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, directs the shows, designs and builds the costumes, scenery, and props

Jesus@ChicagoKidsCompany.com

Jack Sweeney

Business Manager

Jack hails from Davenport, Iowa and is a graduate of the theatre program at Loyola University Chicago. As an actor, Jack has been seen on-stage at many of Chicago’s theaters and regionally at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Colorado, Farmers Alley Theatre in Michigan and Coeurage Theatre Company in California. You may remember seeing him in CKC productions of The Tortoise and the Hare, Sleeping Beauty, and in the original cast of Rapunzel.

Jack manages the Front Office and assists Paige with marketing, publicity and group sales.

Jack@ChicagoKidsCompany.com

ANGI BELSLY

Box Office Associate

Angi grew up in central Illinois and discovered her love of theater while at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. While teaching English in South Korea, she served on the board of directors of two expat theater companies as their resident stage manager. Angi moved to Chicago in 2016 to focus on her theater profession where she has worked with a variety of companies. She has been a stage manager for Chicago Kids Company since 2017. 

Angi continues to stage manage our productions at the Stahl Family Theater and is one of our friendly voices when you call into our box office.

Angi@ChicagoKidsCompany.com

Amy Wolski

Director of Education

Amy is a former CKC performer known for her leading roles in Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical, Cinderella and the original cast of Rapunzel among others! She is a music teacher in a private K-8 school and regularly directs young artists in musicals all across Chicagoland. Amy and her husband Matt reside in the Western suburbs with their daughter Callie.

Amy creates the curriculum, leads and directs all of our classes and summer camps and generally loves being around budding talent!