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 has worked with Naperville School of Performing Arts, Dream Big, Metropolis, BAM Theatre and Hinsdale Community Preschool. She has directed many children’s shows, and enjoys helping her students build confidence onstage and off. One of her favorite experiences was working with Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite Project, which provides interactive theatre experiences for children with Autism. She also helped create Picnic Players, the resident Children’s Theatre Company at Naperville School of Performing Arts. Her professional performing experience includes shows at Metropolis, City Lit Theatre and Big Noise Theatre.
Miss Miriam holds a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Miriam directed several short plays through the Dramatic Writing and Classical Studio collaboration. Miriam has appeared in theatre productions Off-Broadway, in Chicago, and Los Angeles, and she is the founder and director of Vision Productions, through which she premiered several of her own original plays in New York City.
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 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.
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.