Margo started her career at a young age as a child actress appearing in multiple national commercials, print ads and television programs. She has been a member of SAG-AFTRA for 38 years. Margo founded the Children's Theatre Company (formerly The Lake Forest Children's Co.) in 1993 and she switched her focus to follow her true passion of educating and inspiring young talent. As a creator, writer and producer of dramatic programs, Margo is recognized as a specialist in children’s theatre. She advocates for empowerment and building confidence and authenticity through life skills education. With over 25 years of expertise, Margo has created nationally recognized programs that transform lives. She started teaching at The Gorton Center in Lake Forest, Eileen Boevers Center for The Performing Arts/Apple Tree Theater in Highland Park, The Winnetka Community House and The Principal Scholars Program at the University of Illinois Chicago Campus. With years of experience teaching musical theatre and more than 1000s of shows later the company has now expanded to locations in Highland Park, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Chicago, Elgin, Oak Park/River Forest, Vernon Hills, District 214, and Norridge. The Children's Theatre Co. is also a program provider for After School Matters. Margo also founded and produces the Chicago Youth Dance Exhibition.
Amy started acting as a young child in New York. She filmed a variety of commercials and trained in New York City at The Children’s Playhouse. In High School Amy made the traveling troupe The Gingerbread Players as the only child in an adult troupe. They performed throughout the Tri-state area. She then went on to the University of Wisconsin where she continued to hit the live stage. After college Amy began to pursue entertainment marketing at Ticketmaster. The performance bug would t go away, so Amy joined The Children’s Theater Company in 1996. She enjoys giving children the opportunity she was given in the performing arts. Amy teaches all ages and disciplines at CTC
Gabrielle is an actress and musician raised in Naperville, IL. She grew up watching old movie musicals like “Funny Girl” and “Hello Dolly” and instantly fell in love with musical theatre. After attending Emerson College and receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre, she moved to New York City to pursue her dream. Shortly after she booked the role of
Anna in the Tony award winning musical “Spring Awakening”. She had the pleasure of working with the original creative team including Michael Mayer, Bill T. Jones, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, and exploring the country
touring with this ground breaking and provocative show. After returning to New York, she also had the pleasure of working with Joe Mantello on the workshop production of Dogfight at Second Stage. After taking a break from acting, Gabrielle was fortunate enough to dive back into work with the Tony award winning theatre company Deaf West in LA on their unique production of “Spring Awakening” featuring deaf actors. She played a swing and understudied all the female roles having to learn American Sign Language and the guitar. After many years in NYC and LA, it was time to return home to Chicago. When not auditioning or teaching, she also sings in the cover band “Uptown Shakedown”. She is happy to be a part of The Children’s Theatre team and hopes to inspire confidence and a love of the performing arts in her students.
Zak Jacobs - a Highland Park High School graduate with a BFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Zak worked as a Company Manager in New York City for 8 years. Broadway credits include Rock of Ages, Head Over Heels, Escape to Margaritaville, Bandstand, King Charles III & The Book of Mormon. Performance credits include Hello, Dolly! (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, Footloose & You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Timberlake Playhouse), Cabaret & How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Krannert Center), Beauty and the Beast, Scarlet Pimpernel, Cats & Urinetown (Highland Park High School). Television Credits: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition & Good Morning America.
"Coming back to The Children’s Theatre Company to instruct after being a student many years ago filled me with so much joy! I loved being able to give back to a program that gave me so much as a child. I had a great time working with a group of young performers as we explored the beauty of creating theatre together!”
Graduate of AADA. With pleasure! How about this:
I'm a highly accomplished performing arts professional with a degree from AADA, boasting an impressive record of success in the industry. Currently, I hold the position of Artistic Director and Secretary of Theatre Five-One, based out of the bustling city of Lake Villa, IL. With over two decades of experience in dance and performing arts, I've had the privilege of serving in some of the most prestigious locations around the world, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.I am the Artistic Director and secretary of Theatre Five-One out of Lake Villa, IL.
Justin has been involved with dance and performing arts since 1999, serving in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.
As a first-timer at the children's theater company this summer, I'm thrilled to be able to combine my love for theater with my passion for teaching. Having grown up participating in theater myself, it's been a blast to create lesson plans for my Apache students. Nothing beats the satisfaction of seeing young minds flourish and develop their creativity and imagination.