Ron Keaton – Professional Actor and Vocalist
Ron has been dazzling audiences for years. This Chicago Equity Actor has shown his versatility as a veteran actor and songster. His latest work as a playwright and one-man-show is Churchill, has toured with critical acclaim and lengthy stays in New York and First Folio. Whispers to the Moon, another written, one man production that transports the audience to the world of a hobo musing on life. Ron is known throughout Chicago and Indiana for his role in The Christmas Schooner.
Presenting: Script writing, acting techniques, the acting code.
Maureen is an actress, storyteller, author, playwright and coach. She is the creative director of Voice Box Stories. With her vast background in acting she has had the pleasure of creating and crafting characters and stories for stage, TV and film. Maureen has been killed on Dexter, Arrested on CSI, and propositioned on NYPD Blue… to name a few of her credits. She delivers sermons, speeches and workshops on the miraculous power of your stories. Using story to inspire and awaken vision, identity and leadership in her audience and clients.
Her stories have been featured in Story Lab, Lit Up, Voice Box, Booby Trap, The Sun, Story Lab, Do Not Submit and Actors Access.
She coaches the budding newbie to the recognized name through one-on-one coaching and group workshops. Helping entrepreneurs, artists and organizations get soulfully grounded and physically visible. Site: MaureenMuldoon.com
Presenting: Improv Comedy
Kathleen holds an M. F. A. from the University of Minnesota, and was a Professional Theater Program Fellow at the University of Michigan. A freelance actress and director, Kathleen has acted on diverse stages throughout the U.S. and Canada.
She is a member of Actors Equity and SAG/AFTRA, and has appeared in several TV and theatrical films including Judgment Night and the Coen brothers’ The Hudsucker Proxy. A 1999-2000, Carnegie Foundation Scholar (the first in theater), Kathleen is deeply involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) movement. She has presented papers at national and international SOTL conferences and served as a mentor at the National CASTL Institute and the International Institute for SOTL Scholars and Mentors (IISSAM) for the last ten years. She teaches Text Analysis and various levels of acting classes, coordinates the BFA and Assessment programs, and directs. Her most recent production was George Bernard Shaw”s Heartbreak House for the Main Stage season.
Presenting: Scene Studies, Shakespeare’s Verse, Text Analysis. Dialects and Accents and Dialect Creation and Analysis
After majoring in Theatre with emphases in Directing and Acting, minoring in Communications, and receiving an endorsement in Music from Elmhurst College, Anthony became a casting director for television, film, and commercials at O’Connor Casting Company before being on television himself. Anthony, now directing in the community theatre scene is back at Wheaton Drama after successfully directing “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, and “The Secret Garden”. Other directorial experiences include “Legally Blonde- the Musical’ and “Sentimental Journey” for Summer Place Theatre among many other productions with Addison Community Theatre. Anthony previously spent the majority of his time on stage in theatre classics and many musicals, with previous credits including, Baker- “Into the Woods”, Franz Liebkind- “The Producers”, Nicely Nicely Johnson- “Guys & Dolls”, Cowardly Lion- “The Wizard of Oz”, and Charlie Brown- “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Presenting – Listening in theater, developing acting relationships
A 2006 graduate of the University of Evansville’s (UE) Theatre Department, Sarah earned a double major BS in Theatre Performance and Writing. At UE, she took classes in playwriting, directing, acting, costuming, stage managing, backstage tech, set building, set design, dramaturgy, creative writing, and nonfiction writing…just to name a few!
Upon graduation, Sarah moved to the Chicago area and quickly became involved with the Theatre of Western Springs. Roles at TWS include Mina in Dracula, Nina in The Quick-Change Room, Victoire in Hotel Paradiso, Nellie Ewell in Summer and Smoke, and a supportive role in Slaughterhouse Five. Backstage credits include costume, makeup, and hospitality crews, as well as stage managing. Sarah enjoys membership in TWS’s Playwriting Workshop; she authored The Real Mrs. Jones and Spurse Change which were performed in the Cattell wing. She also enjoyed joining the Directors Workshop last season and directed Bad Auditions by Bad Actors in Winter 2013. Sarah writes a monthly column for the TWS subscriber base, focusing on a different Active Member of TWS and learning the story of how they became involved in theatre and the creative arts.
Presenting: Directing, Breaking Free of Monologue Monotony, Creating Multiple Characters/Transitions
Michelle Olejnik – Actress, Vocalist
Michelle is especially brilliant creating character roles. Favorite roles include Cinderella in Into the Woods, Fruma Sarah inFiddler on the Roof, and Loretta in More Fun Than Bowling. She enjoys performing in both musicals and straight plays. A trained vocalist, Michelle loves musical theater, cantors at her church and at various wedding ceremonies. Her passion for theater began in elementary school. While in high school, she was involved with a theater ensemble very similar to LATTE.
Presenting: Developing Distinctive Character Roles, Stage Banter, Tips for Timing, Creating Character Conflict.
Christine is an adjunct instructor of theatre at Dominican University, where she has taught a variety of theatre courses and directed mainstage productions within the department. A member of SAG/ AFTRA, Christine’s training includes a BFA in Theatre with Honors from Northern Illinois University and an MFA from the Pennsylvania State University. She has worked as a professional actress for 15 years with many theatres in the Chicago area.
Presenting: Director Basics – Telling a Story Onstage, Voice Acting, Creating Character Through Voice
John Paulett – Stage and Screen Actor, Director, and Playwright
John Paulett has worked professionally as an actor, director and playwright for forty years. His credits include film work such as The European Kid (official selection a SXSW and the Boston Film Festival,) produced plays such as In the Case of Henry Tandey, which premiered at the University of Memphis, and acting roles in Chicago, Cleveland and New York. John has published three books: Forgotten Chicago, Printers Row, and Pentecost Peanuts Popcorn and Prayer. He teaches currently teaches film and creative writing at Fenwick High School, where he is also the Music Director for the Blackfriars Theatre. John holds Masters’s degrees in Theatre and Theology and is currently completing a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Antioch University (Los Angeles.).
Presenting: Instant play writing: 15 minute “flash plays” which are then to be quickly rehearsed and performed.
Felicia Pfluger – LATTE Producer, Artistic and Managing Director.
Felicia has been directing productions for over a decade. With a varied background in theater, dance, song, script writing, teaching, counseling and management, she enjoys empowering teens for LATTE. Felicia approaches as theatre as Montessori meets Socratic method, allowing teens to develop leadership and theatricality simultaneously.
Presenting: Physicality, Stage Chemistry, Character and Your Relationship Development, Personalizing a Well Known Role, and Monologue Timing, Audition Tricks
Steve Schroeder – Actor, Professional Stage Exploration and Exercises
Steve, when not attending to duties as a professor at the College of Du Page Communications department, can be found Performing as the Bristol Renaissance Faire Mayor. Live Theater venues with audience interaction are his natural element! He is active in London’s Reader’s Theater.
Presenting: Readers Theater Performance
Laura Martino – Actress
Laura Martino has been on stage since the age of 4 performing in over 70 productions. She started her professional resume at the age of 9 in a print ad as the Sarah Lee pound cake girl, a tour of Annie as ‘Annie’, a principal role in Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry holocaust play for two years., and most recently, an operetta on the north side of Chicago. Laura continued her training with a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University and is now a student at Second City Chicago.
In the past few years, Laura started writing and script doctoring for independent projects in Chicago.
Presenting as Elsa from Frozen: Singing and acting in a constant state of improv for parties. Life as an actress in Chicago.
Premier Princess Parties ensures that only the best actor and actresses are hired to work as our Premier Princess Characters. Our characters are great with children and embrace their character role completely, making the party a magical experience. Once we arrive parents can just enjoy the party and watch their child’s face light up with amazement. It’s a dream come true for every child! Katie De Falco, creator of Premier Princess Parties, trained in New York, NY at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and The School for Film & Television, now the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA). Katie’s enthusiasm and meticulous attention to detail showed in the characters performance during the parties.
We offer characters that can speak various languages. http://premierprincessparties.com/index.php