Our Directing Teams
Erin is so excited to be on the directing team for Cricket Theatre Company: Little Crickets and to have the privilege of teaching creativity, teamwork, and a love of theatre to Cricketeers. Erin had performed for 7 years in productions at Middle School North, Lake Zurich High School, and Cricket Theatre Company. She had taken dance for 7 years at Denise Sabala Dance Company and uses those skills to choreograph dances for musicals at Seth Paine Elementary School, Middle School North, and Cricket Theatre Company. She has been choreographing with Cricket Theatre for 5 years and directing for 3 years. Some recents credits: Wonder (Movement Coach MSN), Annie Kids (Cricket), Addams Family YAP (Cricket), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Cricket), The Drowsy Chaperone (Choreography MSN), Elf Jr. (Cricket), James and the Giant Peach (Cricket). Erin just graduated with a Bachelors in Physics and a minor in Secondary Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is excited to keep theatre in her life.
Vince has been a part of Cricket Theatre since 2016 as a costume director. He is honored to become a co-director this year and teach performers how to become the best actor or actress they can be. Since beginning theatre in 7th grade, Vince has acted, been a part of tech, produced, costume directed, and student directed. Shows that he has student directed include: Catch Me If You Can, Pippin, and Beauty and the Beast. In high school he was the Vice President of Drama Club his Junior year, and President in his senior year. Vince has started an after school Drama Club in West Chicago and is sharing his love and knowledge of theatre with his students. He studies elementary education at DePaul University and is hoping to become a role model for his future students. Vince is thrilled to co-direct and be a part of this wonderful theatre company.
Cricket Theatre Company is Bridget's passion project that she has pursued since its inception in 2013. She is not only a director for the Junior Company, but is also the web content manager, social media manager, and on the Board of Directors for Cricket. Before this, Bridget developed her love for theatre in school, community, and professional theatre productions for 18 years. She has used this experience to direct and choreograph 30+ productions, some highlights of which are: The Lion King Jr., Aladdin Jr., Anything Goes YPE, Cinderella G2K, and Mary Poppins Jr. Bridget looks forward to using her theatre experiences outside of Cricket (Skyline Studios, Apachi Day Camp, Big City Day Camp, Trilogy Dance, ITheatrics Professional Development) to develop her directing style and continue her love for theatre each and every day!
Sidney has had over 7 years of performance experience including productions at Young Actor’s Studio Chicago, Red Door Theater, LZMSS and LZHS. Sidney has a passion for musical theater and has been given the opportunity to student direct musicals as well as choreograph dance numbers. Alongside with musical theater Sidney has a passion for vocal performance and was student president of LZHS Blue Notes and LZHS Women’s Chorale. Sidney is currently enrolled at The University of Kansas where her love for working with children has inspired her to peruse speech language pathology in hopes to work with kids who have communication and hearing disorders. Sidney is thrilled to be Co-directing with Cricket Theater and is excited to share her love for theater!
As a director for Cricket Theatre Company Dillon is thrilled to be able to teach, as well as learn, how to develop the creative talents that musical theatre is able to cultivate with actors. Dillon has performed in several musicals himself and has been directing and choreographing shows for over 9 years. Past shows Dillon has directed include: Mary Poppins, Urinetown, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Legally Blonde, as well as many more! He currently works at the Museum of Science and Industry developing science programs. Dillon is continuously inspired by being part of such a fantastic theater community like Cricket Theatre Company.
Adam Lamb, performance director, is excited to take his directing talents to Cricket Theatre. Receiving his B.A. in Theatre Studies with an emphasis in acting and directing from Northern Illinois University, Adam has trained under renowned acting and directing coaches such as Alex Gelman, (founder of Organic Theatre Company,) Kathryn Gatley (founder of Gatley/Poole Conservatory) and Dr. Patricia L. Ridge among others. He has been acting since the age of 9 and directing since the age of 18. He looks forward to his future in Cricket Theatre and being able to develop the acting abilities of the young talent of Cricket and direct wonderful shows. In addition to Cricket, Adam has worked as an actor and director in various theatre companies in and around Chicago.
Annika, music director, is a jack-of-all-trades musician that is thrilled to be joining the Cricket team! She fell in love with musical theatre at Lake Zurich High School, where she was able to play in the pit orchestra and be a student music director. In between shows, Annika continues to work with kids through private music lessons and accompanying. Annika studied viola and organ performance at Oberlin Conservatory, and will soon graduate with a Master’s in viola performance from DePaul. She has directed two shows with Cricket: Bring It On! and Little Shop of Horrors. Annika always loves doing musicals - the intensity and energy of the music provides joy that not much else can compete with!
Kate has been a part of Cricket theater since 2016 After majoring in Music Theater in college, she started as a Music Theater actor appearing for 15 years with such theaters as Illinois Theater Center, The Magic Valley Little Theater, Dilettante Theater Group and Stone Table Theater. For the last 18 years, her focus has shifted and she has been directing and music directing children's productions such as Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Little Shop of Horrors, The Shoemaker and the Elves and The Nutcracker. Kate has Directed for the Junior Musical Playhouse, CYT, Seth Paine Elementary School and was on the Board and Directing Team of Young Actor's Studio Chicago. Kate is married to Jim and has two children, Sam (a Cricket Actor since 2014) and Brody, and is the Children's Pastor at Alpine Chapel.
Kelly has been a part of Cricket Theatre since its very beginning! She has been performing for 13 years now, through Cricket as well as Middle and High School productions. She was a part of the LZHS Choir program, where she was a Section Leader in Women’s Chorale, and was a member of Blue Notes. She is now an Acting Major at Illinois State University where she studies and performs consistently! She is also a double major with Middle Level Education, which is why directing with Cricket is such an exciting opportunity as she hopes to one day teach theatre in middle schools! She has been involved with Cricket every year even since she grew out of the program to perform, as the Student Director for Anything Goes, and the Stage Manager for several productions (Elf Jr; Lion King Jr; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Addams Family Y@P). This will be her first year as a Co-Director and she is so excited to get started!