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Steve has been a judge since 2006

Steven Mandel

Bitter Jester Music Festival Judge

Steve is a Retired Sound and Lighting Professional IASTE Stagehand for renowned institutions including Ravinia Festival, Uptown Theater, the Lyric Opera, and many other Chicago theaters & venues. (1969-2006).

Additionally, Steve is a past Mayor Pro Tem and Councilman for the City of Highland Park, IL (1993-2012). He was a Lake County Board Member (2012-2016), and Lake County Forest Preserve Commissioner (2012-2016).

He has been a judge for the Bitter Jester Music Festival since its inception in 2006.