(Courtesy of Kai EL’Zabar)

The Chicago theater company has announced Kai EL’Zabar as its third CEO and executive director. The 48-year-old media maven says while working in theater is new for her, she has been grounded in the arts all of her life. 

Abena Joan Brown

Abena Joan Brown died on Sunday at age 87. She was a pioneer of the African-American theater scene in Chicago and co-founded the ETA Creative Arts Foundation in 1971. We revisit her appearance on WTTW’s Artbeat Chicago program in 1998. During the segment, Brown talks about the early days of starting a theater company.