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: Glencoe Little Footlighters and Kinderlighters

ANGELA RAK is a Chicago based actor delighted to join Sarah Hall Theatre Company as a Teaching Artist! She studied theatre and creative writing at North Park University, and now she teaches at E.D.G.E. of Orion and Little Beans Cafe Evanston, as well as keeping up her acting career. Angela didn’t start acting until she was a teenager, and now loves working with young people to help them find what they love and grow in those areas.

Angela teaches St. Ben's Kinderlighters & Little Footlighters

​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. She is very grateful to be able to work with such creative and passionate young theatre artists. 

Lana teaches Tiny Hip Hop, assists Deerfield's Broadway Bound, and stage manages many of our large productions

JILL OLSON STUCKis 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: Glencoe Jr. High Improv & St. Ben's In the Act!

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 Kinderlighters

AUDREY NEY grew up in Nashville, TN and is a 2017 graduate of LIU Post in New York where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre.  While there she participated in youth outreach, teaching improv for after school programs, she was a Teaching Assistant for Beginning Acting and Theatrical Movement classes and her Senior year was designated as one of three warm up coaches for the university’s theatre company. Following graduation Audrey was hired as a tour manager and actor for a Nashville based theatre company where she worked on a year-long tour that began in the UK and culminated in a month-long run in New York City. She moved to Chicago in the fall of 2018 to pursue her acting career where she has predominantly been involved in Shakespeare productions.

Audrey teaches St. Ben's Kinderlighters & Little Footlighters

meet our staff

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

SARAH JEAN TILFORD-RODRIGUEZ holds a degree in Theatre Performance from Bradley University. She works steadily in Chicago as a performer, director, costumer, and playwright. Previous playwright credits include "Robin Hood" & "The Snow Queen" for Alphabet Soup Theatre and "Murder on the Magic Express" & "Jurassic Park: A Musical Parody" for EDGE Theatre. Sarah holds acting credits in musicals, Shakespeare, TYA shows, and education-based productions. Sarah is so grateful to spend her days teaching and directing youth programs and passing on her love of the performing arts to future generations!

Sarah is the GENERAL MANAGER ​of Sarah Hall Theatre Company

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

She also costumes all of our productions

ROBERT PERALES is a classically trained, professional dancer, fitness instructor, and yogi.
He achieved his degree in dance performance from Illinois State University and has since performed on some of the most prolific stages across Chicago and New York City, including Lincoln Center and The Joyce Theatre.
As his love for dance and teaching grew stronger, Robert found his way to be working alongside Sarah Hall Theatre Company for over two years. He is excited to be working with these dancers and for what the new year will bring!  Along side his dance career, Robert is also a cycling instructor at Studio Three and influencer for lululemon.

Robert teaches: Hip Hop, Ballet, and Contemporary dance classes

HANNAH ROSE holds a degree in music education from DePaul University. She has worked at the early childhood, preschool, elementary, and middle school levels throughout her varied teaching career. Hannah has been lucky enough to serve as the music director for Glencoe's Broadway Bound for almost a decade, and holds several music directing credits with Highland Park Players (TYA and mainstage). As a performer, some of her favorite credits include Mamma Mia, CATS, Into the Woods and Singin' in the Rain. She is known for telling her students that the best way to learn how to be an excellent performer is to watch other excellent performers, and encourages them all to get out there and see some live theatre! Hannah lives in Highland Park with her husband, two children, one dog, and one dog who thinks she's a cat.

Hannah Music Directs: Glencoe Broadway Bound

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: Deerfield Jr High Improv