Jo Slowik
Philip Lynch Theater Manager
Adjunct Assistant Professor

BA, Lewis University, 1988
MFA, Northern Illinois University, 1991

Slowik became the Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) Manager in June of 1999. Since 1997, she has served as an adjunct faculty member teaching Introduction to the Theatre Experience, Acting 2, Scene & Monologue Study, and Audition Techniques. Jo graduated from Lewis in 1988 and went onto receive her MFA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Prior to coming to Lewis, she was the box office production manager for the professional children’s theatre company, AlphaBet Soup Productions.

She is a founding board member and the president of the Heritage Theatre Company formed in 1996 in cooperation with the Lewis University Alumni Association. With Heritage Theatre Company (HTC), Jo has directed two outdoor Shakespeare shows, Neil Simon’s Fools and The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It. She performed in Agnes of God and Love Letters. She served for three years as the director/production manager for the elementary education touring production of the original script, Illinois, Illinois! She has directs the annual HTC Holiday Spectacular, and is the Actors Academy administrative director.

She is an Introduction to the College Experience mentor, and has serves on the Lewis Kidzfest and Homecoming committees. PLT directing credits include: Leaving Iowa, High School Musical, Hollywood Arms, The Woman in Black, The Women of Lockerbie, The Underpants, Fuddy Meers, Jake’s Women, A Piece of My Heart, Dancing at Lughnasa, and To Be Young, Gifted and Black. Some of Jo’s stage credits include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Rosalind in As You Like It, Masha in The Three Sisters, Dorine in Tartuffe, Dottie in Noises Off, and Ramone in A Flea In Her Ear. She performed the title role in Antigone for which she received an Irene Ryan acting nomination and was an acting finalist at the American College Theatre Festival Region III. Jo married her college sweetheart, Ted, and they now reside in Joliet with their two children, Hannah and Noah.

Kevin Trudeau
Associate Professor of Theater

1997, Ph.D., Theater Arts, University of Oregon
1992, M.F.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
1989, B.A., St. Louis University

Dr. Trudeau has served on Lewis' theater faculty since 1999. His areas of interest include Native American performance, dramaturgy, dramatic adaptation, turn of the century avante garde theater, and contemporary non-realistic drama. Dr. Trudeau has worked as a dramaturge on more than twenty productions. He's also directed a number of shows.

Keith White
Chair of the Theater Department
Professor of Theater

1991, M.F.A., Northern Illinois University
1977, B.A., Lewis University

Mr. White has served as a full-time faculty member at Lewis since 1994. Previously, he served as the department's theater manager for eleven years. Mr. White has directed more than 30 productions at the Philip Lynch Theatre. As a founding member of the Heritage Theatre Company, Lewis' alumni troupe, he's directed Romeo & Juliet and Romp. He's also performed lead roles in a number of productions at Lewis, the Rialto Square Theatre and NIU.

Andrew Nelsen
Technical Director
Production Designer
Assistant Professor of Theatre

2012, M.F.A., Theatre Arts, University of Iowa
2006 A.S., Show Production & Touring, Full Sail Real World Education
2004, B.A., Theatre, Lewis University

Andrew Nelsen, a Lewis alumnus, received Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Certificates of Merit for his student scenic design of Jake’s Women and lighting design of The Laramie Project.  He went on to study live audio and lighting at Full Sail in Winter Park, Florida where he earned an Associate of Science degree along with the Advanced Achievement Award in Show Production & Touring, the Course Director’s Award in Show Light Engineering and the Course Director’s Award in Advanced Show Production.  While attending Full Sail, Andrew received live field experience in show lighting, rigging and sound production.

Andrew completed graduate studies at the University of Iowa in 2012, receiving an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts - Scenic and Lighting Design.  His thesis included a scenic design for Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer and lighting design for Caryl Churchill’s version of August Strindberg’s A Dream Play.  Other University of Iowa designs included Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play | Steve Martin’s W.A.S.P. and world premiere new scripts including Jenga | The Man In The Sukkah | People of the Ditch | Salvage | and Sunshine.  Andrew was thoroughly inspired by the integration of technology and collaboration opportunities on world premiere scripts made available to him at the University of Iowa Theatre Department.

Some of Andrew’s recent PLT work includes the scenic designs of:
Moonlight and Magnolias | All Shook Up | Chicago | Disney’s Shrek the Musical

and lighting designs of:
The Life of Galileo | Leaving Iowa | High School Musical | Little Brother | A Little Night Music

Celeste Mackey
Resident Costumer

1991, BA Governors State University

Celeste Mackey has been teaching English and Literature of the Holocaust at Joliet Catholic Academy for 15 years and has been the adjunct faculty costume instructor at Lewis University since 2000. She earned her degree in English from Governors State University and has studied at California State University Chico and American River College. Some of her favorite PLT costuming credits include: Dancing at Lughnasa, Moon Over Buffalo, Singin' in the Rain, Oh! What A Lovely War, Equus, and Hay Fever. Married for over 30 years to her husband, Chuck, she is the mother of two grown children, and resides in Joliet.

Dave Pomatto
Assistant Technical Director

1971, B.A. Lewis University

Dave Pomatto returns to Lewis where his theatre career began with Joliet Drama Guild and Lewis productions at the Studio Theatre. From 1976 to 1983, Dave Pomatto was a stage manager, technical director, and lighting designer for the Chicago Ballet and The Nutcracker Ballet at the Arie Crown Theater and dance performances at Chicago Civic Opera House, Seattle Opera House, Portland Civic Auditorium, Oakland Paramount Theater, and UNLV Performing Arts Center. He was the technical director, lighting and sound designer, and maintenance supervisor for Candlelight Playhouse and Forum Theater from 1974 to 1994. He was also the building manager, project coordinator, and special effects consultant for Production Plus Technologies, Inc. from 1994 to 2009. He has been the Events Facility Coordinator, providing all infrastructures on site for temporary events headlined by The Eagles in 2008, Paul Simon in 2005, Elton John in 2003, and Bette Midler in 2001. Dave was the recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Sound Design for the Little Shop of Horrors at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse and was nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Lighting Design for Nine, also at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.