The 2020 Corona Award

Over a career of more than forty years, MARY ANN THEBUS has created dozens of roles for theaters around the country and on film, and has appeared with virtually every major Chicago company, including Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, and The Gift, where she is a company member. The recipient of numerous Jeff Award nominations, she is also a highly respected teacher (primarily through her long association with the Artistic Home) and acting coach, whose former students are now among the leader players of Chicago’s Equity and non-Equity communities.

As Chicago’s most ardent and passionate theatergoers, MICHAEL AND MONA HEATH are also among Chicago’s most generous donors, particularly to the city’s storefront companies. Established in 2013, the Michael and Mona Heath Fund has supported dozens of productions and companies, including Jackalope, First Floor, Redtwist, the Hypocrites, Firebrand, the Gift, Griffin, Lifeline, Porchlight, Raven, and Eclipse; and the underwriting for the Heath Main Stage at the Den Theatre. Recipients of the 2017 Tribute Award from the League of Chicago Theatres, the Heaths now attend more than 300 Chicago performances annually.

"We are proud indeed to be able to honor these recipients, whose talent and generosity has helped to transform the Chicago theater,” said Steve Scott, Eclipse’s board president. “Mary Ann Thebus is without doubt the first lady of the Chicago stage, whose passion and skill have inspired and nurtured our acting community for decades. And the Heaths’ overwhelming love for our local companies has brought us both spiritual and financial support at a time when both are crucial."

The 2020 Corona Award event will begin at 6:30pm with a buffet dinner and entertainment followed by the award ceremony at 7:30pm

Monday, March 2, 2020
The Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave, Chicago

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.



Announcing the 2020 Caryl Churchill season
For more than six decades, Caryl Churchill's plays have consistently pushed the bounds of theatrical form while dealing with many of the social and political issues that are now among the most crucial in our society: class, economic inequality, gender identity, totalitarianism, and ageism. Passionate, witty and profoundly human, her works lovingly explore our essential humanity while fiercely confronting the problems that threaten to divide and overwhelm us.