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About Us


To become the North Shore’s premier performance studio for young people, specializing in improving their self-confidence, self-awareness, skills, and creativity as they embark on their performing journey.


Our students have performed in productions, including Elf at the Marriott Theatre, A Christmas Story at Paramount Theatre, The Secret Garden at Court Theatre, Anne Frank at Writer’s Theatre, Mary Poppins at Paramount Theatre and King and I at Marriott Theatre. Also, our students have worked at Lyric Opera, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Light Opera Works, Paramount Theatre, Broadway Playhouse AND MORE. Our students also appear in award winning films, commercials and print campaigns. We have also helped our students secure representation at Shirley Hamilton, Stewart Talent, Big Mouth Talent, Gray Talent and Paonessa Talent. Their talent and dedication is amazing!


Stacey Flaster

STACEY FLASTER most recently directed Hair and Ragtime (Broadway World Award, Best Director and Best Musical) for Big Noise Theatre. She directed and choreographed the Jeff Award winning production of A Class Act for Porchlight Theatre. Flaster’s credits include Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wiz, Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway World Award, Best Musical and Best Choreography), Footloose, Cats (Jeff Nomination, Best Choreography) and A Wonderful Life for Theatre at the Center; Joseph…Dreamcoat and Route 66 for Paramount Theatre; Married Alive for Metropolis Performing Arts Center; and Cabaret, Carousel and The Secret Garden for Light Opera Works. As choreographer: Joseph… Dreamcoat (Jeff Nomination, Best Choreography-Theatre at the Center), Miss Saigon and Something’s Afoot (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Willy Wonka (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Marriott Theatre); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Noble Fool Theatricals); The Spitfire Grill and Smoke on the Mountain (Provision Theatre); Master Harold…and the Boys (Steppenwolf Theatre); and Madame X(Alley Cat Productions). Stacey worked on the film The Dilemma, directed by Ron Howard.

Email: stacey@theperformersschool.com

Elizabeth Fauntleroy

LIZ FAUNTLEROY has been teaching voice for over 15 years. Her students have gone on to appear in productions at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre, Light Opera Works and Northlight. As a performer, Ms. Fauntleroy’s career includes over 30 operas with The Lyric Opera of Chicago and other credits including: Mame, Evita, Pirates of Penzance, Beauty and the Beast, My Emperor’s New Clothes, Phantom, Kismet, Phantom of the Country Palace, Nutcracker Now and The Sound of Music, all at The Marriott Theatre. She has also performed extensively with Drury Lane Oakbrook (Phantom, Beauty and the Beast, My Fair Lady, Annie, On The Twentieth Century, among others) and Chicago Opera Theater (Madame Butterfly, Tenderland, Carousel, Don Giovanni, The Ballad of Baby Doe, The Merry Wives of Windsor, among others). She also performed in numerous industrials, film and print as a featured singer/dancer. Elizabeth was the children’s musical director for the 2009 Chicago tour of the The Wizard of Oz, and helped cast the Chicago cast of the acclaimed TV series “The Glee Project.”

Email: liz@theperformersschool.com

Advisory Board

Sam Samuelson

Senior Agent, Stewart Talent

Rob Rahn

Professional Actor, Singer, Dancer, Director/Choreographer

Heidi Kettenring

Professional Actress, Chicago’s Wicked

Tom Mullen

Director, Producer

Rick Boynton

Creative Producer, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Susie McMonagle

Professional Actress, Broadway’s Fantine in Les Miserables

Felicia Fields

Tony-Nominated Actress, The Color Purple

Zachary Gray

Director, Choreographer, Performer, Teacher

Andy Hite

Artistic Director, Marriott Theatre

George Keating

Professional Actor and Co-Creator Schoolhouse Rock, Live!

Beckie Menzie

Award-winning Concert Artist

Community Outreach

Paul Frank

Highland Park City Council

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