About Us

Based in Chicago, Halcyon Theatre was formed in 2006 to connect people, transform our borders and ascend toward a more just union.

Our Mission:

We are fiercely committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago--presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities and recasting classic works to showcase their contemporary relevance.

Our Core Values:

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Eradicating Borders
  • Connecting
  • Candor
  • Transparency
  • Openness
  • Playfulness
  • Mastery
  • Beauty

Our artistic philosophy is driven by our continuing belief that at every point of human history where there has been an explosion of artistic creativity, it has happened when different cultures and traditions have met and learned from each other.

No artist can fully represent a community; however, a community of artists can. Halcyon works continuously to connect artists and organizations from across all of our communities to accomplish our mission.

Find out more about our programs

Onstage and in-person

Plays We've Made: take a look at our production history

The Alcyone Festival: from 2008-14, our annual Alcyone Festival celebrated women writing for the stage. 2014 was our last Alcyone festival. We haven't abandoned the spirit of the festival, however, it has expanded fully across our core programs.

Events/Gatherings: we also host talks, panels, readings and gatherings

Back in the lab, with a pen and a pad

Artist-in-Residence Program: providing a home for artists to learn and grow

New Plays: Halcyon’s play development programs

Compass Lab: a laboratory for exploring both ancient and new modes of performance

As an extension of our mission, we also help artists and groups with web development, advising and other services to help others build a platform to grow.

Halcyon Theatre is supported in part by:

This program is partially supported by a grant from the The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation    Capacity-building support has been provided by the Arts & Business Council of Chicago  This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency  The Saints, Volunteers for the Performing Arts