Molly Norris - Program Director
Molly is a Vocal Music teacher currently based in Springfield, IL. She has degrees in Vocal Performance BM, Music Education BME, and a minor in Musical Theater. Currently, Molly owns a private voice studio with a blend of online and in person students. Previously, she was a classroom music teacher for 5 years with grades ranging from K-12. Molly has been the show choir director, musical director, vocal coach, madrigal director, and cheerleading coach for her previous school districts. She also served as the children’s choir director and the bell choir director for her church.
Her passion for the arts is driven both by educating students and performing herself. She has worked for multiple companies, being hired as a classical soprano. She has also performed as the soprano soloist for oratorio works such as “Handel's Messiah”. During her education, Molly had the opportunity to travel abroad to perform in operas in both China and Italy. Most recently, she joined the cast of “Spongebob” to perform on the Muni stage.
Molly is thrilled to be given the opportunity to join the Hoogland team as the Program Director of the Education Department, and looks forward to working with everyone!
Craig Williams II - Artistic Director
Craig fell in love with the arts at an early age and has shared his passion with the Springfield community for more than 20 years. As a director, he led the Springfield High School theater department through 8 years of growth in student involvement, program enrichment, and production quality, culminating in the receipt of the Kevin Lehman award for outstanding leadership service in extra-curricula.
Craig has directed, acted, and designed for more than 75 productions through the Springfield Theatre Centre (STC), Springfield High School (SHS), The Muni, and the Hoogland Center for the Arts. He has also served as a member of several nonprofit boards including STC, Springfield Area Arts Council, Springfield Urban League, Copper Coin Ballet, and most recently as President of The Muni Board of Managers.
In his full-time career, Craig works for the State of Illinois SAP team as finance functional expert, and enjoys traveling with his husband, Ryan.
Favorite Theater credits, include: Springfield High School’s All Shook Up, The Wiz, Cats, Hairspray, and Ragtime; Snow White, 9 to 5, and Chicago at STC; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Wiz, The Last Five Years, and Songs for a New World at Hoogland Center for the Arts; and Disney’s High School Musical, Hairspray, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Dreamgirls, Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins, EVITA, and The SpongeBob Musical for Muni.