William Sherry

Bill is proud to be a founding member of Encore Theatre Productions.  He has been involved with the Theater, T.V. and Film Industry for many years and in just about all aspects of the business.  From being a founding member of the Donald O'Conner Family Theatre in Studio City Ca. and Synquest Players in Illinois to being a Director, Technical Director, Master Carpenter, Back Stage Technician and Actor for numerous theaters across the country. He has worked as an AEA, SAG, AFTRA and IATSE member. Bill hopes that your theatrical experience with us will be entertaining and positive and that you will pass this along to your family and friends. 

Tanya L. Brown Moore 

Tanya has over 30 years of experience in the theater. Beginning with set construction and crewing in college, Tanya has continued to be actively involved in community theater in the Fox Valley area. She has experience in set design, production coordination, props design, costume design, and stage management. 

Cyndi Harnew

Cyndi discovered in college, much to her friend and then-director’s frustration, that she has absolutely zero ability to remember stage direction.  Other than that extremely brief foray however, she had no personal experience with theatre in her life until someone said, “Hey, come help me build this set.”  Now, after four theaters and forty-five shows behind the scenes, she’s wondering how on earth to fit her new kayak into the garage along with all the props already stored there.  A teacher in her ‘spare time,’ Cyndi spends most days trying to convince seventh-graders to save their drama for the stage.

About us

After small beginnings in 1992, this core group of people essentially coalesced into a company in 2002 at Elgin Community College under the name of ECC Musical Theatre.  Three unique stages, forty-plus amazing shows, hundreds of talented cast members, and one hard-earned retirement later, we bring you Encore Theatre Productions and “Operation Different Venue.”  We have a ‘new’ name, a new partnership with Elgin Academy, a new venue in the Kimball Street Theater, and a new direction, moving beyond just musicals to include all types of community theatre.  


Konnie Kay Sherry

Konnie has built a 35-year career in the theater. She is a member of Actors Equity, and was the resident director/choreographer for ECCMT for 17 years. She continues to direct and choreograph for several school districts in the Chicago area. She looks forward to continuing the magic with this incredible team here with Encore Theatre Productions.

Dr. John G. Slawson
John Slawson, co-founding member and artistic director of Encore Theatre Productions, has produced/musically directed nearly one hundred productions in a 45- year career. Dr. Slawson was professor of music at Elgin Community College for 30 years, having recently retired in 2016. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Northern Michigan University and the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Slawson has served on not-for-profit boards with the Elgin Master Chorale (formerly the Elgin Choral Union) and Heartland Voices.

Jo Anne Crawford Granquist

Jo Anne brings 40 plus years of experience in both the profit and non-profit visual and performing arts. She looks forward to lending her years of experience in building this new theatrical company.