About the Highland Park Players

The Vision of the Board of Directors is to provide an accessible, hands-on theatre for the city of Highland Park, Illinois.

The work we love

Highland Park Players is a non-profit organization, the purpose of which is to enrich, educate and entertain our community by providing area residents with the opportunity to attend and participate in a superior theatre experience.

Highland Park Players is a non-profit organization, founded in 1988 by Susan Haimes, Lois Israel, and Donna Lubow. The Vision of the Board of Directors is to provide an accessible, hands-on theatre for the city of Highland Park. It is our mission to educate and entertain our community by providing area residents the opportunity to attend and to participate in a superior theatre experience as well as offer an outlet for the talents of area residents that would provide the unique pleasures of live theatre for family, friends, and the community as a whole.

In 1999 Highland Park Players launched a Children's Theatre (Theatre for Young Audiences). Thanks to the grants from YEA! Highland Park, the one-act musical educational interactive productions performed by adults for children of all ages allow families an opportunity to attend. The Theatre for Young Audiences has developed Community Service programs over the years with fundraising for Ravinia Nursery School and benefit performances for other community elementary schools. After each performance, the cast meets the audience and gives kids a chance to take pictures and receive autographs.

The Highland Park Players, an affiliate of the Park District, meets once a quarter and consists of a Board of Directors that are all volunteers. Except for a few paid staff members for each production, all shows are run by Board members. The season usually consists of a Fall Musical, Children's Musical, workshops and when resources allow a summer show. When available all activities are held in Highland Park facilities.

It is a source of pride that over the course of the last decade, Highland Park Players has become one of the most respected community theatres on the North Shore. HPP has learned the art of theatre, had great fun, remembered wonderful stories and in the process fulfilled our mission: providing high quality theatre to our patrons, involving the community.

Our thanks go to all of you who have participated directly in our productions by performing in or working the shows, taking our workshops, making contributions & donations, or being our appreciative audience. We cannot exist without all of you. When all is said and done, HPP is a family, and we welcome you!

Board of Directors

The Highland Park Players is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors comprised of residents and arts advocates who share a common passion for theatre and a commitment to the community. Each year, we attract new people for the Board of Directors, our productions, and workshops - people with fresh energy and innovative ideas that are committed to presenting quality theatre. Please contact us if you would like to contribute to the Highland Park Players.
Bradley A. Rose

Highland Park, IL

President
Ira Rosenthal

Anywhere, USA

Vice President
David Shaw

Anywhere, USA

Vice President
Carol Lee Wax

Anywhere, USA

Secretary
Sean Blitzstein

Anywhere, USA

Treasurer
Jacob Cohen

Anywhere, USA

Member-at-large
Henry Gessner

Anywhere, USA

Member-at-large
Naomi Hershman

Anywhere, USA

Member-at-large
Marty Karlin

Anywhere, USA

Member-at-large
Peter Rasey

Anywhere, USA

Member-at-large
Scott Schwartz

Anywhere, USA

Member-at-large
Myrna Shaw

Anywhere, USA

Member-at-large
Holly Weis

Anywhere, USA

Member-at-large

want to get involved?

Do you love theatre!? Do you have great ideas? Do you want to be more involved with your local theatre? If so, you may be the right fit to join our board of directors. Please contact us for more information about joining the Highland Park Players.