American Blues Theater

Rating: 4.98 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: Chicago IL 60610 USA

Mission: American Blues Theater illuminates the American ideas of freedom, equality, and opportunity in the plays we produce and the communities we serve.

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Rating: 5 stars  

American Blues Theater is one of the most thoughtful, inspiring and artistic ensembles in Chicago and I am grateful to have been a member for many years. Audiences are considered family, cast and crew are treated with respect and the ensemble and board do more than co-exist - they work together. All levels of the organization "click" to create great theater.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Not only are their productions fabulous, but ABT's heart is in the right place, helping other organizations in need. I have no qualms about recommending this company to friends, family, people off the street.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

For many years, I have acted, fundraised, sound designed, wrote music, and cleaned toilets as part of this fabulous organization. American Blues Theater is a group of no-nonsense, hard working, down to earth people. Committed to producing an exceptional theater experience & partnering with social and service organizations to make the world a better place - I'm proud to be part of it.

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Very Well

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A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Live theater is an extraordinarily personal medium and requires an enormous amount of soul-bearing and honesty from the actors who tell the stories, the artists creating the set, sound, costume and set designs, the playwrights, directors, stage managers, technicians and even from the audience members experiencing the production. The American Blues Theater ensemble has soul. It has heart. Its productions are honest and compelling. And in recent years, it has one of the most admirable missions to date - telling the stories of the working person while partnering with social and service organizations for each production. Supporters of this theater company are rewarded with not just a unique and intimate theater experience, but they're helping American Blues give back to the community through raising awareness, running food and book drives, and providing free tickets to groups that otherwise could not afford the theater experience.

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Seeing members of audience groups such as Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and Veterans from the VA Hospital attend a live theater performance for the very first time is thrilling. It is a great gift to watch someone's eyes open to a new art form for the first time and to know that our theater provides such audience members with this experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow its budget to a size to support a paid administrative staff. Currently, it's 100% volunteer.

Rating: 5 stars  

As a member of Chicago's artistic community, I am grateful to consider myself a member of the American Blues Theater family. Not only is the organization's art work excellent, but ABT stands as a powerful role model to other theatres and non-profits in that it offers consistent service to the community as an ensemble.

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

American Blues Theatre is my favorite theatre in Chicago. Committed to excellence, their productions are consistently first-rate.

Most appealing to me is their noble mission which resonates in each production as they pursue the heart and soul of the American experience by giving voice to the working class, the salt-of-the earth.

The ensemble is strangely egoless. They have a genuine love for the work. It always comes first. It is central. Such values give way to artistry that is honest, poignant, and straight from the heart. That is exactly what I look for in a theatrical experience. Go ABT!!! You're the best!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fulfilling theatrical productions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fund their marketing so that more people could find out about their stirring productions.

Rating: 5 stars  

Well...I've been affiliated with the company for a couple more years now and they continue to grow artistically, and infrastructurally while they expand their practical impact on other important not-for-profits. It really is an arts org in which I feel that my efforts make a difference.

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I'm an actor. Over the years I'd seen several excellent shows at American Blues Theater (ABT), which put them on my list of exceptional companies that I'd like to work with.

However, I fell in love when I worked with them.

In addition to their standards of artistic excellence, which I’d already known to be at the highest levels, and their deep commitment to one another as people, they have a unique commitment to the city and to being an active positive influence on the world at large.

On a personal level, I've consistently worked toward making my daily impact on the world a positive one, and I’ve sought ways of maximizing that impact. In the process, I've learned that this can best be done in a community.
Which is why ABT blows my mind, they’ve created an environment where one can pursue art with a group of folks who share core values, which I happen to old very dear.

I periodically continue to work with ABT, as an actor however, I consistently volunteer for them, because it fulfills my soul to work in an artistic environment that's outwardly focused; striving with conviction to improve the world, whether it's in the service to individuals, families communities or other not for profits (local and national).

This company is a good fit for people who care about art and the larger well-being of their community and the world.

If you're thinking about supporting American Blues Theater, I encourage you to go for it.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build it's infrastucture and budget so that it can have a wider artistic and social impact.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

Great to work with and great to work for. And they always connect and involve the community.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing, powerful, inspired theater. Every time I walk into a production by American Blues I feel like family and I'm ready to be carried away into great new story.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

American Blues Theater is a wonderful company that not only produces great, relevant art but it also shares that art with other worthy Chicago non-for-profits. What public school student doesn't want to see the Civil War come to life with a visit from a "real" Abraham Lincoln? What young, struggline playwright doesn't want the opportunity to see their work on stage? What ambitious actor wouldn't like to play a meaty role in a play about a working class family. In short, it is a pleasure to associate with ABT and see them do such great, passion-filled work.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

American Blues is a theater passionate about creating art that speaks to audiences and also gives back to the community. Its so great to see an ensemble theater doing such great work in so many ways.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

Great people with big hearts. Their passion matches their generosity. And they make unforgettable art.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

American Blues Theater does an outstanding job in presenting thoughtful theater. Their recent show, "American Myth" raised many questions regarding ethics and what really constitutes truth. The group of us who saw it, had a long discussion afterwards in a way that we never would have otherwise. It allowed us to share different perspectives and build on each other's thoughts. ABT made that conversation happen and that's what's important in good theater work. Starting new conversations and helping people consider issues from another angle. Thank you ABT for presenting provocative material!

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

Their love for the Chicago community is matched by their incredible talent!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

These guys do incredible work. I have nothing but love for them

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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