43rd Annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival


January 11-13, 2018
Illinois State University

Are you new to the Festival?

Not sure you want to take the Theatre Festival plunge? Get your answers to:

  • How do I navigate through all of the information?
  • How do I decide which students to bring?
  • How do I organize such a field trip?
  • Where do I find the money?
  • How do I keep parents in the loop?
  • How do I keep the administration in the loop?
  • What do I do first?

Contact Festival veteran Judy Swiger, Associate Director of Mentors at 217-840-7255 or click here to e-mail.

Get an idea of what kind of experience you and your students can expect at IHSTF 2018 Festival by looking at last year's Festival Program.


(Pictured Above: IHSTF 2016 Planning Committee Members)

The Illinois High School Theatre Festival is organized by a dedicated group of theatre professionals from across the state, all active members of the Illinois Theatre Association. These individuals work in a variety of capacities and begin planning over a year before the Festival. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of the appropriate Associate Directors listed below

NOTE: IHSTF 2018 Planning Committee Contact Info is Listed Below:

2018 Planning Committee

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Nathaniel Haywood (executivedirector@ihstf.org)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EMERITUS
LaDonna Wilson (Wilsonla@u4sd.org)

SECRETARY
Annaliisa Ahlman (annahl@d219.org)

ALL-STATE PRODUCERS
Tim Broeker (allstateproducers@ihstf.org)
Anna-Louise Jakubka (allstateproducers@ihstf.org)

ALL-STATE DIRECTOR
LaDonna Wilson (Wilsonla@u4sd.org)

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: DEVELOPMENT/PUBLIC RELATIONS
Liesl Krieger (lieslkrieger@gmail.com)

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: AUDITIONS
Britnee Kenyon (collegeauditions@ihstf.org)
Adam Miller (collegeauditions@ihstf.org)

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: EXHIBITS
Hector Hernandez (exhibits@ihstf.org)
Andy Simon (exhibits@ihstf.org)

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: PROMOTIONS
Dori Foster (festgear@ihstf.org)
Ryan Lambert (festgear@ihstf.org)

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: WORKSHOPS
Katherine (Kate) Apperson (workshops@ihstf.org)
Tom Skobel (workshops@ihstf.org)

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: PLAY SELECTION
Michelle Bayer (directors@ihstf.org)
Vic Pilolla (directors@ihstf.org)

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: HOSPITALITY/MENTORS
Judy Swiger (judyannswiger@gmail.com)

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: TECHNOLOGY
Thom Ringrose (technology@ihstf.org)
Teslen Sadowski (technology@ihstf.org)

HISTORIAN/DOCUMENTATION
Kurt Steinhauser (wmthkws@aol.com)

2018 Planning Committee (continued)

ISU: PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Megan McCann (memccan@ilstu.edu)

ISU: DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE REP
Michael Vetere (Mivetere@ilstu.edu)

BOX OFFICE AND TICKETING
Dennis Anastasopoulos (boxoffice@ihstf.org)

ISU: STUDENT COMMITTEE

Katie Capp (volunteers@ihstf.org)
Christian Friedan (volunteers@ihstf.org)
Emma Harmon (volunteers@ihstf.org)

ALL-STATE CHAPERONE
Allison Steben (aisteb@ilstu.edu)

ITA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Aimee-Lynn Newlan (aimeelynn@illinoistheatre.org)

ITA PRESIDENT

Allan Kimball (allan.kimball@sic.edu)

ITA LIASON
Beth Ann Barber (bbarber@glenbrook225.org)

UIUC: PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Michelle Marquart (mmarqua2@illinois.edu)

UIUC: DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE
J.W. Morrissette (jwmorris@illinois.edu)

UIUC: PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Maddin Martin (mrmartn2@illinois.edu)

UIUC: STUDENT COMMITTEE
Kenzie Sinta (msinta2@illinois.edu)