(Left to right)
Aron Arellano – Publicity Director, Katie Regalado – Vice President, Emil Zbella – Secretary, Wayne Wendell – President
Kate Dunneback – Social Director, Sharon Mason – Business Manager, Diane Pojedynski – Treasurer
Beverly Theatre Guild Board of Directors
Wayne Wendell, President: Wayne has been a member of the Beverly Theatre Guild for 33 years and currently serves as its President, having been a Board member for many years. He has been involved in all aspects of community theatre, from performer to technical director. Professionally, in addition to performing, Wayne was the Operations Manager for Dreamstreet Theatre (Equity house) for 6 years, Operations Manager for Beverly Arts Facility for 9 years, Facilities Manager for Broadway in Chicago for 5 years, and is now the manager of the Morgan Park Academy Arts Center. Currently he is directing ‘Chicago the Musical: High School Edition’ for Morgan Park Academy’s upper school production. He also serves as Lighting Designer for several theatre companies in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.
Katie Regalado Vice President: Katie is the BTG community liaison and has been involved in the production staff for many shows. She is an advocate for keeping affordable, professional, community theatre in the Beverly area and pushes to create partnerships in the Beverly area between BTG, community and business organizations. Katie is a Supervisor of a Secretary of State Facility, directly managing over 30 employees on a daily basis.
Diane Pojedynski, Treasurer: Diane is a three-year member of BTG. During that time, she has worked in various volunteer capacities including house manager, usher, assisting with ticket or concession sales, and stage crew. This is her first season as Treasurer with her term extending through June of 2021. She concluded a 41-year career with the Federal government in April, 2011, with the majority of time in the employ of the National Credit Union Administration. The last twenty years were spent in the capacity as a Federal Institutions Examiner.
Emil Zbella BTG Secretary: Emil is retired from a career in marketing as Senior Vice President and Director of Advertising and Promotions for LaSalle Bank, NA. In this capacity, he supervised several marketing areas including the bank’s outside advertising agencies and design firms. He was also responsible for managing the bank’s many sponsorship activities. Emil joined the Beverly Theatre Guild in 1975 and over the years has served in several Board positions including 13 years as President. He currently serves as Board Member and Past President of The International Music Foundation, a producing organization of free classical concerts; President of the Parish Council for St. Simon the Apostle Church; and Resident Set Designer for BTG and St. Sebastian Players, a community theatre organization. In the past he has served on the Boards of The League of Chicago Theatres; Theatre II, a professional, non-equity theatre company; and Contact Chicago, a crisis hotline.
Sharon Mason BTG Business Manager: Sharon holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration. She has been the music director or director for over 30 musicals at high school and community theater levels. She has led workshops in education for adult learners nationwide. She is a member of the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, National Association of Principals, Illinois Principal’s Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education. Currently Sharon serves as the Arts Liaison and teacher in a Chicago Public Elementary School in the Englewood Area.
Aron Arellano Publicity Chair BTG: Born and raised on Chicago’s Southside, Aron grew up singing at St Anthony Parish and has worked at the Mt Greenwood Branch of U.S. Bank for 18 years. Aron is also a past winner of 115 Bourbon Street’ local singing competition, The One and has since been invited to be one of the resident judges for their “Jr” version. Aron has worked with Oak Lawn Community Drama, Palos Village Players (PVP) and has found a home with BTG. Aron was instrumental in BTG and 115 Bourbon Street’s community partnership and remains involved on and off stage to promote an outlet for expression of art and creativity for all in the community
Katherine Dunneback Social Chairperson: Katherine has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for 16 years, serving the pediatric population. Over the years she has held many board positions in various professional organizations. She has participated in choirs and community theatrical productions. She has been active in BTG since her family relocated to the Beverly area in 2017.