Carlyle High School and Kaskaskia graduate Chris Wiebler says starting his college education at KC was a “no-brainer”. A 2003 graduate from Carlyle High School and a 2005 graduate of Kaskaskia, Chris earned an Associate in Arts Degree before transferring to Eastern Illinois University.
“While at KC I barely slept, because I was extremely involved in a multitude of activities. I was in Choir, Jazz Choir, I played tuba in the KC Concert Band, Phi Theta Kappa, Core Values, President of the Theatre Guild, I headed a committee that fought to secure funds for the replacement of the temporary buildings, and my second year there I was Student Trustee. My time as Student Trustee was fascinating. I really enjoyed being in the meetings and learning how the college is ran. My time in the Theatre Guild is still one of the best times of my life. I met my wife in the KC Theatre Guild and made some lifelong friendships”.
Wiebler completed a Bachelor of Theatre Arts, with a performance emphasis from EIU in 2007. From there he moved to Chicago and studied improv at The Second City and IO. In the fall of 2013, he and his wife moved to Burbank, California for Chris to “go all in” on his pursuit of an acting career.
He is currently more of a stay-at-home dad, but is still diligently working on his entertainment career. “I have been on the TLC show Fat Saved My Life and Spike TV's Tattoo Nightmare. I have also done advertisements for Virgil's Rootbeer, the Canadian Real Estate Association, and United Healthcare. In 2016 I co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in a web series called Every Other Weekend”.
When asked about instructors who made a difference, Chris says, “David Quinn started out as a professor and has become a best friend to my family and I. I can't say enough about how awesome he is as a person. I got my first speaking role in a film because of him and he always showed me why theatre is fun. I still chat with him from time to time and pick his brain from his time pursuing acting. He is an absolute treasure to Kaskaskia College. I also had great relationships with Sue Hardebeck, Cliff Jourdan, and Mike Register”.
Chris says he chose to start at KC because at the time, he did not know how he wanted to approach his goals. “It seemed like a no brainer to continue my education at KC while I figured it out. I would recommend Kaskaskia College for many reasons. The most notable would be how affordable it was and the family atmosphere that I encountered. I always felt like every teacher I had truly cared about my success. KC fully prepared me to know what to expect when I got to EIU and eased me into the college life”.