The Resident Theater Program

For the last 41 years, Victory Gardens has worked to become an artistic home for Chicago’s diverse communities.

Whether cultivating new voices (Ignition Festival, Playwright’s Ensemble) or developing public programming to reach new audiences (Public Programs, Access Project, Fresh Squeezed), we aspire to represent and dialogue with the city’s population through its stage.

Through the Resident Theater Program, we aim to be an incubator for existing storefront theatres in Chicago and further each company’s growth and stability. We are seeking opportunities to collaborate with the resident companies on key projects while maintaining their respective missions and aesthetic identities. During their multi-year residency, Victory Gardens will give each company a physical home to nurture its audience base, develop its respective board, and fully realize the next phases of its own strategic plan.

ALTA Chicago

The Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists of Chicago (ALTA, for short) exists as a nexus for the thriving landscape of Latino/a theatre artists in the Chicagoland area. This service organization is dedicated to furthering the Chicago Latino Theatre movement by promoting, educating, representing, and unifying Latino/a identified artists and their allies.

Definition Theatre Company

Definition Theatre Company is a Chicago ensemble-based theatre founded by graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Featuring a multi-ethnic core companionship of actors, Definition strives to artistically reflect the myriad of modern America to inspire and engage the communities it represents through contemporary and classical theatrical works. Our mission is to tell language-driven, relationship-oriented, thought-provoking socially relevant stories.

Rasaka Theatre Company

Rasaka Theatre Company is based in Chicago and is the Midwest’s first South Asian American theater. Its goal is to increase diversity among artists and audience by engaging and illuminating the South Asian Diaspora and the South Asian experience. Rasaka is particularly dedicated to providing a platform for the artistic expression of South Asian artists.

Sideshow Theatre Company

It is Sideshow Theatre Company’s mission to mine the collective unconscious of the world we live in with limitless curiosity, drawing inspiration from the familiar stories, memories and images we all share to spark new conversation and bring our audience together as adventurers in a communal experience of exploration.

Teatro Vista

Teatro Vista is Chicago’s premier Equity Latino ensemble theater company. The company produces new work by new playwrights with a focus on sharing the stories of the multicultural Latino experience. Featuring a talented and diverse ensemble, Teatro Vista gives voice to artists of all backgrounds and shares those stories with a large, sophisticated audience.