It’s an exciting time for the Filament Theatre Ensemble as we prepare for the next phase in our journey. As you know, in May we signed a lease on our very own space in Portage Park, at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. Since then we’ve been taking a crash course in architectural design, building codes, city permitting, Chicago fire safety guidelines – all that fun stuff! It’s been an exciting adventure and we can’t wait to show it to you. The walls will be going up here before we know it!
In the meantime, here are some ways you can follow the adventures, as well as our upcoming artistic endeavors!
- Our first production in our new space is a Six Corners heritage project, an original piece created by our Ensemble from interviews and research on the 45th Ward. For more information about this project, we invite you to attend one of our information sessions (at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.):
November 10 at 11:00am
November 15 at 6:30pm
- To find out about opportunities to volunteer, donate, or get involved, contact Christian Libonati at christian [at] filamenttheatre [dot] org.
Lastly, but not leastly, we want to say a HUGE thank you to all the amazing Filament advocates who have been supporting us through this process. They’re super smart and generous people, very giving of their time, expertise, and advice. It’s safe to say that this ambitious building project would not be possible without these fabulous individuals, and we are tremendously grateful to them!
Alderman John Arena, Jill Arena, Cyd Smillie of Arts Alive 45, Marc Sussman (the best landlord that ever was), Clark Baurer and Mike Duggan (architects extraordinare of McBride, Kelley, Baurer Architects), Barry Bursak, Mark Goles and Dennis Wolkowicz of the Portage Theatre, Keith Parham, Dan Prebble, Devon Allen, Melissa Schlesinger, Will Dean, and many many others.
Stay tuned for more news and events! And thanks to all of you for your continued support.
The Folks of Filament