Arts & Entertainment
From the moment in 1997 that six founders each pitched in $50 to launch this company, TimeLine has worked to become one of Chicago’s leading cultural institutions by creating theatre that is more than just a few hours in a seat. Our team of Company Members works collaboratively to present riveting stories that link our past, present, and future—exploring today’s social and political issues through the lens of the past and inspiring ourselves to re-imagine tomorrow. And the TimeLine experience extends well beyond the stage, encompassing meticulously researched and interactive lobby experiences, opportunities to discuss the show with artists, ways to take action on whatever the art inspires, and more. It is a mission unique in Chicago, and beyond.
TimeLine's programming also includes the Living History Education Program, which brings the company's mission to life for students in Chicago Public Schools, and TimeLine South, a unique summer arts program that provides teens a safe space for self-expression, creativity, and ensemble building on the south side of Chicago.
TimeLine's work has been recognized in Chicago and elsewhere with more than 50 awards for artistic and business excellence, including the prestigious 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and 56 Jeff Awards, including 11 awards for Outstanding Production.