andrew almeter | visiting production coordinator for events
aalmeter [at] illinois.edu
Before coming to the Krannert Center, Andrew worked at the Buffalo Philharmonic working as the operations coordinator, which included planning the logistics of guest artists’ travel, hotel, catering, and being a go-to person for the “different” tasks associated with the orchestra. His most memorable project was making around 1,000 individual jingle bells for audience members to ring during one of the Christmas concerts. As a note to all, Andrew recalls cutting ribbon and threading it through the bells gets pretty boring at around the 700th time. Besides being a martyr, Andrew is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player, coffee drinker, doesn’t know anything about movies, and has the worst sense of humor in the office, all of which he is very proud of. His love for his job is seeing the creative problem solving that this building is capable of and the sheer ability of getting so many shows up and running.
Bunny Berg | ticket office Supervisor
217.244.3962 | bunberg [at] illinois.edu
Bunny has been at Krannert Center for more than 20 years and works as a ticket office supervisor. She had been in Champaign-Urbana for only two years when she started working here. Bunny grew up in Michigan but has lived on both coasts, in Seattle and New York City. She loves to travel, bicycle, work in her garden, and make art through collages and photography. She has two wonderful sons.
Tonya Bernstein | Assistant Costume Shop Manager
217.244.4086 | tbernste [at] illinois.edu
Lynn Bierman | Accounting Staff
217.244.6494 | lbierman [at] illinois.edu
Lynn started at the university in 1990, and first worked in Purchasing before joining Krannert Center. She enjoys riding motorcycles and loves animals.
Jerry Bonam | Attendant
217.333.6707 | bonam [at] illinois.edu
MICHAEL BUNTING | Intermezzo Supervisor
bunting3 [at] illinois.edu
Vanessa Burgett | Creative Director
217.333.4864 | vburgett [at] illinois.edu
Since June 2004, Vanessa has worked for the U of I, becoming part of the Krannert Center Marketing team in April 2007 as a graphic designer specializing in print, web, and video communication. She has also worked on campus as a graphic designer for University Housing and as a staff technology training instructor for CITES. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, she met her husband in a U of I drawing class, and has since made Champaign-Urbana her family's home.
Joe Butsch | building Electrician
217.265.5328 | jbutsch [at] illinois.edu
Dean Brian Carlson | Food and Beverage Director
217.333.9718 | dbcarlso [at] illinois.edu
Dean has been at Krannert Center for more than 15 years. When he's not at work or cooking for his family and friends, you might find him riding his Harley Davidson around Champaign County.
Eric Carr | Attendant
217.333.6707 | ecarr [at] illinois.edu
Emmett Catlin | Attendant
217.333.6707 | ecatlin [at] illinois.edu
Terri Anne Ciofalo | Associate Director for Production
217.265.6969 | tciofalo [at] illinois.edu
Terri is the associate director for production and the director of new work at Krannert Center as well as a member of the stage management faculty in the department of theatre. Originally from New York City, Terri was the production manager and production stage manager for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet prior to joining Krannert Center in 2007. She has stage managed for the Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and Maryland Stage Company and has toured with Ralph Lemon, Urban Tap, and American Repertory Ballet, among others. Terri is the program director of The Armagh Project, bringing American college students to Northern Ireland each summer to study playwriting, performance, creative writing, and journalism. She earned her MFA in stage management at the Yale School of Drama.
Molly Cornyn | visiting production coordinator for events
mcornyn2 [at] illinois.edu
Molly grew up in Champaign-Urbana, where she graduated from U of I with a bachelor’s in media and cinema studies. After college, Molly spent a year living in Ireland and England, working for Independent Records and Primrose Bakery. In 2009, Molly began attending Chapman University in Orange, California, where she graduated with an MFA in producing for film and television in 2011. Most recently, Molly spent five years living in Las Vegas and working as the production manager for Caesars Entertainment, where she worked on all film and television projects for Caesars’ 11 Las Vegas properties. In her free time, Molly can be found knitting, baking, and watching movies and TV shows.
M. Joan Cushman | Marketing Services Coordinator
217.244.4620 | mjcshmn [at] illinois.edu
Joan spent the first five years of her Krannert Center life in the Ticket Office. She has been the marketing services coordinator for more than 17 years. She and her husband, Rick, have been married for more than 24 years and have a son, Troy. She once spent 14 hours on a motorcycle just because, has danced when there’s no music, and screamed at stock car races. Joan's favorite pastime until recently was chauffeuring her son to his various sporting events and being a cheerleader. But these days, she has been rediscovering a few of her old favorites: sewing, jewelry making, scrapbooking, and spending time in the yard.
glenda dalton | operations Office Support associate
217.244.8684 | gsdalton [at] illinois.edu
Glenda joins the Krannert Center Building Operations Office after working 17 years as a Cashier II for Willard Airport Commercial Operations.
Kelly Darr | Evening Intermezzo and Stage 5 Bar Manager
217.333.9718 | kdewitt [at] illinois.edu
Debbie Delaney | Accounting Staff
217.244.4862 | ddelany [at] illinois.edu
Debbie has worked at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts since December 2007. She grew up in Tuscola, Illinois, but now lives in Gifford. Debbie has three daughters, one stepson, and three grandchildren.
megan dietrich | assistant properties director and rentals coordinator
217.333.9720 | mcberge2 [at] illinois.edu (mcgerbe2)domain [at] illinois.edu (@)mcberge2 [at] illinois.edu (illinois.edu)
Joe Domain | Attendant
217.333.6707 | domain [at] illinois.edu
Adriane Binky Donley | Properties Director
217.333.9720 | adonley [at] illinois.edu
Binky is the properties director at Krannert Center as well as the chair of the Properties Design and Management Program for the Department of Theatre. Originally from Florida, Binky was previously an assistant professor at Ithaca College heading the areas of props and scenic art. She has also worked as a prop master at the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival and the University of Virginia. As a prop artisan, she has had the privilege to work at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Seaside Music Theatre, and Virginia Shakespeare Festival, among other venues. She has a BA from the University of South Florida and an MFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts. This is her seventh year as a member of the Krannert Center family.
James Edaburn | Costume Draper/Cutter
217.244.4086 | edaburn [at] illinois.edu
John ekstrom | Attendant
217.333.6707 | jekstrom [at] illinois.edu
Stacey Elliott | Accounting Staff
217.300.2312 | sjelliot [at] illinois.edu
Jason Finkelman | Artistic Director of Global Arts Performance Initiatives
217.265.0640 | finkelma [at] illinois.edu
Through a partnership of leading cultural arts institutions and programs in the College of Fine and Applied Arts and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the U of I, Jason was established as director of Global Arts Performance Initiatives in August 2012. From a foundation of established programming that includes the Sudden Sound concert series, Global Transfer Afterglow concerts, and the AsiaLENS film series, this position consolidates Finkelman’s distinct perspective as a curator of genre-blurring music and international performing arts and allows for development of new programs that expand campus and community engagement. Cultural arts programming in 2013-14 on behalf of the Spurlock Museum and the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music included musical performances and classroom engagements with artists from Tuva, Syria, Ghana, and Haiti.
Linda Follmer | Theatrical Stitcher
217.244.4086 | lrfollme [at] illinois.edu
Bryan Franzen | Attendant
217.333.6707 | franzen1 [at] illinois.edu
Chuck Hanson | Intermezzo Assistant
217.333.8412 | cchanson [at] illinois.edu
Chuck has been at Krannert Center since 1998, when he was hired to run the kitchen at Intermezzo during the day. When he first started, it was very slow during the school year, but it has grown to a very busy and fun place to work. His food-service career started in 1977 by working at the Round Barn Restaurant and then Domino’s Pizza. He also spent more than 20 years in the Illinois Army National Guard as a combat medic and later as a cook. Chuck is married to Beth, with whom he has two small and beautiful children, Gracie and Curtis.
Whitney Havice | Assistant Ticket Services Director
217.244.3963 | whavice [at] illinois.edu
Whitney Havice is the assistant ticket services director. Whitney is also actively involved in several local theatre organizations in the Champaign-Urbana community as a performer and choreographer.
Tara Heiser | Human Resources Specialist
217.344.2600 | tlheiser [at] illinois.edu
Cindi Howard | Associate Director for Finance and Operations
217.333.9722 | choward1 [at] illinois.edu
Cindi joined the Krannert Center team in the fall of 2009, when she was hired as the director of business and operations. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing the finance, human resource, and building operations of Krannert Center as well as acting as our liaison to FAA IT. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2004 and her master’s degree in human resources in 2012. Cindi and her husband live in a small town about 20 minutes south of Urbana with their two amazing children, Courtney and Carson, who keep them busy hopping from one sporting event to another.
Janet Huber | Program and Web Editor
For more than 11 years, Janet worked at the International Society of Arboriculture in Champaign, earlier as editorial and production manager of educational publications and more recently as corporate communications manager. She has a love of the written word and finds great satisfaction in reading, writing, and editing to create a meaningful, well-phrased message. In her spare time, Janet loves gardening, reading great novels, gourmet cooking, and walking at Meadowbrook Park. She has a son, Jesse, who is currently studying for the aviation program at Parkland College, as well as two senior cats who truly run the show at home. She has enjoyed Krannert Center events throughout the years that she has lived in the area, and is delighted to now have a role in fulfilling the Center's mission.
Bill Kephart | Scene Shop Chief Clerk
217.300.3943 | kephrt [at] illinois.edu
Bill manages the Krannert Store in the Scene Shop, where a variety of materials are available for purchase by students, staff, and the public. Bill has an English literature degree from the U of I and is actively involved in the local independent film scene as an actor, a writer, and a producer. Bill loves spreadsheets.
Lisa Kidd | Associate Lighting Director
217.300.6245 | lisakidd [at] illinois.edu
Lisa has spent 20+ years in the entertainment industry and 16 of those years at Krannert Center. Before coming here, she was a freelance lighting designer and technician working in many venues around the country.
Tammey Kikta | Associate Director for Artistic Services
217.333.6703 | kikta [at] illinois.edu
While Tammey was en route to Krannert Center, her degree in music led her to educational, management, and performance-based work for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, WFMT Fine Arts Radio, WILL-FM, and the Arts and Lecture Series of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The people she has met along the way have inspired her with their ideas, passion, creativity, and dedication. Amidst the challenges of selecting and scheduling a diverse season of artistry with Director Mike Ross, Tammey enjoys working through the details of contract execution, developing collaborative partnerships and initiatives that contextualize performance experiences and bring them to a wide-ranging public, and advocating for the power and positive impact of the arts in our lives.
Cynthia Kocher | Production Stage Manager
217.244.6734 | ckocher [at] illinois.edu
In addition to being the production stage manager, Cynthia also serves as the chair of the Stage Management Program at the U of I. Previously, she taught in the BFA Stage Management Program at the University of Miami and served as the associate chair of the Department of Theatre Arts. Her Broadway stage management credits include August Wilson’s King Hedley II and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Regina Taylor’s Drowning Crow. Regionally, she has worked at theatres such as the Goodman Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Connecticut Repertory, and Westport Playhouse. She has also worked at various opera companies including the Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Florida Grand Opera, and the Opera Festival of New Jersey. Cynthia holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
Alec LaBau | Assistant Audio Director
217.244.9899 | alabau [at] illinois.edu
Alec is currently serving as the assistant audio director at the Krannert Center and as a member of the sound faculty for the department of theatre. He received his BFA in sound design from Utah State University and continued his education, earning an MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Alec has worked nationally as a sound designer and engineer with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival (MO), Kansas City Repertory Theatre (MO), Crossroads Theatre Company (NJ), Actors Theatre Kansas City (MO), and the Old Lyric Repertory Theatre in Logan, Utah. Prior to coming to the Krannert Center, Alec worked as the assistant technical director for production services.
Mark Lashbrook | Attendant
217.333.6707 | lashbrok [at] illinois.edu
Emily Laugesen | Co-director of Engagement
217.333.9727 | elaugese [at] illinois.edu
Part of the Krannert Center staff since 2009, Emily is endlessly fascinated by the power of the arts to bring people together through shared experiences. Her work with arts engagement is focused on creating opportunities for intercultural exchange, personal and professional growth, and community development. She is program director and collaborative curator of the Krannert Center Youth Series, a series of performances by professional touring artists designed to nurture creativity in students preschool through high school. Born and raised in Indiana, Emily feels at home in the Illinois prairie but has also enjoyed living in St. Louis and New York as she completed degrees in comparative literature, Italian, and musicology/music theory. She embraces the inherent contradiction in her love of both coffee and yoga.
Bridget Lee-Calfas | Advertising and Publicity Director
217.333.6282 | bklee [at] illinois.edu
Bridget Lee-Calfas has been at Krannert Center since 2006, when she relocated from sunny North Carolina to once again face the frozen (yet still beloved) plains of her native state. As the primary media correspondent for the Center, Bridget is thrilled to share the numerous performances, initiatives, and ongoing projects of the Center with our community through managing media relations, assisting with the marketing and patron relations efforts, and participating in the strong public engagement campaign that is central to Krannert Center’s mission. Prior positions include director of marketing and development for the Temple Theatre in Sanford, North Carolina; theatre manager for Harper College in Palatine, Illinois; and roles in marketing, programming, and event planning for the U of I, Yale University, and other nonprofit organizations.
Barry Lerch | Attendant
217.333.6707 | lerch [at] illinois.edu
Lisa Lillig | Co-director of Patron Services
217.244.6298 | lillig [at] illinois.edu
Eric Lin | Associate Technical Director
ericclin [at] illinois.edu
Kevin Logue | Attendant
217.333.6707 | klogue [at] illinois.edu
Tony Mapson | Attendant
217.333.6707 | amapson [at] illinois.edu
taylor mccoy | snack bar attendant
217.333.9718 | mcco [at] illinois.edu
EB McTigue | cutter/draper
Deborah S. Miller | Senior Director of Advancement
217.333.1629 | miller9 [at] illinois.edu
Since earning a bachelor of arts in music performance from the U of I, Deborah focused her career in arts administration, development, and advancement for organizations including the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. During her 19-year tenure at Krannert Center, Deborah has utilized her relationship-building skills and passion for the arts to steward a generous collective of individual, corporate, government, and foundation donors. Deborah and her husband have two active and talented daughters and two standard poodles.
Ty Mingo | ticket office Supervisor
217.265.0271 | tmingo [at] illinois.edu
John H. Minor | Head Piano Technician
217.333.3106 | jminor [at] illinois.edu
Zia Moon | Patron services assistant
217.333.8300 | ziamoon [at] illinois.edu
gina moton | human resources specialist
217.244.3084 | moton [at] illinois.edu
Nicholas Mulvaney | Senior Designer
217.300.2240 | nmulvane [at] illinois.edu
Since childhood, the arts have inspired Nic’s imagination, and been a rich platform to teach him about the world we live in. After receiving his bachelor of fine arts, Nic has worked professionally as a designer since 2005. He strives to always remain curious about the craft of design and be thoughtful towards it’s privilege and responsibilities. He has been involved with local organizations such as 40 North Arts Council and Champaign Urbana Design Organization (CUDO). Nic joined the talented team at the Krannert Center in 2018, and considers it a special highlight both personally and profesionally. When not designing, Nic likes wandering imaginary worlds, taking photos, drawing, reading and listening the wind. The inky skies of a starry night will always feel like home.
keith norton | theatre audio & media specialist
217.333.9723 | krnorton [at] illinois.edu
Jared Painter | Assistant Chief Building Operations ENgineer
jaredp [at] illinois.edu
Neil Pearse | Stage Carpenter
npearse [at] illinois.edu
Daniel Pozzebon | Assistant Director for Events
217.244.8592 | dchaimp2 [at] illinois.edu
Daniel got connected with Krannert Center through a graduate assistant position as a stage manager while finishing his master’s degree in vocal performance. Prior to that, he was in Orange County, California, where he finished his second bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in vocal performance. He received his first bachelor’s degree, which was in business administration, from the Universidade São Francisco in Brazil, where he is originally from. Daniel usually says that he is a fake Brazilian because he can’t dance, he loves winter (hates summer), and can’t play soccer!! But he loves Brazil and F-1 racing (in Brazil, it’s like NASCAR is here), so maybe he's Brazilian after all! His love for this job comes from the constant connection and interaction with artists from all over the world. That makes life much more interesting.
Jon Proctor | ticket office Supervisor
217.265.0271 | jproctor [at] illinois.edu
Mike Prosise | Ticket Services Director
217.244.3964 | mprosise [at] illinois.edu
Mike grew up in nearby Hoopeston and received a degree in marketing from the University of Illinois in 2000. Growing up attending Krannert Center events, he developed a great respect for the work that the Center does for Champaign-Urbana and the international arts community. While working toward his MBA in arts administration from Illinois State, he served as the producing director for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Mike also currently teaches acting, film, and theatre appreciation classes at Parkland Community College, and volunteers as an actor, director, sound designer, and producer at many local theatres. He started working here as the ticket services director in 2008 and is proud to be part of the Krannert Center family.
Nicholas Puddicombe | Co-director of Patron Services
217.244.0572 | puddicom [at] illinois.edu
Nicholas joined the Krannert Center staff in September 2013 after working as the assistant box office manager for the Illinois State University Center for the Performing Arts and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Nicholas completed an undergraduate degree in accountancy at Northern Illinois University and an MBA with a concentration in theatre management at Illinois State University. A lifelong artist and musician, Nicholas enjoys attending music and theatre performances, working on his own music and art, and spending any remaining free time with his wonderful and supportive wife.
Maureen Reagan | Associate Director for Marketing
217.244.4864 | reagan [at] illinois.edu
Maureen began her time at Krannert Center in 1987 as a student employee—and she's still happily working! As the assistant director for marketing and patron services, she focuses on staff management, the collaborative development and implementation of a variety of initiatives for audience growth, and oversight of advertising and graphic design. She holds not one but two degrees (and is working on a third!) in euphonium performance from the U of I.
Monique Rivera | co-director of Engagement
217.244.2044 | merivera [at] illinois.edu
A native of Key West, Florida, Monique earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Florida State University and honors in French language and phonetics while studying at L’Institut Catholique in Paris. Since 1995, she has held positions as a foreign-language instructor and translator (Illinois and Florida), a human resources assistant in hospitality (New Mexico), and a group tour coordinator and event planner (Washington). In 2006, she joined the University of Illinois as the senior program coordinator in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access. Currently, she serves as the visiting academic engagement liaison at Krannert Center and is excited to do great work with great people! She is honored to be the mom of an amazing son and is passionate about celebrating their Cuban heritage through genealogy research and photojournalism.
Mike Ross | Director
217.333.6700 | mikeross [at] illinois.edu
Mike Ross became the sixth director of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in 1997. He came to the Center from the Miller Theatre at Columbia University in New York City, where he received his doctorate with distinction in music composition and where, under his direction, the Miller Theatre was recognized by The New Yorker as “the city’s hottest hotbed of innovative programming.” Deeply committed to embracing the art of the past as well as the art of our time across disciplines, aesthetic sensibilities, and cultural legacies, Mike views Krannert Center as a potent blending of classroom, laboratory, and public square. He attributes his experience as a professional classical, jazz, and rock musician and his interest in the visual and environmental arts, broader cultural history, and explorations into the nature of creativity writ large as major influences on his collaborative approach to arts administration. He has served as board chair for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and as board president of Arts Alliance Illinois and is a founding member of 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council. He is a recipient of the North American Performing Arts Agent and Managers Association’s Award for Excellence in Presenting the Arts and was selected by National Arts Strategies to participate alongside 100 national and international cultural leaders in its inaugural Chief Executive Leadership Initiative. Mike is an associate dean in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, has served on numerous campus committees, and chaired the cross-campus Seedbed Initiative for Transdomain Creativity, which led to the establishment of the eDREAM Institute (Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media), for which he now serves as an advisor. Mike is a passionate advocate for the micro-urban Champaign-Urbana community and has served as co-chair of the 2013 Champaign County United Way Campaign.
Barbara Schoenoff | ticket office Supervisor
217.333.1872 | bschonff [at] illinois.edu
Rick Scholwin | Audio Director
217.300.2154 | scholwin [at] illinois.edu
Richard is a Wisconsin native. He attended DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, Illinois, as a voice major, completing his bachelor of science in sound recording technology in 1994. He served as the assistant audio director for the University of Illinois School of Music from 1994-2001. Richard worked for Northern Illinois University as a recording engineer during the 2001-02 school year and then as lead audio technician for the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Davis from 2002-07. While working at the Mondavi Center, he earned his MFA in dramatic arts-sound design from UC Davis, graduating in June 2007. He was resident sound designer for the Denver Theatre Company for the 2007-08 season. Richard then served as fine arts and humanities audio director for the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 2008 through December 2014. In January 2015, Richard joined Krannert Center as audio director, also serving as the chair of sound design for Illinois Theatre, and is delighted to be on the Illinois campus.
amber dewey schultz | Assistant Production Director
217.300.5376 | amber [at] illinois.edu
Since earning her BFA in stage management from North Carolina School of the Arts, Amber has worked as a stage manager, company manager, and tour manager for companies across the country, including San Francisco Opera, The Dallas Opera, Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera, Northern Stage, Chicago Opera Theatre, and Bristol Riverside Theatre. She has toured nationally with Western Opera Theater and internationally with Trinity Irish Dance Company.
Ryan Schultz | Technical Director
217.300.4223 | ryans [at] illinois.edu
Ryan is the technical director as well as the Chair of the Scenic Technology program for the Department of Theatre at the U of I. Prior to joining the Krannert Center in August, Ryan was the technical director at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. There, his credits include the annual production of A Christmas Carol, Disney’s The Jungle Book adapted by Mary Zimmerman, The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy of Music starring Nathan Lane & Brian Dennehy, Robert Fall’s & Seth Bockley’s massive interpretation of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, and the Broadway production of War Paint starring Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersol. Ryan received his education from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Sam Smith | Director of Civic Engagement and Social Practice
217.244.0925 | smsmith3 [at] illinois.edu
With interests in schools, challenged neighborhoods, and international settings, Sam uses the resources and tools of making art to extend the impact of the Krannert Center.
Cheryl Snyder | Associate Director of Advancement
217.333.2533 | casnyder [at] illinois.edu
Linda Spice | Advancement Office manager and Director's Assistant
217.300.6620 | spice [at] illinois.edu
Julianna Steitz | Theatrical Stitcher
217.244.4086 | steitz [at] illinois.edu
Andrea Stewart | Associate Technical Director
217.244.7379 | ags [at] illinois.edu
shelly thomas-eichorn | accounting staff
217.300.8954 | seichorn [at] illinois.edu
Shanitera Walker | Human Resources Support Specialist
217.300.2878 | walker32 [at] illinois.edu
Shanitera joined the Krannert Center team in the summer of 2012, and serves as a human resources support specialist. She began her career at Krannert Center shortly after earning her bachelor's in communication from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. As an integral member of the business office team, Shanitera utilizes her educational background and her passion for interacting with people from all walks of life as she tackles a variety of human resources tasks each day. Shanitera takes great pride in her work, always looking for opportunities to hone her skills and improve her processes.
Rachel Wallace | Front of House Manager
217.300.9269 | wallacer [at] illinois.edu
Rachel joined the Center in September 2018 after recently relocating to the Champaign-Urbana area from Northwest Chicago with her husband Jesse. She was born an Iowa Hawkeye, raised in Indiana Hoosier country, and now she cheers for the Fighting Illini. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as a Master of Science in human resources development from Indiana State University in Terre Haute. She has a vast background in retail, customer service, program and event coordination and is excited to be learning a new skillset at Krannert Center. She’s a self-proclaimed minimalist and loves organizing. In her free time, you might find her dog-walking, day-tripping, Netflix binging, and listening to podcasts. Thrift stores, to-do lists, fortune cookies, and the Midwest are just a few of her favorite things.
Jamie Willard | Accounting Staff
217.333.4752 | jamiew2 [at] illinois.edu
John O. Williams | Facility Manager
217.333.6702 | jowillia [at] illinois.edu
John started at Krannert Center in 1999 as an extra help building attendant, shoveling snow and filling in where needed. In 2000, he was hired as a part-time building attendant. By the end of that year, John was upgraded to a full-time building attendant. In 2001, John was promoted to day-shift facilities manager. He was assigned his current duties filling in as the assistant director of operations when his predecessor retired in 2008. When not working to maintain Krannert Center, John enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles across the country. He has visited 49 states, Canada, and Mexico from the seat of his motorcycles.
Michael W. Williams | Lighting Director
217.300.3788 | william7 [at] illinois.edu
Michael Williams, lighting director, has been here for the last 16 years. Michael has been the primary lighting designer for Dance at Illinois’ annual Festival Dance concert since coming to Krannert Center. Before coming here, he served as the master electrician at Cornell University’s Theatre Arts Complex, where he taught lighting design and designed the lighting for many of the university’s drama and dance department productions. Prior to being at Cornell, Michael was the master electrician for the St. Louis Black Repertory Company for its opening season in the Grandel Theatre. While with that company, he designed the lighting forThe Meeting. Michael holds an MFA in lighting design from the U of I, as well as a BM and MM in vocal performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Ranae Wilson | Advancement assistant
217.300.1106 | rnwilson [at] illinois.edu
Ranae began her career with Krannert Center in August 2014. She was a military brat who moved around most of her life, but home has always been right outside of Champaign-Urbana. She received her BA in theatre performance from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and has continued performing with many local theatre companies. She is a huge advocate for the arts and can be seen at many shows at Krannert Center. When she isn’t at Krannert Center, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and doing karaoke whenever possible. She also enjoys anything Harry Potter-related. She is thrilled to be a part of the Krannert Center family!
Crystal Womble | Outreach Director
217.244.0549 | cwomble [at] illinois.edu
As the outreach director, Crystal works with an amazing group of individuals, our volunteers! Our Krannert Center community volunteers usher daytime and evening performances as well as staff special events throughout the season! As an advisor for the Krannert Center Student Association, she has the pleasure of working with one of the oldest registered student organizations on campus that was established in 1969 to unite the Center, campus, and community by celebrating the power of the arts. In addition, she coordinates special presentations about Krannert Center events to a variety of community groups and campus organizations through information fairs, expos, and promotion of our groups sales program.
Maximilian Zorn | Scene Shop Coordinator
mzorn [at] illinois.edu