Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble

Board Position Details

BOARD MEMBER: We are looking for individuals who want to help push us into our 20th anniversary season who are motivated change makers interested in the intersections of the arts, social justice, children and youth and like seeing performances. We are in the midst of a restructuring our board as several members have cycled off and with the help of a grant from the Chicago Community Trust, we are rebuilding the board with like minded individuals. We are looking for board members with the following backgrounds, marketing and design, event planning, lawyer, fundraising professionals, CPS teachers, banking, and someone who can be CDE’s greatest ambassador.

Expectations: Attend all four board meetings each year Attend annual fundraiser Sell 10 tickets to annual fundraiser Attend 75% of other fundraising events Attend 75% of the performances (three shows/season) Do a tour of one of our schools Identify and attend at least one networking event on behalf of CDE to recruit new individual donors Bring at least 10 contacts to attend performances over the season, 10 who will donate, and 10 to add to the database (can all be the same). Give/get $500 a year (personal donation and donation from contacts brought to CDE).

  • Board Term: 2 years. 5 hours/month, on average. 
  • Financial Contribution: Board members are required to contribute financially.
  • Faith-based Organization: We are not a faith-based organization.
  • Skills: Marketing, Law, Design, Website, Event planning, Fundraising, Banking, Sponsorships

About Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble

Founded in 2001, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble challenges, engages and inspires audiences onstage and in the classroom, through innovative storytelling in the genre of Tanztheatre, “which unites all art media to achieve an all-embracing, radical change in humankind.” We collaboratively create thought-provoking performances and educational outreach programs incorporating theatre, music, movement, visual arts and literary text.

CDE is an award winning MacArthur recipient for International Collaborations and is often highlighted on top lists of performances to see with our stand out multidisciplinary performances. Our Performances combine dance, theatre and visual art to tell stories that address social issues. Our focus spans cultures and races, looking at social organization, civic participation, political climate, personal struggles, and everyday realities. We partner with multidisciplinary artists in Chicagoland and internationally.

CDE’s annual performance program reaches roughly 1,000 audience members, with an emphasis on partnership with Chicagoland organizations and works with over 50 artists and organizations each year.

Our Arts Education program reaches nearly 5,000 students annually in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. Approximately 95% of CDE’s dance, theatre and visual arts students are low-income, at-risk children and youth. CDE teaches social-emotional skills and boosts literacy. We also provide classical performance arts training in theater and dance. Mainstage Productions: four mainstage productions annually.

CDE is Chicago’s only multidisciplinary arts organization that creates professional work for the stage and has an equally robust arts education program.