Jimalita Tillman

Global Director of Programs & Operations

The Harold Washington Cultural Center

HONOREE FOR

TORCH FOR

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Jimalita Tillman attended DePaul University with studies in Theater Management /International Marketing. Jimalita has received training in theater operation from North Shore Country Day School, Black Ensemble Theater, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and ETA Theater. 

She is currently studying Board Development at University of Chicago Graham School of Business and Philanthropy and Non-Profit at Northwestern University. 

 

Ms. Tillman has extensive training in emergency preparedness and risk management for performing arts venues. During the pandemic, Tillman was instrumental in the carving in the “Save Our Stages” advocacy which was responsible for procuring grants for live performance venues, producers, and promoters. She led the charge and continues to do so on Capitol Hill to ensure funding equity for underserved populations. 

 

Ms.Tillman is a recent recipient of the 40 Under 40 Game Changers

Award, and was recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus for her

contribution to live musical theater and performing arts in Chicago. She is the writer of the adaptation plays of Cooley High, Lean on Me and Claudine The Musical. Her hit production play, King of the Policy toured four countries and was met with outstanding theatrical reviews. 

 

Ms. Tillman is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho, Sorority, Inc. Her professional affiliations include the National Independent Venue Association, the League of Chicago Theaters, the National Association of Black Female Executive in Music Entertainment, Women in Public Policy, National Association of Women Business Owners, Business and Professional Women Organization, the National Association of Business Economics, Marketing Opportunities for Blacks in Business and Entertainment, the Association for Contingency Planners, and the National Alliance for Media, Arts and Culture.