Meet Our Staff
Department of Art, Music, and Theatre (AMT) Front Office
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 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
Currently a Communication Major at UIS, Jacara worked as an Assistant Stage Manager for UIS Theatre’s fall ’18 production of SILENT SKY. She comes to UIS from Morgan Park High School, where she was the Debate Team Manager. Recent successful work experience from Minnesota and the Chicago area make Jacara a nice addition to the UIS Theatre Creative Team.
UIS THEATRE Production Coordinator, LLE Position
Jack hails from Mount Sterling, Illinois. He’s a transfer student from John Wood Community College, who has enjoyed playing guitar for several years and performing for small groups with a band. He’s quite experienced with handling instruments and setting up sound equipment. Having been involved in many theatre and musical theatre productions in high school, Jack brings a wealth of experience to his position as our Production Coordinator.
UIS THEATRE Scene Shop Manager, Extra Help Position
Janet has enjoyed working in theatrical backstage areas at a number of venues across Illinois. Janet has been a key part of transforming the UIS Theatre Scene Shop. She is happy to join the growing UIS THEATRE team.
UIS THEATRE Scene Shop Assistant, LLE Position
Alyssa has worked in the fine arts for 6 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.