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Staff & Board of Directors

Staff & Board of Directors

Meet the People Behind the Scenes at A Red Orchid!

This page features members of our staff and board of directors. Each staff photo links through to an extended biography. Looking for members of A Red Orchid’s Ensemble? Click here.



Audrey Billings

Managing Director

Kirsten Fitzgerald

Artistic Director

Travis A. Knight

Associate Artistic Director

Stephanie Shum

Director of Development

Hope Campbell Gundlah

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Peter Ruiz

Literary Coordinator

Patrick Starner

Production Manager

Becky Creech

Foundation & Corporate Relations Specialist

Kyle Stoffers

Administrative Associate & Casting

Jessica G. Smith

Box Office Associate

Lawrence Grimm

Director of Education

Sadieh Rifai

Artistic Development Coordinator

Board of Directors

Jane Madden

Board Chair

Lead ESG Partner, Buro Happold

Lawrence Grimm

Vice Chair/Secretary

Actor, Founding Ensemble Member


AROT Ensemble Member, Director, Performer, Professor – Purdue University Northwest

Myron Elliott

AROT Ensemble Member, Costume Designer, Assistant Professor – University of Illinois at Chicago

Kirsten Fitzgerald

AROT Artistic Director, Ensemble Member, Actor

Sean Baloun

Portfolio Manager  – Vertex Planning Partners

Hugh Breslin

Managing Director – Wells Fargo Advisors

Monica Byrd

Chief Financial Officer – Family Office

Georgia Casciato

Regent, American College of Healthcare Executives – Metro Chicago/ Georgia Casciato Healthcare Consulting Inc.

Becky Coleman

Partner – Coleman & Associates

Elizabeth Derrico

Principal – Elizabeth Derrico & Associates: Consultants to Law-related Nonprofits

Heidi Graham

Eileen Hirsch

Client Relations Analyst – Private Equity at Holland & Knight LLP

Dozie Ibekwe

Senior Associate – Madison Dearborn Partners

Marcin Jedrzejewski

Engineering Manager – Conagra Brands

Gloria Lehr

Erin Roberts

Chief Partnership Officer – The Executives’ Club of Chicago

Michael Shannon

Actor, Founding Ensemble Member

Fred Spreen

Corporate Vice President – New York Life Stable Value Investments

Guy Van Swearingen

Actor, Founding Ensemble Member, Chicago Fire Department (Retired)

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