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Board of Directors

Ajitha Reddy
Attorney, Reddy Law Office

Neill Shanahan
Past President
Vice President Midwest, Ken Clark International

Stephen L. Berger
Vice President
Attorney (Retired), Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg

Clifford Shapiro
Partner (Retired), Plante Moran

Vanessa Bamber
Managing  Director, Chicago Dramatists

Wendy Barnard
Director of Program Management Office, PLS Financial Services, Inc.

Reginald Edmund-Artist Representative
Resident Playwright, Chicago Dramatists

Dana Lynn Formby
Interim Artistic Director, Chicago Dramatists

Stephanie M. Grinage
Associate Dean/ Univeristy of Illinois College of Medicine

Michael Horowitz, Ph.D.
President, TCS Education System

Thomas G. Katsahnias
Vice President Sales Operation, On Course Learning

Georgette Kelly-Artist Representative

Resident Playwright, Chicago Dramatists

Robert P. Kloecker Jr.
Vice President Marketing, Option Care

Randy Steinmeyer
Actor and Producer, Various

Vandana Walia

Creative Director, Vchilli Group


In Memoriam:
Art Sussman

Art Sussman served three years on the Chicago Dramatists Board of Directors and was respected by the board and staff for his quiet and well-informed counsel. It is with great sorrow that we announce  his passing.

Sussman was general counsel and vice president of administration at Argonne National Laboratory at the University of Chicago for over 20 years. Prior to working at University of Chicago, he was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block and served as legal counsel for Southern Illinois University. He also worked for the New York law firm of Cahill-Gordon.

A cherished husband, father, grandfather and brother, Sussman was also a vibrant citizen of Chicago. He shared his talents with many of the city’s academic, cultural, and philanthropic communities. Sussman served as vice president at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for 10 years. He also served as general counsel and vice president at UChicago, chairman of the Illinois Humanities Council, board chairman for the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and on our board here at Chicago Dramatists.

Sussman is survived by his wife Rita, son Eric and daughter-in-law Carrie, daughter Johanna Ilfeld and son-in-law Jeff Ilfeld, brother Edward, and six grandchildren.


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