IL Jaycees TOYP Introduction Video for Stacy Kolaz

Stacy A. Kolaz has been part of Springfield’s local theater community her entire life. She is a dedicated volunteer and sought-after talent for many theaters including Springfield Muni Opera, Springfield Theatre Centre, Hoogland Center for the Arts Education Program as well as many local grade and high schools.

Stacy’s industry and creativity led to her becoming one of the busiest makeup designers in local theatre, with shows such as Shrek, Beauty and the Beast, and Little Mermaid to her credit.  For nearly twenty years, she has volunteered on over seventy shows in a variety of capacities including hair and makeup, costume, performer and assistant director. She spends about 200 volunteer hours per show for planning, preparation, supply purchasing, pre-season rehearsals, stage design and set-up, tech week, live shows and stage tear-down.

Since 2016, she has served as Hair & Makeup Design Co-Director for the Springfield Muni Opera. In this capacity, she is responsible for makeup and hair design and crews for the entire season as well as inventory and budget for all shows’ makeup and hair requirements. Stacy previously served as Hair & Makeup Design Committee Chairman for the Springfield Theater Centre.

In 2019, she volunteered nearly 2,000 hours in 14 shows. Stacy has added directorial roles to her volunteer resume, serving as apprentice director and/or assistant director for several local productions. She joined the Springfield Jaycees in 2017.

Stacy is a School Counselor for Tri-City School District #1. She is a National Certified Counselor; a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Professional Educator License. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SIU-E. Stacy was a Alpha Phi Sorority member and held several positions including Collegiate Panhellenic Council Philanthropy Chair. She earned her master’s degree in Human Development Counseling with Specialization in School Counseling from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Stacy is being recognized in the category of Cultural achievement. She was nominated by the Springfield Jaycees. She lives in Springfield.

Stacy Kolaz’s acceptance speech for IL Jaycees TOYP Award