Deb Clapp

Deb Clapp joined the League of Chicago Theatres as their Executive Director in July of 2008.  During Deb’s tenure the League has increased its membership and its scope of programming and raised the visibility of Chicago theatre.  Prior to her work with the League, Deb worked as a consultant for Chicago theatre companies such as Teatro Vista…Theatre with a View, About Face Theatre, and Chicago Children’s Theatre.  From 2002–2007 Deb was the Director of Management for Goodman Theatre where she oversaw all operations and negotiated and executed contracts.  Deb began her career in theatre management at Hartford Stage Company in Hartford, CT.  At Hartford Stage she rose from Assistant House Manager to Operations Manager to Associate Business Manager.  In 1996 she moved to Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven where, as general manager, she oversaw the day-to-day operation of this theatre with a $5 million annual budget.  Deb has guest lectured at Columbia College Chicago; DePaul University; and Florida State University.  She has served as a grant panelist for the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs, City Arts Grants; and the Missouri Arts Council.  She also served on the panel of judges for the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012.  Deb also serves on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theatres.  She is the proud recipient of the 2014 Corona Award from Eclipse Theatre for her service to small and mid-sized companies in Chicago.