John Szostek, President

I reside in Evanston, Illinois and am in a life couple with Jan Szostek. Our daughter, Anne Tara, attended Tai Chi Camps at Bennington and Perch Lake beginning at age three. 

I began studying Tai Chi in 1975. I have been an Arican since 1974 and a Tibetan Buddhist since 1979. I retired in 2014 from serving as Executive Director of Piccolo Theatre, Inc. a not-for-profit corp. and Artistic Director of Piccolo Theatre. 

I also served as President of the 65 members of the Main Street Business Association in Evanston. As an artist I have received an Emmy Award and the Mayor’s Award for Artist of the Year in 2008. I established the Evanston Arts Depot which is the home for the Human Process, the Arica/Tai Chi sponsor in Chicago, and the Piccolo Theatre. Currently I work with the City of Evanston as a committee member on two commercial development projects. 

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