Graduating Year: 2008
College Attended: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Current Occupation: Copywriter at Y&R Chicago, Freelance Web Designer
Fine Arts Activities: Choir, Company, Mixed Company, Speech Team, Fall Play, Spring Musical
Awards & Accomplishments: 2008 Prospect Theater Medallion Winner
Ever since she can remember, Eileen has envisioned herself being a person who uses whatever talents they have, in whatever way they can, to make the world a better place. With that mindset, Eileen has always been on the move and heavily involved in her many creative passions. Though the true catalyst to Eileen’s relationship with the fine arts came after making Prospect’s Fall Play her freshman year of high school. She will never forget the feeling of confidence that Mr. Morton instilled in her by seeing a glimmer of talent, beneath her braces and awkward nature, that just needed some guidance to fully blossom.
Eileen went on to play roles such as Frenchy in Grease and Mrs. Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She was also in the cast of With Their Eyes, which was the first production Prospect brought to the Illinois High School Theater Festival. On a different stage, Eileen was active in Prospect’s show choir community–having been a member of Company and Mixed Company for two years each. Eileen is thankful for the dance skills she obtained through show choir as they have allowed her to remain a hit on every dance floor she encounters.
However, the experience Eileen most values from high school is being apart of Prospect’s Speech Team. After fours years of competitive, hard work and growth, capped off by making it to IHSA Sectionals her senior year, Eileen remained a coach for the team both during and after college. She is proud to have been apart of the developments the program has made over the course of the last eight years that have led to the reputation Prospect has today within IHSA and NHS. Moreover, she is thrilled to see more students participating in speech team; for she believes that one of the most important things someone can learn to do is to stand up in front of an audience and speak with confidence.
Currently, Eileen is pursuing two avenues that lend to her passion for comedy and creative writing. Describing herself as a Peggy Olson by day and Liz Lemon by night, she works as a copywriter for Y&R Chicago and participates in Chicago’s vast comedy scene. A graduate of The Second City Training Center’s Improv and Writing programs, Eileen writes and performs at various venues around the city. Most notably she can be seen every six weeks at Stage 773 where she is a resident writer and actor for Scribble Bibble, an SNL-like sketch comedy production. Though Eileen gravitates towards the written word, she dabbles in other areas of creativity like comedic song writing, graphic design and web design.
Some of Eileen’s fondest high school memories revolve around the friendships formed backstage during musical practice, performing at Disney World with the choir and bonding with peers on 5am bus rides to speech meets. To this day some of the most rewarding relationships she has cultivated have been with the people she has met through Prospect Fine Arts. Eileen attributes many of her post-high school success’ to the skills and lessons she learned throughout her involvement with Prospect Fine Arts. She learned how to emit confidence, work within a team and get out of her comfort zone. These skills have been the foundation for her drive to keep writing and entertaining–which is her small way of creating a better world.