As Court’s Executive Director from 2010 until 2017, Stephen J. Albert presided over a robust period of growth, establishing the Center for Classic Theatre, strengthening Court’s ties to the community, and cultivating a much closer alliance with the University of Chicago. His influence and leadership ushered in new initiatives, world premiere productions, and increased programming to engage Court’s audiences and neighbors.
The generous gifts of Court donors like you are already being put to work as Court’s new Director of Education Patrese McClain plans for the upcoming school year. And thanks to the generosity of the Betty Lou Smith Fund, all the increased, new, and additional gifts received in support of Court’s Education Initiative have been matched and doubled!
On January 31, 2018, Court Theatre lost a friend and supporter, Professor Jack Halpern. Jack served as a member of the Court Theatre Board of Trustees from 1988 until his death. Court is humbled to carry on Jack’s and Helen’s legacy of passion for the arts.
The Exelon South Side Youth Performance Fest, held annually at Court Theatre, marks the beginning of a rewarding partnership between Exelon and Court Theatre. Exelon, the parent company of the Chicago-based firm ComEd, is committed to strong corporate citizenship, with a significant focus on enabling student access to the arts and cultural experiences.
If you’ve been to a Court Theatre Spotlight Reading Series event, chances are you’ve probably seen Helen Barrett. A retired Chicago Police detective, Helen has been a Court subscriber for over two decades. She’s also attended all but one of Court’s Spotlight Readings. Court is grateful for Helen’s longstanding commitment as a subscriber, and for her passionate support of the Spotlight Reading Series.
Court Theatre and its Trustees are honoring Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall. The Nicholas Rudall Endowed Fund will support the production of classical theatre at Court Theatre and ensure that Nick’s legacy will become a permanent part of your future, and Court Theatre’s future.
Betty Lou and James Victor Smith, both longtime residents of Chicago, understood and appreciated the importance of education. Now, Jon Will, the executor of Betty Lou Smith’s estate, honors her legacy by continuing her support for arts education.