Mortar Theatre is an experiment in rethinking the system. A space for innovative visuals and staging. A connection point where audience and artist dare to be collaborative rebels. An exercise in fearless storytelling.
Values of our company.
As a collaborative group, we’ve discovered the values that are important to us, that we all share and aspire to.
Respect. Inclusiveness. Caring. Passion. Professionalism, yo!
Values of our Work.
Collaborative. Risk-Taking. Experimental. Diverse.
We’ve formed this art-making organization. Now what do we want to do with it? Let these be our guiding principles:
- Explore new artists. For Mortar, the word “artist” shall always refer to actors, designers, playwrights, dancers, musicians, directors, collaborators, and agitators.
- Build an artistic community. Fostering relationships with artists leads to exciting discoveries and collaborative working environments.
- Foster new talent. We’re a non-equity company of volunteers fueled by passion and we think everyone deserves a chance to develop their art.
- Develop new scripts. The canon needs a refresh, yo!
- Introduce new works to Chicago. Chicago is blessed with an avid base of theatre-goers excited to try something new.
- Reimagine old works. We’ve got crazy ideas to try.
- Challenge the audience and ourselves. Less comfort food, more molecular gastronomy.
- Leave ourselves open for failure. We’re constantly learning.
- Innovate. Aesthetics, language, business practices. They’re all up for grabs.
- Hyperbolic unbridled enthusiasm. We will always be excited!
What is “mortar”?
Mortar is a connective material.
We hope our audience feels a connection to each other by experiencing theatre together.
Mortar is the space between the building blocks.
It may sound flowery, but we think art can help build a better society.
Mortar is a receptacle.
Theatre for us is a literal mixing pot for our ideas and artistic aspirations. We each contribute ingredients from visual and verbal arts to harmoniously create a storytelling experience.
Corazón de Manzana by Dana Lynn Formby. World Premiere in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
Bombs, Babes and Bingo by Merri Biechler. World Premiere. Season 4:
AUTUMN MUSE Collaboration with Pegasus Players
Spring 2013 production to be announced soon