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Raven's New Artistic Director

The Board of Directors of Raven Theatre is pleased to announce the appointment of Cody Estle as the company’s Artistic Director effective immediately.

Estle, who has served for three years as Raven’s Associate Artistic Director, succeeds Co-Artistic Directors Michael Menendian and JoAnn Montemurro, who have led the company since its founding in 1983.

Raven Theatre Board President Walter Pophin said, “Following a nation-wide search and interview process, we are very excited to announce the selection of Cody Estle as the new Artistic Director of Raven Theatre. Cody has faithfully served the theater over the past nine years in a variety of ways, most recently since October 2014 as the theater’s Associate Artistic Director. He brings superb artistic skills, a wealth of relationships within the Chicago theater community, an intimate knowledge of the theater’s long history, as well as an unmatched enthusiasm for theater’s ability to tell the important stories of our times and of our communities. The Board of Directors and the staff of the theater look forward to working with Cody in his new role.”

Cody Estle remarked, “I’m thrilled to take on this new leadership role at Raven Theatre. I look forward to working with the board and staff to bring artistically vital programming to Edgewater. Together we will foster dialogue with our collaborators and audience and will build and expand the Raven Theatre community.”


Photo by Joe Mazza


Cody Estle
has served as the Associate Artistic Director at Raven Theatre for three years and has directed a number of successful productions for the theatre including Dating Walter Dante, Boy Gets Girl, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Good Boys and True, Vieux Carré, Dividing the Estate, A Loss of Roses and The Assembled Parties, as well as the upcoming world premiere The Gentleman Caller by Philip Dawkins (spring 2018). His work includes directing for Northlight Theatre, First Floor Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, The Artistic Home, Haven Theatre, Mary-Arrchie Theatre and the upcoming Chicago premiere of Five Mile Lake with Shattered Globe Theatre. Estle was the Artistic Assistant at Northlight Theatre, a Directing Associate at Goodspeed Musicals and taught on the faculty of Cherubs at Northwestern University. He has been an assistant director at Steppenwolf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Writers Theatre, Court Theatre and Marriott Theatre. Estle holds a B.A. in directing from Columbia College Chicago.