The Twin City Theater Company began in September of 2015 as a result of creative collaboration between Garth Gersten, John Tilford, Angela Marcum, and Michael Galloway.  The founding four were seeking a way to focus on diversity in the theater by diversifying the actors, staff, and productions brought to the stage in the Central Illinois Area.

The Company’s first production of the hit musical Nunsense played to sold-out audiences.  The company’s success continued with it’s focus on diversity producing shows like For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide with the Rainbow is EnoughShotgun, Waiting for Godot, American Idiot, and Peter and the Star Catcher.

In its upcoming third season, the company will be continuing to present their diversified programs including cabarets, fundraisers, and adding an all-student production.  This production will be cast, staffed, produced and run entirely by students from the Central Illinois Area.

Twin City Theatre Co. is looking forward to an exciting future.

Board of Directors

President: John TilfordJohn_Tilford

A longtime resident of Urbana, John has been involved with many, many theatre companies in the area: Twin City Theatre Company (current president), The Station Theatre, CUTC, The Rantoul Theatre Company, The Beefhouse Dinner Theatre, Danville Light Opera, Creative Dramatics Workshop, The Little Theatre on the Square, Bright Lights Theatre Company, and Parkland College Theatre. Other theatre organizations John has been a part of in through the years include The Educational Theatre Association, The Illinois Theatre Association, Illinois Thespians, and The International Thespian Society. Needless to say, theatre is John’s passion.  John states, “Theatre excites me, and I am proud that Twin City Theatre Company is able to provide opportunities for people to not only get involved in, but experience quality theatre.”

Vice President: Luke KnokeLuke_Knoke

“In my younger days, I was involved a lot with school theater. Most of that time was spent as a performer on stage. Those experiences helped me develop a strong personality and gave me the ability to speak confidently in front people, which is a skill I use every day in my career as a Business Banker with Chase Bank.
I was excited to be asked by Twin City to serve on board as it gives me a chance to not only get back involved with theater but it also gives me a chance to see how the magic happens behind the “behind-the-scenes.” I look forward to seeing you all at our shows!

Secretary/Treasurer: Diane PritchardDiane Pritchard

Diane has been involved in community theatre in CU since 1994, performing with CUTC, Parkland College Theatre, The Station Theatre, and Monticello Theatre Association.   She has a Masters Degree in Voice from the University of Illinois. She retired from Champaign Unit 4 Schools after 18 years as the Office Manager of Robeson Elementary School and hopes to bring some of the efficiency and organization required in that position to Twin City Theatre Company.   When not on the stage, Diane enjoys traveling with her husband, volunteering at the Champaign County Humane Society, walking, hiking, and water aerobics. She is also a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Board Members

Tanya Haenny-Ya

Chandra Galloway


Interested in becoming a board member or getting involved in any way? Please contact us at twincitytheatreco@gmail.com!


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