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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 8-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

Jonathan Jensen

Chief Development Officer

Michele Bergeron

Development Manager

Kelsey Hazzard

Development Coordinator

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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.

Lynn Koske

Education Associate

Maddie Weber

Education Associate

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Marketing, Sales & Public Relations


Jim Jarvis

Vice President of Programming & Sales

Joel Friend

Director of Sales & Corporate Relations

Melissa Striedl

Group Sales Manager

Call 630.723.2461

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 Manager

Nancy Zenner

Accounts Payable Associate

John Blunk

IT Manager

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.

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 joined the Paramount team in the fall of 2019. A graduate from Illinois State University, Breanne planned and executed several events during her years on the student programming board and has a passion for people & events! She enjoys helping clients’ prepare & plan their big day and loves to see the success of the event the day-of.

Sam Gaul

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!

Banquet Crew: Maegan Allsup, Rosilyn Caldwell, Timothy Davis, Toni De Luna, Andrew Ericson, Austin Fonseca, Marcos Gomez, Tatiana Hughes, Steven McReynolds, Jonathan Palazzolo

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Rose Quealy

Vice President of Productions

Jonathan D. Allsup

Production Manager

Kaylee Billman-Galuhn

Company Manager

Ellen Dillenburg

Assistant Company Manager

Yesenia Esparza

Associate Production Manager

Krystal Dawson

Production Associate

Alex Buholzer

Lighting, Sound & Media Supervisor

Jason Pikscher

Technical Director

Kelly Steimel

Assistant Technical Director

Phil Wooding

Assistant Technical Director

Matt Guthier

Costume Shop Manager

Christina Leinicke

Costume Shop & Design Associate

Katie Cordts

Wig, Hair & Makeup Manager

Jesse Gaffney

Properties Manager

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

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

Stage Crew: Chad Carlson, Jeremy Drechny, Gary Emmert, Ian Garrett, Karl Gfall, Arthur Karasek, Emily Kinasz, Jillian Luce, Joe McDonnell, Todd Nance, Ed Neidhart, Samantha Peroutka, Rachel Rathe, Susie Rodriguez, Dianne Sizemore, Henry Toohey, 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

Christian Hubbard

Audience Services Manager

Marlynda Powlishta

Assistant Audience Services Manager

Jordin Richards

Assistant Audience Services Manager

Audience Services Lead Associates: Patricia Carley, Blake Malley, Ben Olson

Audience/Subscriber Services Associates: Johanna Arseneau, Jonathan Bee, Ricardo Bouyett, Bethany Capp, Alexsandra Contreras, Brendan Daly, Paige Dean, Antonio De Luna, Georgina Dirker, Aliaa Eldabli, Colleen Filipek, Renee Grimes, Mary Pat Griswold, Yair Guerrero, Nikki Harris, Josely Hernandez, Jan Hills, Andra Hu, Kelli Lawrence, DeAnn McKeown, Bridget Nameche, Lydia Oberg, Bailey O’Neil, Kathy Petersen, Ruth Poor, Tara Quade, Carolynn Ramey, Jazmine Robinson, Blythe Schwaller, Jaquelyn Shannon

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Front of House

Front of House

Maureen Morrison

Front of House Operations Director

Jenna Gagliano

Front of House Manager

Stephanie Pecharich

Assistant Front of House Manager

Elliot Samartano

Janitorial Manager

Melinda Ray

Merchandise Coordinator

Derek Robatzek

Front of House Operations Associate

Jane & Scott Glor, Valet Systems, Inc.

Valet Service

Front of House Lead Associates: Maegan Allsup, Mary Ann Kabara, Kayla Still

Front of House Associates: Matthew Carder, Nicole Chesley, Miranda Colin, Sara Davis, Amara Fata, Randi Fechner, Kara Gaffino, Kelly Hart, Anna Hayman, Bunmi Ishola, Emily Krasinski, Julie Martin, Rita Medina, Annie Parzygnat, Linda Podschweit, Jessica Skwarek, Deval Speer, Patty Vogel, Alma Zambrano

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, Naomi Gorden, Karen Hames, Mark Herbert, Tanya Jarvis, Meredith Johnson, Donnie Lemley, Francisco Martinez, Thomas McGrath, Scott McMeans, Jake Medearis, Christine Moravec, Arlene Morefield, James Morefield, Alyssa Perez, Emilee Price, Katelyn Sabel, Erica Sanchez, Monica Scharlau, Chris Smith, Dana Spencer, Jessica Stamper, Linda Weiland, Peter Witt, Peg Yatchman

Janitorial Crew: Jose Avila, Gregory Barrette, Vernita Butler, Arlando Coopwood, Chris Diaz, Marcella Fennell, Tsolmon Ganzorig, Emmanuel Garcia, Alejandro Herrera, Krista Langston, Jessica Long, Hidali Luna, Bobby Martin, Juan Martinez, Floriberta Pedroza, Cristian Prieto, Michael Smith, Donte Spraggins, 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 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 Judd Lofchie
At Large Robert J. O’Connor
At Large Sherman 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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