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Protecting audiences and actors

We are taking the following steps to support safe attendance for artists, staff and audience during your visit.

  • Everyone (including audience members) at Theater Wit is required to be vaccincated to enter the building.
    • To comply with union health and safety guidelienes, each audience member must show proof of vaccination at the door for admittance.
    • Please present your vaccination card (electronic photos and copies are acceptable). Only fully vaccinated members of the public may be admitted. Negative PCR and rapid test results are not valid for admittance.
    • Patrons with medical or religious exemptions may be admitted but must contact the box office a minimum of 48 hours before the performance for additional review and guidance. Masks are required for medical and religious exemptions.
    • If you forget proof of vaccination, we will reschedule your tickets at no charge.
  • Free Exchanges due to illness
    • If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend :)
    • Contact our box office on the day of performance and we will reschedule your ticket at no charge.
  • Please note that masking is required at some performances for patrons with health concerns. Please check your ticket confirmation to verify policy for your performance.
  • Our upgraded HVAC systems increase the number of air exchanges to remove aerosolized droplets and provide updated filtering to meet CDC and city standards.
  • On behalf of the producers, staff and performers, we issue a heartfelt thank you to our audiences who make these generous accomodations for the health of all.

Artistic Statement

A Message from the Artistic Director

Since founding Theater Wit in 2004, we've built an organization based on laughter, empathy and relevance, and we've done it with an innovative approach toward artistic and organizational processes that I'm very proud of.

Theater Wit’s values perfectly capture the particular relationship I want to forge with our audience. We ask them to unlock their compassion through laughter; to maintain an agile wit so they can dance along with the experience; and to relate that experience to contemporary life. My preference is to focus on local premieres but does not preclude revisiting classic plays from new perspectives.

Ultimately, our work must focus not just on the new and relevant, but possess—at its core—the honesty and humanity to genuinely move audiences. We come to the theater for contact and connections: with characters, fellow audience members, and the mind of the playwright. We will use humor, intelligence, and surprise as the keys to open ourselves to the shared human experience. At Theater Wit, the path to our hearts is through our minds—we touch both or we touch none.

At the same time, I also want to acknowlege the implicit bias and white privilege in our work over the last fifteen years. Like so many in the white artistic community, I am now striving to become anti-racist in action as well as programming. This has been an eye-opening year and I am humbled by the work that lies ahead of organizations such as ours.

As we move toward opening our doors again to Chicago, I pledge to expand our opportunities and programming in recognition of the large parts of Chicago's audience and artists that have not been served by structural racism. I believe the best is yet to come. This is an amazing time to work in Chicago Theater, and in particular at Theater Wit.

Thank you all for sharing it with me.