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Court Theatre has appointed Angel Ysaguirre to the position of executive director, effective Sept. 4.
For the last five years, Ysaguirre has served as executive director of Illinois Humanities, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of “strengthening the social, political and economic fabric of Illinois through constructive conversation and community engagement.” Ysaguirre also served as deputy commissioner of the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, playing a major role in developing the city’s cultural plan, as director of global community investing for Boeing, and program officer with the McCormick Tribune Foundation, where he managed a portfolio that covered arts and arts education.
“I am thrilled to have this chance to serve as the executive director of the Court Theatre in partnership with [Artistic Director] Charlie Newell,” Ysaguirre said. “This opportunity to strengthen the vision for the theater with greater integration with the University of Chicago and the South Side community is an invigorating challenge.”
“I am excited to partner with Angel. Together with our artists, Board, and the University, Court Theatre now has the opportunity to reach a whole new level,” Newell said. “Angel’s innovative approach – most recently highlighted by his work in expanding the conversations around criminal justice in Illinois – gives me such optimism for the future of our theatre.”
“Angel is an exceptional cultural leader whose passion for theater will ensure that Court Theatre, in partnership with faculty and students from across the University, continues to present impactful theatre of the highest quality,” said UIC Provost Daniel Diermeier.