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A 50l(c)(3) nonprofit community
theatre organization founded in 1988
Spring & fall productions,
four to seven performances each

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PERFORMANCE SPACE:
Home Auditorium
4400 S Home Ave
(7000 west,
a few blocks east of Harlem)

Stickney, Illinois

(312) 802-8020

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History

Southwest Theatre & Arts Resources, Inc. (S.T.A.R.) was founded in 1988 on the southwest side of Chicago by two long-time friends, Leonard Nowakowski and Walter Jaremowicz, an electronics technician. A board of directors was formed, and we became incorporated and obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Laurie Reyna, a member of the founding board, still manages the group today.

Our first production was presented in the gym at Archer Park, with the audience seated on bleachers. Because the gym was needed by various sports groups, the set and lighting needed to be erected before and struck immediately after each performance.

Our second production was staged in Pasteur School's assembly hall, which has poor acoustics and was unavailable on Saturdays. But we persevered, mounting our next eight productions at the Musichorale Arts Center.

In 1992, we moved to Foster Hall on the lower level of Clearing Church, where we remained for ten years. When the church closed at the end of 2001, we did our next production at St. Joseph School in Summit, but the stage proved too small and the acoustics too difficult to manage.

In the fall of 2002, we arranged for the use of Home Auditorium in Stickney, a 312-seat theater, where we hope to produce plays for many years to come.

 

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