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The Saints name recipients of grants totaling $100,000
If you are a Chicago theatergoer, it’s a good bet you’ve been helped by The Saints, even if you haven’t realized it. The Saints are members of that heavenly organization of volunteer ushers who not only help you to your seat, but take care of dozens of other little tasks required to make Chicago’s theaters run smoothly “in the front of the house.”
The Saints also run an impressive program of grants. And they have just announced the recipients of $100,000 worth of these grants to be awarded to 22 performing arts groups in the Chicagoland area. Ranging from $900 to $7500, the grants will be given to theaters, dance companies, and music groups for projects in the 2014-2015 performance year, and are designed to help fund an interesting play, commission a new work, enhance a performance space, or pay for much needed lighting, sound, or electronic equipment. Organizations receiving the awards range in size from tiny, obscure black box theaters to some of the city’s best known, world class venues, whether or not they use the Saints volunteer ushers.
Grants are awarded by the Saints Grants Commission, all volunteers, who this year evaluated a total of 135 proposals. The grants funding comes from the dues that the 2200 Saints pay annually as well as the proceeds of an annual fundraising event.
The twenty-two organizations awarded Saints Grants this year include (in alphabetical order):
± Akvavit Theatre (to purchase a laptop computer for use in running shows, and editing and storing photos and videos).
± American Blues Theater (to develop the world premiere adaptation of “Native Son” in collaboration with Court Theatre, to run in the fall of 2014).
± Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre (to fund a leading female actor in the American premiere of “Belfast Girls,” by Jaki McCarrick.
± Chicago Dance Crash (to fund materials needed to construct electronic costumes for their 2014 summer production of “Tron: End of Line,” at the Biograph Theater).
± Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (to fund light/sound equipment for “Unraveling Veterans Performance Project” at the National Veterans Art Museum, which focuses on our military families and the effects of PTSD).
± City Lit Theater Company (to fund a computer-based system uniting control of lighting, sound, video and other system effects to increase their capability, and simplify execution of effective lighting, sound, and special effect design).
± Filament Theatre Ensemble (to purchase a lighting package so the company can provide the equipment necessary to bring world-class artistic collaborations to their performing arts center in Portage Park).
± Genesis Theatrical Productions (to hire a prominent director to direct the Chicago premiere of “Downrange,” part of their efforts to include more women as playwrights, actors or directors).
± The Gift Theatre Company (to provide technical support and equipment to enhance the overall customer experience and give Gift Theatre the option of doing a musical for the first time).
± Halcyon Theatre (to purchase a portable light console for use at their home performance space in Albany Park).
± The Haymarket Opera Company (to make the first commercial audio recording of “Gli Equivoci Nel Sembiante,” a significant Scarlatti opera which has fallen into oblivion).
± Interrobang Theatre Project (to purchase a lighting console and sound equipment).
± Jackalope Theatre Company (to obtain lighting equipment to be used in a cultural partnership with the Chicago Park District in their new location in Broadway Armory Park).
± Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. (to upgrade sound and lighting equipment).
± Oracle Productions (to fund sound design improvements for theater productions).
± The Plagiarists (to purchase materials and provide a stipend for an artist to create multiple puppets for a production of “These Saints Will Burn”).
± Pride Films and Plays (to fund royalties for finalists in PFP writing contests – Great Gay Play, Women’s Work (plays by women with lesbian themes), and Great Gay Screenplay).
± Profiles Performance Ensemble (to help purchase a modern sound and lighting system at the new Profiles space, The Main Stage).
± Redtwist Theatre (to create and enhance the lighting for special flashback sequences in the world premiere play, “Geezers”).
± Signal Ensemble Theatre (to purchase tools and equipment for their new scene shop space).
± Strawdog Theatre Company (to purchase LED lighting equipment).
± Theatre-Hikes (to partially fund the creator, artists and hike leader for their first commissioned play, “Ghost Stories,” an original work created by a Chicago team of artists and based on Chicago ghost stories).
For further information, contact Trudy Meltzer, the Saints Grants Commission Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org.