Every year, just 10 of Chicago’s best and brightest artists working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts receive a prestigious 3Arts Award, which recognizes exceptional Chicago-based women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities.

2016 3Arts Awardees.

We are overjoyed to announce that Maggie Popadiak, APTP’s Associate Director, was selected as a 2016 3Arts Reva & David Logan Foundation Awardee.  Maggie has been an “APTPian” since 1998, when she joined our youth ensemble as a freshman at Roosevelt High School.  Since becoming Associate Director in 2007, she has directed and choreographed for every APTP show including Learning Curve, God’s Work, Home/Land and Feast.  She is also a leader of our college counseling and middle-school arts programs.

“It is a joy and a privilege for 3Arts to support Maggie’s work as a theater artist and to applaud all of the ways that she connects students, families, and community members on and off the stage. Her dedication is a gift to Chicago.”

Esther Grimm, Executive Director of 3Arts

As a 3Arts awardee, Maggie received a $25,000 grant to support her ongoing development as a creator of theater in community.  The 3Arts Award is an unrestricted cash grant that comes with multi-year support through project funding, residency fellowships, professional development, and promotion. Maggie kicked off 2017–and her 3Arts journey–with a two-week residency at Pig Iron Theatre in Philadelphia.  “I left for Philly at the beginning of the new year, frustrated and heartbroken about the current state of our country. I came back renewed and armed with fresh methods of devising theater, ready to create art with resilient and powerful youth who want to create theater to incite positive social change.”