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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.

For more information, visit the Individual Giving page, or contact:
William Nalley, Director of Development, at

Photo: Donor and Board Trustee Virginia Gerst enjoying a Producers’ Circle event (Joe Mazza)

Donors Make a Difference:

Stephen J. Albert Living Legacy

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. 

Donor Stories: Jack Halpern

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.

Exelon South Side Youth Performance Fest

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.

Subscriber Spotlight: Helen Barrett

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.

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