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About Us

Eddie Urish & Kathy Chitwood

Between the two, they have over 60 yrs. of experience in theatre - in educational, amateur, professional and business settings.

Eddie & Kathy have had many life adventures - and theatre has always been a part of each one of them.

Both Eddie & Kathy graduated from Bradley University with degrees in education.  Kathy taught in a jr. high setting and Eddie in high schools. 

One of the highlights of their careers was the founding of Eastlight Theatre in East Peoria, IL.  Ed served as Executive Director from '92-'95 and Kathy from '95-'10.  While there, they directed over 100 shows.

Ed continued his theatrical adventure with professional experience at theatres around the nation.  High points of his career included performing with the national tour of MEMPHIS and at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA.

Kathy became an arts advocate for her community by co-creating IGNITE - an arts celebration in Peoria, IL.  She, also, served on the Illinois Arts Council Theatre Panel.  Most recently, she was a part of Heartland Costumes & Fundraisers as their Creative/Client Manager.

Now, they are launching WILLOW BEND THEATRICS and looking forward to working with theatre artists all over the nation!

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Years Of Experience


Where did the name WILLOW BEND come from?

Eddie grew up on a farm in rural Peoria County.  It was on a large 'S' curve with three

beautiful willow trees in the front yard.  It was named Willow Bend Farms.

Eddie's love and dreams of theatre began in his childhood home.

It is the perfect name for this new theatrical adventure!

Our Team

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Vice-President/Media Consultant



Morale Manager

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Our Partners

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