Steve Leaver has been with the Actors Training Center since coming in to teach our Little Actors division in 2016. Steve is the Executive Director of Imagination Theater, a Chicago based theater company that uses original, participatory theatrical programming as means to address various social issues with audiences nation-wide. Mr. Leaver oversees all aspects of the company and has been in charge of designing, writing, directing, and facilitating countless programs for schools and corporations. In addition to his work at Imagination Theater, Mr. Leaver is a teaching artist with the Metropolis School of Performing Arts in Arlington Heights. He has taught acting classes for all ages and abilities. He has directed productions of “The Laramie Project”, “The Dining Room”, and “The Diary of Anne Frank” at Metropolis. From 2008-2012, Mr. Leaver served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Theatre Association where he was representing Theater for Young Audiences. Through his work at the ITA, Mr. Leaver helped to coordinate the Theater In Our Schools conferences every March held in partnership with the American Alliance for Theatre in Education. Most recently, Mr. Leaver has been one of seven theater teachers and professionals working with Arts Alliance Illinois to adapt and adopt the National Core Arts Standards in Theater for the State of Illinois. Mr. Leaver graduated Cum Laude from Illinois State University.