Welcome to Rivendell Theatre Ensemble!

Please use the links on the left to learn more about our Ensemble members, Board members, and more. But first…

Our Story

Founded in 1994, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble is an award winning, critically acclaimed professional theatre company committed to recognizing and cultivating the talents of women in theatre from playwrights and actors to designers and technicians. Rivendell’s productions explore the unique female perspectives of everyday stories in an intimate, salon environment.

Over the past twenty years, Rivendell has grown to fill an important role in the Chicago theatre community as the only Equity theatre in Chicago committed to advancing the lives of women through theatre. Rivendell has become a leader in new play development, a major port for new writers, and today, offers a brick and mortar artistic home for women theater artists to develop their work.

After years of being an itinerant company, we moved into our own theater space in 2011 in Edgewater. We are focused on becoming an integral community partner and serving as a catalyst to engage our audiences in a discussion of social issues.

With each season, we seek to deepen our mission, expand our audience, and break boundaries for ourselves. Notable productions include the critically acclaimed production of local playwright Anne McGravie’s WRENS, the runaway hit Faulkner’s Bicycle by Heather McDonald, the gender-bending medieval comedy Silence by Moira Buffini, the sweetly uplifting world premiere of American Wee Pie by Lisa Dillman, the stirring world premiere of Rasheeda Speaking by Joel Drake Johnson, and the powerfully wrenching world premiere of Look, we are breathing by Laura Jacqmin.

Free parking is available in the Senn High School parking lot (located a block and a half from the theatre behind the school off Thorndale Avenue). We’d love you to visit our intimate theatre in the vibrant Edgewater community!


Rivendell Theatre Ensemble proudly acknowledges its civic partners whose annual contributions provide major programming support:  The Alphawood Foundation; The Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development;  The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; The Reva and David Logan Foundation; The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust; 100 Women Who Care; The Allstate Insurance Company; The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; The Chicago Foundation for Women; Cultural Outreach Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events; Illinois Arts Council Agency; Northern Trust; The University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement; 3Arts; and OpenText.

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble is proud to be a part of the Chicago Community Trust’s most recent selection of SMART Growth recipients. 

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Theatre: 5779 N. Ridge Avenue
Office: 5775 N. Ridge Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660


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