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Steel Beam Receives Foundation Grant For Lighting Upgrades

Steel Beam Theatre Recipient of $15,000 Grant from Community Foundation of Fox Valley.

Steel Beam Theatre, Kane County Chronicle’s “Best Live Theatre 2016” pick, is proud to announce the receipt of a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.

The grant supports upgrades to the lighting system in the 15 year old facility so that future productions will benefit from a more modern and adaptable system.  An independent contractor was chosen to design the new lighting system, and develop an adaptable structure that will allow for add-ons as well as overall improvements to instruments and lighting board alike.

“We are so happy with our new lighting system,” states Artistic Director, Marge Uhlarik-Boller. “We had struggled for the past few years with an antiquated system and this grant has made it possible for us to truly upgrade our lighting capacities.  We can never thank the Community Foundation enough for their generosity and support of the arts. We hope our patrons will really see the difference when they visit us this season.”

The first show to benefit from the newly improved lighting at SBT is The Complete Works of Wm.Shakespeare (abridged), which opens Sept 16 and runs thru Oct 9.  Visit for ticket information.


About Steel Beam Theatre

Steel Beam Theatre is a 501 (c) (3) non-for-profit organization that is located in the heart of downtown St. Charles IL.  Located at 111 W. Main Street, SBT has served the Fox River Valley for over 15 years with main stage and youth productions alike.  For more information, visit

About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois.  Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $75 million in assets and has awarded more than $60 million in grants and scholarships.  For more information on the Foundation, visit

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