Marilyn's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    America Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Chicago, IL

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 3

  • ON DVD:

MARILYN HALPERIN

Director of Education and Communication
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

“I think that a human being has so many possibilities.”

INTERESTS:

Acting & Theatre Education

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Success Exploration Fulfillment Struggle

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

administration, dictionary of occupational titles, emotionally difficult, museums, soul searching, theater, volunteering

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Calls her path "entirely circumlocutious"; years ago, would've never imagined she'd be running a theater.
  • After school, she did a year of soul-searching; reached the point of studying the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, searching for jobs she liked.
  • The first thing that caught her eye was volunteer administration-she directed a volunteer program at the Morton Arbortoreum for 11 years.
  • Started volunteering at a small theater called the Shakespeare Repertory on the side.
  • Gradually experienced a shift in priorities; realized she was more excited for the volunteer work at the theater than she was for her actual day job.
  • Made it her goal to turn the Repertory-now the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre-into a permanent institution in Chicago.
  • Says there were highs and lows along the way, but all of the emotion made her feel more certain that she'd found her passion.
  • Under her guidance, the Theatre developed a Shakespeare-centric classroom curriculum, now one of the country's most respected arts-in-education programs.

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