Sydney Chatman / Director
Sydney Chatman uses theater as her medium to conjure hope, justice, freedom and joy. Led by ancestral guidance and intergenerational wisdoms, she directs, educates, produces, and writes work that heals her community. Ms. Chatman is an African-American Arts Alliance Award and 3Arts Make a Wave winner. Her theater credits include New York fellowships with SDC and Lincoln Center's Director’s Lab, and the Goodman Theatre Maggio Directing Fellowship. Chicago theatre credits: Goodman Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Congo Square Theatre Company, and eta Creative Arts; Louisville: StageOne Family Theatre; Indiana: Indiana University Northwest. She’s created theatrical performances and collaborations with the MCA of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, Hyde Park Jazz Festival/Back Alley Jazz, The Reva and David Logan Center, Court Theatre and Victory Gardens Theater. In 2008 she founded The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuit and created innovative programming called the A La Carte and the Tuxedo Junction. She is a featured artist in Black Theater is Black Life: An Oral History of Black Theater in Chicago 1997-2010. She recently directed the virtual play festival Statesville Voices.