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.

All production-related questions should be directed to Alison Dornheggen. Questions regarding theater classes should be directed to Julie Nichols at 847-920-3927.

Artistic Director of Theater
Alison Dornheggen
p: 847-256-9694


Coming up: Family Theatre Improv Night, April 6.

  • Theater Department Staff

    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.

    Kate Black

    Becca Jeffords

  • Children's Theater

    Children's Theater is designed to provide a live theater experience for participants and the audience.

    • The Fall and Spring productions are open to Regular WCT - children in Grades 4-10
    • The Winter production is open to WCT Minis - children in Grades 1-3


    Upcoming Auditions:

    The WCT will hold auditions for the spring production of LEGALLY BLONDE Jr. on December 16th, times TBD. Auditions are by appointment only, and appointments can be made by emailing starting November 27th. Additional information and instructions, including what an actor will need to prepare, will be included in the audition confirmation email.

    All auditions are by appointments, please email the following information to

    • Your child's name
    • Grade he or she will be entering this school year
    • Preference of morning or afternoon time slot
    • If your child has previous audition experience or not. (it isn't a problem if he or she does not!)
  • Wilmette Improv Troupes

    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. For more information, contact Director Wendy Avon at