Carol Lommen
Las Vegas, Nevada
Inducted 1995


Who would have thought that playing Polly the Parrot in a radio play in fifth grade would lead Carol Lommen to study with Lee Strasberg and Peggy Feury? Lommen has always enjoyed gathering knowledge and exploring the expanding influence of theatre and widening options for youth in theatre.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Lommen began teaching theatre in 1964 in Simi Valley, California, continued at Canyon High School in Canyon Country, and then moved to Las Vegas and teach at Bonanza High School, establishing Troupe 1496 in 1979. Lommen went on to become Nevada State director (1986 – 1988) and created the first Nevada State Thespian conference and the first state student board. In 1989 she became the West Coast Region IV Director and held the Region IV Conference in Las Vegas in 1995.

While on the EdTA board, Lommen was instrumental in developing the first national survey of theatre teachers.  Lommen also set up the expectation that play screenings would include written critiques so performers and directors could learn more through the feedback and evaluation.
After learning about and then attending the Arizona Leadership Camp, Lommen established the formal ITO (International Thespian Officers) Leadership training workshop at Festival.  Lommen also planted seeds for developing Junior Thespians and liaisons with theatre teaching programs across the country.

Lommen has given numerous students and adults more knowledge about personalities, motivations and character understanding by leading True Colors© workshops at various state and national conferences.


William (Bill) H. Lord
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Bill became a member of Troupe 807 in 1947 at Bosse High School in Evansville, IN where he fell in love with theater. He worked in all of the backstage elements but his first love was stage lighting. His experiences in high school led to his becoming the student technical director for the Evansville College theater program.

While in the Army in Germany he spent some time with Special services first installing a dimming system in a building in Frankfurt that was being turned into a theater, then doing the lighting for the All Army Talent Show Finals at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

Bill returned to Indianapolis to work in a theater equipment company fabricating, selling and installing stage equipment, and meeting his wife-to-be.

In 1958 he was hired by North Central High School and spent 38 years managing a 1500 seat auditorium, teaching speech and technical theater and sponsoring a very active Troupe 1851. The last 13 years he also served as chairman of the Performing Arts Department, Bill retired from teaching in 1996. In 2000 he completed the third edition of his textbook, STAGECRAFT 1.

A Theater Consultant since 1961 he still provides for architects design and layout of space and systems for theatrical lighting and control, stage rigging, and curtains. He has been involved in over 550 school projects to date.

Bill and his wife Cathy recently moved into a retirement community but both remain active in volunteer work with their church and try to keep track of their two very active daughters and their husbands.