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First Vice President
Mark Begovich is a lifetime member of the organization. He is the Drama Director and Teacher at West Chicago Community High School. He has been a dedicated volunteer and champion of the ITA for over 20 years. He is excited to help the ITA grow and move forward as we come through the Covid-19 crisis. Mark firmly believes that the ITA is a vital necessity for all Illinois Theatre Artists.
Dennis graduated from Saint Xavier University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education from Olivet Nazarene University as well as in Theatre Directing from Roosevelt University. He recently concluded his 19th year of teaching and has spent the last 17 years of his career at Reavis High School in Burbank IL. There, he served as the technical director for the first 10 years followed by Head Theatre Coach the last 7 years, working on a number of productions. In addition to his role as treasurer, Dennis has served the IHSTF and the ITA as All-State Liason, Director of Technology (3 years) and Box Office Manager(2years). In 2016, Dennis Anastasopoulos had the extreme honor of directing the All-State production of Rent.
A lifelong lover of everything theatrical (and dramatic, if you ask their friends and family!), Samuel is passionate about making sure that theatre is accessible to everybody. They serve on the Board of Directors of Prairie Players Civic Theatre in Galesburg as Volunteers Chair, and love working with others to reimagine theatre to inspire and revive communities, relationships, and the world!
Judy Klingner retired from 34 years of teaching, directing, and choreographing from William Fremd High School in 2019. She currently freelances as the Musical Director at Palatine High School and as the Spring Play Director at Maine West High School. Judy is a lifetime member of the Illinois Theatre Association, serving on the ITA Board of Directors for fifteen years. She has been an Associate Director for the IHSTF Planning Committee in several capacities and was the Executive Director in 2021 and 2022. She was part of the production staff for the All-State Show 5 times: Director 2010, Choreographer 2002, and Associate Producer for Auditions and Casting 2012, 2009, and 2008. Judy was the 2022 Ann Thurman Mentorship Award winner. In 2019, she received an award for her Extraordinary Contributions to the Illinois High School Theatre Festival.
Board Member at Large
Kathy resides in Streator and enjoys serving the Illinois Theatre Association as the board of directors secretary. She previously served the ITA as a community theatre division representative. After retiring as the general manager of WCMY/WRKS Radio in Ottawa, Illinois at the end of 2019, Kathy was ready to participate in and see more theatre - that is, before COVID turned our arts world upside down. After her theatre plans were dashed in 2020, 2021 found her participating in four shows and directing another, as well as being a happy audience member whenever and wherever possible. Kathy is active in a number of theatre groups in the central Illinois area and currently serves on the board of directors for Festival 56 in Princeton, Illinois. A proponent of strategic planning for community theatres, Kathy has presented workshops on strategic planning at the ITA's bi-annual community theatre festival and has facilitated strategic planning sessions for numerous Illinois theatres, including the ITA board.
Board Member at Large
Promila Kumar is a resident of Chicago and founder of Ekjut Theater, RadioPaniPoori and non for profit Sanjeevani4U. She is a senior IT professional working with a multi national company. She has been working with performing arts since 2014 having debuted more than 80 artists and staged 16 productions till 2022. She is passionate about bringing art with a cause as she believes that theater is a powerful medium in story telling and bringing a change along with entertainment.
Mr. R is a graduate of the Masters in Teaching, Secondary education from the University of Melbourne. At the UniMelb, Andrew focused on TESOL and Drama education, completing a Master's Thesis on using Drama Pedagogy to enhance language learning comprehension. Andrew studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He majored in Linguistics, focusing on Sub-Saharan African Languages (KiSwahili) and Psycholinguistics. Andrew continues to pursue education and directing connections, exploring how theatre for a young audience can be used to tackle tough questions, ideas, and topics. Andrew is writing a book for teachers to make more engaging and active lessons revolving around well-known English books. He has created dynamic story creation for texts like, The Great Gatsby, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Holes. He is continuing to work on this and advocating for better Fine Arts education programs outside school. Andrew is also a Veteran of the United States Air Force.
Creative Drama & Theatre for Young Audiences
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