Cheryl Avery, Choreographer
Cheryl has been a professional actor and Actor's Equity Union member for over 30 years. You may have seen her on Chicagoland stages such as The Goodman Theatre, The Marriott Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Oakbrook, The Apple Tree Theatre and The Apollo. Cheryl starred in Forbidden Hollywood in both Japan and Chicago, earning her Chicago's After Dark Award. You may have seen her singing and dancing on ships for Royal Caribbean and Carnival, sharing the stage with Pat Boone in Branson, or performing her solo Cabaret at many Chicago venues. Cheryl is inspired by the drive of these amazing young performers, and hopes to continue to help them enhance their theatrical experience through dedication, hard work, and lots of FUN!
Lawrence Fisher, Music Director
Lawrence Fisher has taught at Bolingbrook High School since 2006. He directs four curricular choirs and has taught piano class and AP Music Theory. Mr. Fisher grew up in Kentucky being heavily involved in music for most of his life. After high school graduation, he continued his studies at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. There he studied music education under Henry Leck and Eric Stark. Upon graduation he moved to Massachusetts and completed his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting with E. Wayne Abercrombie at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While at UMass he conducted the Women’s Choir and Madrigal Singers. His first full-time teaching position was in the inner-city of Springfield, MA where he was the choir and general music teacher at an 800 student elementary. He then returned to the Midwest where he taught at Proviso Township Schools and School District #54 in Schaumberg before coming to Bolingbrook. Mr. Fisher has also studied at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary where he focused on the Kodaly technique. He is an advocate of sight-reading in choral rehearsals. He has also been a festival conductor and adjudicator for several festivals in New England and Illinois.
Lisa Garza, Pit Director (Spring)
Katherine Lenart, Assistant Technical Director (Fall), Master Carpenter (Spring)
Hello! My name is Katherine Lenart, and I have been an English teacher at Bolingbrook High School for 3 years. I teach English 9 Honors, Writing for College, Theatre Arts, and Speaking for Success. In addition to my duties as a teacher, I am one of the technical directors for the Fall Play and Spring Musical.
I received my undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and my M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from DePaul University.
David Morrison, Director
Greetings and salutations! My name is David Morrison -- one of the English teachers at Bolingbrook High School. I've been happily teaching in the G-Wing since 2014 and plan to "squat" there for years to come. Throughout the day, I teach English 11 and AP Literature & Composition.
Before becoming a teacher in 2013, I spent the better part of a decade working as a stage, small film, and voiceover actor. Throughout grad school, I also worked as a full-time traffic reporter in Chicago, mostly with WBBM Newsradio. The transition to teaching was a natural one: I love making a difference in students' lives. The fulfillment I get from working with students--playing a role in their development as thinkers, writers, and active participants in society--is deeper than I ever had as a performer.
Outside of my dedication to BHS, I spend a lot of time with my wife, Jen, and our greyhound, Peyton. I love reading novels, poetry, and comic books of all varieties (sci-fi & fantasy are among my favorites). I'm also an avid nerd, spending time playing Dungeons & Dragons, board games, and video games. Outdoor time is usually spent around a firepit, BBQing, biking, and occasionally snowboarding.
Yes, this next part deserves its own mini-paragraph. I'm a huge Star Wars fan. 'Nuff said.
Ashley Osborne, Props Designer
Aimee Rupsis, Producer
Ms. Rupsis has been teaching at Bolingbrook High School since 2002. She earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Masters of Education with a Type 75 Endorsement from Lewis University. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher. Ms. Rupsis instructs Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Freshman Band, and Jazz Band 3.
Carl Rupsis, Auditorium Technical Director
Adam Thas, Artistic Director (Spring)
It started with X-men #1 from 1991, after seeing that, I decided I wanted to be in artist. I graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001 with a BFA with an emphasis in Education. My first full-time teaching job was at Jane Addams Middle School, and the rest has been history. I’ve spent the past 16 years honing my craft in both painting and illustration. I’ve had multiple side projects doing freelance album design and layout for Capitol Records and has spent the past few years with my own business doing “geek” wedding invitations worldwide and being featured on various websites and media including “Poptastic Bride” and “Don’t Tell the Bride” on BBC. My other true passion is coaching the Jane Addams Cross Country and Track and Field programs for the past 14 years, running on any trail, anywhere, any chance I get, and attempting to raise my two amazing kids.
Mark Wayne, Director
Mark has been involved in theatre in some capacity since he appeared in Oklahoma in 7th grade. His true passion for it bloomed his junior year when he became a state champion in Contest Play for his work in Shakespeare’s Othello. He has since performed in over 30 productions ranging from small independent shows to full scale productions.
Mark attended Utah State University, where he minored in Acting Performance, and three times was awarded the Irene Ryan Award for acting excellence. Starting in 2010 he added "director" to his resume, with Jekyll & Hyde being the eighth musical he'll have directed on the BHS stage. In addition to directing the spring musical, he is also the assistant director for the fall play while he helps sponsor our "Long Story Short" student directed shows and our annual trip to the Illinois Theatre Festival.
Mark’s directing experience extends beyond Bolingbrook High School, including six years with the Fox Country Players Fine Arts Academy and one year at Plano High School, where he made is directorial debut. Thanks to the commitment to this theatre program from all of the directors, administration, parents, and students, directing at BHS is a true highlight in his career.
At home, Mark is proud to play director to his four sons, alongside his loving wife, Allison.