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Actors Studio 66

is proud to present LIFE SUCKS
by Aaron Posner. 
A cutting edge, audience interactive experience that is funny,
irreverent and
amazingly moving.
Loosely based on Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" the play is as relevant today as the former classic, exploring all the recesses of the human heart. 

Adult Themes & Strong Language

April 7 - 24, 2022

Directors Notes
Insecurity is the plague that often stops us from moving forward in life. I think this is at the heart of "Life Sucks!" as we witness every character's battle to feel loved. A journey that we all share as human beings.
- Frederick Ponzlov

Meet the Team

Merritt C. Glover (ELLA)


Merritt C. Glover (ELLA) is a New Mexico Native, with a Bachelor’s Degree in performance, over 39 theatrical credits, and 40+ film and television credits. She thinks “it is crucial more than ever to combat destruction through creation and the human connection". Eternal gratitude to Actor's Studio 66 for the incredible opportunity to tell Ella's story, my 'Actor Village', and all of you audience members helping to keep the voice of art and humanity alive." Please visit her website at  

Teddy Eggleston (PICKLES)


Teddy is absolutely thrilled and honored to finally be back on stage and a part of this wonderful production. In the meantime, she has enjoyed roles in film and TV, including BETTER CALL SAUL, THE NIGHT SHIFT, THEM, SILK ROAD and major recurring roles in

THE UNSETTLING and CHAMBERS. Now. Sit back and enjoy this sassy and profoundly human piece of work!

Jim Gulliford (VANYA)


Jim Gulliford (VANYA) is originally from Chicago.  He has performed in many local theatre venues in Chicago and Phoenix, where he also had roles in several films.  Since moving to Albuquerque in 2020, he joined Mitchell & Associates Talent and has been cast in three movies and is thrilled to get back to live theatre with this production.

Mark Hisler (ASTER)


Mark Hisler (ASTER) is a local man. He enjoys reading, sleeping, walking, eating and playing tennis.  He most recently appeared as Torvald in A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, Mitch in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and Pierre in THE FATHER (Vortex Theatre). Much thanks to Fred, Kathleen, Anton, cast and production team behind LIFE SUCKS.  For Cynthia. 

Caitlin Kelly (SONIA) 


Caitlin is beyond excited to be a part of the LIFE SUCKS Ophelia in HAMLET (NM Shakespeare Festival), Juliet in Emmy in A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2 (the Vortex Theatre). Caitlin hopes the audience enjoys watching the show as much as she enjoys acting it.

Frederick Ponzlov
(Director & The Professor)


Frederick Ponzlov has acted in numerous TV series and films.  Since arriving in Albuquerque five years ago, he has directed at the Adobe and Vortex  Theaters, as well as what is now is The Black Cat Cultural Center. He is so very proud to be directing this inaugural production for Actors Studio 66.  Frederick studied acting with Sanford Meisner in New York and teaches his acting method here in New Mexico.  For more information about classes email

Kathleen Welker (BABS)

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Originally our Stage Manager, Kathleen graciously transitioned to the role of Babs. She has performed in Germany, England, and the United States as an actor and director. Her most recent performances include

Elizabeth I in MARY STUART and AnneMarie in A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 (Vortex Theatre). Having worked every aspect of the theatre except electricity, she is excited to be part of the outstanding LIFE SUCKS team and we're thoroughly grateful to her! (Because otherwise, life might've really sucked).

Jeff Jung
(Stage Manager)


Jeff  recently moved to the Land of Enchantment from North Dakota. He trained at Barnum's Acting Studio in Fargo, ND and has taken advantage of a variety of Zoom based instructional opportunities to hone his acting skills. Jeff has a wide variety of special talents including ,

whistling, various animal sounds, accents, rolling tongue, double jointed hands,

Shaina Hovrud

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Shaina is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota and has costumed numerous productions including SPAMLOT, OKLAHOMA, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and more! In addition to costuming, she has worn many hats in the theater as a director, actor, and lighting/sound board operator. Two years ago, she was recognized as Dakota Stage Ltd.'s Volunteer of the Year


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Over the course of Tim's theatrical career he has participated in all phases of a production.  Starting as an actor he progressed to the technical side early on and has since taken out national and international tours and worked in award winning theaters in Minneapolis, South Florida, New York and California and now here in Albuquerque.  He is extremely proud to be a Founding Board member of Actors Studio 66.

Adrian Doerfler
(Tech Volunteer)


Before the pandemic, Adrian volunteered at the Aux Dog Theatre in acting, stage hand and technical capacities. He is a videographer and works at Field and Frame. a video rental business in Nob Hill. He is happy to be involved in the theater community once again.


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Jim Gulliford (VANYA)


Kathleen Welker (BABS)

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Caitlin Kelly (SONIA) 


Teddy Eggleston (PICKLES)


Mark Hisler (ASTER)


Merritt C. Glover (ELLA)


Frederick Ponzlov

(Most of) The Team

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