Our People

STAFF

JILL VALENTINE Director of Theater Management Jill Valentine is a South Side Chicago native that has worked as an actor, writer, improvisor and sketch comedian all over town. You may have seen Jill with The Cupid Players Chicago's premier musical sketch comedy group, with The Deltones IO's musical improv group, Feminine Gentlemen a 2 person comedy group with her pal Liz McArthur or with her burlesque parody sketch comedy group Off Off Broadzway. Some other recent credits are Barbra in Musical of the Living Dead (Voted Best Musical by the Chicago Reader) and International Delight’s spokesperson Donna. Jill is the Executive Director of The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and the Executive Producer of the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. Jill has been with the company since 2004 and is proud to be a founding principal of Stage773. She is the Director of Operations and is proud to be working alongside some of her favorite people.

JILL VALENTINE
Director of Theater Management

Jill Valentine is a South Side Chicago native that has worked as an actor, writer, improvisor and sketch comedian all over town. You may have seen Jill with The Cupid Players Chicago's premier musical sketch comedy group, with The Deltones IO's musical improv group, Feminine Gentlemen a 2 person comedy group with her pal Liz McArthur or with her burlesque parody sketch comedy group Off Off Broadzway. Some other recent credits are Barbra in Musical of the Living Dead (Voted Best Musical by the Chicago Reader) and International Delight’s spokesperson Donna. Jill is the Executive Director of The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and the Executive Producer of the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. Jill has been with the company since 2004 and is proud to be a founding principal of Stage773. She is the Director of Operations and is proud to be working alongside some of her favorite people.

JACK SHORT Director of Tenant Services Jack has been in and out of 1225 W. Belmont since 1998 in various roles and is happy to be home at Stage 773. A music director, cabaret pianist-producer and pit musician Jack assists the many Stage 773 tenants with marketing, ticketing and many of their other needs. Jack also sits on the board of directors for two other non-profit organizations in the Chicagoland area, Normal Moments and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra.

JACK SHORT
Director of Tenant Services

Jack has been in and out of 1225 W. Belmont since 1998 in various roles and is happy to be home at Stage 773. A music director, cabaret pianist-producer and pit musician Jack assists the many Stage 773 tenants with marketing, ticketing and many of their other needs. Jack also sits on the board of directors for two other non-profit organizations in the Chicagoland area, Normal Moments and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra.

BRIAN PETERLIN Director of Facilities & IT With a degree in Computer Science and a penchant for fixing things, Brian is Stage 773’s resident genius. After working in corporate IT (and a suit) for a number of years, Brian became a founding principal of Stage 773, where his tattoos and mohawk feel quite at home. In 2001, alongside Brian Posen, he founded The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, now the largest in the nation. In his years as Technical Director of Sketchfest, Brian estimates teching over 1200 shows. He has also traveled to festivals in Portland, SanFrancisco, LA, Miami, New York, Austin, Boston, and Toronto to TD for The Cupid Players, the longest running musical sketch comedy group in Chicago. When not running shows, Brian can be found quietly kicking ass in the silent sketch comedy group Bri-Ko, which recently won Best of the Fest at Toronto Sketch Fest. How does he do it? Science, that’s all.

BRIAN PETERLIN
Director of Facilities & IT

With a degree in Computer Science and a penchant for fixing things, Brian is Stage 773’s resident genius. After working in corporate IT (and a suit) for a number of years, Brian became a founding principal of Stage 773, where his tattoos and mohawk feel quite at home. In 2001, alongside Brian Posen, he founded The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, now the largest in the nation. In his years as Technical Director of Sketchfest, Brian estimates teching over 1200 shows. He has also traveled to festivals in Portland, SanFrancisco, LA, Miami, New York, Austin, Boston, and Toronto to TD for The Cupid Players, the longest running musical sketch comedy group in Chicago. When not running shows, Brian can be found quietly kicking ass in the silent sketch comedy group Bri-Ko, which recently won Best of the Fest at Toronto Sketch Fest. How does he do it? Science, that’s all.

 
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!

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.

ANNA JOHNSON Marketing Manager Anna Elizabeth Johnson is originally from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and in addition to acting and improvising here in Chicago, she has worked as a designer, videographer, and mastodon assembler. Prior to joining Stage 773 Anna was the Art Director for University of Michigan's Office of Enrollment Management, as well as operating her own graphic design studio. Ms. Johnson attended the University of Michigan for Linguistics before receiving her BFA in Graphic Design from Columbia College Chicago.

ANNA JOHNSON
Marketing Manager

Anna Elizabeth Johnson is originally from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and in addition to acting and improvising here in Chicago, she has worked as a designer, videographer, and mastodon assembler. Prior to joining Stage 773 Anna was the Art Director for University of Michigan's Office of Enrollment Management, as well as operating her own graphic design studio. Ms. Johnson attended the University of Michigan for Linguistics before receiving her BFA in Graphic Design from Columbia College Chicago.

TRAVIS BARNHART Bookkeeper 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
Bookkeeper

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.

JOHN CRAIG Production 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
Production 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.

 

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.

DILINI FERNANDO Board Member Dilini Fernando is a Marketing Manager at MillerCoors focusing on New Product Innovation & Package Design. Her natural curiosity and bias for action led to MillerCoors first Digital Incubator -- a pipeline of experimentation designed to identify and test progressive digital marketing solutions. Prior to MillerCoors, Dilini spent several years in music entrepreneurship launching the largest band rehearsal facility in New England, an affiliate record label, and an artist management company. Her passion for entertainment, arts, and technology has guided both per personal and professional endeavors. Dilini has been a proud member of AFTRA / SAG since 2006. She received her BA from Brown University and her MBA from the University of Chicago.

DILINI FERNANDO
Board Member

Dilini Fernando is a Marketing Manager at MillerCoors focusing on New Product Innovation & Package Design. Her natural curiosity and bias for action led to MillerCoors first Digital Incubator -- a pipeline of experimentation designed to identify and test progressive digital marketing solutions. Prior to MillerCoors, Dilini spent several years in music entrepreneurship launching the largest band rehearsal facility in New England, an affiliate record label, and an artist management company. Her passion for entertainment, arts, and technology has guided both per personal and professional endeavors. Dilini has been a proud member of AFTRA / SAG since 2006. She received her BA from Brown University and her MBA from the University of Chicago.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BRIAN POSEN Board Member

BRIAN POSEN
Board Member


 

STAGE MANAGERS

Joey Gilmore
Robert Hoffman
Candice Opper
Elliot Threadgill
Chris Chapin
 

BARTENDERS

Andrew McDermott
Amy Schiller
Gianinna Damiano

FRONT OF HOUSE

Chris Chapin
Ian McCullouch
Robert Prescott
Stephanie Ferguson

Assistant to Director of Tenant Services
Zach Abel