AL KATZ-MARIANI is a Chicago based teacher, director, and performer. He hold a degree in theatre and language arts/social studies education from the University of Iowa, and his greatest passion is helping young people grow by exposing them to theater and performance. Al has been working in children's theater for years; he grew up in youth theater programs, spent years as a theater camp counselor, and started teaching and directing after graduating. When he is not working on shows with middle schoolers, Al teaches sixth grade humanities at Lincoln Middle School works in Schiller Park (with more middle schoolers, of course). 

Al teaches: Jr High Improv and assists Deerfield Performers Troupe

YVETTE STREICHER has been teaching Little Footlighters for over four years. She has also taught Jr. High Improv in Glencoe at at the Hyde Park Day School for the past year and a half. Theater has played a big part in her life ranging from acting in summer theater programs through High School sponsored productions. She has a major in communications and graphic design. Yvette feels lucky to both live and teach in the Glencoe community.

​Yvette teaches: Little Footlighters and Kinderlighters

​LANA WHITTINGTON is a Chicago based actor, fight director and intimacy designer. She graduated with a BFA acting degree from Oklahoma City University in 2014 and has been teaching kids theatre and dance since she was 16 years old. She is a certified Advanced Actor Combatant with Fight Directors of Canada and is working towards her teaching certification. Other than working with many different theatres in Chicago Lana is a company member with Cuckoo's Theatre and is the resident fight choreographer at Otherworld Theatre. She is very grateful to be able to work with such creative and passionate young theatre artists. 

Lana teaches: In the Act, Little Footlighters, & Tiny Ballet

Lana Assists: Deerfield's Broadway Bound, Little Footlighters, & Tiny Hip Hop

JILL OLSON STUCK is a theater educator and artist based in Chicago, IL.  She is the founder and director of Storytown, a fully improvised, interactive adventure for kids.  Through Storytown, she works to cultivate creativity and arts appreciation while audiences to story structure and problem solving.  Jill is an Improv Professor of Merriment with The Laughing Academy,  a Theater Teaching Artist with Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop, and teaches improv with Sarah Hall Theatre.  She has traveled with Compass Creative Dramatics teaching students across the country a play in a week.  Jill has served as the Chicago Director for Funny Bones Improv bringing the healing power of laughter through improvisation to children in Chicago area hospitals and their caretakers.  Jill graduated from Towson University with BA in Theater Arts.  She is a graduate of the iO and Second City Conservatory improv programs.  She has performed around Chicago with iO, Second City's Skybox Theater,  Moving Dock Theater Company, Redtwist Theatre, and WNEP with Seven Deadly Plays and 365 Sketches. Jill teaches: Jr. High Improv

CINDY DINHAM has been assisting with the Sarah Hall Theatre Company for over a year and has taught both enrichment and preschool classes in Glencoe for many years.  She has a degree in Child Development and Family Relations and has worked as a Child Life Assistant, Educational Therapist, and also spent many years working in a corporate setting. She has lived in Glencoe for over twelve years with her husband and two children and finds teaching to be fun and rewarding!

Cindy assists: Little Footlighters and Tiny Footlighters

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STEFANIE GUGGENHEIM is thrilled to be directing for the Sarah Hall Theatre Company. She loves directing youth productions and teaching children about the wonderful world of theatre. While growing up performing in various Deerfield theatre programs, she began assistant directing and choreographing for kids when she was only 14-years-old. She grew to fully direct and choreograph children’s productions through Starland Kids in Deerfield. Stefanie holds a degree in elementary education and a minor in theatre from Illinois State University. When she is not directing children’s musicals, she is a middle school teacher in the north shore. She is very thankful to work with the incredible SHTC staff and the most creative, fun, and passionate kids.

Stefanie Directs: Deerfield Performers Troupe & Deerfield's Broadway Bound

ANNA CELESTE (AC) HARRER is a graduate of Northwestern University with a BA in Dance Performance and Dance Education. AC is a former member of Refresh Dance Crew, Graffiti Dancers, Flux Dance Project, and New Movement Project. AC has performed professionally with The Nashville Ballet and Danceworks of Northwestern University. In addition, AC has performed as a guest artist with Vanderbilt University, College of DuPage, and Chicago Dance Crash. AC has completed continuing education programs at The School of Nashville Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, Orlando Ballet, The International Ballet Competition, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and Visceral Dance Chicago. AC performs and teaches a diverse range of styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. Anna Celeste is excited to continue her second year teaching and performing in Illinois!

AC teaches: Little HipHop, Youth HipHop, Mini Ballet, Little Ballet, Youth Ballet  

AC Assistant Directs Glencoe's Elite Performance Dance Team

SARAH JEAN TILFORD is a Chicago based actor with a degree in Theatre Performance. She works steadily as a performer, director, costumer, and playwright. Sarah is a company member and the Youth Education Coordinator of Otherworld Theatre Company. She is also a company member of The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company and EDGE of Orion. Sarah is so grateful to spend her days teaching and directing youth programs and passing on her love of the performing arts to little ones!
Sarah is the General Manager ​of Sarah Hall Theatre Company and oversees the Dance Program

Sarah teaches and directs: Tiny Footlighters, Mini-Footlighters, Little Footlighters, and choreographs for Glencoe Broadway Bound.

She also costumes many of our productions!