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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 a number of commercial projects and new musical readings.  Outside of the arts, Olin is a licensed Real Estate Broker with @properties, assisting buyers and sellers in Chicago for the past 10 years.  He is also the Chicago App State Alumni Chapter president.  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! Molly came into The Cabaret Project as green as her Irish eyes, and has since become a valued member of our cast!

Meredith Freyre

Meredith Freyre is one of the founding members of The Cabaret Project and loves her cabaret family!  Meredith majored in Vocal Performance at Northern Illinois University. She has performed with The Chicago Symphony Chorus, Elgin Symphony Chorus, Noble Fool Theater, About Face Theater, American Theater Company and was a member of the final Chicago cast of Tony n' Tina's Wedding. Meredith originated a starring role in a new off-Broadway show “Toulouse! The Musical” in NewYork and was also featured in T-Mobile national commercial. When she's not singing and strapping herself into corsets - Meredith spends her time with her husband, her two lovable pitbulls & slugging cereal for Kellogg's as an Account Executive at Leo Burnett.

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 Artistic Director of The Cabaret Project and hasn't had time to write a bio..... just kidding                  - coming soon.

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 7 LONG years, and I can still smell the fresh makeup.  The feather boas had never been used. The tube-tops had never been sweat in.  The Cabaret Project was called a Group of Fools, and we were.  We really were - Oh, this isn't Titanic?  Well, 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 the past 6 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.  Thank you to the entire cabaret family - you mean more to me than words can express.

Brittany Townsley

Brittany is a singer/actor (no she is not a dancer) who holds a BA in Musical Theater from Columbia College of Chicago and who hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This lover of football and the Green Bay Packers joined the Cabaret in 2011 and has never been the same since. After performing in many plays and musicals around the city (Bailiwick Chicago, Emerald City, and Jedlika Performing Arts Center, to name a few) Brittany now only performs with The Cabaret Project which she considers home. Brittany is currently the Wholesale and Social Media Manager at t+j Designs, a local family owned fashion company, and also has a fashion and lifestyle blog called The F Bombs. Thank you to this amazing group of people who I consider family and thank YOU for supporting the Cabaret!! Be sure to check out Brittany on Instagram @thefbombs!! 

Pianist - Brian Felder

Brian Felder is one of the founding members of The Cabaret Project, and proudly serves as one of primary pianists and Finance Manager 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 a full-time, licensed Real Estate Broker with @properties, specializing in residential real estate.  

Pianist - Jimmy Morehead

James 'Jimmy', is the Artistic Director of the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, music director for VOX3,, and choir master/organist at St. Helena's Episcopal Church in Burr Ridge, Illinois. He primarily works as a coach, accompanist and music director for the Theater Conservatory of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he has also served as Adjunct Professor of Music Theory/History and German Diction. James received his MM in Piano Performance and Music Theory from Roosevelt University and his BM from Duquesne University. As a Music Director, James has worked on See What I Wanna See in the Steppenwolf Garage series 2013 and has also done Jerry Springer- the Opera, bare (Jeff Nominated: Music Direction), Passing Strange (Jeff Nominated: Music Direction), Dessa Rose (Jeff Nominated: Music Direction), The Baker's Wife, Chess, AIDA, Trouble in Tahiti, The Rainbow Connection, the Mikado, The Impresario, Barber of Seville, The Old Maid and the Thief, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sondheim in the Park, The Wandering Scholar, The Bear, Reagan's Children, Something Schwartz, The Way We War, Copacabana, Cupid and Psyche, Promises, Promises  Screwed Up People, Flaherty and Ahrens On and Off and The Tony Goes To, The Tony Goes II, and Once, Twice, Three Times a Tony among many others. Classically, James has performed at the Auditorium Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, Rockefeller Chapel, Chicago's Gospel Fest 2012, Ravinia, and Harold Washington Theater among many others. He has collaborated and performed with the Juliani Ensemble, the Grande Prairie Choral Arts Singers, Anaphora, Lyric Opera Kids and ChiArts, He has also appeared as a featured pianist at the Green Mill, Mary's Attic, the Tavern, Gentry on Halsted, Spin Nightclub, Davenport's, the 410 Club, the Spot and the Casino.


Associate Artists:

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

Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen, Leslie Jordan, CoCo Peru, Miss Conception, Tony Tripoli, Rebecca Finnegan, Honey West, Bethany Thomas, Josh Walker, Lynne Jordan, Lady Jack, Meghan Murphy, Melissa Young.....