About Chicago Kids Company

Chicago Kids Company has been proudly introducing children to the magic of live theater for 26 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 is also the Composer & Lyricist, and created all the choreography. 

Paige@ChicagoKidsCompany.com

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 The Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Circle Theater in Forest Park, St. Ignatius High School, Music Theatre Works, and Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater in Grand Lake, Colorado.

Jesus writes the scripts, designs and builds the costumes, scenery, and props

Jesus@ChicagoKidsCompany.com

Jack Sweeney

Office Manager

Jack is so excited to be joining his pals at CKC in this new role. He first met Jesus Perez at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater and was soon after appearing in shows at CKC. You may remember him from The Tortoise and The Hare, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel. Jack received his B.A. in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago, completed the Acting Intensive Program at South Coast Repertory Theatre, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has worked extensively as an actor regionally, in Chicago, and in Los Angeles. Jack is thrilled to be a part of CKC’s rich history and looks forward to helping shape its future.

Jack manages the office including all ticket sales and contracts, social media marketing, website, and branding.

Jack@ChicagoKidsCompany.com

Corey Mills

Production Manager

Corey is originally from Indiana and attended Ball State University. For the past 8 years, you may have seen Corey on the CKC stage playing Pinocchio, Jack, Foxy Loxy, and many others…and is our current Chester in “Mrs. Claus”!  Corey also works at Saint Francis Xavier in Wilmette teaching theatre.  Performing for- and teaching arts to children has always been a huge part of his life. He continues to bring his passion for theatre to his students, audiences and fellow actors, and is so happy to be continuing in the success of this amazing company.

Corey oversees all aspects of every CKC production including:  Casting, Rehearsals, Directing, Choreographing, Scenery, Props, Lights & Sound.  

Corey@chicagokidscompany.com

Gary Carlson

Office Associate

Gary is thrilled to be working with his dear friends of almost 30 years, Paige and Jesus at Chicago Kids Company.  Gary grew up in Illinois and has a Bachelor of Music from Millikin University. He performed extensively in Musical Theater and Children’s Theater here in Chicago and regionally including Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theater, Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater and The Goodman Theater. Some highlights would be the National Tours of SHOW BOAT and also JOLSON, THE MUSICAL. .

Gary assists with all box office sales, contracts, seating maps, and merchandise.

Gary@ChicagoKidsCompany.com