commission for Youth Theatre. Salem will be writing a play for families and young audiences that focuses on assimilation, a major theme in his work.

Amelia Ablan Joins Lifeline Theatre As Production Manager Photo Amelia Ablan Joins Lifeline Theatre As Production Manager
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 15, 2021

​​​​​​​Lifeline Theatre welcomes Amelia Ablan to her new staff position as Production Manager, beginning June 2021. Reporting directly to Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan and Managing Director Allison Cain, Ablan will be responsible for overseeing the production processes for the company, collaborating closely with directors and the Artistic Director to fulfill the production needs for Lifeline's future live and digital programming.  Ablan succeeds Jennifer McClendon, who served as Production Manager since 2016, now heading to Providence, Rhode Island to Trinity Repertory Company as their new Producing Director.

DePaul University Awards The 2020 Cunningham Commission For Youth Theatre To Ricardo  Photo DePaul University Awards The 2020 Cunningham Commission For Youth Theatre To Ricardo Gamboa
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 31, 2020

The Cunningham Commission for Youth Theatre was established at The Theatre School to honor the memory of the Rev. Donald Cunningham, a Chicago priest, playwright, and lover of theatre. The Cunningham Commission was established by an endowment gift from the Cunningham family and is presented annually. Playwrights from the Chicagoland area and alumni of The Theatre School are eligible to apply each year.

First Folio Theatre Announces Postponement Of Two 2020-2021 Season Productions Photo First Folio Theatre Announces Postponement Of Two 2020-2021 Season Productions
by Stephi Wild - Jul 23, 2020

First Folio Theatre has announced that they are postponing their first two scheduled productions of the 2020-2021 season.

Lifeline Theatre Extends EMMA Photo Lifeline Theatre Extends EMMA
by Stephi Wild - Jun 24, 2019

To accommodate ticket demand Lifeline Theatre announces ten added performances of its Jeff Recommended and critically-acclaimed production of Jane Austen's Emma. Adapted by ensemble member Phil Timberlake and directed by ensemble member Elise Kauzlaric. After a successful experiment in matchmaking, Emma Woodhouse is convinced she can do no wrong. So the high-spirited socialite inserts herself in the love lives of everyone around her, meddling despite their wishes, and leaves a tangle of heartbreak in her wake. To restore happiness to her fractured world, Emma must swallow her pride and learn to value the needs of others over her own desires. Navigate the blunders of the heart in this world premiere adaptation of the 1815 romantic comedy by Jane Austen. The production runs approximately two hours with one intermission. The novel is on sale in the lobby.

BWW Review: EMMA at Lifeline Theatre Photo BWW Review: EMMA at Lifeline Theatre
by Emily McClanathan - Jun 9, 2019

'I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.' So Jane Austen famously prefaced the vivacious Emma Woodhouse, whom she describes as 'handsome, clever, and rich' in the opening words of her 1815 novel. Indeed, Emma, the meddlesome, would-be matchmaker is arguably the most controversial among Austen's canon of beloved protagonists. Yet, love or hate the leading lady, EMMA features many of Austen's most amusing supporting characters, and here is where Lifeline Theatre's production of this romantic comedy thrives.

Lifeline Theatre Presents EMMA In June Photo Lifeline Theatre Presents EMMA In June
by A.A. Cristi - May 2, 2019

Lifeline Theatre presents Emma, adapted by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Phil Timberlake and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Elise Kauzlaric. Making his Lifeline playwriting debut, Timberlake joins Kauzlaric, director of 2012's Pride and Prejudice and 2016's Northanger Abbey (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Best Production-Musical), for a fresh, intimate look at this beloved Austen romp. After a successful experiment in matchmaking, Emma Woodhouse is convinced she can do no wrong. So the high-spirited socialite inserts herself in the love lives of everyone around her, meddling despite their wishes, and leaves a tangle of heartbreak in her wake. To restore happiness to her fractured world, Emma must swallow her pride and learn to value the needs of others over her own desires. Navigate the blunders of the heart in this world premiere adaptation of the 1815 romantic comedy by Jane Austen. The production runs approximately 2 hours with an intermission. The novel will be on sale in the lobby.