A Red Orchid Theatre

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A Red Orchid Theatre
Formation 1993
Type Theatre group
Purpose Storefront Theatre
Artistic director(s)
Kirsten Fitzgerald
Notable members
Michael Shannon
Website aredorchidtheatre.org

A Red Orchid Theatre is an ensemble based theatre company located in the Old Town district of Chicago and was founded in 1993 by Michael Shannon, Guy Van Swearingen III, and Larry Grimm.[1] Kirsten Fitzgerald, a long-time ensemble member, has helmed the company as Artistic Director since 2010.[2]


A Red Orchid Theatre is an ensemble of artists dedicated to the proliferation of live theatre in the modern world. We believe that theatre is the greatest sustenance for the human spirit and approach our work with a palpable sense of social compassion, aesthetic rigor, and honesty. By presenting new plays from all over the world and by reviving insightful works from the past that bear new relevance today, we aim to seek out and build new audiences for the modern stage.

Notable Productions[edit]

Productions include a revival of Sam Shepard's Simpatico which was a prodigious critical and box office success, Eugène Ionesco's The Killer and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford, world premieres of Tracy Letts' Bug and Craig Wright's Mistakes Were Made as well as other new and canonical plays.

In the summer of 2014, A Red Orchid Theatre took its original production of The Opponent by ensemble member Brett Neveu to New York's 59E59 Theaters with the original cast (ensemble members Guy Van Swearingen and Kamal Angelo Bolden), director (ensemble member Karen Kessler) and designers (Joey Wade, Myron Elliott, Joe Court, John Tovar and ensemble member Mike Durst).[3]


Ensemble members include actors Michael Shannon (Academy Award nominee), Guy Van Swearingen III, Larry Grimm, (the three founding members), Kamal Angelo Bolden, Lance Baker, dado, Jennifer Engstrom, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Mierka Girten, Steve Haggard, Danny McCarthy, Doug Vickers, and Natalie West, playwright Brett Neveu, designers Mike Durst, Joe Fosco, and Karen Kawa, and directors dado, Karen Kessler, and Shade Murray. Artistic associates of the company include Steve Schine, Steve Wilson and Stephanie Heller.


  1. ^ "History". A Red Orchid Theatre. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  2. ^ Zacher, Scotty. "A Red Orchid Theatre’s new Artistic Director: Kirsten Fitzgerald". Chicago Theater Beat. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 

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Coordinates: 41°54′36″N 87°38′04″W / 41.9100°N 87.6345°W / 41.9100; -87.6345