The PAAL Awards are national recognition awards for theatre institutions, companies, and organizations that engage in parent-inclusive practices. The awards are rolling and nominations stay open. PAAL will review each submission and notify theatres that qualify for inclusion on the awards list. Nominate your organization here.
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(A separate page will be created for the larger area of Illinois State, excluding Chicago and its suburbs.)
Chicago PAAL Chief Rep: Lydia-Milman Schmidt | Contact Jenna
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“As a new Mom I was juggling a day job, a theatre career, a husband’s day job and also his performing career! Money is always tight for sitters and Artemesia let me bring my infant to rehearsal during a jam and also let my sitter hang with my babe in the lobby and around the theatre. At most any other work place, I would have felt very uncomfortable and unprofessional, but they were so supportive and understanding. It means SO MUCH to feel appreciated rather than feeling like a burden.” – Caitlin Chuckta, Actor
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Award: Family-Friendly Scheduling, Flexibility of Children in the Space, Initiating conversation about caregiver/parent needs as part of healthy work culture