Thursday, February 25, 2021                                    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm CST

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This is an online event and will be offered via Zoom. 


Cassandra Quin


This is the first in a series of Culture Panel Discussions featuring a variety of theatre programs sharing their successful methods for thriving in these troubling times.. 

Mark your calendars for the next two Culture Panel Discussions sponsore by the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Culture Committee of the Illinois Theatre Association:

March 25, 2021

April 22, 2021



First in a Three-Part Series!

Sponsored by the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Culture Committee of the Illinois Theatre  Association      

Culture Panel Discussion Thriving Through Contemporary Events!

 Join us for a series of virtual panel discussions featuring representatives from Illinois theatre programs sharing their methods for addressing issues that those in the performing arts have faced this past year. These panels will include professional, community, and educational theatrical programs.

Culture Panel #1 - Thursday, February 25, 2021
at 7:00 to 8:30 pm



Featured Theatre Programs:

Johnathan Allsup, Production Manager, Paramount Arts Center:

Paramount continues to provide world-class entertainment—including dance, music, Broadway-caliber theatre, and children’s programming—for an annual audience of 350,000 patrons from over 250 communities. Over 40,000 of those patrons are proud to be Paramount Broadway Series subscribers. In addition, They have expanded operations with the recently-opened Paramount School of the Arts and are currently in the process of renovating Copley Theatre for our upcoming Bold Series, a provocative new theater adventure. 

Sara Tubbs, Artistic Director, Spotlight Theatre:

The Spotlight Theatre is a vibrant exciting family run performance theatre and  event venue that also offers a variety of classes for all ages, located in downtown Moline, IL.

Tommy Iafrate, Producing Artistic Director, Festival 56:

Festival 56 is a professional theatre festival located at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton IL. Each season 7 productions in the summer, including Shakespeare in the park, and 3 additional productions in the fall and winter are offered.

Jack Micetich, Teacher/Director, Coal City Unit District #1:

Coal City Theatre Department is an educational theatre organization serving the students of Coal City Unit District #1. Their most recent productions include The Outsiders, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. In 2019 their production of Tuck Everlasting was nominated for Best Production in the Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards, which is one of their 12 nominations since 2014. Their season typically includes five main stage productions, and several cabarets. 

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