Arts, Culture, and Humanities


aka Pride Arts Center

Chicago, IL


The mission of Pride Films and Plays is to change lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, film screenings, and special events. We foster long term relationships with artists to create programming that is as diverse, unique, and complex as the community we represent. In 2015, Huffington Post called PFP “A powerful and empowering entity."

Programming includes: a series of four or five Jeff eligible productions which are often Chicago or world premieres, with an occasional look back at an LGBT classic. In addition, our developmental work includes the Great Gay Play Contest, Great Gay Screenplay Contest, and LezPlay for work by women with lesbian characters or themes. Finally our Queer Bits Film Fest enables us to interact with LGBTQ+ film makers from around the world as we present the Chicago premieres of their work.

From our base in Chicago, we reach audiences throughout the midwest with our live performances, and reach audiences around the world with films from our Queer Bits Film Fest which can be screened live from our website.

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Mr. David Zak

Artistic Director

Mr Nelson Rodfriguez

Main Address

4139 N Broadway

Chicago, IL 60613 USA


Theater, Film, Gay and Lesbian, Arts and Culture, New Play Development, Screenplay Writing





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Performing Arts (A60)

Theater (A65)

Film, Video (A31)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

In many ways, the world is more progressive when dealing with gender issues and the LGBTQ+ community. However, there is a lot of push-back in our current political climate. Thus Pride Films and Plays, the only year-round film and theater program in Chicago, offers new work with LGBTQ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We not only represent all the letters in the community, but we understand that ageism is another challenge we face. Thus our company members include men and women in the 60s and 70s, and our programming includes our innovative High School intern program for those learning theatrical arts.

Our programs

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Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Great Gay Play and Musical Contest


Queer Bits Film Festival

Fully Staged Productions

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our greatest goal is to increase the amount of excellent LGBTQ+ film and theater it throughout the world. We know we can share the theatrical works with other organizations are sympathetic to our mission. And we can share our film works to an even great extent through our Vimeo page which we know reaches many people in countries that need exposure to our type of work. Be creating a year round presence for film and theater, music and more, we know we can be a steady beacon to welcome artists and audiences to our safe space.

The foundation of the work is our company of artists, a multi-generational and multi-cultural group. They set the artistic agenda, striving for racial equality, gender parity, and against ageism. Their work is couple with teams of volunteers who reach out as ambassadors to develop partnerships with other non-profits, reach out to student and school groups, and help us get people into our seats.

Currently we have one full time and 4 part time employees but we use over 200 volunteers over the course of a year. We are continually growing and adding more activities and support staff.

We use both exterior and interior standards of achievement. Easy external standards come from reviews in the press, and whether we earn recognition from the Jeff (awards) Committee. Other indicators of success are audience reactions to the performances in person, and the number of tickets we sell. Additional standards come from donors and foundations, who all can put the stamp of approval on our work.

We moved into our new home in the Pride Arts Center in August 2016 and much has changed since then. The new space has two theaters - The Broadway with 85 seats, and The Buena with 60 seats. This has allowed us to solidify our artistic work, with a fall-to-spring season of Chicago and world premieres. The summer season tends to be shorter runs of works both experimental or historical. We are working to build a subscriber base, and have achieved some growth in that area. Our film projects are also now set, with our short film nights happening monthly November through June. On occasion feature films are also shown. And special events include works like cabaret and other types of music. What's next is building up staff and cash reserve to make sure the art can happen comfortably and confidently.

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