Chicago Flyhouse awarded their 2009 ‘Strings Attached’ Rigging Grant to Theatre Building Chicago, recently re-named Stage 773, who applied the grant to renovate and repair the South Theater’s existing pipe grid, bringing it in line with current safety requirements, and expanding the space’s production flexibility.

Since opening its doors on March 15, 1977, Stage 773 has hosted over 800 plays, 9,000 events, 500 theatre companies, and 1,078,000 audience members, with more than 29,375 actors, designers, directors, and other theatre artists appearing in over 25,000 performances.

Over 1,000 artists in 15 theatrical presentations and 300 special events call Stage 773 home each year, and for 30 seasons, TBC has served as an incubator to develop original musical works and to support emerging theatre companies and artists with its unique space, and technical, marketing and consulting services.

“The goal of the ‘Strings Attached’ Rigging Grant is to enable growing companies to reach the next level of performance, giving them the tools to make rigging a permanent part of their production vocabulary,” said Flyhouse Owner Mark Witteveen. ” With so many companies and such a wide range of productions relying on the Stage 773 building each year, we know that this grant will impact an incredibly large portion of Chicago’s performing community.”

For more information about the Theatre Building Chicago, visit their website.