Board Members at Large
Paul Engelhardt joined Oak Park Festival Theatre in 2009 and has specialized in grant writing. Paul is a founding member of Strawdog Theatre Company in Chicago and has performed there and at various venues throughout the city, including Prop Thtr, Get Away With Murder and Chicago Actors Ensemble. Favored roles include: Lincoln in The Lincoln and Douglas Debates (Directed by Chuck Smith), Prof. Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes and the Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca, and Marty in House of Yes. He is currently the Regional Director of Murder Mystery Players (a national murder mystery company). He has an extensive list of publications and produced works – among them his darkly comic sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life entitled It’s a Mediocre Life performed in the Danny’s Sky Box Theatre at Second City by Posin’ at the Barr Productions and at Strawdog Theatre Company. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood College and a Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Dan Marco (Webmaster) Dan Marco has been working with Festival Theatre since 2003’s As You Like It and has been on the board of trustees since 2005. Here, in Oak Park, he has been seen with Village Players (Dracula, The Fantasticks, Robin Hood), Open Door (Guys and Dolls), and a several other theater companies. Dan has trod the boards in Chicago with the likes of The Velvet Willies (A Midsommer Nights Dreame, As You Like It) and Open Eye Productions (Scavenger Hunt), and on stages from Chase Park (Twelfth Night) to Bailiwick Repertory (Heavy Metal MacBeth/Short Shakespeare). Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from Columbia College Chicago.
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Kevin Theis has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Oak Park Festival Theatre since 2005. His history with the theatre goes back to 1990, when he first appeared as a performer in Falstaff. In subsequent years, Kevin performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, returning in 2006 to direct William Inge’s Picnic. Since then, Kevin has directed three more productions for OPFT, including the touring Shakespeare show, Robin Hood, and last season’s Cyrano de Bergerac, and played Benedick in the 2008 production of Much Ado About Nothing. The former Artistic Director of CT20 Ensemble, Kevin has staged works at various Chicago theatres, including Lifeline, City Lit, greasy joan & company, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and Seanachai Theatre, where he is an ensemble member. He has appeared as a performer at, among others, Goodman Theatre, Next, Lifeline, Bailiwick and Noble Fool. Kevin has two published works, an adaptation of Thomas Heywood’s Fair Maid of the West and another of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Sign of the Four, the latter in conjunction with Shanghai Low Theatricals, where he is a founding member. He is married to actress Sara Nichols and has two daughters, Miranda and Gwendolyn, on whom he dotes.