COURT HAS A MISSION
Court Theatre endeavors to make a lasting contribution to classic American theatre by expanding the canon of translations, adaptations, and classic texts. Court revives lost masterpieces; illuminates familiar texts; explores the African American theatrical canon; and discovers fresh, modern classics. Court engages and inspires its audience by providing artistically distinguished productions, audience enrichment activities, and student educational experiences.
COURT HAS DEEP HISTORY
Now in its 62nd season, Court Theatre was established in 1955 as the professional theatre of the University of Chicago — dedicated to innovation, inquiry, intellectual engagement, and community service. Functioning as the University’s Center for Classic Theatre, Court collaborates with University of Chicago faculty to develop intellectual context and audience enrichment programs. This partnership enables Court to re-examine classic texts, and pose enduring and provocative questions that define the human experience.
COURT IS THE CENTER FOR CLASSIC THEATRE
In 2010, Court became the Center for Classic Theatre at the University of Chicago to deeply explore what it means for a professional theatre to be in residence at a major university. Court is dedicated to the curation of large-scale, interdisciplinary theatrical experiences that fully access the amazing intellectual resources that surround the theatre at the University of Chicago.
What does the Center for Classic Theatre mean for Court Theatre audiences? It means great productions that are informed by the richness of a great university. It means more world premiere translations and adaptations like Invisible Man, Native Son, and The Good Book. It means having a theatre vigorously embedded in the fabric of the community. And above all, it means ambitious, exciting theatrical events.