Photo of Ron OJ Parson by Joe Mazza.
Ron OJ Parson by Joe Mazza.

We are utterly thrilled to announce that Ron OJ Parson, Court's Resident Artist, is the recipient of the 2022 Zelda Fichandler Award. He will receive an unrestricted award of $5,000 from SDCF, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation, and will join the ranks of past esteemed honorees, including Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell.

Recognizing theatre artists "who have demonstrated great accomplishment to date with singular creativity and deep investment in a particular community or region," this award is named after Zelda Fichandler, founding Artistic Director of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Nominees for this year were all from the Central United States and the finalist, Lili-Anne Brown, is a South Side native and a fellow local Chicago director. The recognition of both Ron OJ Parson and Lili-Anne Brown is a tremendous accomplishment for the Chicago theatre community, and is a testament to the creativity, tenacity, and artistry of this region.

Photograph of Arsenic and Old Lace first rehearsal by Joe Mazza.
Ron OJ Parson by Joe Mazza.

“What great joy it brings me to share the committee’s decision to honor Ron OJ Parson and finalist Lili-Anne Brown,” said D. Lynn Meyers, Chair of the committee of for the Fichandler Award. “Ron OJ Parson has worked brilliantly as a stage director. He has also changed the industry with his careful, thoughtful work in his community, which goes beyond Chicago to reach every part of this region. He is truly deserving and a great pioneer walking in Zelda Fichandler’s shoes. He has opened the door for so many artists along his path and continues to break new ground in growing the future of our work. And how exciting to celebrate Lili-Anne Brown for all that she has done already with anticipation of all that is to come!”

Artistic Director Charles Newell reflected on Ron's achievement, sharing: "This is a well-deserved moment of ecstatic celebration for Ron OJ and his impressive body of work. As a theatre artist, no one is as 'quintessentially Chicago' as Ron. Being his collaborator and friend has been one of the great pleasures of my life, and I know I speak on behalf of the entire Court Theatre family when I say that we're most proud and honored to have Ron OJ as the Resident Artist."

"Ron, both through his body of work and as an individual, has transformed Court Theatre and significantly impacted the community of artists and the larger community. It seems only right, then, that he would be recognized in this way," added Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre.

Ron most recently directed Court Theatre's production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Other past productions include Two Trains Running, FencesGem of the Ocean, Seven GuitarsMa Rainey’s Black BottomThe Piano Lessonand Jitney by August Wilson; The Mountaintop by Katori Hall; and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, among many others. Ron is the former co-founder and artistic director of the Onyx Theatre Ensemble, and co-founder of the Beyond the Stage Theatre Project. He is also a company member of TimeLine Theatre, and associate artist at Writers Theatre and Teatro Vista.

Ron will be recognized in a virtual ceremony in winter 2023. This event will be open to the public and more information will be shared as it becomes available.

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Photo of Alfred H. Wilson and Ronald L. Conner in Two Trains Running (Michael Brosilow).

Jeff Awards season is upon us! We are overjoyed to announce that we’ve been nominated for six awards for our productions during the 2021/22 season. This recognition is a testament to the artists and designers who share their talents with our audiences, and we could not be more proud. 

Each year, the Joseph Jefferson Awards committee honors outstanding Chicago-area theatres and artists. We look forward to celebrating with the rest of the nominees at the 54th annual Jeff Equity Awards on Monday, October 17. The ceremony will be held at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook and hosted by E. Faye Butler. More information can be found at www.jeffawards.org

2021/22 Court Theatre Jeff Award Nominations

Production of a Play (Large):
Two Trains Running” - Court Theatre

Ensemble for a Play
Two Trains Running” - Court Theatre

Director of a Play (Large)
Ron OJ Parson - “Two Trains Running” - Court Theatre

Performer in a Principal Role - Play
Chaon Cross (Ellida) - “The Lady from the Sea” - Court Theatre

Scenic Design (Large)
Jack Magaw - “Two Trains Running” - Court Theatre

Sound Design (Large)
André Pluess - “The Lady from the Sea” - Court Theatre

And we’re in good company! We are delighted to see many Court collaborators included on the list of Jeff Award nominees, including: : E. Faye Butler, Tyla Abercrumbie, J. Nicole Brooks, Lisa Peterson, Cody Estle, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Kate Fry, Al’Jaleel McGhee, Deanna Reed-Foster, Linda Reiter, Susan Moniz, Alexis J. Roston, Bethany Thomas, Felicia P. Fields, Sheldon D. Brown, Jennifer Engstrom, Sean Fortunato, Elizabeth Ledo, Xavier Edward King, Alex Goodrich, Linda Buchanan, Rachel Hauck, Todd Rosenthal, Arnel Sancianco, Lindsay Mummert, Raquel Adorno, Christine Pascual, Izumi Inaba, Mara Blumenfeld, Ray Nardelli, Christopher Kriz, Jeffrey Levin, Lee Fiskness, Jason Lynch, Liz Gomez, Ben Collins-Sussman, Rasean Davonte Johnson, Mike Tutaj, and David Woolley.  

We’d also like to give a special shout-out to Yi Zhao, nominated for Lighting Design (Large) for “Life After” at Goodman Theatre. Yi Zhao is an alumnus of the University of Chicago and was nominated for Best Lighting Design of a Play for “The Skin of Our Teeth” at the 2022 Tony Awards, wherein we were presented with the 2022 Regional Theatre Tony Award.

Now, as ever, we are humbled by this acknowledgement. To the Jeff committee, thank you for recognizing our work; to our collaborators, thank you for your insight, dedication, and creativity; to our audiences, thank you for your unwavering support; and to the Chicago theatre community, thank you for being such an incredible home. 

See all of the nominations here, and don’t forget to subscribe to our 2022/23 season! Featuring a classic comedy, a play based on a true story, a haunting drama, and an exuberant musical, each one of these productions is sure to delight, challenge, and inspire. Don’t miss the season opener, Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by Jeff Award nominee and Resident Artist, Ron OJ Parson!

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Ron OJ Parson surrounded by CPI members
Photo by Jake Newell

Another year, another opportunity for community engagement! As we prepare for the start of our 2022/23 season, we wanted to share some exciting updates on our Community Partners Initiative (CPI).

CPI connects Court with civic, non-profit, faith, and community-based organizations to provide equitable, meaningful access to our productions. And, given our location in Hyde Park, we’re committed to uplifting and supporting organizations that specifically empower the South Side of Chicago. In recent years, we’ve found that offering affordably-priced tickets through CPI is one of the most impactful ways to make a difference, eliminate barriers to access, and ensure that anyone can experience the life-changing power of theatre.

Though this model is ever-changing - we’re in the process of revamping it as we speak! - we’re delighted to share that we’ll continue providing this service during our upcoming season. We plan to offer 20 free tickets (per show) to each registered and interested community group. This means that each of our CPI partner organizations will receive 80 free tickets, in total, over the course of the year. This also means that members of the community will be able to see four captivating productions - Arsenic and Old Lace, The IslandFen, and The Gospel at Colonus - at no cost to them. Given that next season is all about healing, redemption, and celebration, we certainly think this is something to celebrate! 

We’re constantly adjusting our CPI model to fit the needs of the communities we serve with the resources we have, so we’re always looking for feedback about what an ideal partnership could look like! Your insight is vital to our improvement, and it makes the program better for all involved. If you - or a community organization to which you belong - would like to participate or share ideas of how to collaborate, please contact our Audience Development Associate and House Manager, Phillip Lewis and fill out our CPI Intake Form. Let’s get the conversation started!

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This May, William Nalley joined Court Theatre's staff as Director of Development. Camille Oswald, Associate Director of Marketing, sat down with Bill to learn more about his fundraising background and his love for theatre.

What was your background, prior to working at Court?

I have almost twenty years of direct fundraising experience, with most of my work  in the Chicago area. My most recent position was with the Theatre School at DePaul University, which was my first experience  fundraising for theatre within the context of a university. There, I had the good fortune to work with John Culbert, who recently retired as dean, and also is a longstanding artist here at Court Theatre. Now, he’s also serving as a member of our Board of Trustees. Before that, I spent approximately a decade working at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I had a wide-ranging set of constituencies and priorities there—I worked for Student Affairs, the University Library, and the College of Medicine—and I’ve also worked for a number of other small and mid-size nonprofits in Chicago, including a small local theatre company. I’m very fortunate that all of those different experiences can inform my work at Court. 

What made you interested in Court Theatre? How did you hear about us?

I became familiar with Court as a consequence of knowing John [Culbert] and his work. He’d typically design one play a year at Court, often in collaboration with Charlie, so—through him—I became aware of the in-depth research and digging that the artists did to bring a production to life. You know, the very thoughtful considerations that went into every single element—the script choices, the design choices, the casting choices. All of those things were approached with such care, and that was very impressive to me. 

The first production I saw was The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice. I was fascinated by how Court approached the text, looking at how race relations and racial inequities in our world informed the world of the play. It was a fantastic take on a production that a lot of people feel that they already know, and seeing that fresh perspective showed me that Court wants audiences to see things in a different light, which I love. There was a great deal uncovered in that particular production; I was just really blown away. 

What are your goals for Court's Development Department?

My primary goal is to bring our philanthropy program to a level that matches the quality of the work being staged at Court. Court’s been doing excellent work for a very long time, and we were recognized for that with the Regional Theatre Tony Award. That honor is a clear sign that we’re generating highly compelling work, and I want people to know about that. I want to show as many people as possible the excellence of our productions and our educational programs, and share the impact of those works. I want to stoke peoples’ passion about Court, because the passion that our artists, board members, and staff have is off the charts. 

I want there to be a focus on our education and community engagement programs, without question, and I’d really like to enhance the relationships that we have with corporate donors and partners. The Producers Circle and Directors Circle have been fantastic opportunities to give our supporters a deeper understanding of the works that we produce, so I want to build on that as well. I have nothing but fantastic expectations for our team moving forward. 

What's your favorite part about working at Court so far?

Oh, without question, the enthusiasm of both our supporters and the people who work here. These are people who are passionate about theatre; passionate about the Hyde Park and South Side communities; they’re passionate about issues of social justice that animate so much of our work. We’re really fortunate to have such alignment between our artists and our supporters—this is a very tightly knit community, and that is absolutely a gift. Everyone here is constantly asking, “What can I do? How can I help?” Already, I’m so grateful for that, and so grateful to be here. 

What is your first theatre memory?

My earliest memory is attending A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theatre when it was in its fantastic old space, next to the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. I was in elementary school, so I must’ve been around 10 years old. I remember that the Ghost of Christmas Present was a very Santa-like creature—large-bellied, surrounded by gifts and presents—and he was thrust onstage on a moving platform. I remember, as a child, being dumbstruck, like, “How did that happen?” It was a really stunning moment, and that’s when I realized what theatre makes possible through both imagination and technical ability. 

A little later, in high school, they needed someone to run a spotlight, so I started doing tech work. Well, I don’t know if I’d call it tech work—they needed someone to get on a catwalk and point lights where an adult told you to point them. But that got me started, and I ultimately became a thespian by the final play of the year: The Hobbit. I was cast as Gandalf, the lead. They had me on stilts the entire time so I would be taller than the rest of the hobbits. I was tall anyway, I definitely think that was part of why I was cast, but on stilts, I could just tower over everybody. It was a great deal of fun! Unfortunately there are no pictures of me in the outfit anywhere, but that was how I got my one acting credit. I was Gandalf in a high school play, long ago. 

If you could be any character in any play, who would you be and why?

I love the character of Prospero in The Tempest. I don’t think that I’d want to be exiled from my kingdom and stuck on an island designing things, but that said, there’s an intoxicating aspect to his love of creation and his need to build. I also really admire the fact that he eventually breaks the staff and says, “Nope. I’m not doing this anymore.” Perhaps out of a realization that, “This didn’t do what I wanted it to do,” and I have great respect for that sort of decision. So, that’s a really good one….Gandalf was incredibly fun, though. The power of magic, and being so much taller than everyone was a blast.

Any last words or final comments?

I’m incredibly excited to be on the Court Theatre team and I’m curious to see what the future will bring for this wonderful company. I’m really looking forward to what we can accomplish together.


When you engage with Court's fundraising and development efforts - such as those led by Bill - you invest in artistic excellence onstage, in classrooms, and in the community. We encourage you to consider a donation to Court, if you're so inclined, to support our theatrical and educational programming. 

Gifts such as these ensure that Court's tradition of artistic excellence will extend well into the future, touching lives for years to come. Thank you. 

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Angel Ysaguirre, Executive Director, and Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, on the red carpet.

We want to be a part of it - New York, New York! On Sunday, June 12th Court staff was awarded the Regional Theatre Tony Award at Radio City Music Hall as part of the 75th Annual Tony Awards. 

Artistic Director Charles Newell stands in the aisle at Radio City Music Hall.
Charlie at rehearsal at Radio City Music Hall.

The Court group had staggered arrivals throughout the weekend, taking the time prior to the awards show to both prepare and explore. Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre attended a rehearsal for the award presentation, and met with members of our Board, while other staff took in exhibits at the Whitney and the Frick, attended productions at the Metropolitan Opera and on Broadway, and walked the High Line. We made sure to do right by the city that never sleeps!

On the day of the event, there was a pre-show reception held in midtown Manhattan, just around the corner from Radio City. Staff, trustees, and artists shared small plates and drinks, as University of Chicago Provost Ka Yee Lee, Gustavo Bamberger, and Charles Newell all gave toasts.

Court Theatre staff with University of Chicago Provost Ka Yee C. Lee (third from right).
Trustee Diane Anderson's outfit for the Tony Awards.

A highlight of the reception was the outfit worn by Trustee Diane Anderson. This outfit was, in fact, a costume from the 1992 Court production of The Mystery Cycle: The Creation. Featuring stunning beadwork and a vibrant lining, this piece was a sight to behold and a lovely symbol of Diane’s longtime commitment to Court. 

After the pre-show reception, the group made their way to Radio City Musical Hall, wherein everyone presented their COVID-19 pass and was granted entry. Charlie and Angel walked the red carpet (which was actually silver!) and met the rest of the group inside. One hour prior to the start of the ceremony, there was an “Act One” streaming segment - hosted by Julianne Hough and Darren Criss - presenting Tony awards to creative and design team members. 

Guests take their seats at the Tony Awards.

The televised broadcast then began, hosted by Ariana Debose. Court attendees were thrilled, watching each performance in awe and celebrating each win as if it were our own. University of Chicago alumnus Mikhail Fiksel was presented with the Tony Award for Best Sound Design, a tremendous recognition for both the university and the Chicago theatre community. Fiksel was the sound designer for the 2021 Court production of Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912) and has collaborated with the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Victory Gardens, and Writers Theatre, among others

Charlie and Angel accepting the Regional Theatre Tony Award on behalf of Court Theatre.

The telecast continued and - just after Bernadette Peters performed “Children Will Listen” to honor the late Stephen Sondheim - Charlie and Angel were presented with the Regional Theatre Tony Award onstage by Kelly Coffey of City National Bank. Court staff and friends applauded and cheered, as Charlie and Angel delivered their acceptance remarks. At a break in the telecast, Charlie and Angel re-joined the group and brought the award with them. Everyone had the opportunity to hold the award - remarking on both its weight and its spinning disk - with many taking photos to send back to friends, family, and colleagues in Chicago. 

Upon the conclusion of the Tony Awards, Court attendees re-assembled at a nearby bar for celebratory drinks. Charlie gave a brief, emotional speech thanking everyone from Court’s past and present who made this award possible. The celebrations continued until about 2:00am, at which point, the last staff members (this writer included), stumbled home to get some rest after a truly memorable evening. 

As Charlie said in his post-show toast: “This is an extraordinary moment…Steve Albert said, ‘We gotta have big dreams, we’re Chicago. We’ve gotta have big plans.’ Steve Albert challenged us to think big, have big ambitions, and we achieved one of those goals tonight.”

Staff pose in a group in the lobby of Radio City Music Hall prior to the Tony Awards.
Some of the Court Theatre group in the lobby at Radio City Music Hall.
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Exciting news! The Tony Awards® Administration Committee has announced that based on the recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association, Court Theatre will be the recipient of the 2022 Regional Theatre Tony Award. The honor is accompanied by a grant of $25,000, made possible by City National Bank’s generous support. The award will be presented to Court Theatre at the 75th annual Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 

One of the most coveted honors in the entertainment industry, the Regional Theatre Tony Award honors a non-profit professional regional theatre company in the United States that has displayed a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theatre nationally.  It is awarded by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. “We are thrilled to present the 2022 Regional Theatre Tony Award to Court Theatre,” said Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of the American Theatre Wing and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “Their dedication to fostering local talent, artistry and theatre within their community and their impact on a national scale, makes it a true honor to highlight their work.” 

Angel Ysaguirre, Court Theatre Executive Director, and Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director (photo by Joe Mazza)

“Since my start at Court in 1993, it has been my life’s joy to be a member of this vibrant, fertile community,” shared Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charlie Newell. “This award belongs to them. It belongs to the Court community, the South Side community, and the University of Chicago community. It belongs to everyone who has fought to see themselves onstage. And belongs to everyone who has been moved by the power of storytelling. That is why we do what we do. Any recognition for that—let alone recognition of this caliber—is a delightful and thrilling gift. My feelings of gratitude mirror Cymbeline’s Imogen, ‘for mine’s beyond beyond.’”

Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre offered his own reflections on this acknowledgement: “An award of this caliber comes after decades of work. While I have only been at Court a short number of years - and have therefore only played a part in this recognition - the time I have spent at Court has been uniquely powerful. I am consistently moved by the quality of the art, the steadfast commitment of both our artists and audiences, and an ever-deepening commitment to engaging community. This monumental recognition is a celebration of those decades of fulfilling and rewarding work, and I could not be more proud.”

University of Chicago Provost Ka Yee C. Lee said, “I am thrilled that the Tony Awards committee has recognized Court Theatre’s extraordinary achievements. Since Charlie Newell assumed the role of Artistic Director at Court in 1994, he has presented productions that are invariably thoughtful, surprising, and penetrating.  With Angel Ysaguirre’s arrival as Executive Director in 2018, Court has exponentially increased its engagement with the university community as well as communities around Chicago. Court Theatre’s impact has been palpable on campus, around the city, and, as the Tony Award suggests, across the country.”

Court Theatre at 5535 S Ellis Ave, on campus at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park.
(photo by Joe Mazza)

​​Functioning as the University’s Center for Classic Theatre, Court and its artists mount theatrical productions and audience enrichment programs in collaboration with faculty. Court's Board of Trustees shapes its mission and vision. “I’m so proud of the consistently outstanding performances on Court’s stage, and Court’s educational work and community outreach in Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods, Court’s home,” said Board Chair Gustavo E. Bamberger. “Congratulations to Charlie, Angel, the Court staff, and all of the actors and other artists responsible for the great work that has been recognized by the Tony Committee.”

Now in our 67th season, this is a momentous occasion in Court’s history and we are delighted to share it with you. We could not have achieved such a milestone without the support of the University of Chicago; Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall; the South Side of Chicago; our esteemed Board of Trustees; the artists, designers, crew, and staff members who have made Court their creative home; and our exceptionally dedicated audiences. 

Court is the sixth Chicago theatre to be recognized with this award, following Lookingglass Theatre Company (2011), Chicago Shakespeare Theater (2008), Victory Gardens Theatre (2001), Goodman Theatre (1992), and Steppenwolf Theatre (1985). It has been eleven years since a Chicago theatre has received this acknowledgement.

We would also like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to the two University of Chicago alumni who are also nominated for Tony awards, Mikhail Fiksel (Best Sound Design of a Play, Dana H.) and Yi Zhao (Best Lighting Design of a Play, The Skin of Our Teeth). 

Academy Award winner and Tony nominee Ariana DeBose will host The 75th Annual Tony Awards, airing live coast-to-coast, on Sunday, June 12th (8:00-11:00 PM, LIVE ET/5:00-8:00 PM, LIVE PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+.  Julianne Hough and Darren Criss will host “The Tony Awards: Act One,” one hour of exclusive content streaming live, only on Paramount+ (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/4:00-5:00 PM, PT.)

A limited number of tickets to the 75th Annual Tony Awards are now available at www.TonyAwards.com/tickets. For additional information on the 75th Annual Tony Awards, please visit www.TonyAwards.com and follow @TheTonyAwards on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

For additional updates and coverage from the event, be sure to check our website, follow @CourtTheatre on Instagram and Facebook, follow @courtchicago on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel


August Wilson’s Two Trains Running is on stage now through June 12th and concludes our 2021-22 season. The 2022-23 season will begin September 2nd with Arsenic and Old Lace, followed by The Island, Fen, and The Gospel at Colonus

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We were devastated to learn that Chicago theatre legend Hollis Resnik passed away on Sunday evening. She appeared in innumerable Court Theatre productions since she first graced our stage in 1995 in The Misanthrope. Below is a small sample of Hollis's incredible work at Court. We are so thankful she shared her talents on our stage as well as so many other stages across Chicagoland and in national tours. Rest in peace, Hollis. You will be missed by so many.

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Photo of actor Barry Shabaka Henley, Terry Teachout, and Court Artistic Director Charles Newell at first rehearsal of Satchmo at the Waldorf (Joe Mazza).

We are devastated to learn of Terry Teachout’s passing. He was a dear friend to Court Theatre as both a critic and an artist. In 2016 we were fortunate to produce his intimate telling of Louis Armstrong’s life, Satchmo at the Waldorf.  Working so closely with Terry as an artist was a gift. His passion and eloquence when writing about and advocating for theatre across the country was unmatched. 

To learn more about his legacy, read this beautiful tribute from Commentary.

He was a true renaissance man of the theatre.  I hold his gift of friendship in my heart.  

Bless you, dearest Terry. 

Charles Newell Signature

Charlie

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will the performers wear masks on stage? The actors will not wear masks while on stage during the performance. Will concessions be available at the theatre? Yes, concessions will be available. Will printed programs be available? Yes, there will be printed programs available for patrons, as well as a digital program that can be easily accessed on our website.

More information on COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created substantial individual and community health risks that likely will remain for the foreseeable future. Even with extensive planning and focus on the community’s health and safety, the University of Chicago cannot eliminate these risks.

This convening is open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.

The University encourages everyone to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at their earliest opportunity, including visitors to campus. More safety precautions are available on this website.

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Vitale Artistic Director, says that the Civic Actors Studio is a co-creation that took about fifteen years to arrive at. Run collaboratively by Court Theatre and the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement, the Civic Actors Studio is a place for retreat and reflection for about 20 community leaders from Chicago’s South Side across four days of workshops. Combining theatre and leadership skills, the workshop series offers civic leaders an opportunity to “rehearse” a variety of leadership styles and roles in the safe space of a rehearsal room of sorts. Newell shares that the process offers a valuable leadership skill that is so often unavailable to many active, busy leaders: the opportunity to practice. “So often, we’re thinking ‘I really want to be like this person in this meeting, but I’m not sure I’ll be comfortable.’” Having an opportunity to explore the dynamics of different roles through the act of rehearsing can lead to major breakthroughs. In the words of Gabrielle Randle-Bent, the Civic Actors Studio can be summarized as a “place for people of action to reflect.” A dramaturg, director, academic, and Court’s inaugural research fellow, Randle-Bent was one of several leaders who helped facilitate the 2021 Civic Actors Studio this year. Despite her title as a facilitator, Randle-Bent believes that “what’s exciting is that so little of what they learn is from us.” She goes on to explain, “So much of what they learn is from each other. And oftentimes themselves, which is really powerful.”   Joanie Friedman, the Executive Director of the Office of Civic Engagement, shares that all of the participants in this year’s Civic Actors Studio “care about and work toward and love a thriving South Side.” To that end, participants are willing to go out on a limb and learn from a variety of roles and scenarios by using “their body, minds, and voices to practice the performance art of leadership.” “In the Civic Actors Studio, what’s thrilling is that we can take some of those characters from a Greek classic text or August Wilson play or Tennessee Williams play, and in the private, safe environs of a Civic Actors rehearsal space, you can practice being Oedipus in Oedipus Rex or Creon in Antigone and see if that role is one that is authentic to you and resonates,” Newell explains. “That combination of using classic archetypes, characters, and one’s personal experience is really the secret ingredient.” To learn more about the Civic Actors Studio, email Joanie Friedman. Pictured: Participants in a Civic Actor Studio retreat in which leaders from various backgrounds learn how classic theater techniques can be used to analyze their leadership roles. 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