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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

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Tim Rater

President & Chief Executive Officer

Patty Stefanski

Assistant to the President & CEO

Jim Corti

Artistic Director

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

Amber Mak

Artistic Producer and New Works Development Director

Trent Stork

Artistic Associate & Casting Director

Kylie Fox

Casting Assistant

* 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

Will Skrip

Donor Affinity and Engagement Manager

Marlynda Powlishta

Development Operations Manager

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Education & Community Engagement

Education & Community Engagement

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.

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!

Josely Hernandez

School Experience Coordinator

Josely is elated to be joining Team Education here at the Paramount School of the Arts! Combining her two greatest loves- the Paramount and kids- she can’t wait to work alongside this amazing team of teachers and staff to continue bringing the arts to Aurora

Jazmine Robinson

Education Associate

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Marketing, Sales & Public Relations


Meghan Konrad

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Jim Jarvis

Vice President of Programming & Sales

Sheila Ray

Marketing Creative Director

Melissa Striedl

Group Sales Manager

Call 630.723.2461

Scott Viau

Marketing Manager

JZ Zaeske

Marketing Manager

Cory Kirsininkas

Graphic Designer

Dawn King

Administrative Assistant

Jay Kelly, Jay Kelly PR

Public Relations

Tom King, Thomas J. King Photography

PR Photography

Nick Keenan, Gameflow Interactive

Website Development

Liz Lauren

Broadway Photography

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Finance & Human Resources

Finance & Human Resources

Erika Miller

Vice President of Finance & Human Resources

Margie Isaacson

Director of Human Resources

Amish Kadakia

Accounting Senior Manager

Janette Crancich

Accounting Manager

Maureen Morrison

Payroll and Benefits Manager

Jenna Gagliano

Training Coordinator

Vanessa Hatcher

Office Manager

Catherine Morton

Accounts Receivable Associate

Jeanmarie Steiner

Accounts Payable

Patti Heinz

Finance/HR Administrative Assistant

Johanna Whitaker

IT Support Analyst

Anna Hayman

COVID-19 Safety Coordinator

Daniel Arzola

COVID-19 Safety Coordinator

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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.  She learned of her passion for event planning when she organized a fundraising gala to help her and NIU classmates travel to Guatemala to build a school. 

In her spare time, she gets her hands dirty updating her 160+ year old farmhouse with her husband and two daughters, loves reading historical fiction (and is a member of three book clubs), trying her green thumb at gardening, and crocheting mostly scarfs and hats

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. Outside of work, Jordan spends time and traveling with her husband, son and bernedoodle, Cannoli. 

Sam Haywood

Event Coordinator

Sam joined the Paramount team as an Event Coordinator in January 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! In her free time, she choreographs for musicals, dance productions, and dance competitions. She also loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and their three dogs.

Emile-Margaret Spangler

Event Coordinator

Emile-Margaret joined the Paramount team as an Event Coordinator during the summer of 2022! Her previous endeavors include working as a Rental & Facility Coordinator for the St. Charles Park District and as a Stage Manager for Elgin Community College. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and photography. Emile-Margaret loves getting to work with clients throughout their process and helping them bring their special day to life!

Arnita Perdue

Event Coordinator

Wedding and event planning extraordinaire has been bringing dreams to reality for over 20+ years. In 2010, after 10 years of making a major impact in the Social/Customer Service industry, she decided to take her love for event planning to another level. It was her overwhelming passion for all things ‘Elegant’, her wide experience in event planning, coupled with a passion for business and romance (in equal measures!), that led her to open her own unique wedding and event planning company, Elegant Events by Faithe. She has superior organizational, analytical and event-coordinating skills and is a high-energy experienced professional with an eye for detail. She loves working with clients to create the most amazing, magical day, reaching above and beyond their expectations. She simply couldn’t imagine doing anything else and looks forward to being an awesome addition to the Aurora Civic Center Event Managing team!

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

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Rose Quealy

Vice President of Productions

Jonathan D. Allsup

Production Director

Yesenia Esparza

Associate Production Manager

Heather Azem

Presented Productions Coordinator

Adam Dooley

Company Manager

Ellen Dillenburg

Assistant Company Manager

Kat Shehan

Production Management Associate

Kaylee Billman-Galuhn

Company Management Associate

Robert L. Wilson

Technical Director

Kelly Steimel

Associate Technical Director

Daniel Staggs

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, Nathan Dittemore, Jeremy Drechny, Rueben Echoles, Gary Emmert, Randi Fechner, Ian Garrett, Karl Gfall, Jessie Hansen, Tyler Hughes, Sean Ihnat, Tom Kane, Kelly Lipsey, 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

Phil Wooding

Venue 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

Jordin Richards

Assistant Audience Services Manager

Ben Olson

Assistant Audience Services Manager

Nikki Harris

Assistant Audience Services Manager

Ethan Isaacson

Assistant Audience Services Manager

Audience Services Supervisors: Elena Gerk, Bridget Nameche, Megan Pawlak, Andres DeLeon

Audience/Subscriber Services Associates: Johanna Arseneau, Cody Bratcher, Lindsay Christiansen, Sabine Chaurize, Stephanie Dodson, Tina Dodson, Colleen Filipek, Mary Pat Griswold, Yaretzi Guerrero, Debi Hix, Andra Hu, Julie Hurtt, Matthew Johnson, Sloane Johnson, Lillie Lewis, Nadia Mendoza, Bailey O’Neil, Kathy Petersen, Ruth Poor, Tara Quade, Jazmine Robinson, Samantha Rowley, Lisa Wehling


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Front of House

Front of House

Stephanie Pecharich

Front of House Manager

Kayla Still

Front of House Manager

Elizabeth Tracey

Front of House Manager

Melinda Ray

Assistant Front of House Manager/Merchandise Coordinator

Robert Arroyo

Assistant Front of House Manager

Elliot Samartano

Operational Cleaning Manager

Andre Bell

Operational Cleaning Supervisor

Jane & Scott Glor, Valet Systems, Inc.

Valet Service

Front of House Lead Associates: Kelly Hart

Front of House Associates: Daniel Arzola, Cindy Brennan, Miranda Colin, Patty Corsolini, Jane Donoho, Maren Flessen, Kaitlyn Grove, Megan Grove, Chris Holling, Anne Johnson, Beth Kahan, Jessica Knutson, Rita Medina, Ashley Palmer, Annie Parzygnat, Renee Perry, Corri Rogan, Sarah Wish, & Liz Wright

Front of House Staff: Joe Bastian, Meghan Black, Nathan Cotter, Megan Grove, Karen Hames, Mark Herbert, Tanya Jarvis, Meredith Johnson, Renee Jones, Rose Ledermann, Scott McMeans, Steven McReynolds, Arlene Morefield, James Morefield, Payton Nesci, 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, Isaac Cano, Julio Garcia, Albert Kunold, Alternale Martin, Elidonia Martinez, Gabriela Munoz & Steve Werrline

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 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 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


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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