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Strawdog front entrance.

Curtis Smith

I am 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 give 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 as pure entertainment.

There is an activist strain in the productions at Strawdog that drew me here. In the productions I saw, I was indeed entertained, but it advocated and protested too. I really enjoy when a theater company operates that way. In fact, I believe that theater can should be a tangible form of activism. I am not a social activist by any profession, I am a financial advisor who helps my client to become the financial activists while at the same time pursuing 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 that I have had the pleasure to share this tradition of theater-going with my children, and they, too, love the arts.