Jerry R. Soria-Foust
Artistic Director & Dean of Conservatory
email@windycityperforms.org | 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.”
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Allyce Torres
Managing Director & Assoc Dean of Conservatory
allyce@windycityperforms.org | 312.324.3700
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Bri Wolfe
Production Manager & Resident Stage Mgr
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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.
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Anna Sciaccotta
Education Programs Manager
Anna grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago where she participated and performed in theatre programs similar to WCP throughout her childhood and teen years! She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2016 with a degree in Theatre Arts. While at Illinois Wesleyan she had the opportunity to study abroad in London, England at the British American Drama Academy studying and performing with students from all over the US. Anna moved back to Chicago last year and has been working at WCP as one of our teaching artists for the last year and a half! Anna is incredibly passionate about theatre education and cannot wait to get started!
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Alicia Winton
Marketing & Patron Services Manager | Casting Coordinator
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Alicia is originally from Baltimore, MD but recently moved to Chicago from New York City to pursue a career in theatre. She is a recent graduate from Boston University. In addition to marketing, Alicia works as an actress and has a theatre company called The Degenerates.
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Jessica Fisher
Associate Producer, Schoolsites / Kids Co / Summer Camps
Grace Schwartzenberger
Schoolsite Program Coordinator & Registrar
grace@windycityperforms.org | 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!
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