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The House is Chicago's premier home for intimate, original works of epic story and stagecraft. Founded and led by Artistic Director Nathan Allen and driven by an interdisciplinary ensemble of Chicago’s next generation of great storytellers, The House aims to become a laboratory and platform for the evolution of the American theatre as an inclusive and popular artform.

The House was founded in 2001 by a group of friends to explore connections between Community and Storytelling through a unique theatrical experience. Since becoming eligible in 2004, The House has been nominated for 70 Joseph Jefferson Awards (22 wins) and became the first recipient of Broadway in Chicago’s Emerging Theater Award in 2007, and was recently awarded a 2014 National Theatre Company Grant by the American Theatre Wing (best known as the founder of the Tony Awards).

The 16th year of original work in under way and The House continues its mission to unite Chicago in the spirit of Community through amazing feats of Storytelling.

The Company

Nathan Allen
Abu Ansari
Johnny Arena
Debbie Baer
Brenda Barrie
Molly Brennan
Chris Burnham
Cliff Chamberlain
Paige Collins
Kara Davidson
Carolyn Defrin
Brian DesGranges
Elana Elyce
Michael Griggs
Matt Hawkins
Ben Hertel
Paige Hoffman
Joshua Horvath
Lee Keenan
Chad Kenward
Phillip Klapperich
Ana Kuzmanic
Ben Lobpries
Marika Mashburn
Ele Matelan
Chris Mathews
Derek Matson
Maria McCullough
Kat McDonnell
Lucas Merino
Jake Minton
Matthew Muñiz
Kevin O'Donnell
Christine Mayland Perkins
Shawn Pfautsch
Collette Pollard
Tommy Rapley
Ericka Ratcliff
Brandon Ruiter
Michael E. Smith
Trista Smith
Vanessa Stalling
Kevin Stangler
Joey Steakley
Stacy Stoltz
Stephen Taylor
Melissa Torchia
Dixie Uffelman
Lauren Vitz
Dennis Watkins
Ben Wilhelm


The Board

Nathan Allen
Brian Bauer, Treasurer
Mark Campana
Katie Coleman
Abby Cucci
Terrance Donnelley
Renee Duba
Catherine Haremski
Scott Hughes
Samantha Lidecka, Secretary
Jahna Lindsay-Jones
Peter Sagal
Jeff Sampson
David Schmitz, Vice President
David Shapiro, President
David Spielfogel
Tom Tancredi


The Staff

Nathan Allen, Artistic Director
Erik Schroeder,  Managing Director

Kelly Claussen, Assistant Production Manager
Kathryn Dysard, Finance and Operations Manager
Chelsea Keenan, Director of Marketing & Audience Development
Elizabeth Lovelady, Development Manager
Joey Lubelfeld, Audience Services Manager
Marika Mashburn, Director of Casting
Michael E. Smith, Director of Education
Jeremy Wilson, Director of Production