What is Lead Con? 

Illinois Thespians will be hosting our annual event LEAD CON (formally known as TALENT) on  Sept. 10th, 2022.

Here are the important details:

When:  Saturday, September 10, 2022

Check in: 9am-9:30am

Event:  9:30am-4:00pm

Location: Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center -1 College Drive, East Peoria,Il 61635

Cost: $15/thespian and $20/non-thespian 

What to expect:

  • Light morning refreshments during check in

  • Keynote Speaker 

  • Interactive leadership workshops for students (IEs, Performance, etc)

  • Teacher workshops showing the EDTA website and discussing Thespys

  • Sharing different troupe displays and connecting students and staff across the state

  • Lunch provided by Childer’s Eatery- you will be able to preorder from a selection of sandwich and salad box lunches with vegetarian, Gluten free and allergy sensitive options available.  This information is located on the registration form.

  • Attendees will be able to attend a performance of Troupe #8558 production of The Addams Family-The Musical on either Friday or Saturday evening if they wish

Accommodations: For those who wish to make an overnight trip of this event there are many hotel options in the East Peoria Levy District that are 7-10 minutes away from Illinois Central College. There are also a large variety of restaurants in the same area. 

Best Western Plus - 300 Eastlight Drive, East Peoria 309-694-4959

Embassy Suites by Hilton- 100 Conference Center Dr, East Peoria 309-694-0200

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott- 200 Eastlight Court, East Peoria 309-699-4100

Holiday Inn Express & Suites- 1100 Bass Pro Dr, East Peoria 309-694-9800

How to apply:

  • In order to attend, please fill out the REGISTRATION FORM!!  

  • You will also need to have students/staff fill out CONSENT/MEDICAL FORMS. Please print and email to Jim Smith ( jsmith@illinoisthespians.org) by Sept. 6, 2022.

  • You can bring payment with you.  Please make all checks payable to Illinois Thespians.  If you need to send a payment, you can mail it to the following address:

Illinois Thespians

ATTN:  Jim Smith

Ridgewood High School

7500 W. Montrose

Norridge, IL 60706

Again, this year, we are opening this conference to all students, not just thespian leaders.  Even if you don’t have a thespian troupe, we encourage your attendance!!  

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at kelleen@illinoisthespians.orgjsmith@illinoisthespians.orgor anna@illinoisthespians.org

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