Theatre is thriving in Evanston!
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Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre (FJT) is a municipally-supported theatre program. FJT features productions highlighting the Black experience. Most performances take place at the Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
The Theatre produces three main stage shows in the summer, a play for young audiences at the Ecology Center, free pop-up theatre around town for children, concerts and a Gala fundraiser near the end of August. Information about performing arts classes can be found in the Evanston Life Magazine.
Evanston Children’s Theatre and Tater Tot Theatre Company present productions starring Evanston children. Phone calls about Evanston Children's Theatre should be directed to 847-448-8263. Phone calls about Tater Tot Theatre Company should be directed to 847-866-5915.
Muse of Fire Theatre Company presents free outdoor summer production in Ingraham Park on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m., as well as some indoor performances. Performances are free and open to the public. Ingraham Park is located behind the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue.
Noyes Cultural Arts Center: The Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, is home to the renowned Piven Theatre Workshop. Piven Theatre has provided classes from beginning children (4th grade and higher) to professional adults for over 30 years. Many famous actors have been through the Piven program, including the entire Cusak family. For information on workshops, please call 847-866-6597. The Piven Theatre puts on performances each year at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. For more information about upcoming performances, visit or call the box office at 847-866-8049. There are also performances and classes at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center by Art Encounter and The Actors Gymnasium. For more information, please call the Cultural Arts Programs staff at 847-448-8237.
Northwestern: The City of Evanston is also home to numerous student productions thanks to Northwestern University. Northwestern’s critically acclaimed theatre program provides performing arts opportunities every week. Their program produces more than eight main stage shows a year, along with countless student productions.
The school also puts on a Summer Theatre Festival. One of Northwestern’s most famous productions is called the Dolphin Show, which is the nation’s largest student-produced musical. Famous alumni of the show include David Schwimmer, Ann Margret, Tony Randall and Warren Beatty.
Founded in 1964 by Frank Miller and Lilias Circle, the Savoyaires soon became the first U.S. company to produce all 14 Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Since 1994, the company’s annual production has been presented in Evanston’s Chute Auditorium, marking a renewed dedication to bringing G&S to the community and cultivating young audiences.
Although a community theater group, the company draws its artistic staff and many of its leads from the ranks of Chicago-area theater and music professionals. New participants are always welcome, from actor-singers and orchestral musicians to backstage crew and administrative support.
B.O.O.K.: Theatre With a Spine!: The Bodacious Oracles of Knowledge, or B.O.O.K., is an all teen theatre troupe open to interested Evanston teens between the ages of 12-18 (or, 6th grade to 12th grade). We perform original, ensemble-based stage adaptations of young adult literature, original stories written by teens, and plays depicting the young adult experience. Young actors, musicians, budding sound, lighting, scenic and costume designers, writers and directors are invited to join us as we take artistic risks, explore live storytelling on our feet, and have fun. For more information, e-mail Jarrett Dapier at firstname.lastname@example.org.