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andrew almeter | Senior production coordinator for events

aalmeter [at] illinois.edu

Before coming to 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 in 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 working at the university in 1990 and first worked in Purchasing before joining Krannert Center. She enjoys riding motorcycles and loves animals.

 

ANDREA BOUCK | COSTUME DIRECTOR

abouck2 [at] illinois.edu

 

Bree Brock | Production Coordinator for Events

217.244.2151 | bkb15 [at] illinois.edu

Bree recently moved to Champaign, Illinois, with her husband and two dogs. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, but really feels at home in Champaign. Bree graduated with a BFA in theatre management in December 2018. For a while, she had been working multiple retail jobs to make a living and to provide as many toys for her dogs as possible. It’s important to note that Bree is always willing to show pictures of her dogs—you just have to ask. Now, as a staff member at Krannert Center, she is beyond thrilled to be working in her field and to be a part of the Krannert Center team. Aside from theatre, Bree is an avid artist and foodie, both of which she takes seriously. She hopes one day to make a name for herself in the art community. Bree says she’s always been a right-brained, creative individual, which is why she loves working in this business.

 

katie brucker | accounting staff

217.300.8583 | kbrucker [at] illinois.edu

 

MICHAEL BUNTING | Intermezzo Supervisor

bunting3 [at] illinois.edu

Michael was raised in Mahomet, Illinois, and left the area to enlist in the military. He moved back to Mahomet seven years ago. He is an Air Force veteran who specialized in Security Police, law enforcement, and customs. He completed training as a customs officer through the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Michael is a graduate of Parkland College in business administration, The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago/Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, and Judson University in accounting. In addition to the AAS degree in culinary arts, he holds a professional cooking and nutrition certificate. He has been a member of the American Culinary Federation and the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals for nearly 20 years, earning his Certified Dietary Manager and Certified Food Protection Professional credentials. Michael has spent over 25 years cooking in the Chicago, Rockford, and Champaign-Urbana areas and has worked about every job in a kitchen from dishwasher, waiter, cook, sous chef, chef, chef/manager, food service manager, assistant director to director. He has also had the opportunity to work in every kind of restaurant/food service including fast food, pizza, casual, fine dining, hotel, conference center, retirement community, nursing home, and hospital. He enjoys trying new recipes, new restaurants, and new foods when not working and also likes to travel in his free time. Michael has been to many different countries and hopes to visit China and India at some point in time.  

 

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. She is currently the Creative Director for the Center’s Creative Services Studio, overseeing the creation of print, web, and video deliverables. 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.

 

glenda dalton | operations Office Support associate

217.300.9765 | 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. 

 

James Edaburn | Costume Cutter/draper

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

 

jesse fancher | attendant

217.333.6707 | jdumyahn [at] illinois.edu

 

Jason Finkelman | Artistic Director of Global Arts Performance Initiatives

217.265.0640 | finkelma [at] illinois.edu

Established in 2012, Global Arts Performance Initiatives consolidates Jason’s distinct curatorial programming in partnership with cultural arts institutions and programs across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With a focus on genre-blurring music and international performing arts, established engagement programming includes Sudden Sound, Global Transfer Afterglow, Gateways to World Music, and Improvisers Exchange concerts, workshops, and artist residencies. Jason’s efforts in enriching campus and community through the arts was recognized in 2019 with an Advocate ACE Award from the Champaign County Arts Council 40N|88W and as Best Promoter of the Decade by Champaign-Urbana’s online magazine Smile Politely.

 

Linda Follmer | Theatrical Stitcher

217.244.4086 | lrfollme [at] illinois.edu

 

Bryan Franzen | Attendant

217.333.6707 | franzen1 [at] illinois.edu

 

andrew giza | Events Director

217.300.5222 | giza [at] illinois.edu

Originally from Massachusetts, Andrew is an alumnus of Emerson College where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting. Before joining the Events Office at Krannert Center, Andrew worked with the Artist Partner Programs team at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center while earning a Master of Science degree in management. Andrew’s professional career began at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as the program’s music production manager, a position he held for over 14 years. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and enjoys golfing, riding motorcycles, and working with the Boulanger Initiative to promote inclusivity in classical music

 

richard gregg | Costume Rentals Director / assistant costume shop director

rdg [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 be 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 beautiful children, Gracie and Curtis.

 

Whitney Havice | Ticket Services Director

217.244.3963 | whavice [at] illinois.edu

Whitney has worked as part of the Krannert Center team since 2003 as a ticket services supervisor and then assistant ticket services director. In addition to her extensive experience working in the Ticket Office, for many years Whitney has served on Krannert Center’s Engagement Team, Occupational and Safety Committee (including co-chairing the group), and as class coordinator for Krannert Center’s Dance for People with Parkinson’s program. Whitney is an English and journalism graduate of Bradley University and is active in Champaign-Urbana and regional communities as a dance instructor, choreographer, director, and a board member for the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, in addition to other efforts.

 

Tara Heiser | Human Resources Specialist

217.344.2600 | tlheiser [at] illinois.edu

 

elizabeth henke | catering manager

217.333-9718 | ehenke [at] illinois.edu

Lizzy is thrilled to join Krannert Center as the catering manager after spending over 20 years in the hospitality industry. Lizzy attended Colorado College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a native of Champaign. She loves spending time with her husband Kurt, parents Dale and Judy, and her French bulldog Bo. Her interests include sports, cooking, art, music, watching documentaries, and reading a great book.

 

kaitlin higgins| co-director of patron services

217.244.6908 | kmhiggs [at] illinois.edu

Kaitlin joined the Krannert Center team in 2020, coming from Chicago where she has worked in various front-of-house and event management capacities including concert production coordinator, volunteer manager, and venue manager. She is an active member of the International Association of Venue Managers who awarded her as one of their 30 under 30 professionals in 2018. Kaitlin is excited about putting her passion for customer service, teamwork, and the arts to work at Krannert Center and collaborating to create memorable, wonderful experiences for patrons, volunteers, and staff. Her interests include all things related to dogs, collecting house plants, and finding new podcasts to listen to.

 

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. Her current role as associate director for finance and operations provides the privilege of overseeing finance, human resources, and building operations at Krannert Center as well as partnering with Maureen Reagan to oversee Patron Services. Cindi also serves as the director of the Performing Arts Service Center (PASC) for the College of Fine and Applied Arts. PASC provides finance support for  Dance at Illinois and Illinois Theatre and human resources support for those units as well as the School of Music. Cindi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in human resources.

 

Janet Huber | Program and Web Editor

217.300.8378 | jdhuber [at] illinois.edu

Janet joined Krannert Center staff in September 2018. Previously, she worked at the International Society of Arboriculture in Champaign for more than 11 years as editorial and production manager of educational publications for tree care professionals and researchers and also as corporate communications manager. Prior to that, she worked for the City of Champaign and for public and non-profit organizations in the Chicago area, including the Chicago Botanic Garden. Janet has been involved with the performing arts in various capacities throughout her life. She also has a love of the written word and finds great satisfaction in writing and editing to create a meaningful, well-phrased message. Janet earned a BA in child, family, and community services from the University of Illinois Springfield and did graduate work in counseling. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, walking and enjoying nature, and spending time with family and friends. 

 

tatsuya Ito | Associate Technical Director

217.300.8015 | tito [at] illinois.edu

Tatsuya “Tito” Ito is an associate technical director at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the Scenic Technology faculty. Tatsuya started his career off by freelancing in the greater Boston area working for companies like Bent Productions, Company One, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and Suffolk University amongst many others. He would go on to work his way from an over-hire carpenter to technical director at Stoneham Theatre. Looking for a change of pace, he was fortunate to become the shop foreman at Brandeis University where he discovered his love for working in educational theatre. In grad school, he had the pleasure of spending his summers in New York to work for Productions on Point, a layout and survey company focusing on live events, as well as in Los Angeles to work for Center Theatre Group. In 2011, Tatsuya received his BFA from Salem State University in Massachusetts and is currently finishing his thesis to complete his MFA in technical design and production from the Yale School of Drama.

 

Bill Kephart | Scene Shop Chief Clerk

217.300.3943 | kephrt [at] illinois.edu

In addition to clerical duties, 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.  He loves clothing design, sewing, and spreadsheets.

 

Lisa Kidd | Associate Lighting Director

217.300.6245 | lisakidd [at] illinois.edu

Lisa has spent 30+ years in the entertainment industry. Before coming to Krannert Center, 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.

 

dylan kind | Theatrical Scene Shop Coordinator

dkind2 [at] illinois.edu

 

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 / video director

217.244.9899 | alabau [at] illinois.edu

Alec is currently serving as the assistant audio director at 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. Alec has worked nationally as a sound designer and engineer with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company, Actors Theatre Kansas City, 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 is the Center’s primary public representative, managing media relations, advertising campaigns, and messaging strategies while sharing the powerful impact of the Krannert Center mission. In her 20+ years of experience in the performing arts, higher education, and non-profit marketing, development, and management, Bridget has led major strategic campaigns, built enduring community relationships, awakened innovative fundraising enterprises, and collaborated in classrooms, on stages, and in diverse communities through positions in Illinois, North Carolina, and Connecticut. At Krannert Center she serves on the Leadership Team for Marketing and Communications, as well as the Engagement Team, Advancement Team, and Security Team, and proudly helps to represent the academic performing arts units served by Krannert Center. Bridget is a proud, two-time University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate with a BS in advertising and an MS in strategic brand communication.

 

jacob lerch | attendant

217.333.6707 | jlerch [at] illinois.edu

 

Lisa Lillig | Co-director of Patron Services

217.244.6298 | lillig [at] illinois.edu

Lisa is a Kansas City, Missouri, native whose Krannert Center journey goes all the way back to her MFA costume technology studies at the University of Illinois. For over two decades, she has served the Center—as an instructor for Illinois Theatre, assistant costume shop director, and wig studio director. After taking on the role of facility director for the Folley Theatre in Kansas City, Lisa returned to Central Illinois to become the Center’s co-director of patron services. In this capacity, Lisa is the keeper of the building’s master calendar, manages facility rentals, supervises the food and beverage service staff, takes part in the security team, and collaborates with the front-of-house and Promenade crews to ensure the best possible experience for everyone who comes through Krannert Center’s doors. 

 

Kevin Logue | Attendant

217.333.6707 | klogue [at] illinois.edu

 

Tony Mapson | assistant facility manager

217.333.6707 | amapson [at] illinois.edu

 

taylor mccoy | snack bar attendant

217.333.9718 | mcco [at] illinois.edu

 

EB McTigue | cutter/draper

mctigue2 [at] illinois.edu

 

vincent meade | Theatrical Scene Shop Assistant

vmeade [at] illinois.edu

 

Ty Mingo | Assistant Ticket Services Director

217.265.0271 | tmingo [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 have 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 its 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 professionally. When not designing, Nic likes wandering imaginary worlds, taking photos, drawing, reading, and listening to 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

 

Jon Proctor | ticket office Supervisor

217.265.0271 | jproctor [at] illinois.edu

 

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 associate director for marketing, she focuses on staff management, the collaborative development and implementation of a variety of initiatives for audience growth, and oversight of advertising and creative services. She holds three degrees from the U of I.

 

Monique Rivera | co-director of Engagement

217.244.2044 | merivera [at] illinois.edu

Originally from 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, France. Since 1995, she has held positions in foreign language instruction, translation, group tour coordination, and event planning. In 2006, she joined the University of Illinois and served as the senior program coordinator in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access. Currently, she serves as co-director of engagement at Krannert Center and is the course administrator for FAA 110: Exploring Arts and Creativity. She will complete her master’s degree in library and information science (MSLIS) in December 2020. She is honored to be the mother of an amazing son and is passionate about celebrating their ancestry 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

Barbara received an MFA in costume design from Northwestern University, during which time she received the USAA Award for Design Excellence. She has designed costumes for over 100 shows and taught and designed from Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois, to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, including the University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, Interlochen, and Parkland College. Currently, she is a doll artist, teaching and showing her work internationally. She is president of the Original Doll Artist Council of America. Barbara began working in the Ticket Office in 2001.

 

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 to 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 to 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 Krannert Center in 2016, 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 and Brian Dennehy; Robert Fall’s and Seth Bockley’s massive interpretation of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666; and the Broadway production of War Paint starring Patti LuPone and 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

 

Julianna Steitz | Theatrical Stitcher

217.244.4086 | steitz [at] illinois.edu

 

Andrea Stewart | Associate Technical Director

217.244.7379 | ags [at] illinois.edu

Andrea Stewart is the associate technical director at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the Scenic Technology faculty. Andrea has been at Krannert Center since 2012 by way of Seattle. Previously, she worked as the fabrication shop supervisor at DillonWorks!, a premier custom design and fabrication company specializing in the more adventurous of architectural and themed environments and elements. Projects included high-end fabrication of themed elements and areas within museums, shopping malls, retail venues, amusement parks, casinos, exhibits, displays, restaurants, signage, and more. Before that, she was the master carpenter at the Intiman Theatre and a member of IATSE Local 15. She earned her BFA in theatrical production arts with a technical emphasis from Ithaca College and her MBA from the University of New Hampshire.

 

shelly thomas-eichorn | accounting staff

217.300.8954 | seichorn [at] illinois.edu

 

joycelynn trask | Director's Assistant

217.300.2474 | jltrask [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.

 

SETH WHEELER | technical coordinator for Events

sww22 [at] illinois.edu

 

Bethany Whoric | Assistant Director of Advancement

217.300.6042 | bbwhoric [at] illinois.edu

Bethany joined Krannert Center in February 2019 after relocating from Columbus, Ohio. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bethany received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her move to Champaign-Urbana, Bethany spent seven years working in personal styling, sales training, and customer relationship management for Nordstrom Inc. Always a lover of the arts, Bethany is thrilled to oversee Krannert Center's corporate giving program while also working with individual donors, allowing her to play a part in continuing to bring the performing arts to an already vibrant arts community. Bethany’s hobbies include running, yoga, fashion, and traveling. 

 

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 with the Center since 1997. 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.

 

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 and 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.