Meet the 2017-2018 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, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, 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

Tom has been a member of the Beverly Theatre Guild for almost 40 years. He has served on the Board for a total of 10 years as Social Chairman, Publicity Director, Corresponding Secretary,Vice President and subsequently President in 2016-17. The main goal for the Beverly Theatre Guild is to bring quality arts entertainment at a reasonable price to the Beverly community and neighboring suburbs. Hopefully, in the years to come he sees this vision grow and thrive with the efforts of BTG’s members.

Gail Scruggs Lauryn
Vice President

I got my start in theater during Junior High School when one of the leads in “Our Town” was ill and I was picked to do her part! Yep, heard that applause and I was hooked. I was fortunate enough to do some professional summer stock theater and dinner theater but eventually choose my other passion, nursing, as my career. But my love of theater never abated and I have acted, directed, worked front of the house and all crew positions in community theaters over the USA and even South America! My husband’s job took us to Puerto Rico, Brazil and Argentina and we found community theaters there. My proudest moment was directing a children’s show in Argentina – all in Spanish!

Chicago is my hometown and through my friends, I maintained a relationship with the Beverly Theatre Guild so when we returned to Chi-town, my husband Dave and I immediately became involved. I am excited to be on the Board of Directors this year as Vice-President and Membership Chairman. We are only as good and as strong as our membership so my goals this year are to increase membership and let our members know how much we appreciate them. We will be opening up membership to Season ticket holders and also establishing a point system for earning membership through volunteering. Hope you can join us!

Jeff Ortmann

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!

Rocco Ayala
Corresponding Secretary

Rocco has been a member of BTG since 2012 and is thrilled to be on the Board of Directors. Rocco has directed several productions at BTG including The Glass Menagerie (2014), Doubt (2015), and Seussical (2016). He has also produced, stage managed, and designed projections and special effects. Rocco is a graduate of DePaul University earning a degree in Digital Cinema and animation. He is excited to be part of a board that is making efforts to bring the Guild into the 21st century. BTG has given him opportunities to explore his creative skills and is always there to support him. He feels that being a board member, he can give back to an organization who has become a second family to him.

Justin Haak
Recording Secretary

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