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The Pitch

Has a powerful story ever changed your perspective or understanding? We create theatre to open hearts and minds in powerful ways, and to move toward a better future. AFT board members can help amplify the most underrepresented voices in our LGBTQIA+ community, provide opportunities for professional artists, and create brave spaces for youth to explore creativity, leadership, and social change. This has been life-changing and life-saving for many.


AFT is proud of its nationally acclaimed and award winning programs. Our annual season includes at least three professional productions including union affiliated shows and the Youth Theatre show (all premiering at The Den Theatre, 1331 N Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago), and opportunities for new play development. AFT's year-round Education Programs are for youth ages 12-24 and include: (a) free workshops and the development and performance of a fully staged original production created by the ensemble and professional adult artists; (b) a skill and leadership develop program with paid positions to obtain NFP operational experience; (c) virtual and touring community engagement programs for schools and other institutions to guide conversations about gender, sexuality, intersecting identities, and how to become a better ally.

Could be a good fit for a board candidate who embodies the following

We seek members who are passionate about the mission, support LBGTQIA+ issues, believe in the power of theatre, and who are motivated to serve a community. We seek members who bring joy and positivity along with professional skills, strong networks, and a readiness to raise resources and build connections. We seek leaders, creative thinkers, problem-solvers, self-starters and reliable colleagues with strong execution and follow-through tendencies. We care about equity and social justice, and seek members who will serve AFT’s mission in alignment with our values. Skills of all kinds welcomed (fundraising/development, HR, strategic planning, finance, marketing, special events, NFP/arts/theatre/education/youth sector experiences). We are also looking for an individual who could serve as the next board treasurer.

Commitments of Time, Talent and Treasure

As an arts organization, members are encouraged to find creative ways to leverage their time and talents to support AFT’s mission and strategic goals, and to connect AFT with resources, opportunities and communities. There is no defined financial requirement for a seat on the board, but members are expected to make an annual contribution that is personally significant, and the board’s total pledged gifts are reflected in the annual budget as a portion of the expected contributed revenue.

Interested in Learning More?

Please E-mail: to request a short application form, along with a note about why you’re interested, and if you can, please share a summary of your relevant professional background. Thank you for your interest!

Artistic Director:

  • Megan Carney

Managing Director:

  • Logan Jones

2022 Live Productions (at The Den Theatre):

    • "Laced " (March 17-April 16)
    • "The Magnolia Ballet " (May 12-June 11)
  • A New Youth Theatre Show (June 18-25)


  • 1995 (youth theatre in 1999)

Cause Areas:

  • Theatre/Arts/Humanities
  • Youth/Education

Revenue Budget:

  • $650,000


  • 7 (3 full-time, 4 part-time)

Board Members:

  • 8 Regular (4 openings)
  • 1 Artistic Associate Rep. (1 opening)
  • Youth Rep. (2 openings)

(Non-Staff) Board & Committee Leaders:

  • Derek Blin
  • Daniela Hautzinger
  • Becky Huinker
  • Ed Talideh

Director & Officer Liability Insurance:

  • Yes


No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.



5252 N Broadway St., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60640, US

Mission Statement

About Face Theatre’s Mission is to create exceptional, innovative and adventurous theatre and educational programming that advances the national dialogue on sexual and gender identity, and challenges and entertains audiences in Chicago and beyond.


Our vision is to be a nationally recognized, intergenerational, and community-focused LGBTQIA arts organization by creating theatre that fosters awareness, understanding and celebration of all forms of sexual and gender expression.

Arts & Culture
Board Development


We'll work with your schedule.


5252 N Broadway, 2nd FloorChicago, IL 60640



  • Financial Planning
  • Arts Administration
  • Business Development
  • Market Research / Analysis
  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising




  • Must be at least 18
  • Varies, but a minimum of 8-12 hours/month which includes individual volunteer projects, program support, community engagement activities, and board-related meetings.
  • Full Board & Board Committee Meetings: 6 full board meetings (Wed. evenings) and a minimum of 6 committee meetings Via Zoom, or if in-person, usually in the Loop or at About Face Theatre‚Äôs staff offices

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