Who's Who at Marriott Theatre

Terry James (Executive Producer)

Terry has been associated with the Marriott Theatre for more than 30 years. Originally from New York, as a professional actor he first appeared at the Marriott Theatre in 1982 and eventually settled in Chicago. After more than 20 years on stage, he became the resident musical director for the Marriott Theatre in the 1990's; Associate Producer in 1992; and Executive Producer in 2000. Mr. James has continued the Marriott Theatre's long commitment to fostering new works including this season’s production of October Sky by Aaron Thielen and Michael Mahler (creative team of HERO) as well as recent premieres of Now & Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (2013), HERO (2012), For the Boys (2011), The Bowery Boys (2008/09), Married Alive! (2007), All Night Strut (2006/07), and Once Upon A Time In New Jersey (2006). The Marriott Theatre has become a prime venue for launching many Broadway shows into the regional market with such acclaimed productions as Cats, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables; among others. Special gratitude and thanks to our family of subscribers for their incredible support, and for making us your Marriott Theatre!

Andy Hite (Artistic Director)

Andy began his affiliation with the Marriott Theatre as an actor in 2000. Two years later he joined the artistic team as Assistant to the Artistic Director, and is now ecstatic to hold the position of Artistic Director in this great theatre. As Artistic Director he has had the pleasure to oversee numerous critically acclaimed productions. Most recently he helmed Cats, On the Town, The King and I, and City of Angels. Prior to joining the Marriott Theatre, Andy enjoyed an award winning acting career in Chicago and was fortunate to be able to work with companies such as Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Drury Lane Oak-brook Theatre, Northlight Theatre, The Auditorium Theatre, and, of course, the Marriott Theatre. Mr. Hite also teaches acting and audition workshops for musical theatre. His greatest accomplishments are twins Rowan and Sylvie, and wife Sasha. 

Aaron Thielen (Artistic Director)

Thielen has long been an advocate for the creation of new musicals. Most recently he and Michael Mahler wrote October Sky the Musical that had its World Premiere at the Marriott Theatre this season. The show will have it’s west coast premiere this fall at the Old Globe in San Diego.This writing team also wrote the award winning musical HERO, which was produced at the Asolo Rep in Sarasota and is slated to be produced again this coming year. Thielen also adapted the Twentieth century Fox Film For the Boys. He was also one of the creative forces in bringing the 2008 world premiere musical The Bowery Boys to the Marriott Theatre. He co-authored the award-winning All Night Strut, A Fascinatin’ Rhythm and Now And Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Marc Robin. As Artistic Director, he most recently helmed Godspell, La Cage, Cabaret, Dreamgirls, 9 to 5 and White Christmas.

Peter Blair (Associate Producer)

Peter started working with the Marriott Theatre in 2005 and currently serves at Associate Producer. In addition to his work at the Marriott Theatre, Peter is the former Executive Director of BoHo Theatre in Chicago, where he produced acclaimed revivals of Floyd Collins, Big River and Pippin. Other work includes Drury Lane, Porchlight Music Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory, and 18 months with the original Chicago company of ...Spelling Bee. Originally from San Diego, Peter earned a music degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He lives in Highland Park with his wife, Claire Warner, owner of Volume Gallery and daughter, Ada.

Peter Marston Sullivan (Associate Artistic Director)

Peter has worked for the Marriott Theatre for over twelve years in various capacities, including his current position of Associate Artistic Director. Peter earned a B.A. in Theatre and an M.A. in Teaching at Trinity University in San Antonio, and an MFA in Directing at Illinois State University. In tandem with his work at the Marriott Theatre, Peter frequently directs in the city and is the Artistic Director of BoHo Theatre. Recent directing projects include The Pajama Game at Northwestern University; Dogfight, Amadeus, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Floyd Collins, Pippin, Icarus, Big River, Ghosts, I Am My Own Wife (co-Director), Playing with Fire (After Frankenstein), and M. Butterfly at BoHo Theatre. 

Deya Friedman (Production Manager)

Deya Friedman returns to Chicago after seven seasons with the Clarence Brown Theatre (LORT) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she also supervised the stage management program. A veteran Chicago stage manager, credits include productions at the Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Teatro Vista, the Royal George, as well as productions at the Marriott Theatre. Regional credits include productions at New York's Public Theater, KC Rep in Kansas City, and twelve seasons at Peninsula Players in Door County, Wisconsin. This past fall, Deya served as Production Stage Manager for the world premiere production of UNSPEAKABLE at the Broadway Playhouse.


Production Staff

  • Production Stage Manager: Michael Hendricks (AEA)
  • Lighting Supervisr: Kenny Foster
  • Resident Music Director: Ryan T. Nelson
  • Musical Supervisor/Conductor: Patti Garwood
  • Orchestral Reductions: David Siegel
  • Warehouse and Properties Manager: Rob Rahn
  • Sound Engineers: Robert Gilmartin, James Guess
  • Wardrobe Crew: Samantha Holmes
  • Resident Sound Designer: Robert E. Gilmartin
  • Press Representative: Heron PR

Costume Shop

  • Costume Designer Emeritus: Nancy Missimi
  • Costume Shop Supervisor: Erin Steilen
  • Cutter: Diane Hinman
  • Stitchers:
    • Alexis Kee
    • Carol Lenz

Administrative Staff

  • Company Manager: Lauren Iezzi
  • Administrative Assistant: Carissa Zielinski
  • Group Sales: Nancy Vaughan
  • Box Office Assistant Managers:
    • Ron Lapin
    • Catherine Saghafi
  • Box Office Supervisors: William Schwartz, Phillip Zahnle
  • Subscription Supervisor: Eileen Hughes
  • Box Office Attendants:
    • Janice Boyke
    • Tony Camacho
    • Patti Quintanilla
    • Jessica Willcut
  • Theatre House Manager: Jeff Mason
  • Ushers:
    • Barbara Adriansen
    • Linda Atwood
    • Christine Capozzoli  
    • Betsy Drazner
    • Sue Edholm
    • Diane Graham
    • Kathleen Hayes
    • Karen Hoffmann
    • Janet Jesse
    • Kim Kelly
    • Liz Lach
    • Chris Ann O'Brien