Grants to Court Theatre
2012 (Duration 5 years)
Arts & Culture in Chicago
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant provides renewed multi-year general operating support to Court Theatre, which was founded in 1955 and is known for its interesting and challenging adaptations of classic works and classic texts for the stage. Court has been particularly successful in increasing its audience by exploring classic African American texts. Court Theatre serves 35,000 patrons annually, 24% of whom come from the surrounding neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Kenwood, while 56% are from the greater Chicago area. Four hundred south side high school students also participate each year in intensive in-school and extracurricular programs, and 3,200 Chicago-area teens annually attend the theatre's deeply-discounted student matinees.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded Court Theatre $262,500 between 2010 and 2013.