Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director is thrilled to announce that Angel Ysaguirre will join Court Theatre as Executive Director beginning September 4th. For the last five years, Angel 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. During his tenure, the organization established a number of new programs demonstrating the contribution that the humanities can make in addressing today’s most pressing challenges.
A cultural leader in Chicago for many years, Angel served as Deputy Commissioner of the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, playing a significant role in developing and implementing the city’s cultural plan. His rich philanthropic experience includes having served as Program Officer with the McCormick Tribune Foundation, where he managed a portfolio that covered arts and arts education; and as director of global community investing for Boeing.
“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.”