Michael Menendian and JoAnn Montemurro founded Raven Theatre Company in March of 1983, and served as its Artistic Directors until 2017. The company was itinerant until August of 1985, when it moved into a storefront in the Rogers Park neighborhood of North Chicago in a space which had previously been the Rogers Park Post Office. During its time in this location, the company produced 41 shows, most of which were revivals of classic works from the American canon.
Raven purchased its current home at the corner of Granville and Clark in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood in November of 2000. It now has two stages – a 130 seat East Stage and a 55 seat West Stage, as well as administrative offices for the company’s four full-time and five part-time staff members.