AVENUE Q

MEET THE CAST

AUDREY BILLINGS* (Christmas Eve) is delighted to be making her Mercury Theater Chicago debut! She has worked at the Paramount Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Theatre at the Center, and Lookingglass Theatre Company. Productions include A Christmas Story, The King and I, Miss Saigon, South Pacific and Jesus Christ Superstar, to name a few. Special thanks to Walter and Eugene for inviting her to become part of this amazing Avenue Q family. Audrey is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.

AUDREY BILLINGS

JACKSON EVANS* (Princeton) is incredibly grateful to be doing Avenue Q again at Mercury Theater Chicago after last appearing as Alan Zweibel in Bunny Bunny. Regional credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher and The Full Monty (Peninsula Players); My Fair Lady (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Ride the Cyclone, Seussical, Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shew (Chicago Shakespeare); Monty Python’s Spamalot, Hairspray, and The Wizard of Oz (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Singin’ In the Rain, High School Musical, Pinocchio, and Cinderella (Marriott Theatre); The Producers (McLeod Summer Playhouse); Knute Rockne: All American, La Cage aux Folles, and Crazy For You (Theatre at the Center); Big, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Seussical and The Wiz (First Stage Milwaukee) and touring the country in The Realish Housewives with Second City.

JACKSON EVANS

JOHN GURDIAN (u/s Trekkie Monster, Ricky) couldn’t be more thrilled to make his Mercury Theater Chicago debut! Credits include: South Pacific (Drury Lane); Big Davey in Billy Elliot (Porchlight); Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls (William St Rep); Young Frankenstein (Inspector Kemp); The Drowsy Chaperone (Mr. Feldzieg) at Metropolis Performing Arts; Shrek in Shrek the Musical, Amos in Chicago, How to Succeed… (Little Theatre on The Square); Shrek in Shrek The Musical (Cardinal Stage). Training/Education includes: BFA Oklahoma City University and student of John Komasa.

JOHN GURDIAN

Kate Garassino (u/s Christmas Eve) is thrilled to be home at the Mercury again on Avenue Q. She was last seen in Mercury Theater Chicago’s 2014 production of Avenue Q as Christmas Eve for select performances. Some notable stage credits include Ms. Gardner in Carrie The Musical and Mari in Mahal both at Bailiwick Chicago, Christmas Eve with Nightblue’s productions of Avenue Q and Lady Thiang in Porchlight Music Theater production of King & I where she received a Jeff Nomination. She won a Jeff Award for "Actress in a Supporting Role - Musical" for her role in Bailiwick Repertory’s production of Bonb's Away!

KATE GARASSINO

STEPHANIE HERMAN* (Lucy, Bad Idea Bear, Mrs. T) is delighted return home to Avenue Q at Mercury Theater Chicago! Previous credits include: She Loves Me (Writers Theatre); Merrily We Roll Along (The Music Theatre Company); Time After Time, Sweet & Hot, Chess, Starting Here, Starting Now (Theo Ubique); Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Fox Valley Rep); Sunday in the Park with George (Village Players); Forbidden Broadway, Wild Goat (Steel Beam Theatre); Speed Dating: The Musical (Metropolis Performing Arts).

STEPHANIE HERMAN

MATTHEW MILES (Brian) could not be more ecstatic to be back at Mercury Theater Chicago and moving into the Avenue Q neighborhood after being last seen under the sails of the The Christmas Schooner! Recent credits include: Drury Lane, Griffin Theatre, Theo Ubique, Emerald City Theatre, Timber Lake Playhouse, Bailiwick Chicago and Jim Henson Company.

MATTHEW MILES

(u/s Christmas Eve) is thrilled to be joining this kooky bunch of characters on Avenue Q!
Theatre credits include: A Christmas Story the Musical (Paramount Theater), The King and I (Marriott Theatre), Mahal (Bailiwick Chicago), Miss Saigon (Drury Lane Oakbrook), The King and I, Phantom, A Wonderful Life (Porchlight Music Theatre), Aladdin, (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), After All The Terrible Things I Do (About Face Theatre), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (The Gift Theatre), Yelllowface (Silk Road Rising), Chicago Children’s Theatre, and Royal George Theatre.
Much love to Wally & Eugene for pulling me out of hiding. Many, many thanks to my family, friends, and work fam for their constant support and letting me wear many hats.

JILLIAN JOCSON

LEAH MORROW* (Kate Monster) returns in the role of Kate Monster, for which she was nominated for a Jeff Award in the critically acclaimed 2014 production at Mercury Theater Chicago. Other Mercury productions include five seasons with The Christmas Schooner, A Grand Night for Singing, Barnum, The Addams Family, and The Producers.
Additional credits include: Madagascar (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Marriott Theatre); Seussical, James and The Giant Peach, Superman (Drury Lane Oakbrook); 9 to 5, Once Upon A Mattress (The Fireside Theater), among others, as well as various print ads and commercials.
She is married to fellow performer, Doug Pawlik, with whom she has a tiny monster named Perry. Love, as always, to her family, her agents at Shirley Hamilton, Wally and Eug, and the whole Q team. God bless, and thank you for supporting live theater.

For Matt - No day but today.

LEAH MORROW

(u/s Kate Monster) is excited to be making her Chicago theater debut with Mercury Theater Chicago! A Michigan native, some of her favorite stage credits include: If/Then, Into The Woods, Dogfight, Avenue Q, Catch Me If You Can, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserable, Legally Blonde, and Reefer Madness. Many special thanks to Walter and Eugene for giving her this incredible opportunity, and to the entire cast and crew for their warmth and support. All of her love to Josh. I don’t know where I’d be without your love and encouragement.

MOLLY JONES

DAVID S. ROBBINS* (Gary Coleman) is so stoked to be making his Mercury Theater Chicago debut in this awesome production of Avenue Q. Chicago Credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Spamilton Chicago Cast (Royal George Theater, Jeff nomination - Ensemble), Regional: Memphis (Bobby Dupree - AriZoni Award nomination), Rent (Tom Collins), Once on this Island (Agwe), M. Reyer in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera (regional premiere). Instagram: david.s.robbins

DAVID S. ROBBINS

ANDREW LUND (u/s Princeton/Rod) returns to Mercury Theater Chicago after performing in Hair, The Bardy Bunch, and the 2014 run of Avenue Q. Chicago credits include: A Funny Thing…Forum,Double Trouble, City of Angels, Anyone Can Whistle, Fade Out-Fade In (Porchlight); The Nutcracker (The House Theater of
Chicago); Charlotte’s Web (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Loving Repeating (Kokandy Productions); Godspell (Brown Paper Box Co). Andrew specializes in one-on-one immersive design, and is the curator of One On One Chicago, an ongoing theatrical project that performs each show for a single audience member (oneononechi.com). Self-produced work includes The Outpost, Beach Play, and This is a Play about Guns. He is an ensemble member with (re)discover theatre and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. www.andrew-lund.com

ANDREW LUND

CHRISTIAN SIEBERT (Rod) is ecstatic to be part of his first production at Mercury Theater Chicago! Previous credits include: Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly (Children’s Theater of Madison); The Polar Express (Rail Events, Inc./Warner Bros.); Strangest Things! The Musical (Random Acts Chicago); Jack and the Beanstalk (Gorilla Tango Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, West Side Story, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Mrs. Packard. Christian holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Viterbo University.

CHRISTIAN SIEBERT

  DAN SMERIGLIO  (Nicky)   is thrilled to be back at Mercury Theater Chicago, where he was in the 2014 production of  Avenue Q ,  The Christmas Schooner  and  The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes . He has also worked with Steppenwolf on  Lord of The Flies  and recently appeared in  Chicago Fire  on NBC. Thanks to B, my family and friends for their continual support and encouragement. I couldn't do it without you!

DAN SMERIGLIO (Nicky) is thrilled to be back at Mercury Theater Chicago, where he was in the 2014 production of Avenue Q, The Christmas Schooner and The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes. He has also worked with Steppenwolf on Lord of The Flies and recently appeared in Chicago Fire on NBC. Thanks to B, my family and friends for their continual support and encouragement. I couldn't do it without you!

DAN SMERIGLIO

STEPHANIE WOHAR (u/s Lucy, Bad Idea Bear, Mrs. T) is delighted to be back at Mercury Theater Chicago after a great run with The Producers. Some other Chicago credits include: Sweet Smell of Success (Kokandy Productions); The Next Thing (Signal Ensemble Theater); and Reefer Madness
(Circle Theater). She also spent time traveling as a singer with Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton and his show. Recent film credits include: Strongroom (Third Wheel Entertainment), as well as music videos for “In Our Dreams” Black Stone Cherry and “In Chains” Shaman’s Harvest.

STEPHANIE WOHAR

MAXTON SMITH (u/s Nicky, Brian) is overjoyed to be joining the cast of Avenue Q for his first production at Mercury Theater Chicago. Recent credits include A Christmas Carol (Metropolis Playhouse), Guys and Dolls (William Street Repertory), and Pippin and Beauty and the Beast (Woodstock Playhouse, NY). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in psychology.

MAXTON SMITH

A.D. WEAVER (u/s Gary Coleman) is thrilled to be making his Mercury Theater debut with this amazing cast and crew! Selected Chicago Credits include: Court Theatre;(Five Guys Named Moe) Black Ensemble Theater; (Teddy Pendergrass Story) ETA Theater; (Migration *world premier) NY Credits: Park Playhouse; (Ragtime) Regional Credits: Children’s Theater of Madison; (Edward Tulane) Cardinal Stage Company; (A Year With Frog and Toad) NIETF Foundation; (Ragtime) Ross Music Theater; (Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden, The Music Man). To my village, thank you for being small but MIGHTY! Instagram: adeontaiii .
A.D. is represented by Gray Talent Group. Major shoutouts to Kieran and Noelle!! Jeremiah 29:11 Keep the Faith!

A.D. WEAVER

  JONAH D. WINSTON* (Trekkie Monster/Ricky)  is overjoyed to be making his Mercury Theatre Chicago debut in  Avenue Q , his first production with the company. Recently appearing on stage in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's  Jesus Christ Superstar  at The Lyric Opera of Chicago, some of Jonah's favorite Chicago credits include the Maitre'D in  The Merry Widow  (The Lyric Opera of Chicago), Mr. Fezziwig in  A Christmas Carol  (The Goodman Theatre), Newt Lee/Riley in  Parade  (Writers Theatre), and the Adding Clerk/Judge/Priest in  Machinal  (The Green House Theatre). Regional credits include Alf in  Peter and the Starcatcher  (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Antonio in Shakespeare's  Twelfth Night  (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Judah in  Joseph and the AmazingTechnicolor Dreamcoat  (Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre), and Jud Fry in  Oklahoma!  (Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre). Television and voice over credits include Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Senor Wolley, Skittles, Kool Aid, and Neste. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jonah holds duel Bachelor's Degrees in Theater Performance and Vocal Music from the Butler University Jordan College of the Arts, as well as a Master of Letters Degree from the Flinders University Drama Center in Adelaide, South Australia. He will next appear on stage in the seasonal return of The Goodman Theatre's  A Christmas Carol , once again appearing as Mr. Fezziwig. Thank you to my families, both on and off the stage, for all your love, energy, and support and to A.L.W. for being the Mrs. Trekkie Monster on my avenue. Cheers everyone!

JONAH D. WINSTON* (Trekkie Monster/Ricky) is overjoyed to be making his Mercury Theatre Chicago debut in Avenue Q, his first production with the company. Recently appearing on stage in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar at The Lyric Opera of Chicago, some of Jonah's favorite Chicago credits include the Maitre'D in The Merry Widow (The Lyric Opera of Chicago), Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol (The Goodman Theatre), Newt Lee/Riley in Parade (Writers Theatre), and the Adding Clerk/Judge/Priest in Machinal (The Green House Theatre). Regional credits include Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Antonio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Judah in Joseph and the AmazingTechnicolor Dreamcoat (Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre), and Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre). Television and voice over credits include Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Senor Wolley, Skittles, Kool Aid, and Neste. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jonah holds duel Bachelor's Degrees in Theater Performance and Vocal Music from the Butler University Jordan College of the Arts, as well as a Master of Letters Degree from the Flinders University Drama Center in Adelaide, South Australia. He will next appear on stage in the seasonal return of The Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol, once again appearing as Mr. Fezziwig. Thank you to my families, both on and off the stage, for all your love, energy, and support and to A.L.W. for being the Mrs. Trekkie Monster on my avenue. Cheers everyone!

JONAH D. WINSTON