Emerald City Theatre Names Annie Rezac Managing Director
Posted on June 6, 2019
Emerald City Theatre (ECT), the city’s largest professional children’s theater, is thrilled to bring on Annie Rezac as its Managing Director. As ECT continues its mission of serving all Chicago children, Annie’s infectious passion for social justice and human rights are bound to make a lasting impact on our community.
“It doesn’t get much better than helping children creatively face the world. I have known Emerald City Theatre for years, and I have witnessed its evolution,” Annie says. “An artistic pillar for the Chicago community, ECT is poised to take children’s theatre to the next level of culturally relevant and transformative artistic experiences. I’m so excited to be part of developing this next generation of empathetic, compassionate, and creative humans, with ECT at the epicenter.”
With expertise in arts education and nonprofit development, Annie is the former Executive Director of Unsilence and has been a leader in the nonprofit sector of Chicago for the past 15 years. At the Department of Arts Education at Chicago Public Schools, she worked with multiple stakeholders on implementing Chicago’s first educational arts plan.
Prior to serving the nation’s third largest school district, Annie was a Senior Manager with Communities in Schools of Chicago. There, she connected nonprofit organizations and cultural institutions across the city with under-resourced public schools. Before that, she directed the Metropolis School for the Performing Arts in Arlington Heights.
Annie also served on an advisory panel for Ingenuity Inc., Chicago’s single hub for arts data, advocacy, training, and partnerships. She is a founding Board Member for She Crew, an empowerment organization for girls ages 12 to 14.
Annie is also a trained theatre professional and served as the Artistic Director of Brave Face Project. She has directed, devised, and collaborated on numerous projects across the country with a wide range of organizations, including Auditorium Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Rare Terra Theatre, Second City Training Center, and Missoula Children’s Theatre.