Theatre Directors

Scott Shallenbarger

Scott Shallenbarger has been teaching theatre performance and directing productions at HPHS since 1990.  He has also worked in Chicago’s vibrant theatre scene as both director and actor. Scott received his Theatre Education degree from Illinois State University and his Master’s degree in Theatre Arts from Northwestern University. Along the way, he has  published three plays: On Stars Not Falling, Within the Shadows, and Whisper Me Home.  As well, Scott has been endorsed by the Playback Centre in New York as a Playback Theatre director and conductor. “I feel deeply grateful,” he says.” to have had the privilege to work in an arts-supporting community like Highland Park for so many years. I have never had a shortage of committed, passionate, and courageous students. I am so blessed.” In 2013, Scott received the Dave Peterson Outstanding Educator Award. 


David Solotke

David Solotke, an HPHS alum of the class of 2004, has been involved in HP Theatre since taking over as props director in 2011. In 2012, he was hired to teach acting, technical theatre, and film. Since then, David has been active in the technical direction and design of HPHS productions. He has also worked in the Chicago storefront theatre and dance scene as a stage manager and production manager. David received his Theatre Education degree from Illinois State University, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Directing at Roosevelt University. David credits Mr. Shallenbarger and Mr. Conway, his theatre teachers at HPHS, with inspiring him to pursue a career in theatre education.