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Thomas Neumann Joins ETC Board of Directors

December 19, 2020

The Elgin Theatre Company welcomes Thomas Neumann to the ETC Board of Directors. Thomas has directed our successful Elgin Fringe Festival shows in 2019 and 2020. He joins the board with a stellar background as a director, actor, and stage manager. Thomas will be directing ETC’s first virtual production in 2021. We are excited to add his fresh outlook and insights to the ETC Board of Directors.

Thomas is thrilled to be joining the ETC Board! Past works include Bits of The Bard: Shakespeare In Isolation (Curator/Director/Puck), Matilda (Party Entertainer/Big Kid/Henchman), A Christmas Carol (Director/Adapter) – a Heart Award winner, Mamma Mia! (Pepper/Stage Manager), A Few Good Men (Stage Manager), Little Women (Stage Manager/Assistant Director) – a Soul Award winner, Spamalot (Fred/Herbert), Shrek (Pinocchio), A Christmas Carol (three times) twice as (Dick, Topper Undertaker), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Director/ Adapter), Hamlet: Abridged (Director/Adapter/Claudius) Williams Street Repertory: Gypsy (Angie), She Loves Me (Busboy) Main Street Players: You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy) New Works: On The Brink (Giffer), Orphan Train (Barney) – Tony Director Nomination/Emmy winner, Patricia Birch. Thomas is also the Creator/Director of The Complete (Zoom) Works of William Shakespeare Facebook group.



ETC’s Production of A Doll’s House Part 2 Cancelled

May 12, 2020

The Elgin Theatre Company regrettably is announcing the cancellation of its final production for the 2019-2020 season, A Doll’s House Part 2. Previously we also announced the cancellation of The Tin Woman. During these challenging times all public performances, including ours, have been put on hold to insure the health protection of the actors, staff, volunteers, and finally our faithful patrons. It is our desire to present both of these productions again once the veil has been lifted on public gatherings over 50 people.

Any current individual or season ticket holders may call the ETC box office at (847) 741-0532 to receive a refund for your tickets. However, if you choose to, you may keep the tickets and use them at a later date when these productions are up and running again or you may choose to just donate the cost of your pre-purchased tickets to ETC as we are still a Not-For-Profit entity.

In closing I thank you for your continuous support of Elgin Theatre Company. Entertaining you with outstanding live theater is always our goal and we cannot wait to return to performing again. Please stay safe and healthy so we can see you again next season.

Richard Grieger, President

Elgin Theatre Company



ETC’s The Tin Woman Cancelled

March 19, 2020

It is with a heavy heart and after much discussion with Director Richard Pahl that the Elgin Theatre Company h as decided to cancel the upcoming production of The Tin Woman at this time. There are multiple reasons but the main one is the health and safety of our cast members, our director, the technical staff, and most assuredly our wonderful audience members in light of this potential tragedy, the Corona Virus. The Elgin Art Showcase performance venue has been closed by the City of Elgin for sure until March 31st and we also understand that this closure may very well be continued until April 30th or even later depending on what is happening with the virus at those times. Also, our rehearsal venue has closed for all activities taking place on their premises.

This is an extremely tough decision but it had to be made. We totally recognize the efforts of our cast, director, and crew members but at the same time we must carefully consider the welfare of our theater audience too. It is our desire that we will do this show at a later date and I assure you that this will happen. If things don’t get better for some time concerning this virus then there is the possibility that our final show of the 2019-2020 season, A Doll’s House Part 2, could also be cancelled.

Any current individual ticket holder or season ticket holder may, if they choose to do so, call the Elgin Theatre Company box office at (847) 741-0532 to arrange for a refund of your tickets. However, if individual or season ticket holders would like, they may hold onto these tickets and use them when the production does come up again at a later date this year or next year. Finally, if any of individual or season ticket holder would choose to donate the cost of these tickets to Elgin Theatre Company, your generosity would be greatly appreciated by ETC as we still are and will always be a Not-For-Profit entity.

As things become clearer regarding this virus, we will be sending further email and press releases to announce what and when things will be going on again for the Elgin Theatre Company. Your consideration in these matters is greatly appreciated.


Richard A. Grieger, President

Elgin Theatre Company

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ETC  Receives Elgin Cultural Arts Commission Operational Grant

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The Elgin Theatre Company has received a Covid Adaptation Grant from the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin. The grant will allow ETC to purchase video equipment to allow for the streaming of selected future ETC productions.

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September 22, 2020

The Elgin Theatre Company has received a general support grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. The grant covers all ETC activities during the 2020-2021 season.

ETC Receives IACA Grant

June 2, 2020

The Elgin Theatre Company has received a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency Emergency Relief Fund under the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will be used to fund communication between ETC and artists, technicians, patrons, and supporters of theater in Elgin.