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


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. 

M. Nathan Wilkinson

ATC Production Manager

M. Nathan Wilkinson

M. Nathan Wilkinson is a graduate from CCM in Theatre Design and Production. After performing with Nickelodeon's SLIME TIME the Live Show and stage managing around Cincinnati (including Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera and Playhouse in the Park), Nathan moved to Los Angeles where he administered contracts for the Actors' Equity Association. His hobbies are playing and spectating many sports including tennis, sand volleyball and football. He is happy to be living in Chicago and is very honored to be a part of ATC as he loves the arts and believes that the performing arts don't exist in the future without the proper training of our young performers today.

 

The Folks Who Make It Happen


Linda MacLennan

Theatre Manager

Linda MacLennan

For 25 years, Linda was a news anchor and reporter, including 16 years at WBBM TV. When her middle son Carson began studying at the Actors Training Center, Linda joined the Board of the Wilmette Theatre, first on the executive committee and then for a short time, as Board President. 

The opportunity to manage the theatre suddenly presented itself in 2013 and Linda shut her eyes, said her prayers and dove right in! She now books movies, which has included several Chicago film premieres, organizes and books film series and live events, manages the Theatre's website and other social media, and assists her daughter Charlotte when things get crazy making popcorn at the concession stand. Linda's oldest son Taylor occasionally helps out Lazar when some job at the theatre calls for braun and brute strength! In short, she's seconded the entire family to help out at the Theatre.

Linda says her coolest moment at the 2013 Sundance Film Fest was sitting in the seat right behind Joseph Gordon-Levitt during the screening of "Don Jon's Addiction"! She CLAIMS she didn't embarrass the actor/screenwriter/director/producer... or herself.

 

 

 

Lazar Esho

Assistant 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

Assistant

Charlita Williams

Charlita Williams hails from Texas where her credits include: Annette/Ensemble - “Annie”, Helen Robinson - “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Stephie -“Fabulation Or, The Re-education of Undine”, and Suzanne - “Dearly Departed”. She made her Chicago debut in the chorus of “The Church” . Other Illinois credits include: Harriet Tubman in “A Road to Freedom”, Miep in “Ann Frank T.M.O.” Steele in “A Piece Of My Heart”, Ms. Tam, Coca, Zamora and Mr. Projensky in "No Child" and the Vocalist in "Fer Women" Charlita has also had the privilege of working on several national commercials including T-mobile, PBS and Payless. She has also appeared in several independent films. Charli is thrilled to be a part of El Stories with Waltzing Mechanics Theatre.