JESSICA DEAHR was a company member for several years with the multi-disciplinary Chicago Dance Crash before becoming Resident Choreographer and eventually Artistic Director of the company. Currently in her 7th season as AD for Crash, Jessica's choreographic resume includes evening length works such as “The Bricklayers of Oz” (Dance Magazine named 2017 Most Inventive New Work, Chicago Tribune Best Dance in 2017) and "Gotham City" (Chicago Reader Best in Dance 2012) as well as many repertoire works seen at Dance For Life, Chicago Idea’s Week, Pritzker Pavillion, Chicago Summer Dance, Millenium Park Crown Fountain, Spring To Dance Festival in St. Louis, Governor's State University, SIUE's X Fest, Dance Chicago (Outstanding New Voice 2011), Duets For My Valentine, The DCASE Storefront Theater, The Victory Garden's Biograph Theater, and various theaters and festivals across the US. Jessica has also performed for C5 Aerial, Stage Factor, Impulse Talent, Mystique Productions, Goldberg Entertainment, Royal Caribbean Productions, Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Joel Hall, Instruments of Movement, Too White Crew, and the JumpSmokers at Allstate Arena Jingle Bash. Jessica has also choreographed for the World Wildlife Fund, the BBC, Vital Proteins, Trinity Irish Dancers, Chicago Tap Theatre, Inaside Chicago Dance, The Tease and Chicago Takes Off. With a background that spans ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, aerial, ballroom and breaking, she enjoys setting choreography at studios and schools throughout the Chicagoland area as well.
Jessica directs Glencoe's Elite Performance Dance Team
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, & Spotlighters
She also costumes many of our productions!
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: Little Footlighters
COLLEEN HOLLIS is from Springfield, IL where she began dancing at the age of two. She continued her dance education at Illinois State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Performance, graduating with Magna Cum Laude. While at Illinois State University, Colleen had the opportunity to work with many well-renowned choreographers such as Joshua Blake Carter, Edward Rice, Teena Marie Custer, Jennifer Harge, and Stephanie Pizzo. Colleen also had the opportunity to both perform at and show her own choreography at the American College Dance Association. Colleen has also trained at some of the country’s top commercial dance facilities in Los Angeles, CA such as Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle, Debbie Reynolds Legacy Studios, and The Edge Performing Arts. Colleen currently works for Universal Dance Association where she travels to instruct dancers throughout the country. Colleen is a current resident of Chicago, IL where she dances professionally for the NBA Chicago Bulls as a Luvabull. Colleen also coaches an All-Star Dance team based in Niles, IL. In addition to her dance career, Colleen has recently gotten involved in the fitness industry and is currently certified in Barre at Exhale Spa in Chicago. Throughout her dance career, Colleen has discovered her passion for all genres of dance and all of the amazing things they can each offer. After nine years of teaching, Colleen’s aspiration for her dance teaching career is to educate young dancers about all of the facets of dance: concert dance, commercial dance, and competitive dance, and to integrate all of these into a cohesive learning experience in order to develop well-rounded dancers who are ready to potentially take on the professional world, while having a lot of fun! Colleen is thrilled to begin teaching in Glencoe again this year and cannot wait to share her passions with her students. Colleen teaches: Tiny Hip Hop, Mini Hip Hop and Youth Hip Hop
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
CYDNEY JONES is a Chicago based Dancer and Dance Instructor. She is a graduate of Illinois State University with a BSA in Dance Performance and Business Administration. At Illinois State University, Cydney specialized in Ballet, Modern and Jazz as well as dancing for the pre-professional Dance Theatre Company. She was able to perform at the Illinois State University Fall/Spring Concerts, American College Dance Association, Northwest Ballet Ensemble 8th and 10th Annual Winter Festival of Dance and Detroit Dance City Festival. While performing, she also is as Dance Instructor for Universal Dance Association and a former Instructor and Centerstage Dance Studio in Dixon, IL. Cydney teaches and performs a range of styles including hip-hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and pom. Cydney is very grateful and excited to start her first year with SHTC!
Cydney teaches: Tiny Ballet, Mini Ballet, Mini Hip Hop and Choreographs for Glencoe Broadway Bound
Cydney assists: Tiny Footlighters and Mini 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. 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
LISA CARDONICK has a background in psychology and counseling as well as work experience in dementia and aging. Since childhood, Lisa has participated in choirs, musical theatre productions, and a cappella groups. She is excited to be working with both children and seniors!
Lisa teaches: Improvisation and Brain Games, Scene Study, The Play’s The Thing, and Assists Mini 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
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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 assists: Little Footlighters
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
ABIGAIL LAFONT is a Teaching Artist, Actor, and Director originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is so excited to be a Teaching Artist with Sarah Hall Theatre Company! Abigail is also a teaching artist for E.D.G.E. of Orion, the Chicago Children’s Theatre, Emerald City Theatre and has been a teaching artist for the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre for over two years. She recently directed a production of Stormbreaker with E.D.G.E. of Orion and is now directing High School Musical with the Constellation Project (a neuro diverse program that includes actors of all abilities). Abigail loves working with young people to develop their talents, using the classroom to play, discover, and explore storytelling in different and creative ways. Her goal as a teaching artist is to inspire in her students a love for theatre that was instilled in her by the teachers who once taught her.
Abigail teaches: Tiny Ballet and Little Footlighters
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