The Actors Gymnasium had a record-breaking 18th year in 2012-13, with increased partnerships, performances, classes, students, audiences and contracted events serving a total of 3,385 students and 17,596 audience members.
Thanks to the generosity of individual donors to our annual fund, $19,585 in scholarships was awarded to students of all ages and skill levels.
Our goal in 2013-2014 is to expand individual gifts to $25,000 so that even more students in need can Learn To Fly.
Throughout 2012-13, students in 18 schools, after-school programs and universities learned body awareness, courage, perseverance and collaboration through our off-site educational programs.
Actors Gym teachers are a dedicated and diverse team who worked in five separate school districts, as well as at our main Gym. In the coming year, they will receive additional professional development and specialist training, which is made possible by donations to the Annual Fund.
The Actors Gymnasium builds character. Due to popular demand, a Spring Youth Circus was added for the first time, which allowed dozens of children and teens to stretch creatively while learning teamwork and responsibility.
Our professional theatre partnership was the Mercury Theatre’s production of BARNUM: THE MUSICAL.
Record audiences attended Skooled: A Study In Circus which the Chicago Reader called:
“…a fascinating theatrical experiment—a wild hybrid … performed by an ensemble mixing gifted young student artists (preteens on up) with a handful of adult performers. Skooled crackles with energy as the cast invent new uses for familiar theatrical forms.”
Many strategic goals were met, including a brand new website supported by online class registration and improved ticketing. The new technology allowed staff to focus on curriculum development and to continue building our diversity. We were an active member of the Noyes Tenants Association in the ongoing discussions with the City of Evanston about the future of the Noyes Cultural Center, and Executive Director Virginia Nugent was hired.
On top of all this, Camps, Classes and Intensive Workshops remained our core business and grew even further, with 3 new classes, 7 more performances and a 31% increase in audiences! While proud of our earned revenue, we still raised over $83,000 in order to balance the budget. Immense thanks go to our foundation and corporate supporters, Board of Directors, Gala Committee, and crucial individual donors. Our work would not be possible without your wonderful support.
“…My daughter loves everything about AG. The environment is exceptionally encouraging of all skill levels. It seems that the staff works hard to make each child feel capable and proud of growth”