Allie’s Gift

Allison Powell, 1982-2011

Allison Powell was the Business Manager of the Filament Theatre Ensemble from February of 2010 until her untimely passing in January 2011. Allie had a business mind with an artistic heart. Like so many of us, Allie aspired to ultimately earn a living in the arts, but held day jobs in the meantime to support herself and save money for graduate school. As she wrote in her first correspondence with Filament when discussing her day job, “I love art, but I also love food.” She worked with us to begin setting a path for Filament to create a financially sustainable model where we may one day support an administrative staff as well as the artists who work with us.

With her humor, intelligence, insight, and love, Allie inspired each and every one of us in the Filament Theatre Ensemble. We would like to share the inspiration that we were so lucky to experience firsthand with the Chicago arts community. Therefore, the Filament Theatre Ensemble has created an annual gift in Allie’s name to support the development of a Chicago artist.

The Filament Theatre Ensemble will award Allie’s Gift to one Chicago artist who demonstrates passion, dedication, and a love for their art in addition to a financial need. We will pay up to $300 toward class tuition, material investments, space needs, etc.


Application requirements:

[] Please write us a brief letter (no more than 3 pages) telling us a bit about yourself and your specific intended use of the Allie’s Gift funding.
[] A brief statement describing your current financial situation (primary source of income, etc.)
[] A current resume in PDF format
[] Applicants must currently live in Chicago, pursuing a career in theatre arts.
[] Any samples of your work – portfolio, video, audio, etc. – are encouraged but not required.

Applications should be emailed to, attached as PDF documents.

Applications are due no later than 5pm on Friday April 13. Applicants may be contacted for an interview.  The recipient of Allie’s Gift will be announced on April 26. For any questions about Allie’s Gift or the application process, do not hesitate to email us at