“One of the most magical evenings I have ever spent in the theatre.”
Rives Collins (former President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education) The Van Gogh Cafe
“My daughter was swept away…It was charming, enchanting, and magical! I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time!”
Beth F (Parent) James & the Giant Peach
“My family has attended many Filament productions and [we] have loved every one!”
Barbara P. (Parent) Pinocchio
”I cannot tell you how much me and my 11 year old son enjoyed the show. As we were leaving, my son exclaimed That was the best time I’ve had in a long time! (And thats from a kid that loves the rush from thrill rides.)… Thank you for such a fun afternoon. We will be back.”
Cheryl (Parent) Sherlock Holmes & the Mystery of Portage Park
“[Filament’s] consistent quality is a point of pride for Six Corners and the Far Northwest Side.”
Chicago Alderman John Arena, 45th Ward.
As one eight year old audience member put it, “I like stories because they help me practice my feelings.” Filament Theatre creates imaginary worlds in which young people can fully explore the things that make them curious – whether that’s new information, a challenging social situation, or a form of artistic expression. We need stories to help us encounter new worlds, meet new people, and practice how we might behave in that new situation. Without that kind of imagination, we will be unable to navigate the challenges that face our future.
Now in our tenth season, Filament’s work includes a play where the audience rides bicycles, a play in a restaurant with a custom five-course menu accompanying the story, zero-waste productions, plays adapted entirely from interviews of Chicago’s Northwest Side residents, a play with two actors playing 26 characters, a play with six actors playing 14 musical instruments, and six commissions by Chicago playwrights.
In addition to our full season of theatrical programming, we offer
- camps & classes where young people write, design, and perform their own ensemble-based shows;
- neighborhood activities
- performances for young people with autism and other sensory sensitivities;
- school field trips at highly subsidized costs;
- partnerships with community groups and social service organizations to provide access for young people who might not otherwise experience the arts.
- rental space for non-profits and neighborhood organizations
Filament Theatre believes in the transformational power of the performing arts in the lives of young people. To this end, we create immersive and site-specific theatre that inspires, empowers, and activates young people and their communities.
We envision a future in which the leaders of tomorrow approach others with radical empathy, serving as ambassadors for their communities and stewards of the Earth.
Artistic Excellence, Commitment to our Community, Courageous Dialogue, Environmental Stewardship, Inclusion
Want to know where we got our name? Read on!
A noiseless, patient spider,
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them–ever tirelessly speeding them.
And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,–seeking the spheres, to connect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d–till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.
-Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Filament Theatre is a Non-Profit organization recognized as 501(c)(3).