The League of Chicago Theatres congratulates Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Michelle Boone and the City of Chicago on the unveiling of the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012. The plan, the first of its kind in 25 years, is a visionary tool for supporting and enhancing theatre, arts and culture in the City.
“We are thrilled that the plan dedicates the resources of the City of Chicago to our thriving cultural industries and looks towards the arts as a catalyst for innovation,” says Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres.
"Bravo to the City of Chicago! The Cultural Plan of Chicago allows for our over 250 theatres, as well as Chicago educators and the greater cultural community, to travel on a defined road map - a map that clearly honors and supports our work as well as celebrating and trumpeting Chicago's greatest assets to the world. This plan gives all of Chicago, in every neighborhood, the opportunity to access an amazing array of theatre and culture," comments Eileen LaCario, Chair of the League of Chicago Theatres and Vice President of Broadway In Chicago.
About Chicago theater
Chicago theater is the leader in the U.S. with more than 250 theaters throughout Chicagoland, comprising a rich and varied community ranging from storefront, non-union theaters to the most renowned resident theaters in the country, including 5 which have been honored with Regional Tony Awards, and the largest touring Broadway organization in the nation. Chicago’s theaters serve 5 million audience members annually and have a combined budget of more than $250 million. Chicago produces and/or presents more world premieres annually than any other city in the nation. In 2009-10 alone Chicago theater companies produced more than 130 world premiere productions and adaptations. Each year Chicago theaters send new work to resident theaters across the country, to Broadway, and around the world.
The League of Chicago Theatres’ Mission Statement
The League of Chicago Theatres is an alliance of theaters which leverages its collective strength to promote, support and advocate for Chicago's theater industry locally, nationally and internationally. The League of Chicago Theatres Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the art of theater in the Chicago area through audience development and support services for theaters and theater professionals.