Angel Ysaguirre

Executive Director
Court Theatre, University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

NAS Board Chair

Angel Ysaguirre is the Executive Director of the Court Theatre, the professional theatre at the University of Chicago and the only LORT theatre on Chicago’s south side. The Court Theatre is dedicated to innovation, inquiry, intellectual engagement, and community service. Court’s productions re-examine classic texts that pose enduring and provocative questions about the human experience. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of Illinois Humanities from 2014 to 2018. From 1999 to 2005, served as Illinois Humanities’ Director of Programs, creating programs and series that include The Odyssey Project, Einstein’s Revolutions, and Brown v Board 50 Years Later: Conversations on Race, Integration, and the Law. He was Deputy Commissioner at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events from 2012 to 2014, where he managed the City’s public art program, creative industries offices, and arts programming. From 2005 to 2012, he was Director of Global Community Investing at The Boeing Company, overseeing the company’s grantmaking program in 60 offices throughout the globe. He began his career in Chicago as a program officer at the McCormick Foundation.