Theater: Youth & Adult
Center for the Arts: Theater
Artistic Director of Theater
The Theater Department offers acting classes for children and adults along with community theater performance experiences for adults and children. A summer musical is performed outdoors as part of the Starlight Theatre series in the Wallace Bowl at Gillson Park.
The Wilmette Improv Troupes are designed for students ages 9 and up, and are directed by acclaimed Wilmette Children’s Theater Director, Wendy Avon. Students will master the craft of improvisation and show off their skills with a variety of performing opportunities both in house and in the community. Troupe members will have the pleasure of performing improv games designed to build self-confidence, as well as improve their audition and acting skills. Ten performances are scheduled for the season. AUDITONS are held on Monday, October 10 from 4p-6p at the Community Recreation Center. To secure an audition or for more information, email Director Wendy Avon at email@example.com.
Calling all actors! If you have ever wanted to participate in an unique production of the Nutcracker, this is the opportunity for you! Actors ages 4-6 are welcome to register for the Nutcracker Actor Class without an audition, and actors ages 7 and higher are welcome to audition for a feature role (prior experience preferred) on Saturday, August 27 from 1p-2p at the Community Recreation Center. To secure an acting audition, contact Wendy Avon, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon arrival for the audition, parents will sign their actors in, and students will participate in a class audition. Feature role rehearsals are scheduled between actor and director and registration is required.
A parent meeting will be held on Sunday, October 23 from 1pm-2pm to review information for those enrolled in classes or cast as a feature role. Productions are held December 9, 10, and 11, 2016. For more information, contact Wendy Avon at email@example.com. For information on Nutcracker Dancers, click HERE.
Wendy Avon has been teaching performing arts to children for more than 15 years. She is a graduate of Columbia College, where she studied theater and dance. She has acted in Chicago theatrical productions, professional films and commercials.
Alison Dornheggen has been working in the Chicago theatre community as an actor, director, fight choreographer and administrator for the past 15 years. She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she majored in Acting and Directing. In 2008, she took a hiatus from Chicago to become the Graduate Theatre Fellow for the Arts Management program at American University in Washington, DC. She has worked with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theater, Caffeine Theatre, Steep Theatre Company, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Women’s Theatre Alliance, 20% Theatre Company, The Factory Theater and greasy joan & co. She currently is an ensemble member, as well as marketing and development coordinator, for Babes With Blades Theatre Company, a female based theatre company which specializes in the art of stage combat.
Christine Kostuchowski received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Performing Arts from Northeastern Illinois University. She has appeared in local community theater productions and has an extensive background in technical theater as a director, costumer, stage manager, and make-up consultant.