Monday, August 31st, 2015

Theatre Staff

John Stephens - Executive Director and Producer

Mr. Stephens was appointed to the position of Executive Artistic Director on October 21, 2008 after spending 3 seasons as Director of Marketing for The Little Theatre On The Square. John spent 10 years with The Decatur Park Singers serving as Road Manager and the Director of The Decatur Young Park Singers. From 2001 until 2006 John taught at St. James Catholic School in Decatur, IL and served as head choreographer for the Lincoln College Express in ­Lincoln, IL during that time as well. John was born and raised in Glasford, IL and graduated from Lincoln College with his Associates degree and attended Millikin Univeristy majoring in Vocal Music Education. John’s passion for theatre started at a young age as the Ringmaster in the Illini Bluffs First Grade Circus program (the only speaking role in the entire show) and has grown from there. If you look really close, you might catch John on stage from time to time. John was last seen as Melvin P. Thorpe in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and Reuben, one of the brothers in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. John is a frequent soloist at area churches and concert series events. John currently resides in Sullivan with his partner Timmy Valentine. Together they own and operate the Harrison Street Inn.

Therese KincadeAssociate Artistic Director

Therese was named the Associate Artistic Director in May of 2013. Therese joined the staff of The Little Theatre in the fall of 2011 as the Tour Director booking and directing musicals into schools in the Midwest.

She started her acting career at The Little Theatre as the Reverend Mother in Nunsense in 1998 a role she reprised in October 2013. More recently she has been seen on stage as Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables and Violet in 9 to 5. In addition, she has been featured at LTOTS in Anything Goes, The Music Man, Oklahoma, Footloose, Baggy Pants Burlesque, Annie, Showboat and White Christmas. She also serves as the artistic director for our Theatre for Young audiences during the summer season. Therese especially enjoys teaching acting in our education program to middle school students, high school students and adults.

Therese was the Director of the highly acclaimed spring musical at Charleston High School from 2001-2013. And because she doesn’t have enough to do, she and her husband, Bob, have owned and operated What’s Cookin’ Restaurant in Charleston, IL since 1980.

Lori HarbaughBusiness Manager

It’s hard to believe, but this year marks Lori’s 30th season with The Little Theatre On The Square. She is a lifetime resident of Sullivan who has been known to show up on stage from time to time. These days she’s more likely to be found in her office shuffling mounds of paperwork, ensuring that things continue to run smoothly behind the scenes. Her performance bug has been satisfied for the last nine years by her work with “The Prairie Winds”, a local group who entertains weekly at area nursing and retirement homes. Lori wants to send a huge “thank you” to her wonderful, dedicated box office staff for their loyal support and hard work over the years. We couldn’t do it without you!

Brenda Abbott

Brenda Abbott - Marketing Director

More information to come.

Harrison Austin – Technical Director/Production Manager

Angelo Torre and Iggy Torr

Angelo Torre - Properties Design

Angelo is happy to be back in Sullivan at the theatre he considers home. He returns after a 10 year absence. Angelo has toured the continent with various shows including The King & I and How to Succeed in Business. For the last 10 years he has been in NYC on Broadway and television. For TV he’s done props, scenery and lighting for Conan O’Brien, Martha Stewart, several soap operas, the Kennedy Center Honors and The Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Theatrically, Angelo’s worked on such Broadway shows as You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Kiss Me Kate, Top Dog/Underdog, Into The Woods, Grey Gardens, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Smell Of Success, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Curtains and a bunch more. He’s worked with folks such as Brian Stokes Mitchell, Drew Carey, Brooke Shields, Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Christina Applegate, David Hyde Pierce, Harvey Fierstein, Christine Ebersol, Wayne Knight, Mos Def, Jeffery Wright and on and on and on. Angelo and his pal Iggy the dog want to thank Miki, John and Lori for EVERYTHING they’ve done for us and we hope you enjoy the skit.

Arlene Denning

Arlene Denning – Ticket Office Manager

Arlene returns to The Little Theatre On The Square for her 17th season. In the real world, she is a kindergarden elementary teacher at Lovington Grade School. After school, she continues teaching at Sullivan Preschool. Between her busy schedule and the schedule of husband John, she hopes they can coordinate their free time and “get away” a little.

Jerry Reynolds

Information To Come