Rivendell Theatre Ensemble is a
501(c)3 organization.

EIN: 36-4074148

Mailing address:
5775 N. Ridge Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660

“How do we achieve social distance yet stay spiritually connected?”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Our Dearest Friends, 

What a scary and uncertain world we find ourselves in. Earlier this month at Rivendell we were poised to launch rehearsals for SPAY, Madison Fiedler’s beautiful, wrenching new play exploring the very real fallout from our nation’s opioid crisis.

We were gearing up for the Blue Jean Ball, crafting special programs to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. We were putting together artistic teams for our first Solo Voices workshop, planning a co-production with Chicago’s venerable Neo Futurists, and voraciously reading plays in advance of our 2021 season announcement.  That was just two weeks ago, before chaos landed on our collective doorstep.

Rivendell and our colleagues in the Chicago theatre community have been left with a fundamental question…how does a craft that’s rooted so deeply in the concept of gathering move forward at a time like this?  Yet somehow I cannot help but remain hopeful. This difficult time is helping me focus on what matters most, and is in many ways offering us the opportunity for an even deeper connection with one another. After all, we are in this together.

Rivendell is officially postponing – not canceling – both SPAY and this year’s Blue Jean Ball. We promise to provide you with updates as the situation evolves.
In the meantime, we are strategizing new ways to stay connected through innovative programming to be revealed in the coming weeks.

So for this moment, let’s stay resilient. Before we know it, when we’re allowed to leave our homes, to congregate with others in a dark room, to tell stories and bear witness to stories being told…the theaters will re-open.

And we’ll be standing right there to welcome you back to Rivendell. 

Be safe and be well,



Tara Mallen, Artistic Director

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

P.S. Here are 25 kisses from our artistic family…celebrating 25 years of Rivendell and sending you love and solidarity from across the social distance.


Want to help artists right now? Here are a few suggestions…
1. Please don’t ask arts orgs to refund your tickets, donate them!
2. Donate to any not-for-profit arts organization or purchase a gift card to use when their organization is back up and running.

3. Donate to the Chicago Artist’s relief fund! 

With COVID-19 presenting a massive threat to the well-being of the entire Chicago arts ecosystem, we knew that we must meet this challenge as a united front.

So, we have rallied with 87 other local theatre companies to promote a limited edition “Chicago Acts Together” t-shirt featuring the names of all participating companies—an incredible showcase of Chicago’s robust and diverse theater community. 100% of the proceeds from sales will go to The Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund, a League of Chicago Theatres initiative that directly assists theatre workers who have lost work as a result of COVID-19 and are facing financial uncertainty.
To purchase a t-shirt and support this incredible cause, visit

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


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