Grantee Profile

Court Theatre

Grants to Court Theatre

  • $120,000

    2017 (Duration 2 years)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Court Theatre, based at the University of Chicago, presents five productions each year that include classic works, pieces from the African American canon, and American plays and musicals. Court Theatre’s audience includes more than 30,000 patrons annually. It works with more than 4,000 Chicago Public School students, mostly from the south side of Chicago, through its arts education initiatives. This award recommends two years of renewed general operating support to the Court Theatre.

  • $262,500

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    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.

  • $240,000Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $50,000

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support work with high schools in Chicago neighborhoods.

  • $40,000

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support work with high schools on Chicago's South Side.

  • $40,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $120,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $120,000

    1993 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $75,000

    1991 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Artistic and Organizational Development Plan.

  • $70,000

    1991 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Court Theatre $1,137,500 between 1978 and 2017.

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