Theatre Department Staff

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

Wendy Avon
Kate Black
Becca Jeffords
Chris Kostuchowski

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Starting April 4: Theater Tech! Click here for more information.

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.

    Becca Jeffords is a lighting designer for theatre, dance, concerts and other live events. She is based out of Chicago, but works nationally. Some credits include designs at Cherry Lane Theatre (NYC), The New York Fringe Festival, Chicago Children's Theatre, Raven Theatre, About Face Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Redmoon and Steppenwolf. In addition to designing Becca has taught at universities across the country, including Northwestern University, Wheaton College, Grinnell College, and Georgia State University. For more information on her work please visit

    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

  • 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:

    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!)
    • Legally Blonde Junior opens March 9. Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed. Legally Blonde Junior tickets go on sale February 20 and opens March 9. Click here to purchase tickets!

  • 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