(Associate Artistic Director Fin Coe here. This past Friday was our fourth annual Night of Flight gala. It was a wonderful night of dancing, dining, and celebrating our honorees, Coya Paz and Chay Yew. Here's the text of the introductory speech I gave to start the evening off)
Halcyon is a theatre unlike most theatres in Chicago, or anywhere else for that matter. We strive to not only be a part of the theatrical community, but to add to it and improve it, to contribute positive social change to the artistic conversation. For the last decade, we’ve pushed boundaries and bucked trends, producing plays you don’t often see by people you don’t often hear about. We curated and produced six Alcyone Festivals of plays written exclusively by women, created countless performance opportunities for emerging local talent, fostered outside artists, provided acting and writing development in our Compass Labs and Nest Labs, and built relationships with progressive artists and companies within Chicago and outside of it.
It’s not that we’ve “given a voice” to the underrepresented or the marginalized, but rather that we’ve consciously and uncompromisingly given those voices a place to be heard, and have helped to turn the spotlight onto a broader spectrum of artists.
We are a company of actors, directors, writers, technicians, dramaturgs, designers, dancers, photographers, activists, puppeteers, entrepreneurs, teachers, musicians, and other sundry vocations. There is more to our company than you’d expect, and we aim to show that that’s also the case with our city, and its theatrical possibilities. Our programming, our casting, our staffing, all serve our mission: To make the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago.
I am honored to be a part of the work that we do, and to apply myself to the mission that we work towards, and I thank you all for coming out tonight to support that mission.