THE MISSION

Since its inception, the mission of the Society has been to fund scholarships to promising theatre students at top drama departments in Chicagoland, including Columbia College, DePaul University, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Northwestern University.

Recent new endeavors include a partnership with the Black Ensemble Theatre’s Plays with a Purpose, a series of musical productions reaching hundreds of school children, written to teach children positive life lessons for the purpose of fostering development, self-esteem, confidence and self-respect. In past seasons, the Society supported Chicago Humanities Spring Festival—Stages, Sights and Sounds—exposing disadvantaged students to theatregoing experiences.

Leading Players, launched in 2015 as the Society’s creative arm, includes a younger generation of theatre artists attracting new members and creating more varied programming for the organization.