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 for performances of Two Trains Running. 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. 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Each of the nominees brings valuable skills, experience and perspective to the Board.” New members will be officially welcomed to the Board on July 1, 2021 and will serve a three-year term. About the New Trustees: John Culbert (Scenic Designer and Lighting Designer) is an award-winning Chicago based scenic and lighting designer. In Chicago, John has designed scenery and/or lighting for the Buckingham Fountain, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Garfield Conservatory, Field Museum of Natural History, Drury Lane Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Children's Theatre, Chicago Opera Theatre, Writers Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and more than forty productions at Court Theatre. Recent Court Theatre productions include Oedipus Rex, The Adventures of Augie March, All My Sons, The Hard Problem, Iphigenia at Aulis, Agamemnon, Man in the Ring, Invisible Man, Satchmo at the Waldorf, The Secret Garden, Misanthrope, Tartuffe and Porgy and Bess.   Highlights from past years include The Triumph of Love, Man of La Mancha, Carousel, Caroline or Change, The Year of Magical Thinking, Travesties, and Hamlet. Other recent Chicago productions include Writers Theater’s Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Earnest, Goodman Theatre’s Objects in the Mirror, Having Our Say, and Two Trains Running, Northlight Theatre’s Faceless and White Guy on the Bus, Timeline Theatre’s Chimerica and Juno. He has received Jeff Awards for the lighting of Court Theatre's The Illusion and for the Goodman Theatre's Mirror of the Invisible World. In June Mr. Culbert stepped down as dean of The Theatre School after 21 years in the role and 33 at DePaul. Felicia Davis (President and CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women) is a self-described “girl from the South Side.” She is deeply committed to community through inclusive service to others. As president and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women, she leads its strategic efforts in investing in women and girls as catalysts, building stronger communities for all. Felicia is passionate about transforming lives and serves as an educator and mentor through a variety of networks, participating on numerous boards and committees, including as a member of Governor JB Pritzker’s Inauguration Committee, the Board of Regents for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, an appointee to the Illinois Senate Sexual Discrimination, Harassment Awareness and Prevention Task Force, the American Cancer Society, and iHeartMedia Chicago’s Local Advisory Board. She has been in public service for the majority of her career. As a member of the Chicago Police Department, she served with distinction for a decade, as a police officer and then as a violent crimes detective. As Interim President of Olive-Harvey College, appointed by City Colleges of Chicago’s Chancellor Juan Salgado, Felicia led the College’s efforts in developing, maintaining, and evaluating academic programs and enhancing the student learning experience for optimum achievement. She served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Office of Public Engagement in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, where she led efforts to connect communities to resources. As Mayor Emanuel’s First Deputy Chief of Staff, she implemented community-focused strategies to increase public safety across Chicago.  Felicia exemplifies leadership in all she sets out to do. She is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a founding member of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s South Side Giving Circle, where she has blazed a trail for supporting Black women and girls through philanthropy and collective giving. Andre Guichard (Co-owner Gallery Guichard LLC., Guichard Project LLC., & Building Community Foundation Inc.) With over 28 years of experience painting professionally, Andre Guichard is the visionary behind a diverse portfolio of work that can be found in over 2,500 corporate and private collections globally.  He is the co-owner of The Guichard Project which owns the Great Migration Sculpture Garden and partner in the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, a 30,000 square foot artist live work development. Current partnerships include PepsiCo / LIFEWTR, AARP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Riley Safer Holmes and Sterling Bay Multicultural Art Curation at One Two Pru featuring several Gallery Guichard artists. Guichard was the international curator and spokesperson for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series for a decade, an international art contest with 6,000 artists’ submissions annually created to provide a platform for artists to connect with collectors. For the years 2011 to 2016, the Chicago Urban League commissioned Andre to create paintings of the prestigious Bill Berry honorees - presented to Louis Gossett Jr., Jessie Jackson Sr., Rev. Willie Burrows, Phylicia Rashad, Patti LaBelle, Timuel Black and Isobel Wilkerson. Six of his original paintings were featured on canvas totes as part of Walgreens Community Corner program in 7,000 stores nationwide, while another two were used to design fine art totes for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Andre created a jazz-inspired installation in the Bronzeville Jazz McDonald’s restaurant. He was the official featured artist for the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2012 and 2014. In 2012, music legend Prince and Rebuild the Dream Village tapped Andre to create Thirty 8’ x 4’ abstract paintings for the “Share Your Story Booth” during their Welcome 2 Chicago concert. The concert provided a fun, interactive place to learn about how people can all rebuild vibrant and sustainable communities. In September 2016, Andre became the Mayor of Bronzeville. Under his leadership, the benefits of art will continue to be spread globally, with programs like the annual Bronzeville Mayors Ball and First Lady Garden Party to bring awareness to the pillars working to make a better Bronzeville and providing a donation each year to a worthy nonprofit making a difference in the lives of our youth. He currently serves on the Board of the Better Boys Foundation in Chicago. Frances Guichard (Co-owner Gallery Guichard LLC, Guichard Project LLC, and Building Community Foundation Inc.), is co-owner of Gallery Guichard LLC, fine art gallery and event space, the Guichard Project LLC, and Building Community Foundation, Inc. Also known as the artist Marlene Campbell, she is an entrepreneur and fine artist. Frances received her master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1996 and worked in government for over 20 years before she ventured into business with her husband. First with Gallery Guichard, in 2005 and then with the Guichard Project, as co-developer of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, in 2013. Co-owner of The Guichard Project, which owns the Great Migration Sculpture Garden and partner in the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, a 30,000 square foot artist live-work development. Current partnerships include PepsiCo / LIFEWTR, AARP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Riley Safer Holmes and Sterling Bay Multicultural Art Curation at One Two Pru, featuring several Gallery Guichard artists. As an artist her works have been collected both nationally and internationally.  Her works can be found in corporate and private collections. As a gallerist, with her keen attention to detail, Frances provides artful experiences to future visionaries and collectors. She specializes in aligning artists’ works with collectors looking for a specific piece. As a curator and moderator for the Bombay Sapphire’s Artisan Series, she is responsible for coordinating and judging over 3,000 submissions. Frances’s vast knowledge of art has drawn the attention of dignitaries worldwide. She’s the international bridge that inspires global talent and exposes local patrons to art from Senegal, South Africa, and the Caribbean Islands. Influenced by her travels and husband, Frances began painting in 2004 under the pseudonym Marlene Campbell. She received a business certificate from Northwestern University through the Chicago Urban League NextOne program. In September 2016, Frances and her husband organized the nonprofit, Building Community Foundation, Inc. Through the nonprofit, they are able to give back with programs like the annual Bronzeville Mayors Ball and First Lady Garden Party, the Bronzeville Art District Tour, cofounders of the largest African American art districts in the country. The BCF helps to bring awareness to the community pillars working to make a better Bronzeville and providing donations each year to worthy nonprofits making a difference in the lives of our youth. She currently serves on the Board of the Better Boys Foundation in Chicago. Tracie D. Hall was appointed the American Library Association’s 10th executive director in its 143-year history in February 2020. In her new role, Hall oversees the oldest and largest library association in the world, made up of 57,000 members and more than 200 staffers. Hall is the first female African American executive director in ALA’s history. Upon Hall’s appointment, ALA President Wanda K. Brown observed that “Her unique combination of philanthropy and library know-how position her to be the leader ALA needs today. She is optimistic, energizing, and innovative, qualities that will serve the association well as it continues its investments in advocacy, development, and information technology.” Hall is no stranger to libraries, or to ALA. Over the years she has worked at the Seattle Public Library, the New Haven Free Public Library, Hartford Public Library, and Queens Library. In 1998, she was among the first cohort of ALA’s Spectrum Scholars, a grant program to diversify librarianship, and she served as the director of ALA’s Office for Diversity in the early 2000s and has served on advisory councils for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and written for the field’s major publications. She was highlighted as a “Mover and Shaker” in the field by Library Journal early in her career. Most recently, Hall directed the culture portfolio at the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation, developing new grant programs designed to foster greater equity and diversity in arts administration, catalyze and scale neighborhood-based arts venues, cultural programming and creative entrepreneurship. Prior to that she worked as Deputy Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and as community investment strategist in Global Corporate Citizenship at The Boeing Company. A civic leader in Chicago, Hall was appointed to serve on the City of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council at the beginning of 2020. Hall has also served in multiple roles in academia, including as assistant dean of Dominican’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science in River Forest, IL and as visiting professor at Wesleyan, Southern Connecticut State, and Catholic Universities among others. In addition to her MLIS from the Information School at the University of Washington, Hall holds an MA in International and Area studies with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa from Yale University and dual bachelor’s degrees in Law and Society and Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Hall has also studied at the Universities of Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in East Africa. Hall was born and raised in Los Angeles. Nicole R. Robinson serves as Chief Partnerships and Programs Officer for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people to food, while striving to end hunger. Nicole builds bridges with communities, individual advocates and organizations all seeking to make nutritious food accessible, while tackling the root causes of poverty, unemployment, and racial inequity. In her role, she is responsible for the partnerships and innovations related to food access, public policy, workforce development and our community response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to joining the Food Depository, Nicole led domestic and international philanthropy for Kraft Foods and Mondelez International. She supported award-winning programs spanning the globe, touching five continents, while reaching underserved and underrepresented neighborhoods. She has worked with the United Nations World Food Programme and variety of multinational NGOs, including CARE, Save the Children and INMED Partnerships for Children. Nicole resides in Bronzeville on Chicago’s South Side and is the founding leader of Chicago’s first ever South Side Giving Circle focused on reducing inequities faced by Black women and girls. Lise T. Spacapan (Of Counsel at Scharf, Banks, Marmor, LLP) has practiced law in Chicago for over 30 years. Currently she is Of Counsel at Scharf, Banks, Marmor, LLP, one of the largest woman-owned firms in Illinois. Lise enjoyed many years as a volunteer serving on the Board and in leadership of the not-for-profit nationwide legal association, DRI.  She is a Master of the Bar, Chicago Inn of Court. She serves on the advisory Board of the Jaharis Health Law Institute at DePaul College of Law, where she earned her J.D. and, later, returned in the evenings to earn an LLM in Health Law. From 2017 – 2019, Lise served as General Counsel, Office of the Governor, where she advised both the Governor and members of his senior staff on wide-ranging matters of ethics and compliance, employment, internal investigations, personnel, litigation, and regulatory and legislative initiatives. Lise also served as the General Counsel to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, where she was a member of the Executive Staff and briefly served as Interim Director of the Agency. Before joining state government, Lise was a partner at three national law firms: Kirkland & Ellis, Jenner & Block, and Husch Blackwell where she managed litigation throughout the country for her clients, who were predominantly Fortune 50 companies. While an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, and in high school, Lise performed in theater and in singing groups. She and her husband Ed have enjoyed attending theater in Chicago, and for many years were season ticket holders with Chicago Shakespeare theater. More recently they are thrilled to have become active patrons of Court Theater, where she is a Producers Circle member. Lise and Ed live in Hinsdale, Illinois. They have two grown sons. Lise was most pleased when, after graduating from Vanderbilt, her son John earned his M.A. at the University of Chicago, Center for International Relations in 2019.  Her son Ben attended Princeton and Harvard and now lives in Manhattan with his wife Casey." 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The newly-revised season has Court postponing our production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running and pushing back dates of Owen McCafferty’s Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry, 1912) and Shakespeare’s Othello. If public health conditions allow, Court will offer limited in-person viewership for Titanic and Othello, with digital access provided for patrons who do not yet wish to attend in person. In addition, we're offering on-demand digital viewing of two productions from our archives: the musical Five Guys Named Moe, and our critically-acclaimed production An Iliad, by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare. Court is also announcing the free Chicagoland premiere of Theatre for One: Here We Are, a series of digital microplays written, directed, and starring an array of BIPOC artists and designed to be experienced one-on-one.
“While the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose unique challenges to live performance, Court Theatre remains steadfast in its goal to offer intellectually rigorous artistic experiences to our patrons,” says Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director. “Our newly-revised season offers patrons several new ways to engage with theatrical narratives while we wait for the widespread rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine.” “COVID-19 has necessitated tough programming decisions in the interest of keeping our patrons, artists, and staff safe,” says Angel Ysaguirre, Executive Director of Court Theatre. “I’m optimistic about the unparalleled access our digital and hybrid programs offer, as online programming continues to provide the opportunity to engage with our work regardless of a patron’s schedule or geographic location.”
The previously announced production of Two Trains Running has been postponed and will be produced in a future season. 

The Revised 2020/21 Court Theatre Season:

From the Archives: Five Guys Named MoeFIVE GUYS NAMED MOE A Musical By Clarke Peters, Featuring Louis Jordan's Greatest Hits Originally Produced At Theatre Royal Stratford East Directed By Ron Oj Parson, Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal Associate Director Felicia P. Fields, Movement/musical Staging Christopher Carter Available for digital viewing February 4 - 28, 2021 The Sun-Times called Court's production “pure, unadulterated theatrical fun" and we can all use little fun this winter. A lively musical tribute to the hit songs of saxophonist and songwriter Louis Jordan, Five Guys Named Moe introduces Nomax: a broke, newly single guy singing the blues late into the night. Suddenly, five unexpected friends—Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe—emerge from his radio to help ease his broken heart. Pioneering musician Louis Jordan’s new approach to jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s. An Iliad AN ILIAD, the site-specific production filmed at the Oriental Institute by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, based on Homer’s The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles, directed by Charles Newell Available for digital viewing March 3 - March 31, 2021 Remounted three times across Court’s history, An Iliad continues to showcase the power of classic theatre to speak to our current moment. Interrogate how rage and division reverberate throughout civilization in this streaming release of our limited-engagement, site-specific production of An Iliad at the Oriental Institute. The production takes audiences on a journey through ancient societies and cultural artifacts in a thrillingly visceral performance. This professionally-captured, multi-camera stream of the play allows you to experience this one-of-a-kind production at home, which Rick and Brenda McCain of Chicago Now hailed as “a superb collaboration of theater and history in a site-specific platform that is sure to bring chills to the historian that resides in all humanity.” Theatre for OneTHEATRE FOR ONE: HERE WE ARE Creator and Artistic Director: Christine Jones Co-Artistic Director for Here We Are: Jenny Koons Platform Programing & Design by Open Ended Group—Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser Produced by Octopus Theatricals—Mara Isaacs, Executive/Creative Producer February 18 - March 14, 2021 Theatre For One: Here We Are is a live digital theatrical experience that brings together one actor and one audience member featuring eight new microplays that speak to these times we are in. A laugh shared with a stranger, a world created by imagination, a soul nourished through storytelling: these are things only theater can accomplish. Following its critically-acclaimed run in New York, Court Theatre brings these eight stories to life with Chicago actors to offer audiences a deeply personal theatrical experience.  TitanicTITANIC (SCENES FROM THE BRITISH WRECK COMMISSIONER'S INQUIRY, 1912) by Owen McCafferty Directed by Vanessa Stalling April 29 - May 30, 2021 A digital version will be available to stream for patrons who do not yet wish to attend in person. The sinking of the RMS Titanic has long been studied for its historical significance and unmistakable hubris. A survivors’ story fraught with intrigue, Owen McCafferty’s Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912) tells the story using verbatim testimonies from witnesses of the wreck. What emerges is a startling portrait of class, chaos, and moral ambiguity.  Vanessa Stalling (Jeff Award-winning director of Photograph 51 and United Flight 232) brings her singular artistry to McCafferty’s text. Leveraging audio technology, she and her team will create an expansive soundscape that allows the testimonies of each individual to resonate with audiences through a heightened, visceral experience that pushes the boundaries of design and theatrical performance.     OthelloOTHELLO by William Shakespeare Adapted and Directed by Charles Newell with Associate Director Gabrielle Randle-Bent July 8 - August 8, 2021 A digital version will be available to stream for patrons who do not yet wish to attend in person. Othello, the great Venetian general, unknowingly seals his fate when he fails to select his standard-bearer, Iago, for a military promotion. When his wife, Desdemona, is implicated in an affair, Othello is faced with a series of irreversible events that spell catastrophe for him and his country. Kelvin Roston, Jr. (Oedipus Rex, King Hedley II) returns to Court to star in this intimate new take on Shakespeare’s complex tragedy about jealousy, ego, and betrayal. Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and his team will rigorously interrogate how identity is constructed along personal, racial, and political lines. Subscription and Ticket Information Court’s Box Office will email ticket holders and subscribers to discuss how these changes impact them. Individual event tickets will be on sale soon. To purchase a subscription or receive more information, call the Court Theatre Box Office at (773) 753-4472.
Here We Are was commissioned by Arts Brookfield with additional support from Thomas M. Neff. The Chicago premiere is supported by the University of Chicago Women's Board, Allstate, and De and Paul Gray. Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry, 1912) is sponsored by Gustavo "Chip" Bamberger and Martha Van Haitsma. Othello is sponsored by Michael Charles Litt. Programming is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Additional support is provided by Harper Court Arts Council, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, and the Shubert Foundation." 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Meet Court’s New Director of Development

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.

Court Theatre Receives 2022 Regional Theatre Tony Award!

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.

Seven New Members Join Court’s Board of Trustees

New appointees include John Culbert, Felicia Davis, Andre Guichard, Frances Guichard, Tracie Hall, Nicole Robinson, and Lise Spacapan. The addition is the largest expansion of Court Theatre’s Board of Trustees to date.

Revised Events for Winter/Spring 2021

Announcing further revisions to the 2020/21 Season in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continuing restrictions on public gatherings.

Creativity through Connection

Discover how Court's collaboration with For You and the University of Chicago's Experimental Performance Initiative sparked creativity and connection among artists and elders.

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