Grantee Profile

Lookingglass Theatre Company

Grants to Lookingglass Theatre Company

  • $1,000,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 11 months)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Lookingglass Theatre Company, founded in 1988, creates and presents new works, stages world premieres, and offers education and outreach programs to students, teachers, and communities. It reaches approximately 50,000 people each year with its performances and outreach initiatives. Lookingglass is known for its emphasis on new work; imaginative, risk-taking productions; and stable organizational structure. Lookingglass ensemble members commit to the organization on a long-term basis and are responsible for driving and developing all elements of the company’s productions. A MacArthur Award recognizes organizations that have excellent programs, that are well-managed, and that are at an inflection point, where they are likely to grow either in size or influence. Lookingglass will allocate most of the award to an opportunity fund; the remaining portion will be used to support capacity building activities.

  • $262,500

    2015 (Duration 4 years, 11 months)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Lookingglass Theatre Company creates and presents new works, stages world premieres, and offers education and outreach programs to students, teachers, and communities. It reaches approximately 50,000 people each year with its performances and outreach initiatives. This grant supports Lookingglass Theatre’s goals of developing and performing new work, sharing its techniques with the larger community, expanding and diversifying its audience, and increasing its financial capacity, stability, and sustainability.

  • $250,000

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

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

  • $190,000Active Strategy

    2005 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

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

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of "Theatre That Moves: The Campaign for Lookingglass," toward construction costs for a new theatre (over two years).

  • $40,000Active Strategy

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

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

  • $25,000

    2000 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $40,000

    1998 (Inactive Grant)

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

  • $20,000

    1997 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $20,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Lookingglass Theatre Company $2,097,500 between 1978 and 2016.

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