Bishop Named BAC Artistic Director 

Carly Bishop has been names the new Artistic Director at the Beverly Arts Center (BAC). Bishop started at the BAC in 2012 as teaching artist, and has worked as Director of Summer Arts Camp and the Director of Outreach.  

As Director of Outreach and Interim Director of Education, the BAC’s in-school and community outreach program has expanded into over 40 schools serving more thanr 12,500 children and adults in Chicagoland.  

Ed Laginess, BAC Board President said, “Carly has served the BAC wonderfully for many years. Starting as a teaching artist, her passion and energy to support the arts and each student who steps foot through our doors is remarkable. That drive has helped her promote positive change in the organization and we are thrilled to have her help lead our artistic vision.” 

A professional actor, playwright and director/choreographer, Bishop holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois. She has worked at theatres across the country including the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Grand Ole’ Opry, McCarter Theatre Center at Princeton University, John F. Kennedy Center and the National Theatre.  

Bishop’s original plays have been produced at the Altarena Playhouse in San Francisco, the National Theatre in Washington DC, Raven Theatre in Chicago, and Limelight Theatre in Saint Augustine, Fla. She also worked as the resident choreographer at Moraine Valley Community College.