My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for American Blues Theater, Chicago, IL, USA
I have been privleged to work with American Blues Theater for almost three years. I have been with them through difficult times and times when they were re-exploring who they were and what they stood for as a theater company and as professionals. The Blues family (which they really are) are wonderful artists and people, intent on making the best art they can and making sure that the productions they create are socially and politically relevant, that they are informed and filled with "heart". I feel extremely fortunate to work with a group of people who are so committed to their art, their community, and to each other. Their productions are always stellar in many aspects, and they are extremely focused on creating a community with their patrons and businesses around. This season, the Blues are giving back to a number of organizations and charities through the money they make on their productions, and very few companies do this with even a single show, let alone an entire season. And during our yearly production of It's A Wonderful Life, we honor the soliders of the armed forces who have made the american dream a reality. This company cares about the people it meets and the community in which we all live. There needs to be more companies like this!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my life. These people have inspired me to become a better person and artist. They know and understand hard work, as each of the members will come together to build and strike sets, collaborate on marketing efforts, and volunteer their time and resources, even it they are not called upon to do it. As an artist, I strive to continue this tradition and continue to build upon my work with the company.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
give them the means to continue making great theatre and to help them expand their audience so they might infect others with the gift of theatre.