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SYDNEY CHATMAN is a multidisciplinary artist. For the past 15 years, she has been a theater educator at the University of Chicago Charter School. She founded The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuit (The TCC), a theater company inspired by the pure joy and authenticity that young people and children possess. The mission of The TCC is to uplift the consciousness of Black children, explore the historical and political agency within the Black theatrical community, and use these tools to tour original productions to underserved communities around the world.
As a director, producer, writer, and founder of The TCC, Chatman received a 3Arts Make a Wave Award, and a Special Recognition Award from the African-American Arts Alliance of Chicago for her play Black Girls (Can) Fly! She was accepted, as an Observer, into the SDCF Observership Program for the Broadway Revival and Tony-nominated play The Trip to Bountiful, starring Dr. Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, and Cuba Gooding Jr. She was also a Directing Fellow with the Lincoln Center Directors Lab; Associate Member of the SDCF; and Board Member of the African-American Arts Alliance of Chicago; and was featured in the book Black Theatre Is Black Life: An Oral History of Chicago Theater and Dance, 1970-2010.