American Blues Theater is the premier American theater producing visceral theatrical works while engaging its audience in worthwhile missions of local service agencies. American Blues Theater illuminates the American ideas of freedom, equality, and opportunity in the plays we produce and communities we serve.
American Blues Theater’s multi-generational and inter-disciplined Ensemble & Artistic Affiliates comprise all aspects of theater, television, and film. As of 2014, we’ve individually received over 131 Joseph Jefferson Awards celebrating excellence in Chicago theater, 2 Pulitzer Prize nominations, 2 Academy Award and nominations, 4 Golden Globe Awards and nominations, 14 Emmy Awards and nominations, 6 Writers’ Guild Awards, 20 Black Theatre Alliance Awards and nominations, 21 After Dark Awards, 13 Broadway World Chicago Awards, and multiple Regional theater awards from New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Florida. American Blues Theater is the second-oldest Equity Ensemble theater in Chicago. Our 39-member Ensemble has nearly 500 combined years of collaboration on stage.
Previous winners include Douglas Post’s Comden Mall Community Activists (2014), Elaine Romero’s Graveyard of Empires (2013), Christina Gorman’s American Myth (2012), and Stephanie Walker’s American Home (2011). In addition we’ve named seven (7) finalists and 21 semi-finalists since the award’s inception.