Donors make Court’s productions, education programming, and community outreach possible. These donors have wonderful stories about why they love Court, and why they choose to give to Court. The stories below demonstrate just a few ways that you, too, can make a difference at Court.
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Photo: Donor and Board Trustee Virginia Gerst enjoying a Producers’ Circle event (Joe Mazza)
Donors Make a Difference:
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.
Judy Chernick’s relationship with Court dates back to the days when the company performed in Hutchinson Court on the University of Chicago campus. A season ticket subscriber since the early 1970s, Judy has been a donor for just as long, finding the connection between being a supporter and an audience member a natural fit.
Chip Bamberger and Martha Van Haitsma, Producers’ Circle members and long-time subscribers, are firm believers in the transformative power of arts in education. In addition to their three decades as loyal subscribers, Chip and Martha are also generous patrons to Court. Their most recent gift will fund an innovative collaboration between Court and the Ancona School in Hyde Park/Kenwood.
In September, the artistic director position at Court was named the Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director in appreciation of the Vitales’ significant donation to Court Theatre.
Court Theatre is proud to have the longtime support of Neil Ross and Lynn Hauser, friends and strong advocates of the theatre. Since 2010, Neil and Lynn have been consistent patrons of Court.