William joined the Illinois Shakespeare Festival in January 2017. Prior to his position with the Festival, Prenevost was a senior consultant with Arts Consulting Group, a national agency. As a consultant he has worked with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (Long Island, NY), and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others. Previously, Prenevost served as the managing director of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, an in-residence professional theatre at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). With over 25 years of experience in arts management, external affairs, and fundraising, his career includes positions as director of marketing and communications for Northlight Theatre in Chicago, Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, the Cleveland Play House, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Prenevost is an alumnus of Illinois State University where he studied theatre and holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Kevin began working at ISF in 2009 as an actor, and has appeared in such roles as Puckin A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Richard in RICHARD III, and Porthos in THE THREE MUSKETEERS. Additional experience includes Milwaukee Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare, Kentucky Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Company, Portland Center Stage, San Jose Rep, Yale Rep, and the American Theatre Company. His series of Shakespeare abridgements, The Billy Shakespeare Project, will be a centerpiece of the educational and community outreach effort here at ISF. Kevin is also a member of the acting faculty at Illinois State University; previous teaching experience includes Kenyon College, Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. In 2008, he formed his own workshop company, and he continues to facilitate workshops in colleges, high schools, and theatre festivals around the country. He is member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, the 2010 ISF John Stephens Equity Actor, and a recipient of the Oliver Thorndike Acting Award at the Yale School of Drama.
Janet Wilson is the Producer of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Director of the School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University. She was a Founding member, Co-Artistic Director and Director of Education for the Firehouse Theatre Project, a professional theatre in Richmond, where she produced and directed numerous productions. She has produced the Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance Actor Showcase & Design Exhibit in such venues as Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Victory Gardens Theatre. Committed to guest artists and social justice issues, Ms. Wilson has spearheaded residencies at Illinois State for social activist Yvonne Bezerra de Mello, Holly Hughes and Curt L. Tofteland. Ms. Wilson is a professional actor (AEA, SAG and AFTRA) and is the producer/director of the ISU faculty production that has toured nationally which features School of Theatre colleague Lori Adams as Fanny Kemble.
Shawn Malott joined the Illinois Shakespeare Festival team in August of 2015 in the role of Production Manager. Shawn had been with Illinois State University the last eight years as the Lighting Director and Stage Manager for Braden Auditorium and the Bone Student Center. She has worked over thirty years in technical and management capacities in the theatre industry. Completing her undergraduate theatre degree at Indiana University she worked for several years before she returned to school and completed an MFA in theatre here at Illinois State University. Shawn is currently teaching classes for the School of Theatre and Dance in the management area. She has also taught at Illinois Wesleyan University in the theatre department. Shawn is thrilled to be a part of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and believes it is an exciting time to join the organization.
Courtney Grose joined the Illinois Shakespeare Festival in January 2016 as the Festival's Business Manager. Prior to joining the ISF family, she has spent the past 10 years in higher education where she has enjoyed growing relationships with international students, government agencies and adult learners in both the public and private sector. Courtney is thrilled to be part of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, coupling her love for the arts with her degree in Business Administration in Business Management from Lincoln College, and looks forward to being involved in ISF's many activities and outreach efforts. In her free time, she is an active volunteer in the community with a passion for Special Olympics and local arts and culture programs. Her greatest joy is spending time with her family, reading, traveling and giving back to the community.
Kristen Nesvacil joined the Illinois Shakespeare Festival team in September of 2015 in the role of Box Office Manager. Kristen has been with Illinois State University for over 7 years. She currently serves the College of Fine Arts as the Front of House Manager for the Center for the Performing Arts. Kristen brings a unique background to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Performance and Health and a Master’s Degree in Fitness Management and Wellness Promotion. Kristen is excited to be a part of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and looks forward to assisting all of the patrons with their ticketing needs. In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, teaching fitness classes, and learning new things.
Jean M. K. Miller assumed the position of dean of the College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University July 1, 2015. Miller previously served as the dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Prior to her time at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Miller served as associate dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas. She has held department chair positions at Towson University and Marshall University and faculty positions at East Tennessee State University. Miller received her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from California College of the Arts. "Jean M. K. Miller has a proven track record as an outstanding educator, scholar, artist and leader," said Illinois State University Provost Janet Krejci. "The College of Fine Arts will certainly benefit from her passion for the arts and her leadership experience.