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American Blues Theater

Rating: 4.98 stars   60 reviews 3,162

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Chicago IL 60610 USA

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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 continues to produce excellent shows and do incredible work in Chicago. They treat each patron and donor as an individual rather than just a number. Such a wonderful place!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Blues are talented, seasoned, passionate professionals. The only thing more satisfying than watching them work their theatrical magic is to help create the magic with them. Having been on both sides of the American Blues footlights on many occasions, I cannot say enough about this top-notch collection of artists, staff and board members, all of whom work tirelessly in seamless common purpose. The theatre is the better for American Blues being a part thereof.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

ABT is the classic Chicago storefront theater. Always cast with local actors and designers, ABT continually produces intimate, visceral theatre that gets to the heart of America and what it means to live here.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Nothing but 5 stars!
I've never seen an ABT production that was less than exceptional.
However, what makes me love this theater is their outreach and service to their community; providing audio described and touch tour performances for the hearing and visually impaired and free arts and education program reaching 5th-10th grade students in the Chicago area plus so much more.
The ABT team is more than talented, they have huge hearts, they are a giving, crazy, fun and talented group of people!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A truly wonderful org that's on an amazing trajectory of growth!

With so many qualities to praise, I'll limit it to my 3 faves:

1) Throughout this group; Artists, Artistic leadership, Board, Staff, Technicians and Teachers, they're positive, hard working people with beautiful souls, dedicated to shared goals.

Those goals are:

2) Creation of truly excellent art which challenges, inspires and entertains a diverse audience in rich, profound ways.

3) Service to their community and audience, going well beyond the art they produce. They actually changes lives, for the better.

The upshot: They invaluably touch an increasing number of lives, consistently raising the quality of life and discourse in Chicago, as they grow.

I can't think of a better way to spend time, money and love.

 
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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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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.

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of working with this company for over 10 years. They are not only amazing at what they do, but incredibly inclusive and welcoming. I can't wait to see where the next 10 years takes them!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of working with this company in various capacities since 2005. Their commitment to producing stellar art while making everyone feel included in the process can not be matched. I've always been made to feel "part of the family" since day one.

 
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I just saw Collected Stories and had to come write another review. The show was amazing and the fact that they are also doing outreach combined with the production to help other non-profits blew me away.

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

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have had the pleasure of working on over 10 productions with this company. They treat their artists with so much respect and dignity - truly a collaborative experience!

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?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

American Blues Theater truly invests in its artists and audiences. They tell stories with great impact and importance. They serve their community humbly. They approach their art boldly. American Blues Theater creates events that are not to be missed.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

American Blues is a nonprofit which not only meets its mission statement, but does it with gusto. The productions are first class and thought provoking. How they do it on a limited budget is a splendid example of what can be done under strong leadership.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a special group of people. They are top-notch professionals doing great theater. In addition, their idea of donating a portion of their revenue to other non-for-profit theaters is unique. I am impressed with how they run their affairs and how they turly believe in the good work they are doing.

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

Raise funds to enable the company to increase the number of productions they do and to free the too small staff to think about what else it could do.

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing theater company. Not only committed to making great art, but also to serving it's community.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

American Blues is an incredible organization. Not only do they make amazing art, they do so with endless amounts of heart: I've never known another theater organization to be so invested in serving the community. The partnerships American Blues fosters with other nonprofits are wholly unique and leave a lasting impact. I'm proud to be associated with American Blues and highly recommend it.

 
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