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Jonathan Meier (Director of Theatre, Director - BOTB, Fall & Winter Play, Musical) – has been at MHS since the fall of 2004. He produces all of the productions for MUNDELEIN THEATRE. He teaches Introduction to Theatre, Beginning Acting, Theatre Studio (Advanced Acting), as well as Technical Theatre. He is also certified to teach English and Speech. He is the Artistic Director of Mundelein Summer Theatre, a company formed in 2006 to produced shows for MHS alumnus. He has appeared several times on the MHS stage – as Robert in Proof, Andrew Makepeace III in Love Letters, Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey in Biloxi Blues, Old Man in Prelude to a Kiss, Vice Principal Panch/Dan Dad in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Alan Swinford in David and Lisa. He directed the World High School Premiere of TRUST, by David Schwimmer and Andy Bellin, which was selected to perform at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival.

Mr. Meier grew up in the St. Louis area and attended Southeast Missouri State University. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Theatre Education, he moved to Chicago to pursue a career as a professional actor. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University (now known as The Theatre School). He worked for several years as an actor in Chicago, doing stage work, commercials and industrial films.In addition to acting, he has had the good fortune to work as a “techie”, having served as a scene carpenter, lighting technician, sound technician, technical director and stage manager.  He recently completed the Masters in Directing program at the Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
 
A temporary office job led him to a career in the financial services industry. He spent 18 years in the banking field. He lives in Palatine with his wife, Jill and has three crazy kids (Gracie, Sophie and Holden). Other passions include golf and St. Louis Cardinal baseball.  Mr. Meier curently sits on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Theatre Association, and is a member of the Northern Illinois Theatre Educators and the Educational Theatre Association.
   
   
David Mork  (Scene Designer) - has been at MHS since the fall of 2004. In addition to designing the sets and supervising the set crew, he also works as the Department Chair for Fine and Applied Arts here at MHS and oversees the student internship program. 
 
Mr. Mork grew up in Rockford and attended Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois and also Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He received his Bachelors of Science in Art Education from NIU and his Masters of Educational Leadership from Roosevelt University. Before going back to school for art education, Mr. Mork worked for 15 years as a carpenter/contractor. He had a small business in light construction and remodeling. It was during this time that he decided that he wanted to go back to school to finish his degree and become an art teacher.
 
He has enjoyed working with MUNDELEIN THEATRE since beginning his teaching career in 2004.  And he looks forward to many more shows and challenges. He currently lives in Island Lake with his wife Jodi and their two sons, Sean and Jesse, who were both adopted from Haiti.  They also have one grown son, John, who is married to Kirsten.  John and Kirsten are both teachers in the northwest suburbs
   
   
 Sara Gunther (Director - New Faces, Lighting Designer, Scene Designer) – has been designing the lights and sets for the high school productions since the fall of 2004.  She’s happy to be given the opportunity to design for her alma mater and enjoys working with each new group of students. 
 
Sara is a member of the Kirk Players Community Theatre Group, who also performs at the high school. Within this group she has taken on such roles as director, stage manager, lighting designer, technical director and has acted in numerous productions.  During her time with the Kirk Players she has been awarded the Carter Golden Hammer Award and Hazen Most Valuable Player awards.
 
Sara attended the University of New Hampshire and earned a B.A. in Theatre and a B.S. in Marine & Freshwater Biology.  While at the university she was the president of the student run theatre group, Mask & Dagger and a Teacher’s Assistant for the Tech Theatre classes.  She returned to school and earned a M.A. in Visual & Media Arts from Emerson College with a concentration in Fictional Narrative.
 
Sara has worked in theatres all over the country including theatres in Boston, Los Angeles, New Hampshire, and Chicago.  Some of her most recently productions outside of Mundelein High School include stage managing Dracula: a Tragedy and The Happiest Millionaire, acting in David & Lisa and The Velveteen Rabbit, designing lights for The Little Prince and The Glass Slipper, and run crew for Yeast Nation.
 
 


Cory Thompson (Musical Vocal Director) -  is a 2002 and 2005 graduate of Northwestern University with an undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance and a Masters in Music Education.  Since the age of 10, Mrs. Thompson has been singing, dancing, and performing on stage in over 40 productions, first in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and later with Northwestern’s premiere a capella group, Melodious Thunk.  She’s sung the National Anthem at Wrigley Field for 8 years, as well as at several American Cancer Society National Medal of Honor Ceremonies across the country.  At these events, she has had the opportunity to sing for former President George H.W. Bush, Duke basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, and other leading political and scientific figures.  

Mrs. Thompson’s has been at Mundelein High School since fall of 2006, where she is the director of Master Singers, Sound, and SoundFX, teaches Music Theory, and does vocal direction for the  Spring Musical.  In addition to her singing and teaching engagements, Mrs. Thompson and her husband have run eight marathons for the American Cancer Society.  Mrs. Thompson lives in the northern suburbs with her husband and three children: Emma, Ava, and Jack.
   
   

 
Jerald Shelato ( Musical Pit Orchestra Director) – is one of the Directors of Bands at Mundelein High School, where he directs the Honors Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band classes as well as the Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band. He also co-directs the Marching Mustangs and the MHS Pep Band

Before coming to Mundelein High School, Mr. Shelato taught in the Champaign and Urbana school districts in Illinois. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has performed as a conductor, tuba player, or guitarist with numerous ensembles and artists, including Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, the Illinois Jazz Orchestra, the Concert Band of Central Illinois, the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company, the Danville Symphony Orchestra, and the avant-jazz group Ear Doctor. He is a proud resident of Mundelein, where he lives with his wife and two children.
 
 
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