Jaclyn Grahl, Managing Director of The Sapphire Theatre Company

Jaclyn joined the Sapphire Theatre in 2018 bringing nearly 20 years of experience as a leader in nonprofit cultural arts. Most recently, she served for four years as the Founding Executive Director of Chicago Collections where she spearheaded the launch of their flagship digital initiative EXPLORE Chicago Collections and the production of their inaugural exhibition, in addition to leading the way to significant financial and organizational growth.

Jaclyn has also held leadership positions at Jewish Community Center Chicago (Director of Development), Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (Director of Individual Giving, Chicago Cultural Center Foundation), Court Theatre at the University of Chicago (Associate Director of Development), and Round House Theatre (Public Relations Manager). Most recently, Jaclyn’s free-lance clients have included the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. During 2017, she served as a Grants Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts evaluating proposals for Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works projects from across the country.

With a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky, Grahl brings wide-ranging experience in management and performance arts. Her graduate Fellowship with the Department of Performing Arts at American University also included her graduate thesis work focused on women in artistic leadership with a concentration on women leading regional theaters in the United States.

Jaclyn may be reached at jaclyn@sapphiretheatre.com or 317-762-5856.

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