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Gerhard and Kathy Bette (cq) with theatre students in the newly-dedicated Green Room at DePaul University's Theatre School. <br />
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Gerhard and Kathleen Bette’s son, Josef, earned a B.F.A. in acting at The Theatre School in 2009. Last year, the family made a generous gift to name the Bette Family Green Room in the new Theatre School building, which broke ground in June 2011.<br />
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Josef suggested that the Bettes’ gift be designated for the green room. “When we asked him what the most important place for an actor would be, he said the green room,” says Kathleen. “That’s the place where an actor prepares just before going onstage.”<br />
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The Bettes have a cherished family tradition of supporting the arts. Kathleen is a trustee of the Music Institute of Chicago and is a member of The Theatre School board at DePaul. Gerhard is a trustee of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and serves on the board of Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Ill. Their daughter, Moira, is a violist working on her master’s degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.<br />
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“It is so important to our family to support the arts,” Kathleen says. “We are proud of The Theatre School at DePaul and honored to be a part of its exciting future in Chicago. This new building is a testament to the excellence of the school and to the university’s support for all its arts programs.”(Photo by Jamie Moncrief)