Jacqueline Russell (Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Theatre) served as the previous Executive Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company, during which time she led the company’s build and move into Lookingglass’ current performance space in the Water Tower Water Works. Prior to that, she served as Lookingglass’ Director of Education and Outreach. Before joining Lookingglass, she spent five years as creator of Children’s Programs at Old Town School of Folk Music. In addition to leading CCT’s main stage and education programs, Russell is the creator of the Red Kite Project, a CCT program dedicated to bringing theatre into the lives of children with special needs.
In 2010, she was appointed by the U.S. State Department to serve as Cultural Envoy to Canada, and was honored with the 2013 “Hero of the Year Award” from the Chicago chapter of Autism Speaks. She was named “Tastemaker” by Time Out Chicago Kids, and has three times been highlighted in New City’s “Players” list of “People Who Really Perform for Chicago.” Jacqueline spent her early childhood in Beirut and is originally from Houston, Texas Her daughter, Shiri Nicole attends the University of Pennsylvania.