The new Paramount School of the Arts will open June 1, 2019. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to school staff with questions and feedback.
Address: 20 S Stolp Ave, Aurora IL 60506
Please use the form below to contact us directly.
Education & Community Engagement
Director of Education & Community Engagementshannonc@paramountarts.com
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. She spent four years at Hastings High School in Hastings, NE where she was nominated twice for Nebraska Theater Teacher of the Year. In 2011, she received her MFA in Directing for Stage and Screen from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. While at UNL, she was awarded the Kennedy Center Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers National Directing Fellowship as well as the Porter Award for outstanding graduate theater work. Shannon’s experience includes Directing and Producing at the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. She assisted Olivier Award winning director Sam Buntrock on the world premiere of John Guare’s play Are You There, McPhee?. Shannon worked with Director Emily Mann on the Broadway Production of A Streetcar Named Desire; Marina Carr’s play Phaedra Backwards and the beloved favorite A Christmas Carol. She went on to direct in Philadelphia, Princeton and New York City as well as taught at the prestigious Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ.
Education & Community Engagement Managermatthews@paramountarts.com
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.
Education & Community Engagement Assistantandreap@paramountarts.com
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. She also has experience in the startup world, working to build companies that brought her love of the theater to as many people as she could.
ACCA Board & City of Aurora
AURORA CIVIC CENTER AUTHORITY BOARD
Aurora Civic Center Authority is the owner and operator of Paramount School of the Arts.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Hon. R. Peter Grometer, Cynthia Latimer, Christine Goerlich Weber
CITY OF AURORA
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