Earlier this year, Court Theatre’s production of Iphigenia in Aulis was remounted at the Getty Villa in Malibu, California. While this was a major achievement for our Court community, it is a particular triumph for Nick Rudall.
Three years ago, Nick was an integral part of Court’s 60th anniversary celebration, engaging with us in great generosity of spirit and characteristic wit and wisdom. It gave a renewed appreciation of his exceptional leadership of Court during his tenure as Artistic Director.
During the planning of the 60th season, he led the theatre in the creation of the three-year Greek Cycle of Iphigenia in Aulis, Agamemnon, and Electra, serving as the project’s translator and advisor. This unique and ambitious undertaking reinforced Court’s national standing as a daring and innovative force, with far-reaching recognition.
Long before this, Nick laid the foundation that has influenced the success that Court Theatre is enjoying. It was Nick, who:
Turned a summer diversion into a professional theatre company;
Created the excitement and attention that led to the University of Chicago’s decision to build a home for the theatre; and
Attracted an audience that came to see the classics and intellectually engaging work.
Now is the moment to celebrate this remarkable man, whose contributions, not only to Court Theatre but to the University of Chicago, have been many and varied: as a teacher and professor, an actor, a director, a gifted translator and overall, a man whose enthusiasm for what is excellent in his eyes, knows no bounds. As a Court patron, you have had the distinction of being directly impacted by Nick’s many talents. ■
To make a contribution to the Nicholas Rudall Endowed Fund, please contact Susan M. Zellner, Director of Development at (773) 834-3305 or email.