Meet the 2018-2019 BTG Board

The Board of the Beverly Theatre Guild oversees the day to day operations of the organization. The Board consists of a President, Vice President, Treasurer,  Secretary, Business Manager, Publicity Director and Social Chairman. These people are the life blood of the organization and help produce the shows picked for each season. Within some of these roles, Board members are responsible for membership, ad sales, publicity for each show, fundraising events, communications to the membership and events to promote the social aspect of the group.
 

Tom Fagan
President

Tom has been a BTG member since 1979. He is a Distinguished Service Award Recipient (2014), Best Performance Award Nominee (2002 – as Greg,  in Bleacher Bums). He has served many terms on the Board of Directors, as President, Vice President, Corresponding Secretary and Social Chair. Tom has been active in the Arts professionally and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and american Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Beverly Theatre Guild credits include Crazy for You, Do Black Patent Really Reflect Up?, Broadway Magic II, Full Monty, Spamalot (Choreographer); Broadway Magic (Director/Choreographer), Fabulous @ Fifty (50th Anniversary Revue) (Director) and Young Frankenstein (Director/Choreographer).

Justin Haak
Vice President

Justin has been a BTG member since 2003. He discovered his passion for the arts in his senior year of high school, when he was cast as Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees and later that year won the Illinois State Speech Championship in Dramatic Duet Acting. Justin began solely as an actor, but as the years progressed realized the realm of theater has far more to offer than just the glamor of the stage. 2010 was the last time Justin was privileged to share the stage with the wonderful actors of BTG. Since then, he has served as a crew member for set build and backstage, sound board operator and producer. In 2011 he left the comfort of his decade and a half occupation in the restaurant business and began the journey to his true calling as a registered nurse. In 2012 he married the love of his life, Kim. They have since been blessed with two beautiful, ebullient children, Noah and Stella. In December of 2016, Justin graduated from Saint Xavier University with his bachelor’s degree in nursing and inducted to Sigma Theta Tau, the national nursing honors society. Since that time he has been working as a trauma ICU nurse, where he gains an appreciation for life and humanity on a daily basis. BTG has offered Justin far more than a hobby; BTG has given him a second family and a place where he can truly appreciate the beauty of life and art

Jeff Ortmann
Treasurer

Jeff has been a member of BTG since 2006, thanks to the encouragement/recruitment of his mentor, Amanda Barclay. He has produced four shows and has been involved in over 25 shows in various capacities including sound and light board operation, stage managing, assistant directing, stage crew, props, and set construction. This is the second year he has served as treasurer of the Guild, which has provided him with a source of wonderful friends and relationships, opportunities for creative problem
solving, and participation in quality theatrical performances for the Southside community. He is extremely proud to be a member of the board and is very enthusiastic about the new vision and direction in which the Guild has embarked.
Jeff has a BA from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, a MA from Northeastern Illinois University in Special Education of the Gifted, and has retired after a 37 year career of teaching gifted & talented 5 th graders in Bolingbrook. He still participates in gifted education while serving for 11 years on the Admissions Review Committee at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), in Aurora.
In addition to community theatre, Jeff’s interests include cooking and dining, current politics, American History, public radio & television in Chicago, jazz and classical music, and supporting 4 of the 5 professional sports teams in Chicago. Go Cubs!

 

MaryBeth Murphy
Secretary

MaryBeth has been a BTG member since 1977 when she joined with her mother, Agnes Stoffregen.  In addition to performing onstage for BTG, MaryBeth has also sewn costumes, choreographed, served concessions, proofed programs, assisted with publicity, sold raffle tickets, wrangled children, helped with makeup and hair, and baked numerous treats.  Her favorite BTG show was Li’l Abner, where she played Moonbeam McSwine.  The show was recommended to BTG by her mom and choreographed by her sister.  In that show she met Dan Murphy, who continues to bring music to her life every day.

Wayne Wendell
Publicity Director

Wayne has been a BTG member since 1987 and is one of the very few people to have received BTG’s ‘trifecta’ of top awards:  Distinguished Service Award (2000), Best Performance Award (2010 – as Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. in Little Shop of Horrors), and President’s Award (2015). He has served many terms on the Board of Directors, as Publicity Chair, Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Social Chair. In addition to his many performances on BTG’s stage (Pippin, Joseph, Bobby Child (Crazy for You), Sir Lancelot (Monty Python’s Spamalot), among many others) he has also served as Producer, Assistant Director, Stage Manager, and Costumer. He is an award-winning Lighting Designer and also serves as BTG’s regular Lighting Designer and Technical Director. He is a lifelong resident of Beverly and owner/president of LTM and Associates, a wholesaler of nuts and candies

Nick Markionni
Business Manager

Katie Regalado
Social Chair

Katie has always been an avid theatre supporter but became actively involved through her daughter’s involvement in BTG a few years ago. Though she’s not an “onstage” person, Katie has opted to share her creativity off stage on the production teams for various musicals. She is a fierce advocate for keeping affordable, professional, community theatre in the Beverly area where she was raised and now resides with her family. Katie pushes to create partnerships in the Beverly area between local small businesses and the BTG. If you have an idea for collaboration or would like to see a social event happen, or help to make it happen, contact Katie at btgsocial1@gmail.com