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More than ever, those who dare to be different – those who dare to put their creativity on display and show their distinctive take on the world – need strong and outspoken support.

Summer Salon

July 31, 2021 at 7pm

Join us in celebrating our 25th year at a magical evening under the stars in Tallmadge Park. It will be a night of music, performances, nibbles, and libations.

The children, teens, and adults who express themselves through physicality and humor every day at the Gym are brave. The vulnerability they show when learning new skills and perfecting their timing creates an environment that breeds lifelong friendships. At the Gym people learn to trust and be trusted. Together, our students experiment with the teamwork, discipline, and imagination they need to go out and change their worlds.

There are many worthy causes to support, but given that you’ve already shown an understanding of what the Gym means to kids in Evanston and north Chicagoland, we hope you’ll think of us. We want to keep inspiring and teaching students to be themselves, to be strong, to be balanced, and to fly. To do that, we need your support. Please consider making a tax deductible donation today!

Award-winning children’s classes create an outlet for children to express themselves through physicality and humor.
Through creative arts partnerships, we bring circus skills to hundreds of public school students every year.
Our breath-taking event entertainment raises the profile of Chicago’s circus community and introducing people to this vital art form.



From hoodies to notebooks, we’ve got a ton of ways to show off your support of the gym.


Thank you to our supporters! Below, you’ll find gifts that were received August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020 and had a significant impact by supporting program operations and community outreach.


Eugene & Julie Amromin
Jennifer Arrington
James Breen
Scott & Kathy Corlew Family Charitable Trust
Deborah A. Crimmins & Paul Goerss
Corrinne Fisher
David Hellman & Paula Steiner
Paul Kass
Jay Marling & Sunith Kartha
Steve Mayer & Ariel Orlov
Diane Miller
Lee Nagan & Amy Davis
David & Jennifer Nelson
Julie & Tom O’Hare
Gabrielle Parra
Rosalyn Schultz & Henry Ettman
Christopher Thangaraj
Nancy & Michael Timmers
Yolanda Vanderlaan & Robert Sorensen
Timothy & Jacqueline Verrilli


Paul Carapetyan
Carlyle Coash
Larry Distasi
Midori Fujii & Otis Berry
Dana Gerstein
The Greenberg Winnick Family
Lisa Greene
The Gross Family
Katherine Hammond
Jill Heyser
Jonathan Hoenig
Sharon Matthews
Zoe Miller-Lee
Peggy Nelson
Lorna Scott
Anne Trompeter
Jamie Weyeneth
Lisa Winn
Vanessa Zises Filley
Thomas O. Zurflu


The Aaronson and Sinai Household
Naiche Adler
Jeri & David Baran
Susan Besson
Joan & Hank Bliss
Tabitha Bonilla
Scott & Linda Bradley
Stacey Burke
Devorah Buzil
Catherine Caporusso
Pamela Carpentier
Paula Casas
Jacob Chartoff
Katherine Cichon
Virginia Clores
Michelle Cohen
Thomas Cox
Joe & Paula Dempsey
Janis Dufford
Katie Eckstein
Laura Fairman
Donnalee & Conrad Floeter
John Fox
Barbara & Richard Franco
Jill Garfield & Cameron Ellis
Danielle Gennaoui
Char & Jerry Glashagel
William Gordon
Kristin & Brett Gover
David Graham
Marylu Halperin
Dustin Harris & Lea Pinsky
Eva Hellman
Andrew & Felicity HunzekerHesed
Suzanne & Daniel Kanter
Maggie Kettering & Steve Pickering
Rachel Kraft
Faith Laux
Adam Lazar
Mitchel Manar
Sheri Maremont & Dave Cook
Christine Mayer & Rob Coons
Matthew Moynihan
Jeanne Mueller
Dawn Muhammad & Paulette Squire
Janice Nadler & J. D. Trout
Jesse Njus
Emily Peters
Gianna Petrosino
Denise Pettengill & James Kreider
Kefira Philippe
Bill Race
Kurt Riemersma & Suzanne Clores
Kelly Roberts
Michael Rubin & Marci Van Gilder-Rubin
Dori Rubin
Stephen Schwartz
Kimberly & Drew Scott
Leesa & Jes Sherborne
Amy Sullivan
Mark Thomas & Pamela Ferdinand
Bonnie & John Vasilion
Alisha Vincent


Phyllis & Ed Aaronson
Susan Abraham
Andre Affatato
Ms. Catherine Allen
Lawrence Atkin
Mollie Bass
Alicia Berneche & Ben Mueller
Randall Berry & Juchien Hsu
Juliet Bond
Simone Bonde
David Borland
Locke Bowman
Kenneth Bradburd
Eileen Breen
Jacqueline Briskin
Scott Campbell & Stacie Young
Kevin Carl
Belinda Chen
Lynda Chick
William Ching
Todd Clark & Geeta Maker-Clark
Ebony Coward
Amanda Crockett
Averylin Cummins
Lillian Cummins
Kristen Derby
Joyce Doppelt
Marissa Dorschner
Robert Faison & Amy Sheriff-Faison
Hannah Fishkin
Lauren Foley
Kasey Foster
Luis Fowler
Meryl Franke
Rebecca Freeman
Molly Gilbert
Laura & Keith Glantz
Michele Gover
Anna Gratzl
Helanie Greene
Alexandru Grigorescu
Paige Grivett
Elyse Hardecky
Katherine Harris
Anne Hartwick
John Hartwick
Lisa Hechtman
Devorah Heitner
Molly & Margaret Hernandez
Adrienne Hiegel
Bitty Higgins
Becky Hoke
Lena Huang
Stephanie Hughes
Charlene Kass
Michael Kegler
Ken Koski
Charlotte Kovacs
Julie Lambert
Patricia Lee King
Tara Leinenweber
Eugene Limb
Marie Lynch
Dan Lyonsmith
Rory Malia
Terry Marling
Frank Maugeri
Marje Monroe & Domingo Monroe
Samuel Mordka & Michelle Cohen
Patrick Mullenix
Alice Murtas
Erika & Julius Nadas
Dave Nelson
Susan & Art Newman
Grace Norberg
Lia Odden
Denise Peta
Linda Ring
Amanda Ripp
Carlee Rose
Chris & Molly Rouch
Carolna Schoonyoung
Lauren Schultz
Carly Schuna
Richard Shapiro
Madison Smith
Amy Spotts
Jessica Stanczak
Madeleine Steczynski
Lindsey Steeg
Christine Sterkel
Fujiko Taira
Heidi Thelander
Tommy Tomlins
Unknown Unkown
Marci Van Gilder-Rubin
Karen Vanausdal
Anthony & Jennifer Viola
Shahina Virani
Tracy Walsh
Ann Wasserman
Jennifer Willbanks
Amy Willen
Tom Wolf
Lynsey Wollin-Casey
Raven Yatabe
Ale Young


The Actors Gymnasium would like to give special recognition to the following donors for demonstrating an extraordinary lifelong commitment to financially supporting The Actors Gymnasium’s programs for giving over $5,000 throughout their lifetime of giving.

Joyce & Bruce Chelberg
Richard A. Ditton
Dean Evans
Linda Karn
Jennifer & Adam Lasik
Lee Nagan & Amy Davis
Peggy Nelson
David Schwimmer
Susie Stephenson
Laura E. Tilly & Derek Cottier
Elizabeth Beidler Tisdahl Foundation
Yolanda Vanderlaan & Robert Sorensen


If you or your organization are interested in supporting The Actors Gymnasium’s innovative programming, please contact Murphy:

Sponsors & Partners

We are tremendously grateful to the foundations, government, and business partners who make our educational and theatrical programs possible. Our sincere thanks for the wonderful support from:

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

This project is partially supported by a grant from the Evanston Arts Council, a city agency supported by the City of Evanston, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.