Intimate, Engaging & Impactful
It’s Women’s Work.
Located in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, Rivendell is a homegrown Chicago gem. Since 1994, this professional Ensemble has consistently mounted groundbreaking, acclaimed productions – 2/3 have been Jeff Recommended, earning dozens of Jeff Nominations and Awards. Rivendell leaves audiences and critics enthralled, moved, and talking. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble is a 501c3, non-profit arts organization.
“As an immigrant and woman of color; it is really important for me that women in my family and community learn to stand up and fight for their rights and if they are passionate about something to not let anyone discourage them from pursuing it. Having theaters like Rivendell that bring voices of women on and off the stage is really important to me." - Fasher Khan, patron
Rivendell delivers the quintessential Chicago storefront theater experience, a coveted and uniquely Chicago cultural tradition. You’ll be treated to world class productions in a uniquely engaging, truly intimate setting, immersing you in thought-provoking stories.
“Exhilarated by the amazing artists of Rivendell, I walked out into the crisp Chicago night provoked, challenged, and inspired. Most of all, I felt less alone. Rivendell is one of my favorite Chicago theater companies, and this experience reminded me of why I’m so grateful for you.” – Scott Silberstein, patron
Rivendell is Chicago’s leading theatre company dedicated to women’s stories. Experience this unusual platform for groundbreaking portrayals of provocative social themes through a female lens. Through the power of storytelling, Rivendell skillfully delivers fresh perspectives and invites discussion on timely issues important to us all.
“I love when a piece of theatre transcends the story being told. Your show is a metaphor for what is so wrong with our country and the world ... It is hard to hate a person on the other side of an issue when you get to know them and their humanity...even if you strongly disagree with them” -Bill Trotter, patron