Producer of the Bitter Jester Music Festival
and The Comic Thread Sketch Comedy Troupe
The Bitter Jester Foundation for the Arts, NFP (BJFA) was established to produce live music and theatrical productions of new and classic works as well as other forms of literary/performing/media/audio/visual arts and other forms of entertainment. BJFA works with youth, specifically teens, to help build their confidence and experiences through art, especially music performance and original composition. BJFA also works to strengthen the arts, support emerging artists of all ages, and encourage persons to enter the arts by providing scholarships and grants to fine and applied arts students.
BJFA promotes the benefits of the arts to the general public. Specific programs include the 20-year-old Comic Thread sketch comedy troupe and the 13-year-old Bitter Jester Music Festival for Chicagoland youth. Future programs include the Bitter Jester Theatre Company to produce the original work of emerging Chicago playwrights and LaughLab, a behind-the-scenes podcast on how comedy is built. Partnerships include the City of Highland Park, IL (supporting the Bitter Jester Music Festival), Navy Pier (hosting Best Of showcase concerts of Music Festival winners), Ravinia (providing donated concert tickets for Festival winners and audience members), and many others!