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TimeLine Theatre Company

TimeLine Theatre Company

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About Us

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.


Torn from the world they know without warning, Grif (Cage Sebastian Pierre, from left), Isa (Kai A. Ealy), and Daz (Charles Andrew Gardner) find themselves stuck in a cosmic waiting room in James Ijames' KILL MOVE PARADISE, directed by Wardell Julius Clark, 2020. Photo by Lara Goetsch.
Mary (Rochelle Therrien, right) has a proposal for Rutherford (Francis Guinan) in Githa Sowerby's RUTHERFORD AND SON, directed by Mechelle Moe, 2019. Photo by Lara Goetsch.
Negotiators Uri Savir (Jed Feder, left) and Ahmed Qurie (Anish Jethmalani) take a walk in the cold Norwegian snow to try to make some progress, as Mona Juul (Bri Sudia) and Terje Rød-Larsen (Scott Parkinson) watch in J.T. Rogers' OSLO, directed by Nick Bowling, 2019. Photo by Brett Beiner Photography.
Bowzie Brandon (Jalen Gilbert, from left) and his wife Evelyn (Ayanna Bria Bakari), with their friends Sally-Mae (Jennifer Latimore) and Tony (Cage Sebastian Pierre), must face the personal costs of progress in TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET by Jiréh Breon Holder, directed by Ron OJ Parson, 2019. Photo by Lara Goetsch.
Francis (Freedom Martin, left), Ruth (Adia Alli, center) and Paul (Kai A. Ealy) dance in the community's church in CARDBOARD PIANO by Hansol Jung, directed by Mechelle Moe. Photo by Lara Goetsch.
Maria Callas (Janet Ulrich Brooks, center) works with her first student Sophie (Molly Hernández, right), with Manny (Stephen Boyer) accompanying on the piano, in Terrence McNally’s MASTER CLASS, directed by Nick Bowling and music directed by Doug Peck, 2018. Photo by Lara Goetsch.
Lusia (Emily Berman, left) and Rose (Bri Sudia) are two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the rise of the Nazis in A SHAYNA MAIDEL by Barbara Lebow, directed by Vanessa Stalling, 2018. Photo by Lara Goetsch..
Mrs. Givings (Rochelle Therrien, left) and Mr. Givings (Anish Jethmalani) in IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Mechelle Moe, 2017. Photo by Lara Goetsch.
Siddhartha Rajan portrays mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (foreground), with Kareem Bandealy as Al, in A DISAPPEARING NUMBER by Complicite, originally conceived and directed by Simon McBurney, devised by the original company, directed by Nick Bowling, 2017.
A-Level students — (from left) Scripps (Will Allan), Crowther (Govind Kumar), Dakin (Joel Gross), Rudge (Michael Peters), Lockwood (Rob Fenton), Akthar (Behzad Dabu), Timms (Brad Bukauskas) and Posner (Alex Weisman) — find plenty to laugh about during their studies in THE HISTORY BOYS by Alan Bennett, directed by Nick Bowling, 2009. Photo by Lara Goetsch.

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