I love Congo Square because I never have to question the intention or integrity of the art.
Why I love Congo? We are a family. Not only amongst our ensemble but we invite everyone into our family. When you come into the fold of Congo Square, you are Home. I fell in love with the ups and downs, the in and outs. Because like all families, trials make us stronger and remind us of how much tenacity it takes to be excellent. Our patrons feel that same love at each and every show because its genuine. I can proudly say I have an artistic home filled with people who love this as much as I do!
Congo Square is my artistic home. The extant connection to my roots, community and creative voice is why I come home again and again.
I love Congo Square because of the respect for and knowledge of the craft. The first Congo Square production I saw was Seven Guitars. I remember feeling like "finally, someone sees August Wilson, how I see it." I believe that not only our knowledge but our execution sets us apart from other African-American theatres. Congo Square transcends the label of a great black theatre. As an actor I love stepping on stage with my fellow ensemble members. C2!!
I love what Congo Square represents, not only for me, but to the theatre community in Chicago. I love that Congo Square is my creative home where I can have the freedom to try, the courage to fail and the opportunity to grow. I love what Congo Square can represent to the future theatre community, not just in Chicago, but of the world. It's a constant reminder what I am capable of...
I love Congo Square because it is a mirror of my own greatness and allows me to see myself.
Aaron Todd Douglas
Congo Square is my artistic home. The synergy we created during Piano Lesson, our 1st production, birthed our identity and it is what I aspire to every time I work on a project.
I love Congo Square because its home!
When I was approached to be an artistic associate of Congo, I was surprised and thrilled because I had always been rejected by the black theater after years of trying to 'get in.' But working more closely and regularly with the ensemble members, I came to love and respect each individual. Congo is made up of people who are smart, talented, determined, funny, and multi-faceted problem solvers. Seeing firsthand the commitment and unbending will of the members deepened my love of the organization.
I love Congo Square because we are destined for greatness, and we will leave behind a legacy of that greatness!
I love Congo Square Theatre because it is the mountaintop upon which I can stand and be free within myself. Plus, Congo Square is comprised of the baddest muzza fuzzas you will ever see on any stage anywhere. If I didn't love Congo Square I couldn't love myself.
This company is comprised of some of the most talented, passionate, real, raw, bold, innovative, brilliant minds I've ever had the pleasure of knowing and/or sharing the stage with. I can always trust that each and every member of this company will bring their A-game, give nothing less than their very best and leave their hearts on the stage. I love the creative charge that is always presented to me to raise the bar and break barriers. I am always in awe of my comrads' respect for this craft.
I love Congo Square Theatre Company because I can be a part of an Ensemble of artists who have shared cultural experiences. Additionally, I enjoy the opportunity to work in an environment that reflects the essence of who I am as an African American Artist. Being a part of such an extremely talented, inspiring, and innovative Ensemble of Actors motivates me to perform and collaborate at the highest level. CST has enriched my life and has provided a platform to continue to grow!!!
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