Theatre spotlights

Michael O’Brien


Michael O'BrienMike is an accomplished teacher, director, actor, puppeteer, and inspired fool. Mike has been actively involved in the theatre arts for almost forty years, with over eighteen years as a theatre educator. For the past eight years Mike has been active in starting up “Clothespin Puppets,” a small puppet theatre company dedicated to promoting literacy through the arts.


Other interesting facts about Mike: he can juggle, ride a unicycle, walk on stilts, and play the ukulele (just none of them at the same time.)

Molly Ilten Fullan

Scenic Design

Molly FullanMolly earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering followed by her MFA in Scenic Design. She settled in Champaign with her family four years ago and has been designing sets for theatres in the area including: Parkland, Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, and The Station Theatre. Over the years Molly has worked on productions across the country a couple of her favorites include Roberto Zucco and Grapes of Wrath.  


Q: What first interested you in theatre?
A: I was very shy as a child and shocked my parents when I first decided to start acting. I first got interested in theatre in middle school. I loved the chance to portray an array of characters. The crazier the better. One of my favorite roles was Cassandra in Trojan Women.

Yen Vi Green

Yen Vi GreenYen Vi Green has been involved in Champaign-Urbana theatre for 13 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from SIU Carbondale and has stage managed 24 local productions, primarily for Parkland College Theatre and the Station Theatre. Recent stage management credits include The Crucible and Much Ado About Nothing for Parkland College and The Christians and August: Osage County at the Station.


Q: How long have you been working with props?
A: I’ve really only gotten back to working with props since The Crucible last fall. It seems like I dove right back in since I will be doing props for my next four productions.

HeatherAnn Layman

Stage Manager

Heather Ann LaymenHeatherAnn has a dual Bachelor of Arts degree from Chadron State College in Technical Theatre, and Vocal Performance.  She has worked for professional theatre companies, including the Illinois Shakespear Festival in Bloomington, Illinois, as well as The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.  HeatherAnn currently works for Parkland College Theatre as their Production Assistant, and Servant will be her 7th production as Stage Manager!  She has also stage managed for CUTC, most recently their summer production of Annie at the Virginia Theater. 


Q: What made you decide to become a Stage Manager?
A: Stage managing is much like conducting an orchestra.  My love of music, organization, the rehearsal process, and being the conductor of a show is what really drew me to stage management.

Brianna Malotke

Costume Design
Brianna MalotkeBrianna Malotke is from Cincinnati, OH and attended Purdue University for Apparel Design & Technology. She attended the London College of Fashion where she focused her studies on corsetry and millinery. She has previously done work for Purdue University’s costume department and was the costume designer for their production of The Hoes Progress: Two Short Plays About Badass Women in Science. As a First Hand she built costumes for the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for: Macbeth, Ariande on Naxos, and the world premiere of Shalimar the Clown. Last fall she was Costume Designer for Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company’s production of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat followed by Rod Sickler & Ludlow Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.


Q: What made you decide to pursue Costume Design?
A: During my semester in London I decided I wanted to pursue Costume Design as a career.  I love the idea of telling a story with clothing and seeing how others react to it when it’s on stage.

Dominick Rosales

Sound Design
Dominick RosalesDominick Rosales is a recent graduate of Parkland College who is now pursuing a B.F.A. in Sound Design & Technology at the University of Illinois. As a Parkland Theatre student, he worked on many productions including: Much Ado About Nothing and Memphis. Dominick is grateful to be involved with The Servant of Two Masters and thanks everyone for all of their continued support. Enjoy the show!


Q: How long have you been doing Sound Design?
A: I started in the Spring of 2017 when I was the Sound Designer for Parkland Theatre’s Annual Student Production, Kazam!

Nicholas Shaw

Nicholas ShawLighting Design

Nick is an Associate Professor of Technical Theatre at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He moved to Central Illinois in 2008 after completing his MFA at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Since arriving in Illinois he has designed scenery and lighting for numerous companies/schools including; EIU, Parkland College, Millikin University, The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre, The Ruckus Theatre of Chicago, and The Little Theatre on the Square. This is his fifth production at Parkland. He would like to thank his wife and two children for their love and support.

Q: What first insterested you in theatre?
A: I performed in musicals during high school and gained a deep admiration for live theatre. I continued pursuing a theatre education during undergraduate; focusing on both performance and tech. I discovered that designing was a good fit for my interests and skills, I have been doing it ever since.