Denise Tamburrino (Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Royal George, Wishing Star Theatre, Light Opera Works,
Bailiwick, Theo-Ubique, Circle Theatre)
“I have worked with Kevin Wiczer both as a fellow actor and as a director over the past several years. As a fellow actor, his energy on stage and presence in a scene is inspiring. As a director, he is always prepared, organized, focused and creative. He gives the actor thoughtful guidance while also encouraging the actor to create on their own. I have no doubt that any student would benefit from his insights. “
Deric Gochenauer (Steel Beam Theatre, Music On Stage, Theatre Nebula)
"Kevin Wiczer is the epitome of an actor’s director. His hands-on approach invites creative involvement from his performers. His keen eye for the minute detail gives the audience ever engaging stimulation. Sometimes character flaws and attributes can be solidified by just one word in the script. Kevin Wiczer encourages each actor to find their own character by taking the journey through the text. Kevin Wiczer teaches with positive reinforcement and reassurance. I’ve never walked on stage without feeling fully confident."
April Martinez (Steel Beam Theatre, Theatre Nebula, Music On Stage, Woodstock Musical Theatre Company,
Townsquare Players, Wishing Star Theatre)
"Kevin Wiczer is one of the most exceptional directors I have had the pleasure of working with. He is the consummate professional, and really pulls out the best an actor strives to become. I had the pleasure to work with Kevin in many productions and I truly feel that I have worked with the best in the business."
Amanda Diamond (Harper College, Wishing Star Theatre, Woodstock Musical Theatre Company, Elgin
"Kevin Wiczer is an amazingly talented actor and director!! He is well organized and extremely efficient with his time. As an actor, Kevin is a force to be reckoned with. His energy explodes from every inch of his body and he always gives 100%. His characters are not only beliveable, but memorable. As a director, he expects nothing less from his actors. In return, he will take his very specific and special vision for a show and make it come to life. Kevin produces a very professional atmosphere to work in, yet there is always time for fun! For an actor, Kevin gives you a very solid structure to your character, while at the same time giving you the freedom to explore different options to make that character your very own. Each experience has been an absolute pleasure!! I look forward to working with Kevin on many more future projects!!"
Dennis Brown (Steel Beam, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, North Central College, ETC, Wheaton
"Kevin is one of my favorite Directors. He is not only a joy to work with, but also knows how to get the most out of the actor. Kevin has a “give them what they need and get out of their way” approach. He will definitely pull the best out of his cast while allowing self motivation and the actors creativity to fill a show. His energy and vision alone can make a good show great , it is a pleasure to work with such talent. Students can learn a lot from a true professional in the business and Kevin surely fills that role."
Colette Todd (Drury Lane Oak Brook, Theo-Ubique, Light Opera Works, Wishing Star Theatre, Theatre Nebula,
Music On Stage, Elgin Community College, Lakes Theatre Company, Harper College)
"Not only is Kevin Wiczer a brilliant artist and director, he is also an absolute delight to collaborate with on stage. He brings a creative energy and professional demeanor to each and every production and creates meaningful relationships with his actors helping them find and explore their characters. I have witnessed the beauty of Kevin's work with actors of all ages and abilities and am confident he can be an inspirational mentor to any actor on their own journey!"
Tony Lage (Steel Beam Theatre, Actor's Theatre Company, Music on Stage, National Pastime Theatre,
Circle Theatre, Theatre Building, Athenaeum Theatre)
"Working with Kevin is always a delight. His attention to detail and organizational skills make the most efficient use of rehearsal time. In addition, he is a master of eliciting the best performance from his actors using his vast theatrical experience, professionalism, and humor. I have never worked with another director who so artfully (and patiently) could manage an extremely large cast (including children!) and do it with such style and grace. Kevin is the type of director most actors hope to work with as he will help guide and structure a character, but then step back and let the actor take the role into the home stretch. I would work with Kevin again in a heartbeat."
Laural Reinhart (Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Music On Stage)
"It was an honor and a privilege to be directed by Kevin. Tackling “Jekyll & Hyde” for Music on Stage was not an easy task. It was clear from our very first meeting that Kevin had thoroughly researched and carefully considered his “concept” for the piece, as well as what he wanted from each character. Kevin never “told” us what to do. Rather he asked many thoughtful questions of us as actors. He always wanted to know what we thought our characters wanted. If something didn’t feel right, we were encouraged to discover why and try the scene in a different way. As an actor I really appreciated his approach. I was an equal partner in the creative process. That doesn’t happen very often. Because Kevin is secure in his abilities as a director and respectful of the input from his actors, the entire process from beginning to end was a joy! I would LOVE to work with Kevin again!"
Gregory L. Payne (Wishing Star Theatre, Hubris Productions, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Circle Theatre and
The Murder Mystery Theatre Company)
“I had the pleasure of working with Kevin Wiczer when he directed an award winning production of Into The Woods. I found that he consistently demonstrated professionalism both on and off the stage. He was well prepared for rehearsals and made the most of the actors’ time through proper planning. In addition, he maintained a keen eye for utilizing the space to paint an appealing stage picture. Kevin is a refreshing example of an enthusiastic artist.”
Rebecca Parvin (Steel Beam Theatre, Woodstock Musical Theatre, Music On Stage, St. James Theatre)
"Kevin Wiczer is hands down one of my favorite directors to work with. His enthusiasm, passion for the stage and experience as a fellow actor make him one of the most unique directors and coaches. He creates a motivational, hard working yet encouraging atmosphere for his actors. He not only gives the foundation to the actor, but the opportunity to explore the character; making it very real by combining what we create along with what he envisions. Kevin is a supportive director who will guide you with what you need to further your skills. His professionalism and dedication to the industry are just a few of the things that makes him stand out among others. It has truly been a privilage to work with him in past productions and I look forward to many more!"
Nancy Greco (Circle Theatre, Stage Right Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Bohemian Theatre, Bailiwick, Metropolis,
Mercury, Emerald City, Illinois Theatre Center)
"A very creative and supportive director, who keeps his cool and expresses his ideas well. He puts his actors in a good light and allows them to be creative."
Anita Hoffman (Circle Theatre, Wishing Star Theatre)
"Working with Kevin as a director was illuminating and encouraging. He helped me navigate through issues I was having with a show, a character, and intentions so easily and positively, I didn't even notice that suddenly I was on the other side of the issue. Kevin will never let you doubt. He will move you forward and seems to have so much energy for helping. He has ideas that assist actors in many different aspects of the craft and can articulate them so deftly. A pure joy to work with."
Tommy Vendafreddo (Bohemian Theatre Company, Wishing Star Theatre, Harper College)
"Kevin is what I would call an "Actor's Director." An actor himself, he trusts what his performers bring to the table and is always willing to hear new ideas. Whether coaching a song, a scene, or a monologue, Kevin's focus is always on the story; he helps his actors make clear decisions that help propel the story forward. Kevin's professional and friendly disposition earns him the respect and trust of his collaborating artists. They know that he will never let them down."