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Rivendell Theatre Ensemble


5779 North Ridge Avenue

Chicago, IL



Rivendell Theatre Ensemble


Driven by the belief that the female experience is dynamic and ever-changing, Rivendell continues to revisit, revise, and reinvigorate its mission to serve women artists and audiences in new and lasting ways.


Founded in 1994.

With each new season, as we embark on each new chapter in Rivendell history, it is not only the Rivendell story that continues, but that of the audiences and artists we serve. And we are proud to be a part of the rich and vibrant Chicago community of Edgewater.

Achievements and Recognition:

With each season, we seek to deepen our mission, expand our audience, and break boundaries for ourselves. Over the course of the past twenty years, Rivendell has produced seven world premieres, seventeen regional premieres, received four Equity Wing Joseph Jefferson Awards and numerous nominations for artistic excellence.

Opportunities for Women:

We strengthen our commitment to the exploration of the female experience by supporting women artists of all types. In addition to producing women playwrights on our main stage, Rivendell provides opportunities for women designers, actors, directors, technicians and administrative staff throughout its programming.

The Space:

An itinerant company for eighteen years, Rivendell moved into its beautiful artistic home at 5779 North Ridge Avenue in Chicago in 2012. Free parking is available in the Senn High School parking lot (located a block and a half from the theatre behind the school off Thorndale Avenue). We'd love to have you to visit our cozy theatre!

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