The past 6 years have been filled with hard work and growth and created our proud history.  Here are some highlights of the past five years: 

Dec 2009- Mike Miro and Mark Boergers meet and co-found a Shakespeare in the Park event in Ridgeville Park.

March 2010- Teddy Boone and Cailin Short join Mark Boergers in forming “Kalakaara Theatre Company”

July 2010- “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performs at Ridgeville Park for five performances in one weekend on the hill that slopes from the east side of the art studio building at Ridgeville Park.

December 2010- “Kalakaara” is renamed “The Arc Theatre”, with a renewed focus towards the tenets of origin, story and artist.

Winter 2011- Ridgeville park raises the ground level on the side of Ridgeville Park, creates a concrete playing area for what will become “Shakespeare in Ridgeville Park”

July/August 2011- The Arc Theatre performs “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at “Shakespeare in Ridgeville Park” for two weekends.

August 2011- Megan Kohl and Bridget Haight join The Arc Theatre as Artistic Associates.

January 2012- The Arc Theatre becomes an officially incorporated Not-for-Profit in the State of Illinois and adds Shannon Gallagher as President of the Board.

June 2012- “Shakespeare on the Ridge” is officially formed and expands to 4 weekends.  Significant improvements are made to the playing space and production area.

July/August 2012- “Romeo and Juliet” performs to increased audiences and specifically stellar reviews.

December 2012 – Belinda Bing joins the company as Production Associate and Brianna Lovett joins The Arc as Board Member.

January 2013- arciTEXT, our annual festival of short works centered on a season theme, is introduced to a packed audience.

February/March 2013- The Arc expands to present Mark Boergers’ adaptation of “Oedipus Rex” with collaboration from “The Good Night Ladies” to stellar reviews.

May 2014- Natalie Sallee is named Artistic Associate of The Arc Theatre

July/August 2013- The Arc’s “Twelfth Night” at Shakespeare on the Ridge receives 4 stars from Chicago Theater Beat.

March 2014- arciTEXT expands to wildly successful 2 nights, with 8 pieces featuring over 40 Chicago Artists and is inspired by “The Glass Ceiling”.

July/August 2014- “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare on the Ridge hosts record audiences and rave reviews.

July 2014- Joe Flynn, Lana Smithner and Dustyn Martincich become company members at The Arc Theatre

January 2015- The Arc performs a critically acclaimed “Top Girls” at The Den Theatre.

April 2015- arciTEXT produces 12 new short plays on the theme of “Mortal Sin” including over 60 of Chicago’s hottest artists and 2 sold out houses to the “continue the discussion.”

July/August 2015- A heart-stopping and supernatural “Macbeth” delights audiences for The Arc’s 6th year in residence at Shakespeare on the Ridge.

October 2015- The Arc announces it will make Evanston its permanent artistic home, beginning with a World Premiere drama at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in February 2016.

November 2016: Director Natalie Sallee secures a powerhouse 4 person cast for the World Premiere of “The Things We Keep” by Artistic Director Mark Boergers, opening February 6th, 2016

The Future… more growth, better production values, fantastic artists and more to share to our audiences!

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