Meet Our Staff

Department of Art, Music, and Theatre (AMT) Front Office

Amanda Lazzara

Amanda Lazzara comes to UIS from her hometown of Bradley, IL. She pursued her undergraduate studies at Valparaiso University, in Valparaiso, IN, where she earned a minor in Musical Theatre.  Amanda has many years of theatre experience both on stage as an actor, and behind the scenes as a technical assistant and makeup artist. She has performed for a variety of organizations in the Chicago area, and now in Springfield.

UIS THEATRE Box Office Manager, Extra Help Position

Nikkie Stefan

Nikkie has been involved with local theatre for many years. She has worked on and acted in shows with Springfield Theatre Centre, Lincoln Community Theatre, New Salem’s Theatre in the Park, UIS THEATRE, and others. Her favorite roles include Romaine in The Laramie Project and Emily in Dividing the Estate. While in college, she was an avid Literary Club member, having two of her original plays, Connections and Divided House, produced on campus. Nikkie attended Benedictine University from which she earned a B.A. in Education and a B.A. in Communication.

UIS THEATRE Student Worker

Ayana Carter

Ayana Carter hails from Chicago, Illinois.  Ayana has been working in theatre for 4 years. She has worked with her high school on their productions of A Christmas Carol, Stage Door, Into the Woods, and more. For these productions, she assisted by being a part of the running crew and by working with stage lighting. Ayana is pursuing a degree in Nursing at UIS. She now works with UIS THEATRE as a student worker, furthering her knowledge and love of theatre.

UIS THEATRE Production Coordinator, LLE Position

The Production Coordinator position is currently being updated with adjusted responsibilities and perks. If you’re interested, please contact Amanda Lazzara at for the latest information.

UIS THEATRE Scene Shop Manager, Extra Help Position

Janet Campbell

Janet has enjoyed working in theatrical backstage areas at a number of venues across Illinois. She is happy to join the growing UIS THEATRE team.

UIS THEATRE Scene Shop Assistant, LLE Position

Alyssa Nino

Alyssa has worked in the fine arts for 5 years. She shares a passion and appreciation for theatre and the artistry that it entails. Being exposed to theatre at her previous college has pushed her forward into getting involved with UIS THEATRE. Alyssa is a double major at UIS, studying History and pursuing a career in Secondary Education.