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Zygmunt Dyrkacz
Zygmunt Dyrkacz

Zygmunt Dyrkacz

Chopin Theater

Chicago, IL USA

"We didn't know much about how to do it, but if you have a passion, you slowly find a way."

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Zygmunt's work combines: Acting & Theatre, Entrepreneurship, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life


We present over 500 theater, music, film, literary and social events each year.

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    He originally came to the U.S. from Poland on a foreign exchange program, and expected to stay for one year.

  • 2.

    But instability in the communist Polish economy caused him to extend his stay, even though his study of killer bees had become irrelevant.

  • 3.

    Decided to switch his focus to business, and made a good amount of money in a short amount of time.

  • 4.

    While he'd become financially successful, his personal relationships suffered, and ultimately, his wife divorced him.

  • 5.

    He realized he'd become completely "fake," and he knew he needed a passion project to help him rediscover himself.

  • 6.

    When he saw a nearby theater was going to be demolished, he decided to buy it and renovate it.

  • 7.

    Since its reopening in 1999, it's put on over 1,400 events, including 110 of its own productions, and featuring actors like John Cusack.

  • 8.

    In February 2010, the Chicago Tribune rated Chopin Theatre as one of the best Chicago venues.