Jerry R. Soria-Foust
Artistic Director & Dean of Conservatory | 312.324.3700
Jerry R. Foust is our Artistic Director & Dean of Conservatory. A master teacher with over 25 years experience in education, Jerry is responsible for ensuring the quality of classes and performances, hiring and training teaching artists, and developing curriculum. He also directs most of the Mainstage/professional productions at Windy City Music Theatre. Jerry specializes in working with young musical theatre performers, and has directed numerous productions, including Oliver! Bye Bye Birdie, The Music Man, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Shop of Horrors, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Beauty & the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, and Annie, to name a few. He served as Executive Director and Director of Education at Berkeley Playhouse, a professional musical theatre company and school, for three seasons, where his leadership helped triple the size of the operating budget, quadruple the subscription base, and merge the education and performance programs with a new, permanent 328-seat theatre home. During Jerry’s tenure, Berkeley Playhouse became the fastest growing professional and educational theatre company in the San Francisco Bay Area. He served on the leadership & production team for nearly 30 professional and youth shows, and helped build education programs that served over 400 kids per semester in classes, camps and shows–a number Windy City Music Theatre has now exceeded in just 3 years. Jerry is a native of Northwest Indiana. He attended the Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Music Education and an Indiana teaching license, Jerry taught high school and elementary music for several years in Indianapolis and the Louisville, Kentucky areas. In 1996, Jerry founded the acclaimed West Clark Summer Theatre cooperative program, and the West Clark Ambassadors, a combined-schools choral group. As a teacher in the San Diego County Schools, Jerry was awarded the Classroom of the Future Foundation’s “Innovate” award for his work integrating technology into the elementary music curriculum in 2006. While in California, he completed a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. Jerry served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Diego Men’s Chorus from 2004-2009, and was founding director of Opus Q – A Men’s Vocal Ensemble in Berkeley. As a choral conductor and theatre director, Jerry has collaborated with Tony-nominated Sharon McNight, Grammy-nominated Broadway star Frenchie Davis (“RENT”,”The Voice” and “American Idol”), the San Diego Chorus of the Sweet Adelines, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Nichelle Nichols of Star Trek, award-winning playwright Del Shores, Emmy winner Sharon Gless, and stage/screen legend Sir Ian McKellan, among others. In 2011, Jerry returned home to Chicago to be closer to his family and friends, and to contribute to the exciting arts education community here. Jerry’s approach to teaching is ensemble-based – every child feels an important part of the “team” and he is guided by the concept of Challenge & Support. “Meaningful student growth happens when students are given artistic, personal, and academic challenges and provided a proportional amount of support – skills, knowledge, motivation, encouragement – to meet those challenges.”
Allyce Torres
Managing Director | 312.324.3700
Alyssa Davis
Associate Dean of Conservatory | 312.324.3700
Alyssa is beyond excited to join Windy City and merge her lifelong passion for Musical Theatre and experience in Education! She received her Masters of Science in Education from Northwestern University, studying internalization of story structure through theatre exercises. Since then she has worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Hamilton Education Program, and the Chicago Humanities Festival. She currently improvises with her Harold team Nightingale and the DelTones at iO, and is an original cast member of Improvised Mythology, Will You Accept this Rose? and Fan/Fiction. She is a co-creator of the video group “Cedarville Community Church” and performs in XVP Comedy Shorts. She provides improv-based corporate workshops with Improve It! and has studied at iO, Second City, and Annoyance. Some of her favorite former roles include Helen of Troy in Trojan Women, Iphigenia in Agamemnon and His Daughters, an Emmy-Award Winning Documentary about the Dah Theatar in Serbia, and every character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Bri Wolfe
Production Manager & Resident Stage Mgr | 312.324.3700
Bri is ecstatic to be a part of Windy City Performs. Fairly new to the Chicago Area, Bri completed her emphasis in Technical Theatre and Design from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she had concentrations in stage management, stage lighting and scenic painting. Upon her graduation in May 2016, she stage managed at the Bristol Renaissance Faire for their 29th season. She has also done venue management at Side Street Studio Arts in Elgin, IL for their Fringe and Going Dutch festivals since September 2016. She has worked with Chicago Children's Theatre as their Production Management Apprentice, and she was Stage Management Intern at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre for their production of "Great Expectations". Bri is also an Actor's Equity Membership Candidate. She is grateful for continuing her theatre career in Chicago with Windy Cite to influence growing minds in the arts.
Grace Schwartzenberger
Schoolsite Program Coordinator & Registrar | 312.324.3700
Grace Schwartzenberger is a theatre-maker hailing from Los Angeles, California, and a proud graduate of the Theatre for Young Audiences program at Northwestern University. A wearer of many hats, she can be found working as a producer, lighting designer, performer, & teaching artist in spaces throughout Chicago. She is thrilled to join the team at Windy City Performs in making arts education opportunities available to young folks all over the city!
Hayley Nguyen
Marketing Projects Assistant | 312.324.3700
Hayley Nguyen moved to the U.S. in 2011 after growing up in the vibrant, riverside city of Hanoi, Vietnam. During her studies in Integrated Marketing Communications, Hayley gathered a wealth of real-world experience at several prominent arts organizations in the downtown Chicago area. As she emerges from her gold cord graduation at Roosevelt University, she now looks forward to continuing her exploration of the field and further expanding her marketing toolkit. She recently completed a marketing internship with the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Hayley is a lover of all things creative, and an avid adventurer within the city's ever-evolving artistic landscape.

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