About Chicago Kids Company

Chicago Kids Company has been proudly introducing children to the magic of live theater for 25 years.

Meet the Chicago Kids Company Staff

Paige Coffman

Co-Founder, Executive Producer

Originally from New Jersey, Paige holds a degree in Theatre from Northwestern University….Go ‘Cats!  Paige co-founded Chicago Kids Company in 1992, and is still thrilled to go to work everyday to play with such talented people.  Paige has written every song you’ll hear in every CKC production (over 150 to date!), and choreographed every dance step.  Paige began her  career as a professional actress and joined the Actors Equity Association in 1998.   Back in the 80’s and 90’s you may have seen her perform in over 30 productions for children in several Chicago theatres, including Drury Lane Theatre in Evergreen Park, Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, and the Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre.

Paige manages the business, marketing, advertising and design.  She also writes all the music for the shows, choreographs, and designs the lights and sound.  


Jesus Perez

Co-Founder, Artistic Director

Jesus was raised both in Illinois and Puerto Rico, and studied Theatre at Joliet Junior College and Lewis University. He co-founded Chicago Kids Company way back in 1992, and has created the colorful design of every CKC production.  (It’s Jesus’ voice you hear right before every performance reciting the “rules”).  He has created every costume, every set piece, and every prop, in addition to writing the script for every show.  Jesus is a Jeff-Award winning Costume Designer and has designed costumes for Circle Theater in Forest Park, Village Players in Oak Park, and Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater in Grand Lake, Colorado.

Jesus writes the scripts, directs the shows, and builds the costumes, scenery, and props.


Kimi Garbe

Office Manager

Kimi grew up in Indiana and attended Columbia College Chicago. She is a former public school teacher and has introduced hundreds of students to drama in the classroom. Kimi has also performed with students on Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s Courtyard Stage as an ensemble member in the CPS Shakespeare program.

Kimi manages the group and single ticket sales.  She also designs and emails, brochures, and postcards.