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.
The new artistic director for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival is John C. Stark. Stark has worked extensively at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival where he has produced 32 designs since 1993, including 20 from the Bard’s canon. He has designed professionally for Chicago theatre companies such as Victory Gardens, Drury Lane Theatre, The Next Theatre, and Famous Door Theatre, where his design of The Living won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Scenic Design in 1997. Regional credits include work at Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Garden Theatre (Winter Garden, FL), and Pennsylvania Center Stage.
Stark’s 2012 design for the production Falling, which originated at the Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis, was produced Off Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre by Falling Feathers Productions, and received three Drama Desk Award nominations. His design of Way to Heaven at the New Jewish Theatre was nominated for a St. Louis Theatre Circle Award in 2013.
Mr. Stark is a member of the United Scenic Artists and heads the design/production program at Illinois State University’s School of Theatre and Dance (SOTD).
Robert Quinlan, Associate Artistic Director For ISF, Robert has directed A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, RICHARD II and MACBETH. He is also a member of the 8-Person Artistic Collective at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, where he has directed HENRY IV (PART ONE), HAMLET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and RICHARD III. Other directing credits include productions with Taproot Theatre (Seattle), Fire Exit Theatre (Calgary), Fifth House Ensemble (Chicago), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore), and First Stage Children’s Theatre (Milwaukee). Robert is the Head of the MFA Directing Program at Illinois State University, having previously headed the Directing Program at Purdue University. For three seasons, he was the Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director for the Milwaukee Shakespeare Company. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
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.
Elena Hansen is excited to join the ISF team this season as the Production Manager and to be teaching at ISU! She has worked and travelled all over the world and is happy to be in Bloomington-Normal. She holds an MFA in Stage Management from University of Cincinnati’s College- Conservatory of Music (CCM) and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Nick Benson joined the Illinois Shakespeare Festival team in September of 2017 in the role of Box Office Manager. Nick brings a unique background to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business from Illinois State University and a MBA specializing in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago. His previous experience includes serving as the Box Office Manager at both Broadway In Chicago and Theatre Council Productions (TCP). Nick is excited to be a part of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and looks forward to assisting all of the patrons with their ticketing needs.
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.