Join our board and use your voice to help us tell one story, one person at a time!
Founded in 2001, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is Chicago’s only multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to social justice and socially conscious work that builds community through the arts “one voice, one story, one person at a time.” Community and audience engagement are two core essential aspects to CDE. Community engagement happens outside the walls of the performance space, and audience engagement happens during performances in the form of talkbacks, social service resources and audience surveys and social media.
Committed since its founding to providing arts education. We believe every child should have access to and receive a quality arts program, regardless of their background. We
Focus our artistic voice on social justice issues
Serve primarily schools not able to meet the goals of CPS’s arts education plan
Emphasize reaching schools with a diverse learner population of 15% or more
Intentionally hire teachers of color and gender diversity
Reach on average 5,000 kids each year, with most getting 10 or more classes a year
Dedicated to creating performances that blend together dance, theatre and visual art to tell stories about the human condition. We give an artistic voice to those who are not always heard.
MacArthur Award Winning Grantee For International Collaborations
Consistently listed as “Top Theater and Dance Performances” to see by Newcity and The Reader
Unique collaborations with the Veterans Art Museum, Poetry Center Chicago, Cantigny Museum, Neighborhood Writing Alliance, Voice of the City and various dance and theater companies
Dedicated to diverse casting of age, body and ethnicity
"CDE is a stunning example of what a small storefront theater company’s mission should be” Performink Chicago
CDE board members annually dedicate approximately five hours each month to CDE. As part of this, board members are required to:
Attend all four annual board meetings
Attend annual fundraiser
Sell 10 tickets to annual fundraiser
Attend 75% of other fundraising events
Attend 75% of the performances (three shows/season)
Tour of one of our schools
Identify and attend at least one networking event on CDE’s behalf to recruit donors
Bring at least 10 contacts to attend performances each season, 10 who donate, and 10 to add to database (can be same).
Give/get $500 a year (personal donation and donation from contacts brought to CDE)
Contact Ellyzabeth Adler at 773-486-8261 or firstname.lastname@example.org