The League of Chicago Theatres is proud to serve a membership of more than 200 theaters, a rich and varied theater community ranging from storefront, non-union theaters with budgets under $10,000 to major cultural centers with multi-million dollar shows. No other theater service organization in the country has such a diverse theater membership. Whether you call yourself a Chicagoan or are just visiting for the weekend, the League of Chicago Theatres is your source for Chicago theater.
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Theatre Thursday events give an inside look at the creative process behind world premiere productions happening on Chicago stages.
Upcoming Theatre Thursday event
August Wilson Monologue Competition
Open to Chicago area high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the competition gives students an opportunity to explore and share the richness of August Wilson’s Century Cycle.
Annual League Gala
Our Annual Gala will take place on Monday, May 21, 2018 to support the League in our mission to sustain a thriving theatre industry.
Waltzing Mechanics creates original documentary theatre inspired by real people telling stories about their lives. Using methods of performance ethnography, we facilitate dialogues among our audiences and within our communities.
We create verbatim theatre from the stories of real people in our communities. Our actors rehearse for each of our productions with recordings of the source interviews in order to thoroughly emulate those voices on stage. We are documentarians, oral historians, and engaged citizens of Chicago.
Audiences here value exciting, experimental, and generative work. This city is home to many of the most talented artists working in the American theatre. It's a phenomenal place to live, and its citizens value and support the arts fervently.
Our first edition of "EL Stories" had a scene that required the ensemble to rap together. Ever since, those company members play a common improv warmup before each performance called Beastie Boys Rap. It heightens the performers' verbal dexterity and deeply annoys the stage manager.
"EL Stories" is now in its third consecutive year as an open run. Our daily travels through this incredible city bring us face-to-face with urban dwellers who may be very similar or very different from us. We believe "EL Stories" is an important institution to allow fellow commuters to sort out those differences, share like experiences, and laugh a lot.