Grantee Profile

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Grants to Chicago Shakespeare Theater

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is a professional theater company whose core mission is to present the plays of William Shakespeare; additionally it commissions and presents new work, mounts the work of other leading playwrights, brings international theatrical groups to Chicago, and engages in outreach and education programs. In 2016 the worldwide Shakespeare community will mark the 400th year of Shakespeare’s death with public performances, programs, exhibitions and creative activities. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is serving as chief curator and producer for Chicago’s year-long, citywide Shakespeare festival. This grant funds activities related to the planning and execution of the 2016 Shakespeare festival.

  • $375,000

    2014 (Duration 4 years, 11 months)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is a professional theater company whose core mission is to present the plays of William Shakespeare; additionally it commissions and presents new work, the work of other leading playwrights, and international theatrical groups. It conducts extensive outreach and education. The Theater presents up to 18 full-scale productions each year. More than 225,000 people attend its 650 performances throughout the year. This grant will be used to support programmatic and physical space expansion, educational initiatives and general operations of Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

  • $50,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Shakespeare Theater performs the plays of William Shakespeare and educates audiences, children and teachers about his work. In addition, it brings international theatrical groups to Chicago, presents the work of other leading playwrights, and conducts an extensive program of outreach and education. This grant will support the Theater’s participation in the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad with an original production of a hip hop version of Othello that will be featured at the Globe Theater’s Globe to Globe Festival. Chicago Shakespeare is the only English speaking company invited to participate. MacArthur funds will support travel, the development and staging of the new play, and artist and production staff fees.

  • $375,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

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

  • $275,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

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

  • $500,000

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support international programming and to support an endowment (over two years).

  • $60,000Active Strategy

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

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

  • $30,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $90,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

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

  • $100,000

    1993 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To expand to a three-play season.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Chicago Shakespeare Theater $2,105,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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