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Theatre Staff

Jonathan Meier

Jonathan Meier

Director of Theatre
Director - Fall Play, Winter Play, Spring Musical
Co-Director - Chicago Shakespeare Slam
Advisor – Student Directed One Act Plays
 

Mr. Meier has been the Director of Theatre at MHS since the fall of 2004. He teaches Introduction to Theatre, Beginning Acting, Theatre Studio (Advanced Acting), as well as Technical Theatre. He is also certified to teach Speech and English. He has directed over 40 shows at MHS, including 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.

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.  A temporary office job led him to a career in the financial services industry. He spent 18 years in the banking field. In 2016 he completed a Masters in Directing at the Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
 
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. Meier is a member of the Illinois Theatre Association (formerly on the Board of Directors), Northern Illinois Theatre Educators and the Educational Theatre Association.  In 2019 he received the Illinois Theatre Association’s Award of Honor for his contributions to the ITA and to theatre in Illinois.

 

Sara Gunther

Sara Gunther

Lighting Designer
Associate Director - Group Interpretation
Advisor - Student Directed One Act Plays
Auditorium Manager


Ms. Gunther 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. 
 
She 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.
 
Ms. Gunther 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.
 
She 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.


David Mork

David Mork

Set Designer
Scene Painting Specialist


Mr. Mork has been at MHS since the fall of 2004. In addition to designing the sets and supervising the paint crew, he also works as an art teacher here at MHS and faculty advisor for Black Student Union. 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 has enjoyed working with Mundelein Theatre since beginning his teaching career, 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. They also have one grown son, John, who is married to Kirsten.  John and Kirsten are both teachers in the northwest suburbs.


Mark Landuyt

Mark Landuyt

Director - Group Interpretation
Co-Director - Chicago Shakespeare Slam
Advisor - Student Directed One Act Plays

Mr. Landuyt has been an English teacher at Mundelein High School since 2012.  Additionally, he began in 2014 directing Group Interpretation, an IHSA performing arts event, for Mundelein Theatre.  In 2016, Mark began co-directing the Battle of the Bard (now the Shakespeare Slam), a Shakespeare “poetry-slam-style” event coordinated by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. He also serves as an advisor during the Student Directed One Act Plays.
 
In high school, Mark was very involved in not only Group Interp but Speech team and theatre as well.  He attended college at Saint Xavier University in Chicago and received a B.A in Secondary Education-English. More recently, Mark has earned a Masters in Reading Education through Olivet Nazarene University. As an undergraduate, he regularly coached for the Alan B. Shepard Speech team and assisted with their performing arts productions. While student teaching and working as a tutor at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, he was an assistant coach for the Speech team.  During his collegiate years, Mark also wrote and acted with a sketch comedy troupe, Girls Field Hockey, performing with other sketch comedy groups throughout the Chicago South Suburbs.   
 
Working with the students of Mundelein Theatre has been such a rewarding experience. Being a witness to the hard work and commitment synonymous with Mundelein Theatre is nothing short of inspiring. He cannot wait to see what the future will bring to Mundelein. Mark lives in Vernon Hills with his wife Jenny and their wonderful children, Madelyn and Hudson.

 

Jeff Harding

Jeff Harding

Director - New Faces Production
Advisor - Student Directed One Act Plays
Technical Director - Selected shows
Associate Director - Winter Play


Mr. Harding has had the privilege of spending his entire professional life teaching high school mathematics.  He started in 1988 and joined the MHS staff in the fall of 1999.  Mr. Harding lives in Wauconda with his wife Monica and is the proud father of four daughters. 
 
He grew up in Roscoe, Illinois and then attended Illinois State University.  He has taught at Boylan Catholic High School, Hononegah High School, and Round Lake High School before coming aboard at MHS.  During his time teaching, he has obtained his Masters Degree in Education from National Louis University.  He is an avid reader who reads in excess of one hundred books each year. 
 
Mr. Harding is a member of two local community theatre groups, the Kirk Players here in Mundelein and PM&L Theatre in Antioch.  He has had the thrill of performing on the stage a number of times with his most notable roles being Colonel Nathan Jessup in A Few Good Men, Bill Sykes in Oliver, and Henry Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor.
 
 
While being an avid follower of the theatre at MHS his entire career, he became actively involved in the winter of 2015 when he was the Associate Director of The Odd Couple.  He has also directed the first ever New Faces Production, The Election, and worked with the understudy cast of Picnic. 


Dominick Basso

Dominick Basso

Set Designer
Master Carpenter/Deck Supervisor

Advisor - Student Directed One Act Plays
Technical Director - Selected shows


Mr. Basso has been on staff at MHS since 2013. He began as a substitute teacher and is currently an instructional aid in the special education department. He received a B.S. In Computer Information Systems from DeVry University.  Mr. Basso has spent his entire adult life involved in theater in one form or another.
 
He is a former Goodman School of Drama theater student, and has many credits both professionally and non-professionally. He has done several professional productions in the Chicagoland area, including Tony ‘n’ Tina’s wedding in Chicago, and the Pheasant Run dinner theater in St. Charles, Illinois. He also spent time in Las Vegas, Nevada working as an Actor/Magician at Caesar’s Palace. Most recently Mr. Basso was fortunate enough to film a nationally aired Super Bowl commercial with Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson. He has also been a member of the Kirk Players here in Mundelein since 2006.
 
Mr. Basso is grateful for being given the opportunity to work with such talented professionals at MHS, and looks forward to the many future productions to come!

 


Musical Staff

Cory Thompson

Cory Thompson

Vocal Director


Mrs. Thompson 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, Bella Voce, Sound, and SoundFX, teaches AP Music Theory, and does vocal direction for the  Spring Musical.  Mrs. Thompson is also the Executive Artistic Director of Red Rose Children’s Choir of Lake County, where she is directs their Master Singers and Bella Rosa choirs. In addition to her singing and teaching engagements, Mrs. Thompson and her husband have twelve marathons for the American Cancer Society, raising over $100,000 in the process.  Mrs. Thompson lives in the northern suburbs with her husband and three children: Emma, Ava, and Jack.


Jerald Shelato

Jerald Shelato

Pit Orchestra Director

Mr. Shelato is one of the Directors of Bands at Mundelein High School, where he directs the Honors Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Orchestra and teaches Beginning and Intermediate Guitar classes. 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 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.


Stevee Bellas

Stevee Bellas

Vocal Director

Miss Bellas is a 2015 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Choral Music Education. Before coming to Mundelein, Miss Bellas spent many years performing in choir, dance, and theatre in high school. During college, Miss Bellas was a member of the University of Illinois Women’s Glee Club and Chorale, which both performed throughout the year on campus, and around the country on tour.

Miss Bellas started at Mundelein in 2015, and enjoys teaching Chorale, Honors Concert Choir, The Noteables and Lights. Additionally, Miss Bellas enjoys co-vocal directing the musical with Mrs. Thompson, as well as teaching choir and vocal directing the musical at Carl Sandburg Middle School. Outside of MHS, she is highly involved in volunteering for her sorority, and is the Artistic Director of the Palatine Children’s Chorus.

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Annie Snow

Choreographer

Annie Snow is a Chicago based teaching artist and choreographer and is honored to be a part of the Mundelein Theatre Family. Annie received her BA in dance from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and holds a Master’s Degree in dance/movement therapy and counseling from Columbia College Chicago. Annie enjoys her time both on the stage and off with career highlights including concert dance, musical theatre, and improv. Her work off stage includes choreography for both adult and youth performers in various settings. She is entering her 4thseason choreographing for the Studio 83 Dance Company, where her routines have earned both Regional and National accolades. This fall you can catch Annie’s work on stage in Xanadu (Big Noise Theatre) Elf Jr (Big Deal Productions) and in Mary Poppins with Special Gifts Theatre. Annie enjoys teaching dance at Studio 83 Dance Academy and at TUTU School Chicago.