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Patricia Cox

Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees proudly announces Patricia Cox as the new Chairman-Elect. Cox, whose involvement with the Goodman spans two decades, is currently its Vice Chairman.

A founding member of Chicago’s legendary St. Nicholas Theatre Company (with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet and actors William H. Macy and Stephen Schachter), Cox was among the city’s first performing arts marketing, development and management leaders to emerge under the late, great Lyric Opera impresario Danny Newman. She has since worked with and consulted for a wide range of not-for-profit arts organizations in Chicago and across the country. Cox will assume chairmanship in the fall, as current Chairman Shawn M. Donnelley concludes her two-year tenure.

“Robert Falls and I are thrilled that Patricia Cox has become Chairman-Elect. Her work in Chicago theater provides her with a unique perspective and skills to lead the Goodman’s Board of Trustees,” said Executive Director Roche Schulfer. “For more than 20 years with the Goodman, she has brought an extraordinary breadth of experience and an unparalleled enthusiasm to our productions and programs. I know Patricia will be an inspired leader, and the Goodman artists, staff and Trustees look forward to working with her.”

Of Cox, playwright David Mamet noted, “In 1970-something, Billy Macy, Steve Schachter and I had the great fortune to meet Patricia Cox, and the four of us founded the St. Nicholas Theatre Company. She was the brains of the outfit and ‘were it not for her’…” he said. “In the years since, many individuals and organizations have applied to her for her wisdom and her secret. She has always described it as a ‘lack of knowing any better’—but it was, and is, determination, intelligence, patience and grace.”


Secretary of State Jesse White Receives Awards For Outstanding Video

 Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White received three awards for the 2009 organ/tissue donor comercial.

The commercial won three bronze Telly awards in the categories of fundraising and appeals, not-for-profit as well as videography and cinematography.


The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, film and video productions, and web commercials, videos and films worldwide.  Judges evaluate entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of a Silver Telly, the highest honor. Other outstanding work is awarded a Bronze Telly.  


“I’m very proud to receive these awards, but more importantly to be able to use video to help encourage people to sign up for this meaningful program,” White said.  “It’s another tool aimed at helping to give others a second chance at life.”


The commercial features recipients and donor families encouraging people to sign up to the organ and tissue donor registry.


Illinoisans can register by visiting, or calling the Illinois Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program at 1-800-210-2106, or while obtaining or renewing an Illinois driver’s license or state identification card at any state driver’s license facility.


 The videos were produced by AdCo Advertising Agency in Peoria.



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