Meet the team
Jared Titus (Owner, Co-Founder, Artistic Director) holds a B.F.A in Music Theatre from Elon University and as a performer has toured the country in the Broadway National Tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot as well as performed in numerous regional houses (North Carolina Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Paramount Theatre, Cortland Rep, Little Theatre on the Square). The past six years Jared has turned his focus towards teaching and sharing his love of the arts with students of all ages. In addition to teaching classes and producing full scale musicals at Bright Lights Theatre, Jared is the Owner/Company Director at Sunshine Dance located in downtown Glen Ellyn.
Stephanie Hansen (Co-Founder, Resident Music Director/Choreographer) holds a B.F.A in Musical Theatre and Minor in Dance from UW-Stevens Point. Her professional experiences on stage include multiple shows at Theo Ubique, Rocky Mountain Rep, and Drury Lane, where she most recently played Ursula in “Bye Bye Birdie”. Stephanie is also a teacher/choreographer at Sunshine Dance and a guest choreographer at Rocky Mountain Rep in Colorado.
Miss Lauren holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and her teaching license from National Louis University. As a teaching artist, she works with Metropolis School of Performing Arts and BAM Theatre. She has directed many children’s shows, and enjoys helping her students build confidence onstage and off. Lauren is the co-founder of Firefly Family Theatre, which produces interactive, unique performances for young audiences. In addition to her work in the Chicagoland area, Lauren completed a year long tour with Missoula Children’s Theater, which allowed her to teach and direct students from all over the country. When not teaching, Lauren also enjoys performing and has been seen in shows at Metropolis, City Lit Theatre, Big Noise and Steel Beam Theatre.
Miss Anna holds a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Millikin University and an M.Ed in Secondary Education from DePaul University. Her professional experiences include shows with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Stage Left, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, and Writers Theatre. Anna was bitten by the teaching and directing bug at Rocky Mountain Rep, where she served as the director of the Youth Theatre Workshop and Teen Theatre Academy programs for four summers. She began her formal teaching career in 2015 and is currently the Drama teacher at South Middle School in Arlington Heights, where she also directs a play and musical each year. Favorite directing experiences include Seussical, Jr., The Reluctant Dragon, and several original works with the RMRT Youth Theatre Program. In her free time, Anna enjoys hanging out with her husband, Barrett, and very spunky one-year-old, Henry, who is already starting to show some dramatic flair.
Mr. Jacob, our Resident Stage Manager, is currently studying at Boston College working toward a B.A. in Secondary Education, a B.A. in Mathematics, and a Minor in Educational Theatre. In high school, Jacob worked primarily as a Stage Manager/Student Director on Glenbard West Theatre productions, including Godspell and Once Upon a Mattress. He was also the Stage Manager for the 2017 IHSTF All State production of Sweeney Todd. Currently, Jacob continues to stage manage while at Boston College. He has worked on many shows including The Addams Family, On the Verge, Hamlet, and 9 to 5. Jacob has been the Resident Stage Manager at Bright Lights since its inception in 2016, and he is always excited to work with such wonderful students every year.
Miss Lydia holds a BA in Music and English Literature from Wheaton College. She is a choral conductor and music educator based in the Chicago area. For the past two years, MIss Lydia has served as the Director of Music Ministry at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and School in Joliet, where she has led musicians of all ages in church liturgies and school performances. As a teaching artist, MIss Lydia teaches class music, private voice lessons, has led adult and children’s choirs, and served as the vocal director for numerous student musicals. Lydia is passionate about equipping students with the skills they need to perform successfully and to grow in confidence.
Miss Katie is currently studying at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point working toward a B.F.A. in Acting. In high school, Katie was involved in theatre in a number of ways. You might recognize her as Fiona from Bright Lights Theatre's recent production of Shrek or from Glenbard West High School as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. She was also a part of the ensemble and a dance captain for the 2018 IHSTF All State production of Big Fish, which was performed at the International High School Thespian Festival in Nebraska. Currently, Katie continues to work and perform at college and semi-professionally. She has worked on several shows including staged readings of The Spiritualist and Blue Stockings, working as a lights operator on Clown Bar, and performing in Mamma Mia. Katie is thrilled to return to Bright Lights this year in an educational capacity. She has always loved working with students and watching them grow and learn as she constantly learns from them as well.
Miss Madison is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she studied Film and Fiction Writing. Although Madison enjoyed studying film, her heart belongs to the stage and she is ecstatic to share this passion with the students of Bright Lights Theatre. At an early age, Madison began her love of performing with a local theater company where she later directed youth productions and worked with students to find confidence on stage and in their everyday lives. She is looking forward to continuing her work with the young artists at Bright Lights Theatre!