16th Street Theater

16th Street Theater

Telling the stories of ALL and for ALL in our community…

Created to be a playwrights' theater for people NOT going to the theater, 16th Street was founded in 2007 to serve and give voice to ALL in Berwyn’s community: a theater not for the elite, not just for some in our community, but for all.

As an Equity theater in our 12th Season, 16th Street was twice honored with American...
Telling the stories of ALL and for ALL in our community…

Created to be a playwrights' theater for people NOT going to the theater, 16th Street was founded in 2007 to serve and give voice to ALL in Berwyn’s community: a theater not for the elite, not just for some in our community, but for all.

As an Equity theater in our 12th Season, 16th Street was twice honored with American Theater Wing's National Theatre Grant, Broadway in Chicago's Emerging Theatre Award and Actors' Equity Association's Kathryn M. Lamkey Award for inclusivity and diversity. 16th Street is a Core Member of National New Play Network.

We have produced world premieres and rolling world premieres by Tanya Saracho, Karen Zacarias, Laura Jacqmin, Andrea Thome, EM Lewis, Robert Koon, Rohina Malik, Elizabeth Berg, Will Dunne, Arlene Malinowski, Stephanie Alison Walker, Aline Lathrop, Sean Christopher Lewis, A. Zell Williams, Elaine Romero, Kathleen Cahill, Tony Fitzpatrick, Julie Ganey, Minita Gandhi, Shayne Kennedy and Susan Hahn. Other playwrights we have produced are Brett Neveu, Rebecca Gilman, Juan Francisco Villa, Ike Holter, Marilyn Campbell, Joel Drake Johnson, Steven Strafford, Eric Pfeffinger, Steven Simoncic and Javier Malpica.

Dedicated to artistic excellence, professionalism (paying artists a decent wage) diversity and affordability, 16th Street exists to encourage debate, discussion and compassion amongst our community through the medium of intimate and diverse theater with the playwright as its central focus.

16th Street is a place where audiences are invited to experience not only their own stories, but to experience their neighbors’ stories and stories of “the other.”

As Berwyn’s only professional theater, inclusivity and affordability is our mantra. With the majority of Chicago theaters (small, mid-size and large) having ticket prices of $25 and up, they may be inadvertently telling a large part of the community: “This is not for you.” Believing that artists are skilled workers who must be paid for their craft, 16th Street is proud to be an Equity theater with a top general admission ticket price of just $18 ensuring excellent, diverse and affordable theater to all.

16th Street will be moving into our new permanent home in fall of 2019.