Philip Lynch Theatre



Class of 2017

Black Box Blowout

HTC 24 Hour Theatre Festival

On March 17 and 18, the 4th annual 24 Hr. Theatre Festival a.k.a. Black Box Blowout was held in the Studio Theatre.  Seven original scenes had the theme of “Quest for Discovery” and incorporated the dialogue line: “you’ll feel better if you have a banana.”  All 7 scenes were written, rehearsed and directed within the 24 hour period. The event culminated with a free performance attended by approximately 70 patrons on Saturday evening. Thank you to everyone who participated and attended the event.

HTC 24 Hour Theatre Festival
HTC 24 Hour Theatre Festival

Irene Ryan Nominations

Irene Ryan nominations
Irene Ryan nominations

Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet

In February, the students enrolled in the Stage Technology 2 Class toured the historic Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet.  The construction of a “vaudeville movie palace” was the undertaking of the six Rubens brothers. The theatre opened on May 24, 1926. The Rialto’s magnificent European architecture is the signature work of the late Eugene Romeo, a Sicilian immigrant who settled in Park Ridge.

Rialto Square Theatre Joliet


Alumni Theatre

Ed Green ‘85 (far right in the photo) directed the world premiere of the play entitled Paradise written by local playwright, Tom Reiser. 

It was produced by the Community Players of Naperville and tells the story of a rehab and nursing center as the residents deal with the “devils” in their lives and attempt to cope with their situation and their friends.

Alumni Theatre

Mary Van Milligen ‘97 has published her first novel. The Glimpse Gift is a witty, romantic, and emotional tale of a young woman with a slight gift of foresight, an unusual connection to the past, and a mission to help those that cannot help themselves.

It’s available on iBooks, Barnes and Noble Nook, and Amazon. Congratulations!

Alumni Theatre

Emma McGee ‘15 has returned from Florida and the Disney College Program as a character attendant. 

She is currently working as an assistant stage manager on Naperville’s Brightside Theatre production of Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo.

Alumni Theatre

On February 24, Carli Wheeler ‘12 married Mark Reinholtz. The newlyweds reside in Joliet.

Carli received her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in 2014 from Lewis University.  She is currently employed at Lewis as an adult admissions counselor.

Alumni Theatre

Congratulations to ‘Momma” Kate O’Neil ‘15 and “Poppa” Kevin Bukauski ‘17 on the birth of their son, Isaac.  A star is born!

“To LIFE!” 

A Celebration of the Life and Contributions of Chet Kondratowicz

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Fierce Vexation of a Dream

Black Box Blowout 2017

LU PLT Attends KCACTF 2017

In Loving Memory of Chet Kondratowicz