The Twin City Theater Company began in September of 2015 as a result of creative collaboration between Garth Gersten, John Tilford, Angela Marcum, and Michael Galloway. The founding four were seeking a way to focus on diversity in the theater by diversifying the actors, staff, and productions brought to the stage in the Central Illinois Area.
The Company’s first production of the hit musical Nunsense played to sold-out audiences. The company’s success continued with its focus on diversity producing shows like For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide with the Rainbow is Enough, Shotgun, Waiting for Godot, American Idiot, and Peter and the Star Catcher.
In upcoming seasons. the company will continue to focus on small cast classic plays which will entertain and inspire our audiences. The “Stars of Tomorrow” student production, cast staffed and produced entirely by students from the Central Illinois area, will continue our efforts of introducing young people to the art of theatre both onstage and behind the scenes.
Twin City Theatre Co. is looking forward to an exciting future.
Board of Directors
President: John Tilford
“Theatre excites me, and I am proud that Twin City Theatre Company is able to provide opportunities for people to not only get involved in, but experience quality theatre.”
A longtime resident of Urbana, John has been involved with many, many theatre companies in the area: Twin City Theatre Company (current president), The Station Theatre, CUTC, The Rantoul Theatre Company, The Beefhouse Dinner Theatre, Danville Light Opera, Creative Dramatics Workshop, The Little Theatre on the Square, Bright Lights Theatre Company, and Parkland College Theatre. Other theatre organizations John has been a part of in through the years include The Educational Theatre Association, The Illinois Theatre Association, Illinois Thespians, and The International Thespian Society. Needless to say, theatre is John’s passion.
Vice President: Luke Knoke
“In my younger days, I was involved a lot with school theater. Most of that time was spent as a performer on stage. Those experiences helped me develop a strong personality and gave me the ability to speak confidently in front people, which is a skill I use every day in my career as a Business Banker with Chase Bank.”
Luke was excited to be asked by Twin City to serve on board as it gives him a chance to not only get back involved with theater but it also gives him a chance to see how the magic happens behind the “behind-the-scenes.” He looks forward to seeing you all at our shows!
Secretary/Treasurer: Diane Pritchard
“I love the atmosphere of Twin City Theatre Company. We may be small, and operating on a limited budget, but we strive to value and express our appreciation for the talents of everyone who is involved in our productions.”
Diane has been involved in community theatre in CU since 1994, performing with CUTC, Parkland College Theatre, The Station Theatre, and Monticello Theatre Association. She has a Master’s Degree in Voice from the University of Illinois. She retired from Champaign Unit 4 Schools after 18 years as the Office Manager of Robeson Elementary School and hopes to bring some of the efficiency and organization required in that position to Twin City Theatre Company.
Interested in becoming a board member or getting involved in any way? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!