Audience Architects 10th Anniversary Gala Celebration


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On September 26, 2016 at 6pm, Audience Architects will celebrate its 10th anniversary and honor Richard H. Driehaus with its second annual Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award.

To learn more about Richard and the contributions he has made, please click HERE

Cannot attend the Gala but would like to make a donation?

Consider underwriting a specific portion of this memorable evening, to ensure a celebration worthy of Richard’s many accomplishments, and to help bolster the sustainability of Audience Architects. Options include Sponsoring A Dancer, ensuring that dance artists from member organizations can attend. Please DONATE HERE with your Wish List intentions by September 9th if you would like to be credited in the printed event program.

Other details:

    • Additional entertainment includes a photography booth where guests may have their photo made with a professional Chicago dancer
    • Cocktail/Festive Attire
    • Complimentary Parking is available

We thank the following sponsors for the Gala:

Gala Table Sponsors

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
Carol Fox & Associates
Greg Cameron and Greg Thompson
Susan and Joel Carlins
Choose Chicago
Pamela Crutchfield
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Patti Eylar and Charlie Gardner
David Herro and Jay Franke
Roderick Hawkins
Sarai Hoffman and Stephen Pratt
The Joffrey Ballet
Anne and Zachary Lazar
Abby O’Neill and Carroll Joynes
The Silverman Group

Event Supporters and Wish List Sponsors

Mary Jo and Doug Basler
The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation
Jack and Sandra Guthman
Joan Hall
Sanfred and Nancy Koltun
Polk Bros. Foundation
Brian Smith and Geyer Morford

Premiere Event Sponsor


Gold Sponsor                                                          Additional sponsorship support provided by

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About Audience Architects:

Audience Architects is a dance service organization whose mission is to build and engage dance audiences in Chicago and advocate for Chicago dance. We exist to provide Chicago dance organizations and artists with increased visibility, expansive resources, & forums to showcase & share their talents. Our flagship program,, an audience development website which launched in 2005, drives ticket sales for dance in Chicago and has grown to become the most comprehensive source of information on dance in Chicago, offering thousands of patrons feature stories and reviews, discount ticket offers, and in-depth information on more than 200 dance companies and organizations.

Audience Architects also hosts professional development workshops for artists, convenes the dance industry quarterly for networking and shared learning opportunities, and hosts numerous events, artists discussions, and showings,  to engage and inform the public about Chicago’s vibrant and diverse dance scene.

Audience Architects grew out of The Chicago Community Trust’s five-year Dance Initiative, which, among other things, funded a multi-year market research study on how to build dance audiences. One of the resultant projects was, an audience development website, which launched in 2005 and drives ticket sales for dance in Chicago. With its comprehensive calendar, discount ticket sales program, email newsletter and database of proven dance patrons, the site quickly proved to be a success. It was clear that it needed to continue beyond the duration of the Dance Initiative, and Audience Architects was co-founded by Carol Fox and Niki Morrison as a 501c3 organization in 2006 to ensure that vital audience development services would continue for the Chicago dance field.