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American Blues Theater

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

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

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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Jaclyn G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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1 girlabouttown

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Sammie B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

American Blues Theater is an exemplary organization. Not only do they make sure to go above and beyond for all of their constituents, they also treat everyone like a part of the family. I am proud to be affiliated with American Blues and highly recommend that anyone who has a love for the theater check them out!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the best non-profits out there. I know that my donations will be well spent and put to good use. Their productions are always wonderful, and their "Ripped: The Living Newspaper" brings current social issues to the stage in a powerful way. Even beyond top-quality productions, they use their funds to help other non-profits and educational organizations such as the Chicago Public Schools for free. And for each production they make a concerted effort to connect to the community in various ways, including identifying a charitable organization to partner with. This all makes me feel good about how my donations are being used to help others.

1 Michael324

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Some of my favorite experiences in the theatre have been the performances we've done of "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Hank Williams" for the visually impaired - being able to bring Bedford Falls and Montgomery Alabama to life for them with only our voices and our instruments is an inspiring reminder of the power of theatre to transcend all barriers and connect us all, and just one small example of American Blues' dedication to community outreach.

Manny B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a teaching artist, I've worked with American Blues to take Arts Education into Chicago Public Schools(CPS) that otherwise wouldn't get programming. American Blues serves these schools at no cost to the schools. I can't think of many, if any other theaters in the city at all, that offer programming like The Lincoln Project.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Watching this company grow and serve Chicago has been a great pleasure! Their talent is matched by their integrity.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

American Blues Theater combines the performing arts with service to reach the Chicagoland public. The partnerships are truly valuable and affect patrons in life-changing ways.