Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, co-artistic director and master teacher at Actor’s Gymnasium., has been awarded a 3Arts Designer Award.

“All of us at the Actors Gymnasium are extremely proud and excited for Sylvia. Her unique ability to choreograph circus skills to tell a story, to stun an audience, and to stretch her performers’ abilities is why she is a gem in the Chicago theatre community. Because of her enthusiasm for circus arts and physical theatre, Ms. Hernandez-DiStasi  has encouraged hundreds of performers to juggle, spin, flip, and fly,” said board president Sam Fishkin.

The awards are given out for Dance, Music, Theater, Teaching Arts, and Visual Arts and provide long term support for women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities in Chicago.