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Lookingglass Theatre Company

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Founder  David Schwimmer
Headquarters  Illinois, United States
Lookingglass Theatre Company
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Lookingglass theatre company mission statement

Lookingglass Theatre Company is a non-profit, ensemble-based theater company located in Chicago, Illinois. Their pieces tend to focus on the spectacular and the physical.


As of June 2011, Lookingglass has won 42 Joseph Jefferson Awards and was the recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award.

Lookingglass theatre company


Lookingglass was founded in 1988 by David Catlin, David Schwimmer, Lawrence DiStasi, David Kersnar, Eva Barr, Joy Gregory, Andy White, and Thom Cox. Their first production Through the Lookingglass was directed by David Kersnar and took place at the Great Room in Jones Residential College on the Northwestern University campus in the fall of 1988.

They have since performed more than fifty world-premiere original works (their most recent being Sara Gmitter's In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story in 2014).


An itinerant theater company for years, Lookingglass finally moved into a permanent home on June 14, 2003—a brand-new theater in the newly renovated Water Tower Water Works on Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

Its first production in the new space was an adaptation of Studs Terkel's Race, adapted and directed by ensemble member David Schwimmer.

Morris Architects Planners designed the new space in the black-box style, meaning that the seating area may be completely rearranged for each production. The maximum capacity is 270 persons, counting those in the removable balcony. There is also a studio space located in the second floor of the facility for smaller events and productions.

Current season

  • Moby Dick (add-on)
  • Treasure Island
  • Blood Wedding
  • Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure
  • References

    Lookingglass Theatre Company Wikipedia

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