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


Scott & Kathy Corlew Family Charitable Trust
Samantha Gordon & David Gordon

Irina Konstantinovsky
Timothy & Jacqueline Verrilli


Richard Arbizzani
David Hellman & Paula Steiner
William Hinchliff
Paul Kass

Jay Marling & Sunith Kartha
Rosalyn Schultz & Henry Ettman
Christopher Thangaraj
Nancy & Michael Timmers


The Aaronson and Sinai Household
Trudi Arrington
Jeff Babey
Catherine Chinnock
The Greenberg Winnick Family
The Gross Family
Rachel Kraft

Steve Mayer & Ariel Orlov
Angie Mills
Lee Nagan & Amy Davis
Eugenie Shields
Topher Soltys
Susie Stephenson
Yolanda Vanderlaan & Robert Sorensen


Eugene & Julie Amromin
Jennifer Arrington
Carole Bass
Joan & Hank Bliss
Bob & Marty Coons
Deborah A. Crimmins & Paul Goerss
Sean Foster & Amy Demarte
Sono Fujii & Claudio Katz
Joyce & Bill Gordon
Kristin & Brett Gover
Betty & John Kay
Faith Laux
Robert & Becky Maganuco
Don Monroe & Peg Monroe

David Morris
Janice Nadler & J. D. Trout
Peggy Nelson
Susan & Art Newman
James O`Neil
Dana Pearl
Kelly & Don Roberts
Lee & Allen Sinai
Shane Sugino & Daisy Hu
Laura E. Tilly & Derek Cottier
Ann Tomlins
Bonnie & John Vasilion
Thomas O. Zurfluh


Jeri & David Baran
Alicia Berneche & Ben Mueller
Rebecca Bladen
David Borland
James Breen
Sheila Brown
Patrick Browning
Devorah Buzil
Byrne Family
Ebony Coward
Ana Eigler
Fran Faller
Judy Feinberg
Corrinne Fisher
Sally & Wade Freeman
Alyssa Gaden
Jill Garfield & Cameron Ellis
Josh Gilbert
Carolina Gwinn
Rudy Haidle
Karen & Gary Hamity
Katherine Harris
Esther Anne Hershenhorn
Marci Koblenz & Glen Cornblath

Emily Lawrence
Adeoye Mabogunje
John MacGaffey
Kevin Mayer
Erika & Julius Nadas
David & Jennifer Nelson
Sarah Page
Ana Luz Perez-Duran
Colleen Petty
Sissy Pomplin
Kurt Riemersma & Suzanne Clores
William Santamour
Jill Silverman
Matthew Smith
Christine Sterkel
Gerard Swick
Mark Thomas & Pamela Ferdinand
The Thurber Household
Anne Trompeter
Jason Van Hemert
Anthony & Jennifer Viola
Maria Fernanda Wetzel
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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