Wilmette's entertainment destination, offering top quality first run and art films and a variety of live theater, concerts, comedy, and kids' shows.

Who We Are


Wendy Sharon

Executive Director

Wendy Sharon

I’m deeply honored to be entrusted with the leadership of a cultural organization that supports artists and offers a creative place for the community to experience the arts. There is tremendous support for the Theatre in our community from the businesses and residents.  We all believe that a vibrant Theatre is an important anchor in the continued revitalization of downtown Wilmette.  This is truly an exciting time for the theatre and I’m very proud to be a part of it.

 

Most independent theatres are not-for-profit, as we need the financial support of our communities to continue to remain open.  A typical independent theatre receives about 25% of its revenues in the form of donations and other forms of financial support.  Many receive government funding.  The Wilmette Theatre is supported only by private donations and sponsorships.  We are very thankful for the generosity of our community.

 

Prior to joining the Theatre, Wendy was a business consultant, advising companies on acquisitions, divestitures, strategic planning and operations improvement, most recently as a Principal at Deloitte.  She has worked with business of all sizes, from start-ups to multi-billion dollar international companies.  Wendy joined the Wilmette Theatre board in 2012, serving as Treasurer and Co-President.  She has an undergraduate degree from Miami University (Ohio) and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

 

  

Carole Dibo

Executive Director/Director of The Actors Training Center

Carole Dibo

Carole Dibo has been in “the business” for over twenty five years.

After starting her career in the Washington D.C./Baltimore market as an actress, she moved to Chicago in 1985, where she has worked extensively in the film, television and industrial film markets. Carole is the Director and Founder of the Actors Training Center at the Wilmette Theatre, a professional training ground for young actors that wish to pursue acting as a career. Carole’s years of industry experience enables her to help students bridge the gap between the industry’s needs and young actors abilities. Carole also teaches at Northwestern University and in Los Angeles with L.A. Casting Director, Deborah Dion. She has also worked as a Casting Assistant for Tenner Paskal Rudnicke Casting and Steppenwolf Theatre Co. She continues to work on camera as well as teach and coach young actors. Carole lives in Wilmette with her husband David. They have three daughters: Whitney, Alayna and Natalie.

Becky Blomgren

ATC Education Director

Becky Blomgren

Becky comes to us from Normal, IL where she graduated from Illinois State University with a B.A. in Theatre.  She’s been in Chicago for more than 6 years and has worked as arts administrator and freelance casting associate for many performing arts organizations including Stage Left Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Human Rhythm Project.  She’s also an actor and has worked in both film and on the stage with a variety of Chicago companies. 

Jonathan Mayo

ATC Production Manager

Jonathan Mayo

Jonathan Mayo hails from the state of Kentucky with a Bachelors degree in Theatre from Morehead State University.  He has been a part of the Chicagoland theatre scene for almost nine years now. Jonathan has been involved onstage and backstage in a variety of capacities.  As a Teaching Artist, Jonathan has had the pleasure of working with children and youth at such institutes as the McGaw YMCA, Foster Reading Center, Chiaravalle Montessori School, Goodman Theatre, and the Old Town School of Folk Music to name a few.  Now Jonathan is super excited to be joining the team at ATC.

The Folks Who Make It Happen


Lazar Esho

Theatre Manager/Building Maintenance Manager

Lazar Esho

Born in Baghdad in 1984, his family left Iraq in 1999 going first to Jordan and then Austria before finally arriving in United States in 2002.  Lazar attended Amundsen High School in Chicago while working part time and eventually joined the Wilmette Theatre staff in 2007.

This historic building couldn't survive without his attention to building maintenence detais. His work ethic and always positive attitude make him a very valuable part of the Wilmette Theatre family.

Charlita Williams

Operations Manager

Charlita Williams

Charli Williams hails from Texas where she earned a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas San Antonio. While working as a Juvenile Probation Officer, Charli studied acting through workshops, classes and private coaching in the hopes of turning her love of the arts and performing into her true career. Her Texas theatre credits include Annie, To Kill A Mockingbird, Fabulation or the Re-Education of Undine, and Dearly Departed.In 2011, Charli relocated to Chicago to pursue acting full time and made her Chicago debut in the chorus of The Church. Some of her other Illinois credits include A Piece of My Heart, No Child, Hair The Musical, and Hoodoo Love and Rent the Musical.No stranger to the camera, Charli had the privilege of working on several national commercials including T-Mobile, PBS, and Payless. She has appeared in several independent and Industrial films. Charli also had the privilege of working on several print ads including Harley Davidson and AT&T.