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

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 TroubleCity of AngelsAnyone Can WhistleFade 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 OutpostBeach 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

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

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

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, 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.

LEAH MORROW

JONAH D. WINSTON* (Trekkie Monster/Ricky) is overjoyed to be making his Mercury Theater Chicago debut in Avenue Q. Recently seen in Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyric Opera of Chicago). Chicago credits include: Maitre'D in The Merry Widow (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre); Newt Lee/Riley in Parade (Writers Theatre); the Adding Clerk/Judge/Priest in Machinal (Greenhouse Theatre Center). 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 Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre); and Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre). Television and voiceover credits include Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Senor Wolley, Skittles, Kool Aid, and Nestlé. He will next appear on stage in Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol, once again performing 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. 

JONAH D. WINSTON

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

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