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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.



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, 2017 – July 31 2018, and had a significant impact by supporting program operations and community outreach.

Aerialists: $1000 to $2499

Tarik Alim & Shani Francis
Jennifer Arrington
Kathy & Scott Corlew
Irina Konstantinovsky

Steve Mayer & Ariel Orlov
Lee Nagan & Amy Davis
Anne & Don Phillips
Elizabeth Beidler Tisdahl Foundation

Bandleaders: $500 to $999

Richard Arbizzani
Patricia Arrington Smythe
Frank Baiocchi & Robert Hunt
Donnalee & Conrad Floeter
Larry Ginsburg
The Greenberg Winnick Family
David Hellman & Paula Steiner

Paul Kass
Christine Mayer & Rob Coons
Don Monroe & Peg Monroe
Peggy Nelson
Ellen Sack
Rosalyn Schultz & Henry Ettman
Nancy & Michael Timmers

Acrobats: $250 to $499

The Aaronson and Sinai Household
Trudi Arrington
Leigh & Henry Bienen
William Breen
James Breen
Byrne Family
David & Kerry Catlin
Kendra Cunningham & Rich Kasper
Margret & Matthew Duvall
Patrick Fahy & Pam Lowe
Eleanor Goerss
Samantha Gordon & David Gordon
Kristin & Brett Gover
The Gross Family
William Hinchliff

Ginny Holbert & Christopher Allen
Suzanne & Daniel Kanter
Rachel Kraft
Robert & Rebecca Maganuco
Janice Nadler & J. D. Trout
Maureen O`Connell
Jan Petry
Topher Soltys
Susie Stephenson
The Thurber Household
Fred & Julie Tye
Daniela Val & Mark Kruse
Yolanda Vanderlaan & Robert Sorensen
Bonnie & John Vasilion
Timothy & Jacqueline Verrilli
Joan Yohanan

Jugglers: $100 to $249

Beth & Tony Adler
Jeff Babey
Pablo J. Boczkowski
Kristin Brown & Mahmoud Ajamia
Julie & Joshua Chernoff
Bob & Marty Coons
David & Kathy Cudnowski
Paula & Joe Dempsey
Christa & Peter Duffy
Sean Foster & Amy Demarte
Sono Fujii & Claudio Katz
Char & Jerry Glashagel
Cindy Gold
Joyce Gordon & Bill Gordon
Marylu Halperin
Karen Haring
Jill Heyser
Dawn Hillman
Maggie Kast
Therese J. McGuire

Jeanne Mueller
Erika & Julius Nadas
James O`Neil
Constantine & Genevieve Pappas
Dana Pearl
Janet Reed
Kelly & Don Roberts
Scheinfeld Family
Jonathan Schlack
Lorian & William Schwaber
Bill Sherman & Ellen Markus
Mark & Jodie Silberman
Scott Silberstein
Lee & Allen Sinai
Toni Smith
Mark Thomas & Pamela Ferdinand
Laura E. Tilly & Derek Cottier
Christopher Tomlins
Kimberly Wolfe
Thomas O. Zurfluh

Wranglers: Up to $99

Phyllis & Ed Aaronson
Anson/Neuhaus Family
Allison Ashley
Lawrence Atkin
Bev & Don Bajus
Jeri & David Baran
Melissa Barda
Alicia Berneche & Ben Mueller
Anjali Bidani
Will Bishop
Rebecca Bladen
Sheila Bloom
Penny Blubaugh
David Borland
Leslie Brown
Sheila Brown
John Buatti
Devorah Buzil
Lucy Carapetyan & Joshua Bell
Lynn Chaloupka
Catherine Conner
Harriet & Hank Conroe
Natalie Cook
Ebony Coward
Elizabeth Demes
Rolanda Derderian
Christopher Donahue
Caleb Donat
David Dupont
Robert Dwyer
James Eberly
Terri Jo Englund
Axel Erkenswick
Aaron Euler & Martha Kahn
Fran Faller
Jennifer Faust
Carolyn Ferry
Julia Finlayson
Corrinne Fisher
Lucinda Fox
The Freeman Family
Gail Galivan
Michael Goodrum
Anna Gratzl
Grano Grundy
Susan Haas
Rudy Haidle
Karen & Gary Hamity
Taal & Todd Hasak-Lowy
Ben Helphand
Robert Herguth
Leslie & Laura Hirshfield

Magen Iwanski
Lynsy Jacobs
Betty Jacobsen
Evan Jacover
Caroline & Rasmus Jensen
Charles Jolls
Betty & John Kay
Linda Keane
Marilyn Kearney
Mary Kobialka
Marci Koblenz & Glen Cornblath
Martin Lamberti
Faith Laux
Linda Levin
Joshua & Rita Locher
Cheryl McIntosh-Lombardo
Murphy Monroe
Marje Monroe & Domingo Monroe
David Morris
David & Jennifer Nelson
Susan & Art Newman
Jesse Njus
Allison Olin
Nicola Orlov
Marjorie Pannell
David Podgurski
Omar Rahman
Janet & Daniel Rhines
Tehemina & Andrew Richardson
Daniel Roberts
Suzanne Ruch
Kelly Sassi
Wendee Schavocky
Jim Schavocky
Kimberly & Drew Scott
Suzanne Shumaker
Matthew Smith
Mary Spalding & Mark Lazar
Christine Sterkel
Sara Strahan
Gerard Swick
Joseph & Patt Taylor
Christopher Thangaraj
Nina Uziel-Miller
Anita Vaughan
Graciela Viale-Val
Dinakar Vinnakota
Anthony & Jennifer Viola
Ted & Barb Wachholz
Steven & Jennifer Wawryk
Kristen Westman
Maria Fernanda Wetzel
Lynsey Wollin


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
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.

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