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

EIN: 36-4074148

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


There is work to do, and we are still here doing it!

Dearest Friends, 

I so hope this finds you safe, healthy and managing through this wild, uncharted landscape. While there is still rampant uncertainty, I want to ensure you, that we are busy keeping on at Rivendell. We’ll return to making live theatre when it’s safe, and we’ve been anything but stagnant during this “down time.”

Our Solo Voices: Digital Pivot series was a huge success in the spring. We gave hundreds of viewers a chance to peek behind the curtain at the creative process with the design teams and four amazing female playwrights.

We launched “Re-Zoomed”, an internal new play reading series with our artistic ensemble. It is a creative lifeline for our community of artists and a fantastic opportunity to explore new work and expand our artistic family.

We spent time in the dramaturgical space with Madison Fiedler’s SPAY, supporting this gifted young playwright as she finalizes the script for production. We remain passionate about this stunning play that addresses the other epidemic confronting our nation, the opioid crisis. I cannot wait to share it with you, probably in 2021.

Our staff, board and ensemble are crafting a five-year Strategic Plan and vision for Rivendell. Underlying all plans is our intensified Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work.

We are hosting Howdy from Home, a socially distanced benefit, September 12-19. Please join us to celebrate Rivendell’s artists and help us raise the funds we need to support them and prepare to reopen as soon as it’s safe.

While I can’t predict exactly what lies ahead, I can tell you that Rivendell will emerge a stronger and healthier organization. Our commitment to our mission remains unwavering, just like my deepest gratitude for your part in getting us this far. 

With love,



Tara Mallen, Artistic Director

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble


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


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