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Olin Eargle - Marketing -


Nicole Besa

Hailing from Alaska, Nicole Besa is recognized internationally for her "delightful, exuberant presence and dramatic engagement" (Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute), her vocal versatility and her artistic integrity to any genre she sings. Nicole is thrilled to work with The Cabaret Project here in Chicago. As both a private voice teacher and active performer, Nicole also is a lead singer for Bluewater Kings, which was voted one of the country's best party bands by 'The Knot'. Her next theatrical engagement will be at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in "The King and I." Visit

Olin Eargle

Olin is a Chicago based singer/actor and founding company member of The Cabaret Project. With a Theatre Arts degree from Appalachian State University, Olin has been performing in Chicago since 2008. Favorite credits include Action (West Side Story), Danny Zuko (Grease) and with The Cabaret Project, 'CT-Hey' and 'Porter to Paris'. As an actor, Olin has been seen in Scrooge & Marley (2012), Crisis (2014), Divergent (2014) and Chicago PD (2015). He has also worked on numerous commercial projects and new musical readings. He is a founding member of Feathered Beaus. Outside of the arts, Olin has been a Real Estate Broker with @properties, assisting buyers and sellers in Chicago for the past 11 years. Visit

Molly Farrelly

Molly is a Chicago native, born and raised. She spent most of her adult life behind a desk, but always hoped for the courage to change careers and pursue performance. When Molly auditioned for the Cabaret Project, she hadn't been in a musical production since her high school put up Grease (naturally, she played Rizzo). Now, since joining The Cabaret Project, Molly has headlined solo shows at Uptown Underground, The House of Blues and Hamburger Mary's. She has guest starred in variety shows at Stage 773, Debonair, Fizz Pub and The Drifter. She has a monthly gig bringing music and comedy to the hosting of "The House of Burlesque" in the Foundation Room of the House of Blues and her one woman show 'Molly's Folies'.

Zak George

Zachary George hails from New Lenox, IL and studied music education at Augustana College. Since moving to Chicago 7 years ago, he has performed with a vast number of musical ensembles, ranging from the Chicago Chamber Choir and Peregrine Ensemble to the Grant Park Symphony Chorus. He started with the Cabaret Project during the holiday season and now joins for more regular performances throughout the city. He works for DePaul University in Enrollment Management and teaches a class, typically to first year music students, as they transition to college and to Chicago. He is an avid runner, traveler and Sunday bruncher!

Kyle Hustedt

Kyle is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Cabaret Project. Hailing from Odebolt Iowa, this country boy found his voice and his home in the cabarets of Chicago. From the early days of Voltaire, Kyle knew this was the life for him, and thus The Cabaret Project was born. In addition to running the troupe as well as performing, he is part owner in The Monocle in St. Louis and serves as the entertainment director. Originally performing on cruise ships, he is a graduate of Luther College with a degree in Opera. Now living in the cabaret world, Kyle performs in a myriad of venues, and was lucky enough to be cast in a Super Bowl commercial alongside Jennifer Hudson. He is a founding member of Feathered Beaus. 



Michael McBride

Michael McBride is thrilled to serve as music director and as a performer for The Cabaret Project. He is on music faculty at Loyola University and North Park University as Music Director, Voice Instructor and Music Academics Instructor. McBride earned his Doctorate in Music Composition from Northwestern University and directed the composition program for the National High School Music Institute. In addition to performing with TCP, he enjoys a residency as Pianist/Vocalist at The Twisted Vine. Connect with the latest info at

Kelli Morgan

Kelli Morgan McHugh is a lecturer of voice in the department of theatre at Northwestern University. She performs, choreographs, and teaches in Chicago’s cabaret, musical theatre, and opera scene, and she is a founding member of Chicago Cabaret Project. McHugh completed two tours with the USO touring group OnStage, entertaining U.S. troops overseas in Egypt, Turkey, Italy, France, and Spain. She has been teaching classical and musical theatre voice lessons for the past eight years.

Danielle Plisz

Danielle is thrilled to be collaborating with the Cabaret Project. Previous Chicago credits include We Three Lizas (About Face Theatre), Rent (American Theatre Company/About Face Theatre), A Chorus Line, Hairspray (Marriott Lincolnshire) Sugar, Mame (Drury Lane Oakbrook) Hello, Dolly!, Kiss Me Kate ( Light Opera Works). She is also our resident Liza Minnelli diva! Danielle would like to thank her family & friends for their love and support.

Kyle "Kiki" Russell

It's been 10 LONG years, and I can still smell the fresh makeup. The feathered boas had never been used. The tube-tops had never been sweat in. I hail from the beach of Mississippi where I was raised to be the good southern sissy I am today. After receiving my BFA in Acting, I moved to Chicago (literally the next day) and never looked back. Over these years as a senior member of The Cabaret Project I have performed, costumed, staged, produced, begged, borrowed AND stolen a stuffed goose. Thanks to TCP, I have been able to hone my professional craft, as well as create an awesome family. I am a founding member of Feathered Beaus. Thank you to the entire cabaret family - you mean more to me than words can express.

Pianist - Brian Felder

Brian Felder is one of the founding members of The Cabaret Project, and proudly serves as one of primary pianists for the company. Having grown up in Indiana, he accompanied several school and show choirs while in high school and earned his B.S. in Marketing & Entrepreneurship at Ball State University. During this time, Brian performed regularly at country clubs, churches and private gigs. Brian moved to Chicago in 2004, and he continues to play at a variety of piano/cabaret bars throughout the Midwest, including Chicago, St. Louis, MO and Lake Geneva, WI. In addition to performing regularly, Brian is also a licensed Real Estate Broker with @properties, specializing in residential real estate.


Associate Artists:

In addition to our talented company members, The Cabaret Project has had the pleasure of working with the following associate artists':

Joelle Lamarre, Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen, Jimmy Morehead, Leslie Jordan, CoCo Peru, Miss Conception, Tony Tripoli, Rebecca Finnegan, Honey West, Bethany Thomas, Josh Walker, Lynne Jordan, Lady Jack, Meghan Murphy, Melissa Young, Piel Canela, Kim Kuzma, Nate Buccieri and more.....