Dream Theatre Company produces all original work; shatters the barrier between actor and audience; focuses on the development of the actor as an artist; leaves no member of the audience to feel as a mere spectator but puts each at the very center of the play; and delivers the highest art possible in its most raw, unflinching and entertaining form.
Dream Theatre only produces original work specifically created for this type of theatre. We only produce psychological pieces that linger with the audience long after the production is over. We are always experimenting with our style and never play safe. When creating a world based on dreams, the characters have to be able to express themselves in a way that we only wish we could in our real life. Nothing that happens will feel out of bounds or out of place because in this world of dreams, anything is already possible. These plays fulfill a need in our core audience that they have consistently told us that they cannot find anywhere else.
Dream Theatre began when the four original founders met while studying at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1998. Compelled to bring the Russian passion for the theatre back with them, they created Dream Theatre to focus on human personal psychology and make the audience a real part of the story. To achieve this new relationship with the audience and continuously challenge its actors,
The primary playwright, Jeremy Menekseoglu, has written over 40 full-length plays since 1995. His plays have won Critic’s Choice in the Chicago Reader (Somewhere in Texas, 2009), Best 15 Minute Horror Show in the 2014 Chicago Reader's best of Chicago list, Best New Play in the 2010 Chicago Reader’s best of Chicago list (The Agon Trilogy) and Best New Work in NewCity Chicago in 2007 (The Baby Killers) and 2010 (Electra, the second of The Agon Trilogy plays).
Jeremy Menekseoglu, Artistic Director & Playwright
Anna W Menekseoglu, Managing Director
Madelaine Schmitt, Director of Public Relations & Community Outreach
Paul Knappenberger, Technical Director
Amanda Lynn Meyer, Talent Coordinator
President: Jeremy Menekseoglu
Treasurer: Anna W Menekseoglu
Directors: Rachel Martindale & John Enright
Consultant: Laura Gouin
Consultant: Giau Truong
NON-PROFIT & COMMUNITY STATUS
Dream Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 public charity arts organization that produces original and innovative plays in an intimate theatre in Chicago since 2002. Now in its 12th season, Dream Theatre Company’s work has received rave reviews and high acclaim, including a Joseph Jefferson Award in 2009 (The Black Duckling), and Best Off Loop Theatre Company in the Chicago Reader in 2010, 2012 & 2014.