American Theater Company to hold public memorial for late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli

PJ Paparelli headshot

Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m.


July 13, 2015 (Chicago, IL)—American Theater Company (ATC) will hold a public memorial on Tuesday, July 28 for its late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli, who passed away in May from injuries due to a car accident in Scotland.


The memorial will be at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport Avenue), with doors opening at 7 p.m. and a memorial service from 8-9:30 p.m. ATC artists, staff and others who were close to Paparelli will speak about his impact on the theater community, vision and dedication to developing new works in Chicago. There will also be performances from ATC’s Youth Ensemble and cast members from past productions.


Those unable to attend may share their thoughts, photos and/or videos by mailing to American Theater Company at 1909 W. Byron St, Chicago, or emailing to


A separate Legacy Celebration benefit will be held this fall to kick off ATC’s Legacy Campaign, a fundraising effort supporting the theater in Paparelli’s honor.


About American Theater Company

American Theater Company (ATC) challenges and inspires its community by exploring stories that ask the question, “What does it mean to be an American?” ATC’s Ensemble includes Patrick Andrews, Kareem Bandealy, Jaime Castañeda, Kelly O’Sullivan, Tyler Ravelson, and Sadieh Rifai.


American Theater Company is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, and the Shubert Foundation.


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