Education Staff

Molly Schunicht 

Program Director 

Molly is a Vocal Music teacher with degrees in Vocal Performance, Music Education, and a minor in Musical Theater. Previous to working with Hoogland Education, 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, and madrigal director for her previous school districts. Since moving to Springfield in 2021, Molly has lucky enough to work on multiple shows including Spongebob, Follies, Once, High School Musical, Rock of Ages, Mean Girls, Jersey Boys and Mary Poppins. 




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.