I’m so grateful for being a member of the board of Strawdog. Love of the theater has been in my veins from a young boy. Not because I had any latent gifts in the arts, rather because my family is theatergoers who revel in the pure excitement of what live performances can gives us. But it was a play by August Wilson that activated me on a social justice level, which I then realized theater can operate at multiple-levels and not just pure entertainment.
There is an “activist” strain in the productions at Strawdog that drew me here. In the productions that I saw indeed entertained, but it advocated and it protested too. I really enjoy when a theater company operates that way. In fact, I believe that theater can and should be a tangible form of activism. I am not social activist by profession, I am a financial advisor, who helps my client to become financial activists while at the same time pursing financial security.
A native Chicagoan, I have enjoyed knowing for a long time that this city has some awesome theatrical productions. My family has witnessed the evolution of great theater over 40-plus years from the small theater companies to the larger ones. Now I have had the pleasure to share this tradition of “theater-going” with my children. And they too love the arts.