Mission & History

NMight of the Iguana

From Raven's production of Night of the Iguana, 2007


Raven Theatre Company is committed to presenting a range of modern drama that illuminates the human experience. Through a vigorous program of full productions and new play development, as well as a first class theatre education series, Raven creates a powerful and welcoming environment in which artists showcase their skills, young students gain valuable insights into theatre arts, and patrons experience high quality programming that is easily accessible to all. 


Founded in 1983, Raven Theatre is a professional, regional theatre company, serving the far north communities of Chicago, including Edgewater, Rogers Park and Andersonville. The company also receives a broad base of support from throughout the Chicagoland area. From 1985 to 2000 Raven Theatre was housed in an intimate 70-seat space in Rogers Park. This award-winning company closed its final season in its old home with five Joseph Jefferson Awards for Arthur Miller's classic drama A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, including outstanding production. In 2002, Raven moved in to its new on Clark and Granville. The first production in our new space was the award winning production of MARVIN’S ROOM.

Production History

1983- “Welcome to the USA” - The Pushcart Peddlers, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

1984- The American Dream, Small Craft Warnings

1985- Talley’s Folly, I Never Sang for my Father

1986- The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia, Baba Goya

1987- Harvey, Getting Out, Everything in the Garden

1988-Seaviews, Thymus Vulgaris & Chocolate Cake, A Texas Trilogy

1989- Once in a Lifetime, The Two Character Play, American Notes

1990-All My Sons, Italian American Reconciliation, Beyond Therapy

1991- The Matchmaker, A Memory of Two Mondays, Vampires in Chicago, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it all for You

1992- The Artificial Jungle, The Crucible

1993- Cobb, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,

1994- The Elvis, The Time of Your Life

1995- Hot L Baltimore, Death of a Salesman, Awake and Sing

1996- The Glass Menagerie, An Enemy of the People

1997- You Can’t Take it With You, The Road to Mecca

1998-Six Degrees of Separation

1999- Glengarry Glen Ross, Loyd Byron’s Love Letter & The Long Goodbye, A View From the Bridge

2002-2003: Marvin’s Room, The Man Who Had all the Luck

2003-2004: Golden Boy, Social Security

2004-2005: A Streetcar Named Desire, Dancing at Lughnasa, Talk to Me Like the Rain, The Interview

2005-2006: A Few Good Men, Book of Days, The Exonerated

2006-2007: American Buffalo, The Seagull

2007-2008: The Night of the Iguana, columbinus, Laughter on the 23rd Floor

2008-2009: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Misamerica, Hedda Gabler

2009-2010: Death of a Salesman, Twelve Angry Men, The Odd Couple

2010-2011: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Radio Golf, The Cherry Orchard

2011-2012: Bus Stop, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose, Dating Walter Dante, The Price, Bang the Drum Slowly

2012-2013: The Big Knife, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose, Boy Gets Girl, A Soldier's Play, Brighton Beach Memoirs

2013-2014: The Trip to Bountiful, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose, The Playboy of the Western World, Good Boys and True, Vieux Carre'

2014-15: All My Sons, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose, Dividing the Estate, The Bird Feeder Doesn't Know, Beast on the Moon

2015-2016: Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys, The Play About My Dad, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose, Milk Like Sugar (co-production with The Yard), The Old Friends, A Loss of Roses, The House of Blue Leaves

2016-2017: Red Velvet, Betrayal, The Assembled Parties, Sycamore, Not About Nightingales