eta subscribers, patrons, volunteers and students, thank you for calling, driving by and stopping in to see what’s going on at eta.  Our gallery renovation is almost complete. Workers have repaired ceilings throughout the facility and roof is now complete. HVAC units are installed and we continue to test functionality. Security lights, surveillance cameras, and fire doors are nearly complete. The basement area is completely enclosed and safety rails installed for benefit of patrons. The focus is know on the renovation of the theatre. Due to  fire and water damage sustained from our roof fire, we will replace theatre chairs, carpeting, stage, sound and light equipment. Essentially, we will return to a new theatre sometime this spring.

Your continued support is crucial. We will be home soon. Respond to the eta Annual Fund Appeal, volunteer, or ask us how you can contribute “elbow grease” in the future.


Kemati J. Porter
Interim Executive Director
eta Creative Arts Foundation


We Are Making Progress…

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Photo credit: Darryl Goodman

Construction workers rebuild stage wall in theatre. The renovation of the theatre includes new sound and light systems, stage floor and seats. Patrons will return to a thoroughly new space this spring.

The News!!!

Liberty City Postponed
Liberty City by Jessica Blank and April Yvette Thompson, scheduled to open February 6, 2015 under the direction of Johnathan Wilson, is postponed due to construction delays. We anticipate Liberty City will open mid-late June for a six week run. Exact dates will be posted when schedule is confirmed.

Sins of the Father by Synthia Williams is currently on schedule. Contractors and vendors are working to secure this opening. Theatre is undergoing a complete renovation due to a construction fire. We remain optimistic work will be completed in time for our opening.


Special thanks to all our subscribers, theatre groups, patrons, and volunteers for attending eta productions at Kennedy King College Theatre. Your support made the show a success.

If Scrooge was a Brother by Ekundayo Bandele enjoyed a successful run at Kennedy King College. The cast and crew (above) pose for a final night photo. Photo credit: Aaron Reese Mitchell

The production was supported by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust. Kudos to staff and crew of Kennedy King College who welcomed us into their theatre