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

SHANA DAGNY (u/s Christmas Eve) is thrilled to be making her Mercury Theater Chicago debut! Chicago credits include: Honeymoon In Vegas (Marriott Theatre); Kim in Miss Saigon, Gloria in Return To The Forbidden Planet (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center); Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Skokie Theatre); Rendition Room (Stage 773). A child TV personality in her native country of The Philippines; she is a member of the renowned dance team, Dancesport Team Cebu City. As an international singer, Shana has headlined concerts in Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Philippines. Other credits include Rashomon, Passion of the Christ, and Helen of Troy (Cebu, Philippines). Love to her coaches, Alan Savage, John Komasa, and Mike Kotnaur. Check out her videos at www.shanadagny.com

SHANA DAGNY

RYAN HAMMAN (u/s Rod) is delighted to be making his Mercury debut on Avenue Q! Credits include An Enemy of the People (Goodman Theatre); Pal Joey (Porchlight Music Theatre); Pirates of Penzance (Music Theatre Works); Into the Woods, Peter and the Starcatcher (Metropolis); It’s Only a Play (Pride Films and Plays). Ryan would like to thank the entire team at Mercury, and sends love to the Hammily & his fiancé, Matt. thetrevorproject.org

RYAN HAMMAN

MOLLY C. JONES* (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 Miserables, 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

NATALIE KREFT (u/s Kate Monster) is so excited to be making her Mercury Theater Chicago debut in a production that is near and dear to her heart. She relocated to Chicago from Cleveland in 2017 to continue her acting/theatre education career in one of the coolest cities on earth. Recent credits include: Shrek the Musical (Windy City Performs), Liberators (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival) and Avenue Q (Chagrin Valley Little Theater). She holds a degree in acting from Baldwin Wallace University. Endless thanks to her Parents and Grandmother for their constant support.

NATALIE KREFT

STEVE PEEBLES (u/s Trekkie Monster, Ricky) is excited to be covering both Pippin and Avenue Q for his first experience with Mercury Theater Chicago! He has worked in Chicago with Shattered Globe Theatre, The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, First Folio Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Light Opera Works, Prop THTR, Provision Theatre, Flanagan's Wake, and American Eagle Productions. He also toured with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and helped establish the guest artist track at The Shane Center in Livingston, MT for their production of Macbeth. Steve is an ensemble member with Shattered Globe Theatre and a proud graduate of North Central College.

STEVE PEEBLES

ANDREW LUND* (Princeton) 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); 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.

ANDREW LUND

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 Proverbs 3:6

DAVID S. ROBBINS

MEGHAN MCCANDLESS (u/s Lucy, Mrs. T, Bad Idea Bear) is so happy to be moving into the Avenue Q neighborhood! Previous credits include Kate Monster in Avenue Q (Triangle Productions); Natalie in Next to Normal (Artists Repertory Theatre); understudying Emma Goldman in Ragtime (Griffin Theatre); Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, and Pseudolus in A Funny Thing...Forum (Northwestern University). She has also participated in workshops of new shows by Hunter Bell, Salzman & Cunningham, and Kooman & Dimond. She is a proud Oregon native and Northwestern University graduate

MEGAN McCANDLES

JASON RICHARDS (Trekkie Monster) is thrilled to be back at the Mercury again after having the time of his life as Roger Debris in 2016’s summer hit The Producers. Other Chicago credits include Tateh in Ragtime (Griffin, Jeff nomination); David Frost in Frost/Nixon (Redtwist); Big River, Annie Warbucks (Theatre at the Center); A Christmas Story (Paramount); City of Angels, La Cage au Folles (Marriott); Shrek (Chicago Shakespeare); Assassins (Kokandy, Jeff nomination); The Wild Party (Bailiwick Chicago); Applause, Mack and Mabel, Gifts of the Magi, Anyone Can Whistle (Porchlight); The Pajama Game, The 48 Hour Musicals (Music Theater Company). He received the Jeff Award for his performance as Nicky/Trekkie in NightBlue’s Avenue Q, and four Wilde Award nominations from his time as an actor in his hometown of Detroit. Represented by Shirley Hamilton.

JASON RICHARDS

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 Oakbrook, Griffin Theatre, Theo Ubique, Emerald City Theatre, Timber Lake Playhouse, Bailiwick Chicago and Jim Henson Company. Huge thanks to the Q Community, Walter and Eugene for the endless artistic love, Max for the support, Mom, Loving thanks to wife, Agnes. For Ron.

MATTHEW MILES

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

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 (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); 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. All the love and thanks to everyone at the Mercury!

STEPHANIE WOHAR

SAM WOODS (u/s Princeton, Nicky) is thrilled to be making his Chicago theater debut with Mercury Theater Chicago! Some of his favorite regional credits include: Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! (Crane River Theatre Co.); Warner in Legally Blonde: The Musical (Paul Bunyan Playhouse); Mercutio in an immersive re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Jamie Wyeth in Nureyev's Eyes, both with the Bluebarn Theater. When not performing theatre, Sam is likely to be somewhere writing his next play or doing some kind of improvisation or sketch projects. More at sam-woods.com.

SAM WOODS