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 & Broadway Bound.
SARAH JEAN TILFORD is a Chicago based actor with a degree in Theatre Performance. After graduating, she performed with Alphabet Soup Children's Theatre for three years and continues to write for them today. Sarah works steadily with We Three Theatre Company and The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company in Chicago, but her real passion is teaching and directing youth programs and passing on her love of the performing arts to little ones. Sarah teaches and directs: Mini-Footlighters, Kinderlighters, Little Footlighters, & Spotlighters. She is the assistant director for Deerfield's Broadway Bound.
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JESSICA HARDY is an actress and the Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. She has studied at The Second City Chicago conservatory, Acting Studio Chicago, and Lesly Kahn studios in Los Angeles. She has performed improv and sketch comedy in Chicago and Los Angeles over the past 10 years including Chicago Sketchfest and children's touring companies. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA has appeared in commercials, television, and independent films. Her teaching experience includes working for Second City's youth programs, Models of Pride in Los Angeles, Chiaravalle Montessori School of Evanston, Chicago Public Schools, After School Matters, and Spark Program of Chicago. Jessica has been teaching independent improv workshops and classes since 2012. She is thrilled to be working for Sarah Hall Theatre Company! Jessica teaches: Jr High Improv, Adult Improv, Little Footlighters and The Play's the Thing!