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Review for American Blues Theater, Chicago, IL, USA

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.

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

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for American Blues Theater, Chicago, IL, USA

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.

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

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for American Blues Theater, Chicago, IL, USA

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.

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

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for American Blues Theater, Chicago, IL, USA

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.

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

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.

Role:  Volunteer & As a company member since 1993, I've watched and participated in this theater ensemble's growth and development as an actor, designer and consultant. I am proud to call American Blues my artistic home. .