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Paramount Theatre: 23 East Galena Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60506

Box Office: 630-896-6666. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Tim Rater

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jim Corti

Artistic Director

Paramount Theatre’s Artistic Director and 7-time Jeff Award winner

Amber Mak

New Works Development Director

Trent Stork

Artistic Associate & Casting Director

Patty Stefanski

Assistant to the President & CEO

* indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
† indicates member of United Scenic Artists (USA)
‡ indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

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Development & Sponsorships

Development & Sponsorships

Michele Bergeron

Development Manager

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Education & Community Engagement

Education & Community Engagement

Shannon Cameron

Director of Education & Community Engagement

Shannon is a passionate arts educator who has enjoyed working with students of all ages throughout her career. She is thrilled to be a part of the Paramount family and working with her remarkable team to start the new Paramount School of the Arts. Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Shannon moved to St. Louis to study Musical Theater at Webster Conservatory and completed her undergraduate degree in Theater Education at Emerson College in Boston. She went on to teach, direct and manage non-profits all over the country, including Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, MA; Madison Youth Choirs, Madison, WI; Doane College, Crete, NE; and Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA, Central Community College in Hastings, NE, and several high schools in Nebraska. Read more

Matthew Silar

Education & Community Engagement Manager

Matthew Silar joined the team at Paramount in July of 2018. He has spent a decade watching arts education change the lives of students from all over the country including Chicagoland, Denver and Dallas. He’s worked as an educator, private audition coach and educational theater director, as well as a professional actor, director and stage manager. Matthew proudly holds a BFA in Theater from ACU in Abilene, TX. He loves Twitter and chocolate chip cookies.

Jessica M. Duplessis

Education Manager

Jessica M. Duplessis holds a bachelors degree in Theatre, Dance, and Flim Education (TADF) from Keene State College. She is most known for her contemporary and lyrical choreography but prides herself in her ability to teach all styles to all levels. Her work can be seen across the Midwest and East Coast, as she travels teaching technique classes as well as choreographs for numerous studios and companies in those areas.  She owns her own dance company in Madison, WI called Raw Inspirations Dance Company (RIDC), a place where dancers 8 and up can train and nurture their love for dance. 

Andrea Pikscher

Education & Community Engagement Coordinator

Andrea Pikscher is thrilled to be a part of Paramount School of the Arts. She earned her BFA in Musical Theater from Millikin University and has worked as both a performer and theater educator in the Chicago area, as well as many other areas of the United States.

Andrea also has experience in the start up world, where she worked to create companies that specialized in making the arts accessible to all. She is thrilled to bring that expertise to Paramount Theatre and Paramount School of the Arts when working on creating community engagement events for both the theatre and school.

Whitney Willard

Education Associate

Whitney attended Western Illinois University where she studied Musical Theatre. There Whitney was able to study various styles of acting, singing and dance. Her favorite performing credits include Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre, Gussie in Merrily We Roll Along and Jan in Grease. Whitney has since been a Tour Actor/Director on two national tours with Missoula Children’s Theatre. She has worked with over 2,000 children all over the country (Arizona, Nevada, Illinois, California, Alabama, Texas, Colorado and Iowa) directing shows, conducting workshops and mentoring children in theater and dance.

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Marketing, Sales & Public Relations


Jim Jarvis

Vice President of Programming & Sales

Joel Friend

Director of Sales & Corporate Relations

Jamie Gronwick

Marketing Director

Melissa Striedl

Group Sales Manager

Scott Viau

Marketing Manager

Patti Wilk

Marketing Advertising Manager

Rachel Holderman

Social Media Manager

Jay Kelly, Jay Kelly PR

Public Relations

Nick Keenan, Gameflow Interactive

Website Development

Liz Lauren

Broadway Photography

Tom King, Thomas J. King Photography

PR Photography

Mike Meyer, MeyerFilm Inc.

Video Production

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Finance & Human Resources

Finance & Human Resources

Erika Miller

Vice President of Finance & Human Resources

Margie Isaacson

Human Resources & Risk Management Manager

Amish Kadakia

Accounting Senior Manager

Janette Bauer

Accounting Associate

Alex Buholzer

IT Manager

John Blunk

Network Administrator

Vanessa Hatcher

Office Manager

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Rentals & Special Events

Rentals & Special Events

Jennifer Hahn

Special Events Director

Jennifer Hahn became part of the Paramount team in 2010 as a part-time Event Coordinator. She is now the Special Events Director and oversees all rentals in our various unique venues. Jennifer really enjoys working with clients and helping them to see their vision evolve from conception to completion. She is thrilled to constantly assist clients the day of their event and watch guests enjoy and celebrate the special occasion.

Bill Pope

Rentals Manager

Bill Pope has been a member of the Paramount family for over 16 years. He began in 2002 as a Group Sales Manager and transitioned to the Rentals Manager in November of 2005. Bill has spent his entire career in the theatre and the entertainment business, and has worked for nearly every major player in Chicago.

Kelsey Hazzard

Event Coordinator

Kelsey joined the Paramount family in 2015. She graduated from Kendall College with a degree in Business and a minor in Baking and Pastry. She brings her creativity and years of customer service experience to every client with one simple goal – to make people happy.

Jordan Scherpe-Lencioni

Event Coordinator

Jordan first joined the Paramount team as an intern, in the spring of 2015, while completing her Business degree at North Central College. After graduation, Jordan worked at a 5-star hotel in Chicago where she continued working in client relations and events. She returned to the Paramount in 2017 as an Event Coordinator, and enjoys working closely with clients to make their event dreams a reality.

Briana Jackson

Event Coordinator

Briana joined the Paramount family in the spring of 2017. She studied Mass Media Management at Illinois State University where her love for events blossomed. Briana joined the Rentals department with experience in customer service and event planning. She enjoys watching clients see their event come together, and loves assisting them with whatever they need in that process!

Breanne Dunfee

Event Coordinator

Breanne is the newest member of the Special Events team, joining us in 2019.  A May 2019 graduate from Illinois State University, Breanne planned and executed several events during her 4 years on the University Program Board, and she loves to see people having a great time at events. She is very excited to be a member of the team and bring her event planning skills to our clients’ events.

Banquet Crew: Maegan Burnell, Rosilyn Caldwell, Timothy Davis, Toni De Luna, Andrew Ericson, Austin Fonseca, Marcos Gomez, Tatiana Hughes, Steven McReynolds, Jennifer Tracy

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Rose Quealy

Vice President of Productions

Kaylee Billman-Galuhn

Company Manager

Jonathan D. Allsup

Production Manager

Demond Mickens

Presented Productions Coordinator

Yesenia Esparza

Production Associate

Alex Buholzer

Lighting, Sound & Media Supervisor

Jason Pikscher

Technical Director

Kelly Steimel

Assistant Technical Director

Matt Guthier

Costume Shop Manager

Christina Leinicke

Costume Shop & Design Associate

Katie Cordts

Wig, Hair & Makeup Manager

Jesse Gaffney

Properties Manager

Scene Shop: Michael Burke (Carpenter), Jonathan Dean (Carpenter/Shophand), Taylor H. Entwistle (Scenic Charge Artist), Michael Frohbieter (Carpenter/Shophand), Liam Norris (Carpenter), Jacob Puralweski (Carpenter), Scott Robertson (Foreman), Martin Salgado (Carpenter), Ellie Sorokin (Scenic Painter), David Stadt (Carpenter/Shophand)

Costume Shop: Patricia Cosgrove (Stitcher), Anne Hauge (First Hand), Alex Kosbab (First Hand), Stephanie LaFontaine (Stitcher), Courtney Michelle (Sticher), Rebecca Price (Stitcher), D.J. Reed (Craft Specialist), Danielle Soldat (Draper), Amanda Vander Byl (Stitcher), Jen Whittington (Stitcher)

Stage Crew: Chad Carlson, Jeremy Drechny, Gary Emmert, Ian Garrett, Emily Kinasz, Jillian Luce, Joe McDonnell, Todd Nance, Ed Neidhart, Samantha Peroutka, Rachel Rathe, Susie Rodriguez, Jesse Schroeder, Dianne Sizemore, Samuel Stephen, Phil Wooding

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Operations & Facilities

Operations & Facilities

Dave Natchke

Director of Facilities Operations

Dan Scharlau

Facilities Project Manager

James Fusek

Facilities Operations Manager

Rick Franzen

Facilities Operations Assistant

Rene Garcia

Facilities Operations Assistant

Kathy Lorenz

Facilities Operations Administrative Assistant

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Audience Services

Audience Services

Kevin Berls

Director of Audience Services & Business Analytics

Marie Watson

Audience Services Senior Manager

Ashley Dingle

Audience Services Manager | Donation Requests

Christian Hubbard

Audience Services Manager

Jordin Richards

Assistant Audience Services Manager

Audience Services Lead Associates: Patricia Carley, Ben Olson, Marlynda Powlishta, Amy Tews

Audience & Subscriber Services Staff: Johanna Arseneau, Jacob Cabrera, Alexsandra Contreras, Bridget Crantz, Brendan Daly, Paige Dean, Antonio De Luna, Jordan DePhillips, Aliaa Eldabli, Colleen Filipek, Nancy Gaynor, Renee Grimes, Nikki Harris, Josely Hernandez, Jan Hills, Andra Hu, DeAnn McKeown, Aspen Mitchell, Bridget Nameche, Lydia Oberg, Bailey O’Neal, Megan Pawlak, Kathryn Petersen, Ruth Poor, Carolynn Ramey, Blythe Schwaller

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Front of House

Front of House

Maureen Morrison

Front of House Operations Director

Jenna Gagliano

Front of House Manager

Jake Kiliszewski

Front of House Manager

Stephanie Pecharich

Assistant Front of House Manager

Elliot Samartano

Janitorial Manager

Melinda Ray

Merchandise Coordinator

Jane & Scott Glor, Valet Systems, Inc.

Valet Service

Front of House Associates: Maegan Burnell, Matthew Carder, Nicole Chesley, Miranda Colin, Sara Davis, Amara Fata, Randi Fechner, Kara Gaffino, Gina Hanson, Kelly Hart, Bunmi Ishola, Mary Ann Kabara, Emily Krasinski, Julie Martin, Rita Medina, Kayla Milam, Annie Parzygnat, Johnathan Pickering, Linda Podschweit, Jessica Skwarek, Patty Vogel, Alma Zambrano, Matt Zoppa

Front of House Staff: Ben Barnes, Joe Bastian, Jeff Brummel, Nathan Cotter, Wes DeGarmo, Meghan Deutsch, Anastasia Doherty, Ryan Drobnik, Tyler Fata, John Fayfar, Marcos Gomez, Karen Hames, Mark Herbert, Tanya Jarvis, Meredith Johnson, Rose Ledermann, Donnie Lemley, Francisco Martinez, Scott McMeans, Christine Moravec, Arlene Morefield, James Morefield, Jake Medearis, Alyssa Perez, Derek Robatzek, Erica Sanchez, Monica Scharlau, Dana Spencer, Linda Weiland, Peter Witt, Peg Yatchman

Janitorial Crew: Jose Avila, Vernita Butler, Arlando Coopwood, Chris Diaz, Tsolmon Ganzorig, Emmanuel Garcia, Krista Langston, Hidali Luna, Bobby Martin, Juan Martinez, Gloria Morales, Cristian Prieto, Michael Smith, Jocelyn Unzeta

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ACCA Board & City of Aurora


Aurora Civic Center Authority is the owner and operator of the Paramount Theatre & North Island Center.

Jonathan Hylton

Vice Chairman
Gina Moga

John Savage

Mike Baum

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Hon. R. Peter Grometer, Tim Hoppa, Cynthia Latimer, Christine Goerlich Weber

Legal Counsel
Bruce Goldsmith


Paramount programming is partially funded by the City of Aurora.

Richard C. Irvin

1st Ward Kristina “Tina” Bohman
2nd Ward Juany Garza
3rd Ward Ted Mesiacos
4th Ward Bill Donnell
5th Ward Carl Franco
6th Ward Michael B. Saville
7th Ward Scheketa Hart-Burns
8th Ward Richard B. “Rick” Mervine
9th Ward Edward Bugg
10th Ward Judd Lofchie
At Large Robert J. O’Connor


The Aurora Civic Center Authority is committed to being a defining catalyst for personal and community transformation by: making the performing arts accessible for every age and socio-economic background, introducing the magic of live theatre across generations to encourage expansive imaginations and broad views of people and the world, and contributing to the future stability and growth of Aurora’s downtown.

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