Meet Erick Deshaun Dorris
Erick Deshaun Dorris is a graduate of Joliet Public Schools and Joliet Township High Schools, Erick participated in choir, theatre, and played trombone in Joliet Central’s historic band program. Erick received his Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from Millikin University and a Master’s in Performing Arts Administration from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. For the past 3 years, he has served as the General Manager of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, America’s premier ‘Third Stream’ orchestra that combines jazz and classical music.
Erick has worked in the arts sector as a performer, producer, staff member, board member, and educator. Alongside his work at arts organizations, he served in Chicago Public Schools, first as Manager of Title I out-of-school time tutoring programs at the central office and then as Director of out-of-school time, physical education, and arts education for a network of 30+ schools.
In 2016, Erick moved back to his hometown of Joliet and co-founded United In Excellence (UIE), a community program that offers scholarships and after-school programs in Joliet, IL and Baltimore County, MD. In 2017, he was appointed to the Joliet Public Schools, District #86 school board and was elected to keep his seat in 2019. Erick was also part of a city-wide coalition that advocated to establish the Joliet Arts Commission, for which he serves as chairperson.
Erick enjoys hiking and biking in Forest Preserves of Will County, spending time with his quarantine pod, dreaming of a time when we can all travel safely again, and is an active member of Flossmoor Community Church.