A Peoria Park District Facility

Meet the staff

THE PLAYHOUSE FLOOR STAFF

Katie Klaus

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Katie was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and attended Eureka College. Her favorite movie is The Lion King and her favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is the Chicken Coop! In her free time, Katie enjoys playing with her rambunctious son and cats.

Robin Hasty

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Robin has a bachelor’s degree in music. Her favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is the Theater and her favorite movie is Mulan. She loves all things music and art, and animals, too!

Haley Gray

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Haley is a studio artist who received her BFA in Painting from Illinois State University. She loves helping kids use their imagination to create projects in Real Tools.

Jody Holtz

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Jody graduated from Bradley University in May 2021 with a theatre arts, television arts double major. She loves performing, stand up comedy, and cooking delicious meals. Feel free to talk to her about movies, TV shows, and anything funny.

Taylor Kilgus

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Taylor is from Pekin, Illinois and attends St. Ambrose University. Her favorite animal is a kitten and she loves the movie Tangled. Her favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is the SciLab!

Taylor Tomlianovich

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Taylor grew up in Peoria and is currently a student at Bradley University studying Early Childhood Education. Her favorite movies are Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog. Her favorite exhibits at the Playhouse are Real Tools and Fossils Rock! During her free time, she loves to hike, kayak, and travel.

BEHIND THE SCENES: THE PLAYHOUSE OFFICE STAFF

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Rebecca Shulman

Director

309.681.2853

rshulman@peoriaparks.org

Rebecca moved to Peoria in 2013. For nearly 25 years prior to that she lived in New York City, and worked in the Education Departments of art museums, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Noguchi Museum. She is the author of the book Looking at Art in the Classroom and writes the blog Museum Questions.

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Jake Guzan

Exhibits Manager

309.323.6895

jguzan@peoriaparks.org

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William Nichol

Operations Manager

309.323.6893

wnichol@peoriaparks.org

Jake joined the PlayHouse in November 2018. He is a printmaker, with a BFA degree from Bradley University and an MFA degree from West Virginia University. His favorite movie is The Lego Movie because he always loved playing with Legos when he was young, and because "everything is awesome!".

Will was born in Dallas, TX and raised in Canton, IL. He is a veteran of the Marine Corps, has worked as a campaign manager for the Sierra Club in Washington, D.C., and has a background in hospitality management. Will has always loved museums, and especially loves exploring new museums, zoos, and aquariums with his three children!

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Tori Hatchell

Educator

309.323.6897

vhatchell@peoriaparks.org

Tori is from Readfield, ME and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in May of 2020. She developed a passion for museums when she was young after visiting them on family vacations and school trips, and was able to spend the summer of 2019 interning at the Maine State Museum, where she gained experience working with collections and conservation staff.

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Mary Kate Paetow-Fanning

Marketing Coordinator

mpaetowfanning@peoriaparks.org

Mary Kate is from Homewood, IL and graduated from Bradley University in May 2020. She is passionate about social justice and equity work, education, and community development. She spent the 2020-21 school year completing a year of service with City Year AmeriCorps in Milwaukee Public Schools and she is interested in museums as a child-focused space for continued education outside the classroom.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum