Theater has a long and rich tradition at Lake Forest High School. Alumni have made great contributions to this history as performers, technicians and artists with work ranging from local community and professional theater to Broadway, national, and international acclaim.


To encourage creativity and the exploration of theater arts as performers and technicians through meaningful production experience in a wide variety of styles and forms, and to foster a life-long appreciation of theater arts.





To develop the skills of collaboration, problem-solving, time-management and responsibility through innovative production work. We will model the practices of fiscal responsibility, environmental awareness, and safety through the application of careful planning and consideration of resources, budget, time and energy. We seek to foster leadership and respect by example in the training and practices of all participants.


  • To build and nurture creative expression and individuality among high school students.
  • Provide students with opportunities in performance and technical theater that challenge and extend their creativity.
  • To develop individuals who are aesthetically aware, artistically disciplined, and adept in the performing arts.
  • To provide a safe and nurturing environment where learning takes place.
  • To foster academic achievement by involving students in activity that promotes creative thinking, builds cognitive skills and boosts self-confidence.
  • To prepare students for higher education and professional careers.
  • To engage students, teachers and administrative staff in an exploration of the universal themes of human experience.
  • Develop and improve artistic perception through processing, analyzing and responding to sensory information through the language and skills unique to theater.
  • Develop a basic level of understanding about the historical contributions and cultural dimensions of theater.
  • Develop a more critical aesthetic sense by responding to, analyzing, and critiquing theatrical experiences.
  • Every student must practice respect of self, the other members of the ensemble, and the performance environment.
  • Application of craft skills such as carpentry, electronics, painting, sewing, etc.
  • Application of performance skills of voice, movement, interpretation, motivation, etc.
  • To expose students and the community to classic and contemporary works from different countries, periods, and theatrical styles by diverse authors in regard to race/ethnicity, nationality, creed, gender, sexual orientation, and age.

Theater Arts are for everyone, not only for those who choose to seek a career in the performance industries. Theater experience plays a significant role in building team-work, self-confidence, dynamic presentation, problem-solving, time-management, and many other skills valued across all professions.

These skills are taught through actual performance and production experiences tailored specifically to first and second-year students; and to third and fourth-year students; and other productions which are open to all students of any experience level.

We also train our performers through coaching in individual and group forensic events such as debate, public speaking, solo/duo performance from a wide range of original and published literary sources, and many other events.

Those less-inclined to perform for an audience gain valuable skills working behind the scenes creating scenery, lighting, sound and special effects, as well as experience in management and organization that can serve the individual throughout life.

Theater Arts also play a significant role in developing interpersonal skills and providing a safe outlet for creative fun and entertainment for the community. Working closely with our community through our parent support group PALs we offer other enrichment opportunities including guest artists, workshops, seminars, and field trips to college, community, and professional theaters.

Theater News

Theater Advisors

Mary Toledano

Technical Theater Director


Sara Dreiling

ITS Advisor

Kelly MacBlane

Co-director Spring Music
Instructor - Theater Department

Joe Pulio

Co-Director Fall Play & Winter Play
Instructor - Theater

John Wanninger

Co-director Spring Musical, Director Frosh/Soph Play

Corey Holmer

Technical Director Frosh/Soph Play, Talent Show Teacher

Theater Calendar