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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.

General Info, Questions or Staff: 630-896-7676

Show Questions: BoxOffice@paramountarts.com. A box office representative will respond to your message as soon as possible. If we receive your email outside of box office hours, we will contact you within 24 hours.

Donation Requests: Nikkih@paramountarts.com

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Leadership

LEADERSHIP

Tim Rater

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jim Corti

Artistic Director

Paramount Theatre’s Artistic Director and 8-time Jeff Award winner

Trent Stork

Artistic Associate & Casting Director

Amber Mak

Artistic Producer and New Works Development Director

Patty Stefanski

Assistant to the President & CEO

Paul-Jordan Jansen

Associate Artistic Producer

* 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

Jonathan Jensen

Chief Development Officer

Ljiljana Milojevic

Director of Annual Giving

Sarah Tesch

Director of Individual Giving

Joel Friend

Director of Corporate Giving and Sponsorship

Jordan O’Hara Smith

Donor Affinity and Engagement Manager

Will Skrip

Donor Relations and Stewardship Manager

Marlynda Powlishta

Development Operations Coordinator

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Education & Community Engagement

Education & Community Engagement

Andrea Pikscher

Programs Manager

Andrea Pikscher is thrilled to be a part of Paramount School of the Arts. As Programs Manager for Paramount Theatre and Paramount School of the Arts, Andrea truly enjoys getting to combine her love of the arts and community.

A graduate of Millikin University, Andrea’s career started with her as a performer in Chicago and throughout the United States. She then entered the start-up world with her own company focused on artists and brining more people to the arts. She has also had the pleasure of teaching the arts to students of many different ages, and is now excited to transition to focusing on how to bring the arts to the community with which she lives in.

 

Liz Hilsabeck

School Manager

Liz is so excited to be a part of the Paramount School of the Arts!  She began teaching dance and musical theatre after earning her BA in Theatre from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught and directed at several different schools throughout the Chicagoland area.

Chelsea King

Education Partnerships Manager

Chelsea King is so excited to join the team Paramount School of the Arts. She earned her BM in Musical Education from Millikin University and has worked as a high school choir director at various public schools in the Aurora area for the past seven years. She is excited to bring her classroom experience and love of the arts to her new role!

Penelope Torres

School Experience Coordinator

Penelope is joyful to join the team at the Paramount School of the Arts!  Most recently she was at Broadway in Chicago and The Comedy Shrine, and is experienced in theater operations. She is a working artist with her roots in photojournalism, fine art photography and portrait photography. Additionally, with a passion for performance she is a graduate from “the Acting Lab” at Second City’s Training Center.

Jessica M. Duplessis

Director of Education and Community Engagement

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre, Dance, and Film Education (TADF) with a specialization in theater and dance education from Keene State College (Keene NH). Jessica previously served as the education manager upon the opening of PSA and has enjoyed the opportunity to be a hands on participant in the growth and development of the school. Jessica is an accomplished dance and theater educator as well as choreographer. Jessica is committed to the continued growth of Paramount School of the Arts, its programs and the school and theater’s connection to the beautiful Aurora community.

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Marketing, Sales & Public Relations

MARKETING, SALES & PUBLIC RELATIONS

Meghan Konrad

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Jim Jarvis

Vice President of Programming & Sales

Melissa Striedl

Group Sales Manager

Call 630.723.2461

Scott Viau

Marketing Manager

Sirean Taylor

Marketing Manager

Julia Zaeske

Marketing Manager

Jay Kelly, Jay Kelly PR

Public Relations

Tom King, Thomas J. King Photography

PR Photography

Mike Meyer, MeyerFilm Inc.

Video Production

Nick Keenan, Gameflow Interactive

Website Development

Liz Lauren

Broadway Photography

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Finance & Human Resources

Finance & Human Resources

Adam Dooley

COVID Safety Officer

Reid Bruce

Erika Miller

Vice President of Finance & Human Resources

Margie Isaacson

Director of Human Resources

Amish Kadakia

Accounting Senior Manager

Janette Crancich

Accounting Manager

Catherine Morton

Accounts Receivable Associate

Laura Kelly

Accounts Payable Associate

Jenna Gagliano

Training Coordinator

Anna Hayman

COVID-19 Safety Coordinator

Vanessa Hatcher

Office Manager

Patti Heinz

Finance/HR Administrative Assistant

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Rentals & Special Events

Rentals & Special Events

Jordan Scherpe-Lencioni

Rentals Manager

Jordan became part of the Paramount family in 2015 as a Special Events Intern. Soon after, she transitioned into an Event Coordinator and assisted in the renovation project for the Copley Theatre and North Island Center before becoming Rentals Manager. Jordan loves working with clients in creating their dream events at the variety of venues that Paramount has to offer. 

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.

Sam Haywood

Event Coordinator

Sam joined the Paramount team in the winter of 2020. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration and Dance Performance. Sam loves working with clients throughout their planning process and seeing them through their big day!

Katharyne O’Connor

Event Coordinator

Katharyne joined the Paramount family in the spring of 2019 as a manager at RiverEdge Park. In 2021, she transitioned into her current role as an Event Coordinator.  She started volunteering and coordinating events in the Central-Illinois area at a young age. She followed her passion and soon began coordinating music events all around the Midwest, interning with the Lyric Opera’s Special Events team and as event staff for the Elmhurst Park District. Katharyne studied Music Business at Elmhurst University and solidified her love for events as the Union Board Events Chair, Elmhurst Jazz Festival Student Manager, and organizing events all over campus!

In her free time, she loves spending time with her cat, painting, cooking and golfing. Katharyne loves getting to know our clients and watching their visions become a reality!

Jenna Waskow

Event Coordinator

Jenna joined the Paramount team in the winter of 2022. She feels that creating memorable and joyous experiences for clients is what makes event coordinating so rewarding. It is her pleasure to get to know you and start your wedding count down!

Banquet Crew: Rosilyn Caldwell, Timothy Davis, Tatiana Hughes, Steven McReynolds, Savion Montanez, Jonathan Palazzolo, & Bethany Travis

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Production

Production

Rose Quealy

Vice President of Productions

Jonathan D. Allsup

Production Director

Kaylee Billman-Galuhn

Company Management Associate

Ellen Dillenburg

Assistant Company Manager

Yesenia Esparza

Associate Production Manager

Kat Shehan

Production Management Associate

Heather Azem

Presented Productions Coordinator

Kelly Steimel

Interim Technical Director

Phil Wooding

Assistant Technical Director

Matt Guthier

Costume Shop Manager

Christina Leinicke

Associate Costume Shop Manager

Jessi Tampa

Assistant Costume Shop Manager

Alex Buholzer

Audio, Lighting, and Media Supervisor

Katie Cordts

Wig, Hair & Makeup Manager

Miguel Armstrong

Wig, Hair & Makeup Assistant

Jesse Gaffney

Properties Manager

Aimee Plant

Assistant Properties Manager

Scenic & Properties Shops: Jonathan Berg-Einhorn (Properties Artisan), Michael Burke (Carpenter), Taylor H. Entwistle (Scenic Charge Artist), Liam Norris (Carpenter), Jacob Puralweski (Carpenter), Scott Robertson (Foreman)

Costume Shop: Anne Hauge (First Hand), Alex Kosbab (First Hand), D.J. Reed (Craft Specialist), Danielle Soldat (Draper), Natalie Zelman (Stitcher)

Stage Crew: Chad Carlson, Breanna Dassinger, Nathan Dittemore, Jeremy Drechny, Gary Emmert, Randi Fechner, Ian Garrett, Karl Gfall, Tyler Hughes, Emily Kinasz, Jillian Luce, Joe McDonnell, Todd Nance, Ed Neidhart, Savannah Oseguera, Samantha Peroutka, Mat Piotrowski, Brittany Powers, Mike Reardon, Alan Richards, Susie Rodriguez, Mollie Spoerer, Henry Toohey

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Operations & Facilities

Operations & Facilities

Dave Natchke

Director of Facilities Operations

Dan Scharlau

Facilities Project Manager

Zachary Hildreth

Facilities Operations Manager

Rick Franzen

Facilities Operations Assistant

Kathy Lorenz

Operations Facilities Administrative Coordinator

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Audience Services

Audience Services

Kevin Berls

Director of Audience Services & Business Analytics

Marie Watson

Assistant Director of Audience Services

Christian Hubbard

Audience Services Manager

Marlynda Powlishta

Assistant Audience Services Manager

Jordin Richards

Assistant Audience Services Manager

Ben Olson

Assistant Audience Services Manager

Audience Services Supervisors: Elena Gerk, Nikki Harris, Ethan Isaacson, Megan Pawlak

Audience/Subscriber Services Associates: Johanna Arseneau, Cody Bratcher, Sabine Chaurize, Lindsay Christiansen, Andres DeLeon, Stephanie Dodson, Tina Dodson, Colleen Filipek, Mary Pat Griswold, Yair Guerrero, Yaretzi Guerrero, Josely Hernandez, Andra Hu, Julie Hurtt, Matthew Johnson, Sloane Johnson, Lillie Lewis, Nadia Mendoza, Bridget Nameche, Bailey O’Neil, Kathy Petersen, Ruth Poor, Tara Quade, Mya Rayford, Jazmine Robinson, Samantha Rowley, Lisa Wehling, Tom Wojcik, Frederick Yanos

 

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Front of House

Front of House

Maureen Morrison

Front of House Operations Director

Stephanie Pecharich

Front of House Manager

Kayla Still

Front of House Manager

Elliot Samartano

Operational Cleaning Staff Manager

Melinda Ray

Merchandise Coordinator

Elizabeth Tracey

Assistant Front of House Manager

Donnie Lemley

Front of House Operations Manager

Jane & Scott Glor, Valet Systems, Inc.

Valet Service

Front of House Lead Associates: Kelly Hart

Front of House Associates: Daniel ArzolaCindy Brennan, Nicole Chesley, Miranda Colin, Patty Corsolini, Jane Donoho, Anne Johnsen, Beth Kahan, Jessica Knutson, Rita Medina, Annie Parzygnat, Ashley Palmer, Renee Perry & Liz Wright

Front of House Staff: Joe Bastian, Meghan Black, Nathan Cotter, Megan Grove, Karen Hames, Mark Herbert, Tanya Jarvis, Meredith Johnson, Renee Jones, Jarod Kovach, Rose Ledermann, Scott McMeans, Steven McReynolds, Arlene Morefield, James Morefield, Maryam O’Such, Alyssa Perez, Frankie Ramos, Erica Sanchez, Caroline Savickas, Danny Scharlau, Gina Schlacker, Chris Smith, RJ Ward, Debbie White, Peter Witt, Rian Woods, Debby Woodward, & Jose Zavala

Operational Cleaning Staff: Jose Avila, Julio Garcia, Nadia Hansen, Albert Kunold, Anthony Ladew, Alternale Martin, & Elidonia Martinez

Merch Associates: Susan Bain, Becca Ehlert, John Fayfar, Kara Gaffino, Blake Jablonski, Kelly Johnson, & Peg Yatchman

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ACCA Board & City of Aurora

AURORA CIVIC CENTER AUTHORITY BOARD

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

Chairman
Jonathan Hylton

Vice Chairman
Gina Moga

Treasurer
John Savage

Secretary
Mike Baum

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

Legal Counsel
Bruce Goldsmith

CITY OF AURORA

Paramount programming is partially funded by the City of Aurora.

MAYOR
Richard C. Irvin

ALDERMEN
1st Ward Emmanuel Llamas
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 Patty Smith
9th Ward Edward Bugg
10th Ward Shweta Baid
At Large Ron Woerman
At Large Sherman L. Jenkins

MISSION STATEMENT

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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Education

Education

Andrea Pikscher

Programs Manager

Andrea Pikscher is thrilled to be a part of Paramount School of the Arts. As Programs Manager for Paramount Theatre and Paramount School of the Arts, Andrea truly enjoys getting to combine her love of the arts and community.

A graduate of Millikin University, Andrea’s career started with her as a performer in Chicago and throughout the United States. She then entered the start-up world with her own company focused on artists and brining more people to the arts. She has also had the pleasure of teaching the arts to students of many different ages, and is now excited to transition to focusing on how to bring the arts to the community with which she lives in.

 

Liz Hilsabeck

School Manager

Liz is so excited to be a part of the Paramount School of the Arts!  She began teaching dance and musical theatre after earning her BA in Theatre from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught and directed at several different schools throughout the Chicagoland area.

Chelsea King

Education Partnerships Manager

Chelsea King is so excited to join the team Paramount School of the Arts. She earned her BM in Musical Education from Millikin University and has worked as a high school choir director at various public schools in the Aurora area for the past seven years. She is excited to bring her classroom experience and love of the arts to her new role!

Penelope Torres

School Experience Coordinator

Penelope is joyful to join the team at the Paramount School of the Arts!  Most recently she was at Broadway in Chicago and The Comedy Shrine, and is experienced in theater operations. She is a working artist with her roots in photojournalism, fine art photography and portrait photography. Additionally, with a passion for performance she is a graduate from “the Acting Lab” at Second City’s Training Center.

Jessica M. Duplessis

Director of Education and Community Engagement

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre, Dance, and Film Education (TADF) with a specialization in theater and dance education from Keene State College (Keene NH). Jessica previously served as the education manager upon the opening of PSA and has enjoyed the opportunity to be a hands on participant in the growth and development of the school. Jessica is an accomplished dance and theater educator as well as choreographer. Jessica is committed to the continued growth of Paramount School of the Arts, its programs and the school and theater’s connection to the beautiful Aurora community.

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