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About Us

The mission of Thin Ice Ensemble Theater is to provide students of all abilities with a comprehensive, collaborative, and confidence-building theatrical experience through immersion in great plays, while providing the community with affordable, high-quality theater.

Thin Ice Ensemble Theater was established in 2000.

Comment on Moliere: One Act Comedies, spring 2012:

"I had the opportunity of viewing the Thin Ice Theater production. The performance and production is as good as many professional troupes I have seen! A pure pleasure!!!! As a theater goer, this was a joy to watch and witness the quality of the performers, the synchronicity and the production. Talent on every level!"

Dr. Miriam Dani, DDS, Kenilworth IL

Eileen Hand, Artistic Director

After receiving a degree in music performance from the University of Illinois, Eileen went on to work professionally in and around the Chicago area. Theaters include Apple Tree Theater, Light Opera Works, and Different Drummer Music Theater. She went on to found Thin Ice Theater in 1999. She has been directing and working with young people since then. She recently worked with Summer on Broadway at the Skokie Park District.

20160619_105243 Cheryl Yenter, President

Cheryl Yenter has been involved in theater and music for many years. A music education graduate from the College of St. Teresa, she has taught vocal music and produced concerts and performances by young people of all ages. She has sung in and managed various choral groups. She has assisted the TIET costume designers. and because of that experience, has cultivated an interest in the process of costuming shows. For Cheryl, watching young people bring their characters to life on stage continues to bring great satisfaction.

Ruth Haas, Treasurer/Company Manager, Fundraising Committee Chair

Ruth has always had a love of theater from a very young age. She enjoys the production experience and seeing a play come to life. She has worked with props and co-producing Thin Ice Ensemble Theater productions since 2008. She enjoys teaching Dr. Seuss classics helping kids create props and sets. Ruth loves her job!


Dana Einersen, Assistant Business Manager

Dana studies dance and arts management in Columbia College Chicago's Honors program. As a teenager, Dana appeared in Thin Ice and other homeschool theater productions. Dana has assistant directed, choreographed, and designed sound for shows. She continues to help out in nearly every area of producing shows, and loves every minute of it.

Thin Ice Ensemble Theater Board Members

Cheryl Yenter, President
Kevin Biolsi, Secretary
Jennifer Sampson, Vice President
Emma Clark
Joseph Clary
Annie Guter
Patty Mueller
Perri Mueller
Nora Paisley