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Mission

Raven Theatre tells stories of today and the past that connect us to our cultural landscape.

Raven’s commitment to modern drama in all of its forms, as well as its first-class education programming, have helped it remain a cultural cornerstone on the north side of Chicago for 35 years and counting.

History

Raven Theatre was founded in March 1983. It was itinerant until August 1985, when it moved into a storefront in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Raven moved to its permanent home at the corner of Clark & Granville, in Edgewater, in November 2002. A building that was once a grocery store now boasts two stages – the 99-seat East Stage and the 57-seat West Stage – and also contains Raven’s administrative offices.

For most of its history, Raven has produced revivals. While it continues to revive classic scripts, it has also begun to offer both regional and world premiere productions to audiences, including Raven’s first commissioned play, Philip Dawkins’ The Gentleman Caller, in 2018. Each season of plays is joined by a robust education program, which includes sending teaching artists to work in schools and community organizations, bringing elementary school students to the theater for performances, and offering camps all summer long.

Raven is proud to serve 10,000 individuals annually and to work with the staff of the 48th Ward, surrounding chambers of commerce, local businesses, and other community development organizations to continually offer programs that meet the needs of the neighborhood and allow theater to remain a cultural cornerstone of Chicago’s north side.

Artistic Director

Cody Estle became the Artistic Director at Raven Theatre in November 2017 where he had previously served as the Associate Artistic Director. His directing credits include The Gentleman CallerThe Assembled PartiesA Loss of Roses (named by Chicago Tribune honorable mention as one of the Year’s Best in 2016), Dividing the EstateVieux Carré (named by Chicago Tribune as one of the Year’s Best in 2014), Good Boys and TrueBrighton Beach MemoirsBoy Gets Girl and Dating Walter Dante at Raven Theatre; Damascus at Strawdog Theatre; Five Mile Lake at Shattered Globe Theatre; By the Water (named by Chicago Sun-Times honorable mention as one of the Top Theatre Productions of 2017) at Northlight Theatre; American Hero at First Floor Theatre; Scarcity at Redtwist Theatre; The Seagull and Watch on the Rhine at The Artistic Home; Don’t Go Gentle at Haven Theatre; Uncle Bob at Mary-Arrchie Theatre and Hospitality Suite at Citadel Theatre. He’s had the pleasure of assistant directing at Steppenwolf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Court Theatre and Writers Theatre. Estle is a proud member of SDC and an alumnus of Columbia College Chicago.

Staff

Cody Estle

Artistic Director

Stephen Johnson

General Manager

Cole von Glahn

Production Manager

Jake Fruend

Marketing Manager & Graphic Designer

Dana Besmanoff

Development Manager

John Weagly

Audience Services Manager

Mechelle Moe

Director of Education

Dana Murphy

Education Manager

Max Colvill

Box Office Manager

Morgan Araujo

Box Office Manager

Board

Raven’s Board of Directors is made up of a team of dedicated professionals and community leaders that manage the organization and volunteer their time and talent to assure that Raven is performing to its best possible capacity!

John Clum

President

Dan De La Cruz

Vice President

Stephen Johnson

Treasurer

Sally Schwartz

Secretary

Rosanne Ciambrone

Preston Frazier

Stuart Gold

Jeffrey Koh

Jeanette Samo

Noah Sobe

Kelli Strickland

Susan Schaalman Youdovin