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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.

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.

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Donors

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.

Aerialists

Eugene & Julie Amromin
Jennifer Arrington
Scott & Kathy Corlew Family Charitable Trust
Corrinne Fisher
Jay Marling & Sunith Kartha
Steve Mayer & Ariel Orlov
Diane Miller
Janice Nadler & J. D. Trout
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

Acrobats

The Aaronson and Sinai Household
James Breen
Carlyle Coash
Deborah A. Crimmins & Paul Goerss
Joe & Paula Dempsey
Midori Fujii & Otis Berry
Dana Gerstein
The Greenberg Winnick Family
Lisa Greene
Katherine Hammond
Jonathan Hoenig
Zoe Miller-Lee
Ellen Sack
Lorna Scott
Anne Trompeter
Jamie Weyeneth
Lisa Winn
Vanessa Zises Filley

Jugglers

Naiche Adler
Jeri & David Baran
Carole Bass
Susan Besson
Joan & Hank Bliss
Tabitha Bonilla
Scott & Linda Bradley
Stacey Burke
Devorah Buzil
Catherine Caporusso
Paula Casas
Jacob Chartoff
Katherine Cichon
Virginia Clores
Michelle Cohen
Thomas Cox
Katie Eckstein
Laura Fairman
John Fox
Barbara & Richard Franco
Anonymous
Danielle Gennaoui
David Graham
The Gross Family
Marylu Halperin
Dustin Harris & Lea Pinsky
Eva Hellman
Paul Kass
Rachel Kraft
Faith Laux
Adam Lazar
Mitchel Manar
Sheri Maremont & Dave Cook
Christine Mayer & Rob Coons
Jeanne Mueller
Jesse Njus
Emily Peters
James & Denise Kreider
Kefira Philippe
Bill Race
Kurt Riemersma & Suzanne Clores
Michael Rubin & Marci Van Gilder-Rubin
Dori Rubin
Stephen Schwartz
Kimberly & Drew Scott
Leesa & Jes Sherborne
Amy Sullivan
Alisha Vincent
Anonymous
Thomas O. Zurfluh

Wranglers

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
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
Lillian Cummins
Kristen Derby
Joyce Doppelt
Marissa Dorschner
Janis Dufford
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
Sam Mordka
Patrick Mullenix
Alice Murtas
Erika & Julius Nadas
Dave Nelson
Susan & Art Newman
Grace Norberg
Lia Odden
Denise Peta
Gianna Petrosino
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 STARS OF THE CENTER RING GIVING SOCIETY

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.

Anonymous
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

Aerialist

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

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.