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Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: American Blues Theater explores the American identity through the plays it produces and communities it serves.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have truly fallen in love with this theater company and the consistently great art it produces throughout the year. I've only been aware of them for the past 2 years, but I try not to miss any of their productions. I've found their productions to be both very accessible as well as thoroughly engaging and thought provoking, a perfect combination to bring my friends and associates to that have not had the opportunity to partake in a lot of great theater. Forever a fan!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with American Blues Theater for the last year. Blues welcomed me with open arms during Little Shop of Horrors, and I have been eager to continue my freelance work with them over the last season. The staff and artistic team is top notch and I am proud to work alongside them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve been associated with the American Blues Theater for about a year now. I have met some of the most wonderful, talented, warm and embracing professionals ever in my career. The American Blues Theater is a proud group of artists, putting on high quality theater steeped in telling American stories that make you laugh, sing, cry, cheer and sometimes allows you to sit back and reflect. The shows are timely and relevant, and their attention to detail is on par with other medium to large theater groups in Chicago. Crowd pleasing and customer service is a focus of this group on top of the quality art. I am impressed with their community outreach to the Chicago Public School system and their community service and it’s great to see them make a positive impact on the children of some of the more challenged neighborhoods in Chicago. I am extremely proud to be associated with the American Blues Theater and I look forward to working with them for many more years as they seek to grow and expand their brilliance in Chicago.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor and privilege of volunteering for and with the wonderful people of American Blues Theater and have loved every minute. It has been so rewarding to see the ways the company uses the theater arts in such beautifully philanthropic and socially progressive ways.
In my discussions with other members of the theater community in Chicago over the last year, I have heard only glowingly positive opinions about both the people and the shows put on by American Blues, and I can certainly agree with every word of praise. I'm excited to see what else is in store for and from ABT in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great staff and group of actors. I saw a show this winter. Was treated great and totally enjoyed the night.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have the pleasure of being an artistic affiliate with American Blues. Each show that I get to be a part of is so much fun. The team has a great, positive energy and they genuinely care about the cast and crew as well as their patrons. They make you feel right at home and put forth top notch performances every season.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What a jewel in Chicago's crown, American Blues Theater is! Every show is produced to highest standards; superb acting, great story telling and powerful messaging. I look forward to every new show with great anticipation and almost always go to see each one at least twice.
How fortunate we are to have this wonderful theater company in our community.
(And I love the new venue at Stage 773, too.)

Board Member

Rating: 5

American Blues Theater is emblematic of the best parts of Chicago.

American Blues Theater has rekindled my love of theater. I was a theater kid in high school. Other academic and professional pursuits sidelined that passion. Upon attending my first American Blues Theater production, I felt I had become part of something special. I am now lucky enough to be a member of the American Blues Theater Board of Directors.

I can attest, from the inside-out American Blues Theater's demand for authentic, honest, meaningful art is unwavering. We have made a priority of respecting artists, staff, audience members, volunteers, students, and ensemble members. That respect shows through our exceptional efforts in community education and outreach. It is also reflected in the priority we place on paying artists and staff in a fair and equitable manner.

In addition, our artistic development team has an uncompromising dedication to quality art. In a densely talented theater town, like Chicago, it is difficult to stand out. More important, in Chicago, mediocre theater is quick to find a death. Here, at American Blues Theater, its accessible, truthful, and thought-provoking art has a well-earned place among Chicago's theater community.

Finally, American Blues Theater is a collection of good people. We care about theater. More important, American Blues Theater uses the power of art to affect meaningful change and empower segments of our population who may feel like their voice has been discounted or, worse, ignored. American Blues Theater's Lincoln Project, Ripped, and Blue Ink projects all work to develop talent at various levels of ability. These projects and the plays American Blues Theater produces reflect the ethos of Chicago.

Elyse D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

American Blues Theater creates art with heart! This is an organization that cares about its employees and does great work in the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Not only is the art impeccable, but the administration is fantastic. They follow up on donations with paperwork, personal notes, and an attention to personal relationships that I have never seen before. I love that American Blues Theater even pairs performances with other non-profits to spread awareness and support their missions. The Lynn Sage previews have been a great way to share the love.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

American Blues Theater produces plays that spark conversation, which is exactly what theater is meant to do. This is an exceptional organization filled with people who care for each other, for the art, and for the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Truly a wonderful company. Their commitment goes above and beyond, for the art, the talent and the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ABT is a treasure! Their staff goes above and beyond to not only provide top quality performances, but create an experience for the community both on and off the stage.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

American Blues Theater continues to excite and amaze me. It is an organization full of big hearts and big dreams. I cannot wait to see what's next!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the mission, art, and the people. Excellent organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

srkey

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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