Kathy Chitwood is an educator, artist and community leader who has dedicated herself to supporting local theater and sharing her passion with others to further the success of the arts in central Illinois. She helped create Eastlight Theatre 17 years ago. Since that time, children and adults in our area have had wonderful opportunities to experience memorable community theater performances. Through the award winning Penguin Project she allows children with disabilities an opportunity to be involved in theater and raises awareness of what these individuals can accomplish when given the chance. During the summer of 2009, Chitwood was an invaluable leader and organizer for the One State Together in the Arts Conference which took place in Peoria that year.