by Hedy Weiss
Victory Gardens Theater has received the largest individual gift in its 38-year history.
The $350,000 gift comes courtesy of Steven and Diane Miller. Steven Miller, who has been involved with the company since the late 1990s and has served as president of the Victory Gardens board since July 2012, has structured his gift as a match to encourage long-time and new supporters to make philanthropic gifts to the theater that is housed in the restored Biograph Theatre at 2433 N. Lincoln.
In a prepared statement, Miller, principal and co-founder of Origin Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage companies, said: "Victory Gardens is one of the most important companies in Chicago. Our focus on new works, new voices, and telling the stories of all Chicagoans resonates with Diane and me. We want others who feel as we do to join us in supporting this theater that means so much to Chicago. "