Eddie Sugarman : Executive Artistic Director

Eddie Sugarman

Executive Artistic Director

Eddie is a proud resident of Western Springs since 2005 and lives here with his wife Kara and his kids Sam and Lucy. He is a proven theatre leader with experience driving success at storefront (16th Street Theatre), regional (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and academic (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center) theatres.

He has his Masters in Arts Administration from Drexel University where he teaches Writing for the Arts in their online Masters program. He holds a BFA in musical theatre performance and was an professional actor and dancer for quite a while. He also had the coolest job on Broadway when he was a stuntman in the original company of the musical Ragtime. He is an award-winning playwright and lyricist; his musical Meet John Doe (co-written with Andrew Gerle) premiered at the historic Ford's Theatre, won two Helen Hayes Awards and is available for licensing through Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals.

Eddie loves plays, musicals and theatre people very, very much and would love to give you a backstage tour.

Lindsey Branson : Children's Theatre Director

Lindsey Branson

Children's Theatre Director

Bio to come.

Thad Hallstein : Technical Director

Thad Hallstein

Technical Director

Thad has been on the staff at TWS since 2006. He supervises tech theatre operations, advises designers, and teaches tech classes to CTWS students. In Chicago, Thad has worked as a scenic painter for several companies, including Lookingglass and Chicago Shakespeare, as well as painting for television, museum and display clients at Chicago Scenic Studios Inc. He has also designed sets for Mary-Arrchie Theatre, Profiles Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Brookhaven College in Dallas, TX, and the Laboratory Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. Thad has also worked in various positions for The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Opera Illinois, Heartland Theatre, Bloomington and Homewood-Flossmoor High Schools, Utah Shakespearean Festival and the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. Thad has degrees in Scenic Design and Graphic Arts from Illinois State University.


Office Manager: Diana Visk

Children’s Theatre Assistant: Katie Wahrhaftig

Marketing Coordinator: Mei Sands

Box Office Assistant: Kelli Kopp

Theatre of Western Springs Board of Governors

Karen Arnold
Bill Hammack
Karla Hudson
Jason McCargo
Joe Mills
Ginny Richardson
Mary Ellen Schutt
Mary Van Nest
Tammy White