Pegasus Players Theatre Company
3473 South King Drive, Suite 153
Chicago, IL  60616
Phone:
(773) 878-9761
Fax:
(773) 271-8057
Executive Director:
Ms. Ilesa Duncan
Web Site:
www.pegasusplayers.org

History:
Pegasus Players history began in June 1978, growing out of original student writings performed by both faculty and students at the City Colleges. Touring began in order to fill the need of the Uptown area and of groups, which had no access to live theatre. In 1984, the theatre relocated to the O'Rourke Center for the Performing Arts on the Truman College campus, located in the heart of the Uptown community. In recognition of Pegasus' commitment to the community, the City College system is making this modernly equipped facility available at no charge. Pegasus is, however, an independent, autonomous theatre company. In the past two decades, Uptown has emerged as the city's most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood. Since beginning its residency at the O'Rourke Center, over 600,000 people have seen Pegasus' shows. This has created a unique partnership between a not-for-profit, community based theatre and a public institution, each using the other's individual resources for the betterment of the community. Recognition for artistic excellence has prevailed throughout Pegasus' thirty year history. The company has received 79 Joseph Jefferson Citations, more than any other Chicago theatre in this category. The experience Pegasus provides for Chicago artists is invaluable. Last season the theatre employed 85 actors, musicians, designers and technicians, much of this new talent.

Mission Statement:
Pegasus Players' mission has always been two-fold: to produce the highest quality artistic work and to provide exemplary theatre, entertainment, and arts education at no charge to groups who have little or no access to the arts. The theatre was founded on the belief that art builds community, enlightening and inspiring people to see through the eyes of the other. The acting out of theatre is rooted in the word, and Pegasus Players is strongly committed to providing a theatre for voices that are frequently unheard and reaching new audiences who have not traditionally been theatre patrons. Pegasus seeks to bring diversity to every aspect of theatre from the choice of performances to the audiences that participate. "We will consistently produce dramatic and musical works of the highest artistic quality. We will provide opportunities for diverse groups of new artists and emerging talents to develop their craft and gain professional experience. We will reach out to the broadest based audiences to invite them to participate in the theatrical experience, particularly those without conventional access to it." From the Mission Statement of Pegasus Players. The Chicago Tribune called Pegasus a theatre with a social conscience.

Current Program:
MAINSTAGE: Pegasus produces four mainstage productions yearly, and chooses them because of both their social relevance and their artistic integrity. The theatre's commitment to helping foster an understanding of the other is a driving force in the choice of plays. Examples of such work include Dead of Night: The Execution of Fred Hampton (commissioned by Pegasus), The Lynching of Leo Frank, The State of Mississippi VS Emmett Till, and The Upper Room , a Jeff Citation winner for new work. Mainstage productions frequently serve as a basis for forums in partnership with the Chicago Human Relations Foundation on such issues as prejudice, police brutality, scapegoats, and hate crimes. This relationship with uses theatre as the vehicle to address pressing social issues to promote public discourse to achieve understanding among diverse communities. Pegasus Players productions have been praised from the all time high of 79 Jeff awards to rave reviews in The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Time, The International Herald Tribune, and National Public Radio. OUTREACH PROGRAMS: Pegasus is committed to providing a quality arts experience for those who would normally be denied it, such as inner-city school students and low-income senior citizens. The theatre's outreach programs include Mainstage Outreach, which brings people in need to Pegasus for free; Artists in Residency with Teachers in the Schools program (ARTS); the Chicago Young Playwrights Festival, an in-school writing program whose winners are produced as part of the theatre's mainstage; and The Global Voices Program, which uses play writing to link Chicago students to students abroad. These outreach programs have won numerous awards including the 28th annual James Brown IV Award of Excellence for Outstanding Community Service from the Chicago Community Trust, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations Year 2000 Human Relations Award, the first-ever Joseph Jefferson Citation for outreach programming, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Grants Since 2007:
YearProgram AreaAmount
2013$30,000.00
2013Arts & Culture$7,800.00
2012$30,000.00
2012Arts & Culture$6,000.00
2010Arts & Culture$25,000.00
2009Arts & Culture$35,000.00
2008Arts & Culture$25,000.00
2007Arts & Culture$10,000.00