ROBERT D. MANAHAN
Robert D. Manahan is one of the Illinois Valley's most prolific directors of musical theatre. His educational credentials include a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, with further study in drama at Northwestern. Bob taught vocal music and English from 1960-1993 at L-P High School and later came out of retirement to start the Musical Theater Department at Hall High School in 1999. While teaching at L-P, he founded Summer Stage Playhouse (1963), the success of which inspired the Illinois Arts Alliance Award.
In 1996, when Stage 212 acquired the new building at 700 First Street , in LaSalle, a significant endowment from "Mister M" enabled the orginization to transform a twin-cinema into a performance venue. To recognize this contribution and all of his contributions to theater in the Illinois Valley for more than four decades, Stage 212 dedicated the facility as "The Robert D. Manahan Center for the Performing Arts."