Employee Spotlight Kimball

Allan Kimball | Director of Theatre/Co-Division Chair Humanities | Serving SIC Since 1998

Spotlight Candidate
Allan Kimball


        • Master's from SIU Carbondale
        • Graduate hours from Illinois State University
        • Bachelor's from SIU Carbondale


        • Illinois Theatre Association Award of Excellence
        • WP Sandford Award for Service to the Illinois Speech and Theatre Association (ISTA)
        • Benton Citizen of the year

What position(s) did you hold prior to SIC?
I was the Speech and Theatre director/coach at DuQuoin High School from 1985- 1998.

What does SIC means to you?
This is "home." The people I have the great pleasure of working with each day (both faculty and staff) are among the nicest and most professional I have ever encountered.  So many people “have” to go to "work" each day...I "GET" to go "home" and share this time with my "extended family."

What's your favorite memory at SIC?
There are SO many.  Every opening night of one of our productions is a magical and precious memory.

What do you do in your spare time?
My wife and I spend our free time seeing our two sons perform and we also love to go to see other theatre groups’ productions.

What's your all-time favorite show?

Do you have a favorite performance of all the years you've been performing and directing?
I have been directing shows since 1977.  In that time there have been SO many special moments and so many wonderful people that I have worked with.  While it wasn't the best show I have ever done, I would have to say the very first show I directed when I was a freshman in college.  That summer a group of us (all friends through high school) decided to "put on a show." We did GODSPELL in the Benton High School Commons.  It didn't have all the bells and whistles that later shows have had...but it was a special time...sharing the passion we all had for performance.  That "simple" show grew into the Pyramid Players Community Theatre ( that I have been the co-founder and director of every summer since.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
New York City...especially Broadway and Time Square.  Las Vegas is also cool.  I love all the lights. Haha.

How would you spend $1 million?
Pay my son’s college bills (haha).  I would wait until I know where they are going to locate (hopefully New York or LA) and then Pam (wife) and I would buy a condo and watch them perform.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Paula Deen.  Any woman who cooks with that much butter is my hero.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever heard, or the best piece you can give to others?
Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.