League of Chicago Theatres Welcomes New Board and Executive Committee Members
The League of Chicago Theatres proudly announces the election of the Executive Committee Members and the appointment of four new members to The Board of Directors. The Executive Committee includes Board Chair Kate Lipuma, Executive Director, Writers Theatre; Vice Chair Rachel Kraft, Executive Director, Lookingglass Theatre Company; Treasurer Heather Schmucker, Associate Producer, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; and Secretary Dan McArdle, Managing Director, The Neo-Futurists. Elected by members of the League, newly-elected Board Members include Brittany Barnes, Managing Director, Pavement Group; Peter Handler, Program Director, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; Bill Melamed, Chief Marketing and Development Officer, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; and ReGina Taylor, Artistic Collective, Goodman Theatre.
The League of Chicago Theatres is an alliance of over 200 theatres that leverages its collective strength to promote, support and advocate for Chicago's theatre industry locally, nationally and internationally. Every year, the League accomplishes this mission through a wide variety of programs that includes audience development, professional development, advocacy, and awareness.
"Our newly-appointed Executive Committee Members have been dedicated members of our Board of Directors, demonstrating leadership and expertise in the Chicago theatre community," notes Executive Director Deb Clapp. "With their continued leadership and the addition of these passionate new Board Members, I am very excited for the League of Chicago Theatres continued growth."
"The League of Chicago Theatres staff and board is a highly-dedicated group committed to support and promote what is considered to be one of the strongest and most cohesive theatre communities in the world. I look forward to working with Deb, the staff, and my fellow board members and officers to continue the organization's great work," comments newly elected Chair Kate Lipuma.
The League of Chicago Theatres Board of Directors includes: Chair Kate Lipuma, Executive Director, Writers Theatre; Vice Chair Rachel Kraft, Executive Director; Lookingglass Theatre Company; Treasurer Heather Schmucker, Associate Producer, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Secretary Dan McArdle, Managing Director, The Neo-Futurists; Foundation Chair, David Hawkanson, Executive Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Brittany Barnes, Managing Director, Pavement Group; Les Coney, Vice-President, Mesirow Financial; Tim Evans, Executive Director, Northlight Theatre; Brian Golden, Managing Artistic Director, Theatre Seven of Chicago; Jonathan Green, Artistic Director, Sideshow Theatre Company; Peter Handler, Program Director, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; Criss Henderson, Executive Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Jan Kallish, Producer, Jan Kallish Productions; Beth Kaskel, General Manager, American Theater Company; Hon. Paul C. Lillios, Chief Administrative Law Judge, United States Social Security Administration; DiAna Martinez, President, Spark Creative Consulting; Bill Melamed, Chief Marketing and Development Officer, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Matt Nielson, Deputy Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Alan Salzenstein, Performing Arts Management Coordinator, DePaul University; Jodie Shpritz, Vice President, No Limit Agency; ReGina Taylor, Artistic Collective, Goodman Theatre; and Jeremy Wechsler, Artistic Director, Theater Wit.