Support us

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 April 15, 2018 – April 15, 2019 and had a significant impact by supporting program operations and community outreach.


Jennifer Arrington
Scott & Kathy Corlew Family Charitable Trust

Irina Konstantinovsky
Timothy & Jacqueline Verrilli


Richard Arbizzani
Frank Baiocchi & Robert Hunt
Donnalee & Conrad Floeter
David Hellman & Paula Steiner
William Hinchliff

Paul Kass
Steve Mayer & Ariel Orlov
Rosalyn Schultz & Henry Ettman
Christopher Thangaraj
Nancy & Michael Timmers


The Aaronson and Sinai Household
Trudi Arrington
Jeff Babey
Byrne Family
Catherine Chinnock
Margret & Matthew Duvall
The Greenberg Winnick Family
The Gross Family

Rachel Kraft
Christine Mayer & Rob Coons
Angie Mills
Lee Nagan & Amy Davis
Topher Soltys
Susie Stephenson
Daniela Val & Mark Kruse
Yolanda Vanderlaan & Robert Sorensen


Eugene & Julie Amromin
Carole Bass
Joan & Hank Bliss
Pablo J. Boczkowski
Liz & Skip Coggin
Bob & Marty Coons
Joe & Paula Dempsey
Corrinne Fisher
Sean Foster & Amy Demarte
Sono Fujii & Claudio Katz
Midori Fujii & Otis Berry
Joyce & Bill Gordon
Marylu Halperin
Robert & Becky Maganuco
Don Monroe & Peg Monroe

David Morris
Janice Nadler & J. D. Trout
Susan & Art Newman
James O`Neil
Dana Pearl
Kelly & Don Roberts
Jonathan Schlack
Mark & Jodie Silberman
Lee & Allen Sinai
Toni Smith
Shane Sugino & Daisy Hu
Mark Thomas & Pamela Ferdinand
Laura E. Tilly & Derek Cottier
Bonnie & John Vasilion
Thomas O. Zurfluh


Jeri & David Baran
Alicia Berneche & Ben Mueller
Anjali Bidani
Rebecca Bladen
David Borland
James Breen
Sheila Brown
Patrick Browning
Devorah Buzil
Lynn Chaloupka
Natalie Cook
Ebony Coward
Ebony Coward
Paul Demarte & Stephanie Dufford
Rolanda Derderian
James Eberly
Ana Eigler
Aaron Euler & Martha Kahn
Fran Faller
Judy Feinberg
The Freeman Family
Sally & Wade Freeman
Alyssa Gaden
Gail Galivan
Jill Garfield & Cameron Ellis
Josh Gilbert
Anna Gratzl
Grano Grundy
Carolina Gwinn
Rudy Haidle
Karen & Gary Hamity
John & Laurie Heitz
Robert Herguth

Esther Anne Hershenhorn
Dawn Hillman
Caroline & Rasmus Jensen
Marci Koblenz & Glen Cornblath
Faith Laux
Emily Lawrence
Joshua & Rita Locher
Kevin Mayer
Jeanne Mueller
David & Jennifer Nelson
Allison Olin
Sarah Page
Constantine & Genevieve Pappas
Ana Luz Perez-Duran
Colleen Petty
David Podgurski
Sissy Pomplin
Tehemina & Andrew Richardson
Suzanne Shumaker
Jill Silverman
Matthew Smith
Christine Sterkel
Gerard Swick
The Thurber Household
Ann Tomlins
Anne Trompeter
Anthony & Jennifer Viola
Steven & Jennifer Wawryk
Kristen Westman
Maria Fernanda Wetzel
Lynsey Wollin
Phranque Wright
Emily Zarefsky


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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