Philip Lynch Theatre


Jordin Richards ‘16 has joined the staff at the Aurora Civic Center Authority, an $11 million organization, as a member of the audience services team. The Paramount organization has three venues: the 8,500-person RiverEdge Park, the 1,888-seat Paramount Theatre and the 216-seat Copley Theatre.

The Paramount, an 81-year-old landmark played host to over 200,000 patrons last season who enjoyed comedy, dance, concerts, family programming and the self-produced Broadway Series shows. The Paramount currently has over 20,000 Broadway Series subscribers. Jordin is the ideal candidate in an extremely fast-paced front-of-house operations environment. She’s a team player with extraordinary interpersonal skills.

Jordin (right) is pictured at the Spring 2017 Theatre Banquet with alumna, Emma McGee ‘15. Emma continues her work as an assistant stage manager on Naperville’s Brightside Theatre production of Guys and Dolls.

Katy Papineau ‘16 is a teacher at Indian Oaks Academy in Kankakee. It is a residential treatment site for boys and girls between the ages of 12-21 who have struggled with a variety of behavioral disorders. Indian Oaks Academy has earned a national reputation as a residential treatment provider for hard-to-place youth. The program and on-site, year-round school at Indian Oaks Academy provides cognitive behavioral therapy and sensory approaches for boys and girls, ages 12-21, who have struggled with behavioral disorders, problematic sexual behaviors, and intellectual disabilities.

Katy (left) is pictured at the Spring 2017 Theatre Banquet with alumna, Lauren Finnegan ‘16. Lauren is an Account Manager with Launch Digital Marketing in Naperville. Launch was established to help businesses shift strategic thinking from push marketing to inbound marketing. Launch works with clients including but not limited to automotive, web, manufacturing, service industry, non-profit organizations, and medical professionals. They excel in creating marketing plans from the ground up and helping consult businesses in achieving marketing results.

Theatre Department Chair, Keith White ‘77 along with current students Ashley Stajura, and Jenn Glynn presented a stage reading of the short story, The Book of Martha by Octavia E. Butler in the Studio Theatre on Friday, June 16. The event was part of the High School Summer Theology Journey entitled “Engaging Stories: An Intensive Journey of Faith, Life & Action.” High school juniors and seniors journeyed together for a week-long residential experience of college life, going deeper in faith, life and service.

On Saturday, May 20, the theatre department paid respect and celebrated the many achievements of Professor Emeritus, Chet Kondratowicz. Chet passed away November 5, 2016. Three days prior he saw a musical and then celebrated with Cubs fans in Wrigleyville after they won the World Series.

He arrived at Lewis in 1965 after serving in the army and teaching and directing at St. Mels (where he taught Br. James Gaffney, FSC) and Schurz High Schools in Chicago. While at Lewis, Chet further built the theatre program and founded programs such as Touring Children’s Theatre, the Tangerine Tent (1970-1974), the Arts & Ideas Program and Lewis’ Cultural Advisory Board. One of his greatest achievements at Lewis was spearheading the transformation of the old Aviation hangar into the Philip Lynch Theatre.

When Chet moved back to his hometown on Chicago’s north side in 2000, he continued with his love for theatre by serving on the Jeff Committee for 13 years. He reviewed hundreds of stage production from small storefront theatre to professional productions for the annual Chicago Theatre awards. He also served as the Director of Fine Arts programming at the performing Arts Centre at St. Patrick High School. In 2001, he was honored by Lewis University with the St. Genesius Award, named for the patron saints of actors and the arts.

The tribute “To Life!” was attended by 160 alumni, colleagues, friends and family from over 10 states including New York, California, Texas and Minnesota. After a reception in the Art Gallery, where some alumni met again after 40 years, a program was presented in the Philip Lynch Theatre. It included, tributes, songs, music,and photographs. The program culminated with Lewis University President, Dr. David Livingston, presiding over the naming of the PLT stage as the “Chet Kondratowicz Stage.” The evening ended as Chet would have wished with pizza and more partying. You can see the plaque at the top of the stairway entrance to the theatre when you next attend a production.

Before his passing, Chet initiated the “Chet Kondratowicz Scholarship” which became fully endowed with donations from that evening. Theatre students will be able to apply for the scholarship in Spring 2018. Also created in honor of Chet, and generously donated to that evening, is the “Theatre Endowment Fund.” This fund will allow the theatre to eventually subsidize needed technology, equipment, workshops, or other educational needs for the students, not usually supplied by the university. The fund reached over half of its $50,000.00 goal through Chet’s celebration. The productions this season are dedicated to Chet Kondratowicz.

Chad Tallon ‘08 is thrilled to be returning back to his home at the Philip Lynch Theatre as the guest director of 2017 summer musical, Young Frankenstein. PLT patrons may remember him for his 2014 performance in the title role of Shrek or his performance as Max Bialystock in the 2010 PLT production of The Producers. His other notable PLT production credits include: The Underpants (2005), The American Clock (2005), Dinner With Friends (2006), Over the Tavern (2006), The Women of Lockerbie (2007), The Woman In Black (2007), All Shook Up (2007), and High School Musical (2008).

He is an emeritus Heritage Theatre Company board member. His HTC credits include the development of the 24 Hour Theatre Festival and AlumNights which were performed in the Studio Theatre. He also performed in several HTC Annual Holiday Spectaculars.

After graduating from Lewis, he went on to receive his Masters degree from Western Illinois University. Chad is currently a drama teacher at Illinois State University’s Laboratory School, Thomas Metcalf. Directing credits include Lend Me A Tenor, Godspell, Urinetown, The Lion King, and Eurydice. National Tours: Taming Of The Shrew, Of Mice and Men. Regional Credits: Chicago, Seussical, The Full Monty, Greater Tuna, The Foreigner, and For Dad and Uncle Bob.

“To LIFE!” 

A Celebration of the Life and Contributions of Chet Kondratowicz

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Fierce Vexation of a Dream

Black Box Blowout 2017

LU PLT Attends KCACTF 2017

In Loving Memory of Chet Kondratowicz