Our People

STAFF

 
  JILL VALENTINE    Executive Director    Jill Valentine is a South Side Chicago native that has worked as an actor, writer, improvisor, director and sketch comedian all over town. You may have seen Jill with The Cupid Players, The Deltones, Feminine Gentlemen or with her burlesque parody sketch comedy group Off Off Broadzway. Jill is the Executive Producer of The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. Jill has been with the company since 2004 and is proud to be a founding principal of Stage773. 

JILL VALENTINE
Executive Director

Jill Valentine is a South Side Chicago native that has worked as an actor, writer, improvisor, director and sketch comedian all over town. You may have seen Jill with The Cupid Players, The Deltones, Feminine Gentlemen or with her burlesque parody sketch comedy group Off Off Broadzway. Jill is the Executive Producer of The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. Jill has been with the company since 2004 and is proud to be a founding principal of Stage773. 

  JOHN CRAIG  Facilities Manager    Bitten by a radioactive Phil Collins at a young age, John splits his time between quoting The Simpsons, fanboying over The Aquabats, & teching a variety of comedy shows.

JOHN CRAIG
Facilities Manager

Bitten by a radioactive Phil Collins at a young age, John splits his time between quoting The Simpsons, fanboying over The Aquabats, & teching a variety of comedy shows.

  NICOLE MEUNIER  Development Manager    Nicole is a Metro-Detroit native that started her artistic journey at Oakland University where she received her Bachelor of Integrated Studies with concentrations in Classical Vocal Performance and Communications. While a student, Nicole performed as a Wagnerian Soprano at the Michigan Opera Theatre and then stepped off the stage to create ACCESS, the theater’s first young professionals program. In Chicago, after an extended Development Apprenticeship at American Theatre Company in 2012, and 3 years of serving the health and social service sector of non-profits, Nicole is thrilled to be back in the Arts and making Stage 773 her Development home!

NICOLE MEUNIER
Development Manager

Nicole is a Metro-Detroit native that started her artistic journey at Oakland University where she received her Bachelor of Integrated Studies with concentrations in Classical Vocal Performance and Communications. While a student, Nicole performed as a Wagnerian Soprano at the Michigan Opera Theatre and then stepped off the stage to create ACCESS, the theater’s first young professionals program. In Chicago, after an extended Development Apprenticeship at American Theatre Company in 2012, and 3 years of serving the health and social service sector of non-profits, Nicole is thrilled to be back in the Arts and making Stage 773 her Development home!

  JACK SHORT  Managing Director   Jack Short, originally from Ohio, has been in the non-profit Chicago theater business for over 20 years, and has worked at 1225 W. Belmont since 1998. Jack works with the many tenants at Stage 773 assisting with marketing, ticketing, and any other needs. Jack studied music at the University of Toledo, and occasionally works as a pit musician, cabaret pianist, and other assorted musical endeavors. 

JACK SHORT
Managing Director

Jack Short, originally from Ohio, has been in the non-profit Chicago theater business for over 20 years, and has worked at 1225 W. Belmont since 1998. Jack works with the many tenants at Stage 773 assisting with marketing, ticketing, and any other needs. Jack studied music at the University of Toledo, and occasionally works as a pit musician, cabaret pianist, and other assorted musical endeavors. 

 
  TRAVIS BARNHART General Manager   Originally from Oklahoma, Travis moved to Chicago in 2010. After graduating with a BFA in Theatre from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Travis and his wife, Kristi, spent 2 years performing touring theatre together across 32 different states. Once landed in Chicago, Travis made his first theater home working at the ComedySportz Theater. He is also a proud ensemble member of Hobo Junction Productions and Lil Buds Theatre as well as working as an actor and writer about town. Travis is in love with the fine, kind, caring folks at Stage 773 and their tenants.

TRAVIS BARNHART
General Manager

Originally from Oklahoma, Travis moved to Chicago in 2010. After graduating with a BFA in Theatre from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Travis and his wife, Kristi, spent 2 years performing touring theatre together across 32 different states. Once landed in Chicago, Travis made his first theater home working at the ComedySportz Theater. He is also a proud ensemble member of Hobo Junction Productions and Lil Buds Theatre as well as working as an actor and writer about town. Travis is in love with the fine, kind, caring folks at Stage 773 and their tenants.

  MEAGHAN MORRIS  Rental Coordinator    Meaghan Morris received her B.A. in Social Thought and Political Economy, and Communication with a track in Rhetoric and Performance Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There, she performed in 22 plays, musicals, and operas through the Theater Department, and received a Film Studies Certificate without ever watching  The Birth of a Nation . Since 2014, Meaghan has practiced a peripatetic lifestyle, traveling and working her way through 44 states and 23 countries. She is thrilled to have found her home here in Chicago and at Stage 773! When she is not at work or rehearsal, Meaghan enjoys getting thoroughly lost in the woods while listening to Joanna Newsom, all with her mandolin and trusty can of bear spray by her side.

MEAGHAN MORRIS
Rental Coordinator

Meaghan Morris received her B.A. in Social Thought and Political Economy, and Communication with a track in Rhetoric and Performance Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There, she performed in 22 plays, musicals, and operas through the Theater Department, and received a Film Studies Certificate without ever watching The Birth of a Nation. Since 2014, Meaghan has practiced a peripatetic lifestyle, traveling and working her way through 44 states and 23 countries. She is thrilled to have found her home here in Chicago and at Stage 773! When she is not at work or rehearsal, Meaghan enjoys getting thoroughly lost in the woods while listening to Joanna Newsom, all with her mandolin and trusty can of bear spray by her side.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  LAURA MICHAUD  Chair    Laura Michaud, owner of The Michaud Group, is one of the country's leading business experts specializing in family - owned businesses. The bulk of her business career prior to founding The Michaud Group was with Beltone Electronics, an international manufacturer of Hearing Aids where she rose to the position of Executive VP of Sales and Marketing and was responsible for international and domestic sales, customer service, marketing and their in-house advertising agency. She currently serves on boards as a director or an officer of for several profit and not-for profit entities. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in mathematics and a Masters in Business from Loyola University. Her not-for-profit activities has included serving as Chairman of the Board for Lukaba Productions, Vice President on the board of Elmhurst Children's Theater and membership chairman for Standing Room Only (a not for profit theater support group for York High School Drama). In addition, she is on multiple committees for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is secretary/treasurer for the Posen Foundation.

LAURA MICHAUD
Chair

Laura Michaud, owner of The Michaud Group, is one of the country's leading business experts specializing in family - owned businesses. The bulk of her business career prior to founding The Michaud Group was with Beltone Electronics, an international manufacturer of Hearing Aids where she rose to the position of Executive VP of Sales and Marketing and was responsible for international and domestic sales, customer service, marketing and their in-house advertising agency. She currently serves on boards as a director or an officer of for several profit and not-for profit entities. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in mathematics and a Masters in Business from Loyola University. Her not-for-profit activities has included serving as Chairman of the Board for Lukaba Productions, Vice President on the board of Elmhurst Children's Theater and membership chairman for Standing Room Only (a not for profit theater support group for York High School Drama). In addition, she is on multiple committees for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is secretary/treasurer for the Posen Foundation.

  JILL VALENTINE  Secretary      

JILL VALENTINE
Secretary

 

  ALEX MEYER  Vice Chair    Alex Meyer is VP of Global Business Development at SAP. Previously, Alex spent time with multinational management consulting firm Deloitte and in private practice. He was also previously Director of Operations for House of Blues, Inc. Alex serves as Chairman of the Harvard Business School Alumni Entrepreneurship Council of Chicago, presenting its HBS Angels early stage investment program, the HBS Global Alumni New Venture Competition for the U.S. Central Region, and its Distinguished Speaker in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital series. He is a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board of Directors. He is a Past President of the board of the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago and director of the HBSCC Charitable Fund. He is the founder and past president of the Society for Business & Management in Engineering (SBME) which became the National Organization for Business & Engineering (NOBE) during its national expansion. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U of I, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and several delightful years of theatrical education from the Second City.

ALEX MEYER
Vice Chair

Alex Meyer is VP of Global Business Development at SAP. Previously, Alex spent time with multinational management consulting firm Deloitte and in private practice. He was also previously Director of Operations for House of Blues, Inc. Alex serves as Chairman of the Harvard Business School Alumni Entrepreneurship Council of Chicago, presenting its HBS Angels early stage investment program, the HBS Global Alumni New Venture Competition for the U.S. Central Region, and its Distinguished Speaker in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital series. He is a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board of Directors. He is a Past President of the board of the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago and director of the HBSCC Charitable Fund. He is the founder and past president of the Society for Business & Management in Engineering (SBME) which became the National Organization for Business & Engineering (NOBE) during its national expansion. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U of I, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and several delightful years of theatrical education from the Second City.

  STEVE MILLER  Board Member    Steven N. Miller is principal and co-founder of the venture capital firm Origin Ventures. He serves on the boards of three companies: VHT, GrubHub, and Shoutlet. In addition to Stage 773, Steve is an active board member with several not-for-profit organizations including: i.c.stars, which provides inner-city young adults with technology training and leadership development; US Empowered, which furnishes urban students with the resources, support and networks that make higher education a reality, Victory Gardens Theater, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and the Better Government Association. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Steve received a B.S. degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, where he now serves on the Dean's Business Council and the board of the Hillel Foundation. He also provides the funding for the Steven N. Miller Entrepreneurial Scholarships and the Diane & Steven N. Miller Endowed Professorship in Business at the University of Illinois.

STEVE MILLER
Board Member

Steven N. Miller is principal and co-founder of the venture capital firm Origin Ventures. He serves on the boards of three companies: VHT, GrubHub, and Shoutlet. In addition to Stage 773, Steve is an active board member with several not-for-profit organizations including: i.c.stars, which provides inner-city young adults with technology training and leadership development; US Empowered, which furnishes urban students with the resources, support and networks that make higher education a reality, Victory Gardens Theater, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and the Better Government Association. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Steve received a B.S. degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, where he now serves on the Dean's Business Council and the board of the Hillel Foundation. He also provides the funding for the Steven N. Miller Entrepreneurial Scholarships and the Diane & Steven N. Miller Endowed Professorship in Business at the University of Illinois.

  DAVID BILLER  Treasurer    David is a supervisor with McGladrey, LLP and specializes in not-for-profit taxation and compliance. David received both his bachelor and master of accounting degrees from the University of Kansas. His experience includes many theaters and arts organizations in the Chicagoland area, as well as colleges and universities, health care systems, private foundations, pension and VEBA trusts, trade associations and for-profit affiliates. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society, David assists his clients with a variety of issues, including unrelated business income and tax-exempt bonds post issuance compliance, and has been active in assisting tax exempt organizations with the monitoring of potential private business use within bond-financed space.

DAVID BILLER
Treasurer

David is a supervisor with McGladrey, LLP and specializes in not-for-profit taxation and compliance. David received both his bachelor and master of accounting degrees from the University of Kansas. His experience includes many theaters and arts organizations in the Chicagoland area, as well as colleges and universities, health care systems, private foundations, pension and VEBA trusts, trade associations and for-profit affiliates. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society, David assists his clients with a variety of issues, including unrelated business income and tax-exempt bonds post issuance compliance, and has been active in assisting tax exempt organizations with the monitoring of potential private business use within bond-financed space.

  BRAD YOUNTS  Board Member    Brad is a Creative Director in experiential marketing and has been passionately involved in the arts for over 25 years. His marketing clients include Starwood Hotels, MTV, Cotton Incorporated, and Warner Bros., for which he designed an interactive red carpet experience for the premier of their film Nancy Drew. As a huge Star Wars fan, one of the highlights of his career was developing the launch experience for the Cartoon Network’s hit series Star Wars: Clone Wars. In the theatre, Brad has been an actor, writer, director, and producer. Directing credits include Big River, Brigadoon, Forever Plaid, and Little Shop of Horrors. Brad is also the multi-award-winning co-creator and writer of Chicago’s “Best Musical” Musical of the Living Dead and co-founder of the Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company.

BRAD YOUNTS
Board Member

Brad is a Creative Director in experiential marketing and has been passionately involved in the arts for over 25 years. His marketing clients include Starwood Hotels, MTV, Cotton Incorporated, and Warner Bros., for which he designed an interactive red carpet experience for the premier of their film Nancy Drew. As a huge Star Wars fan, one of the highlights of his career was developing the launch experience for the Cartoon Network’s hit series Star Wars: Clone Wars. In the theatre, Brad has been an actor, writer, director, and producer. Directing credits include Big River, Brigadoon, Forever Plaid, and Little Shop of Horrors. Brad is also the multi-award-winning co-creator and writer of Chicago’s “Best Musical” Musical of the Living Dead and co-founder of the Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company.

  CHARLES JESSER  Board Member    Jesser, a Chicago native, is a graduate of DePaul University and a founding partner of Jesser, Ravid, Jason, Basso and Farber, LLP, a Certified Public Accounting firm. Jesser serves on the Board of Directors of the Union League Club of Chicago. Earlier in his career, Jesser served as an auditor for the United States Treasury Department and the Harris Bank. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, Jesser also serves in independent fiduciary positions for families as well as for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Jesser is an advocate of childhood causes. He is a founding Board member of the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation, of Hilton Head, South Carolina, a not- for- profit organization that focuses on pediatric oncology research through collaboration between scientists and clinicians to shorten the cancer research timetable. He is also the former Chairman of the Board of Arden Shore Child and Family Services, Waukegan, Illinois, an organization that serves foster and abused children.

CHARLES JESSER
Board Member

Jesser, a Chicago native, is a graduate of DePaul University and a founding partner of Jesser, Ravid, Jason, Basso and Farber, LLP, a Certified Public Accounting firm. Jesser serves on the Board of Directors of the Union League Club of Chicago. Earlier in his career, Jesser served as an auditor for the United States Treasury Department and the Harris Bank. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, Jesser also serves in independent fiduciary positions for families as well as for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Jesser is an advocate of childhood causes. He is a founding Board member of the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation, of Hilton Head, South Carolina, a not- for- profit organization that focuses on pediatric oncology research through collaboration between scientists and clinicians to shorten the cancer research timetable. He is also the former Chairman of the Board of Arden Shore Child and Family Services, Waukegan, Illinois, an organization that serves foster and abused children.

  MCKENNA PROHOV  Board Member    McKenna Prohov is a 2015 graduate of the Chicago-Kent School of Law and a Judicial Law Clerk for the Chief Justice in the Court of Claims. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois, and in addition to her clerkship, serves as counsel to several local small businesses in transactional matters. She is a member of the Social and Networking Committee for ChiWIP, a group that aims to create a place for people who share a common interest in the advancement of women within the field of intellectual property. She holds a B.A. in both History and French from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and is dedicated to supporting the performing arts and its continued success in the Chicago community.

MCKENNA PROHOV
Board Member

McKenna Prohov is a 2015 graduate of the Chicago-Kent School of Law and a Judicial Law Clerk for the Chief Justice in the Court of Claims. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois, and in addition to her clerkship, serves as counsel to several local small businesses in transactional matters. She is a member of the Social and Networking Committee for ChiWIP, a group that aims to create a place for people who share a common interest in the advancement of women within the field of intellectual property. She holds a B.A. in both History and French from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and is dedicated to supporting the performing arts and its continued success in the Chicago community.


 

STAGE MANAGERS

Candice Opper
Oriana Dentici
Dan Sonenberg
Chris Chapin
 

BARTENDERS

Andrew McDermott
Amy Schiller
            Gianinna Damiano             Walker Lee

Bar Manager
Andrew McDermott

FRONT OF HOUSE

Chris Chapin
Juan Castaneda
Stephanie Ferguson
Ian McCulloch
Brittani Schiller

Assistant to Managing Director
Zach Abel