Based in Chicago, Halcyon Theatre was formed in 2006 to connect people, transform our borders and ascend toward a more just union.
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
- Connection and Honest Dialogue
- Transparency and Openness
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.