For nearly 50 years, Victory Gardens Theater has been a leader in nurturing and producing relevant, new theater work that reflects the diverse stories of our world and contributes to the vitality of the American Theater. We are honored to have produced more world premieres and Chicago premieres, worked with more living playwrights, and exported more new plays for production elsewhere than any other theater in the region. We’re very proud of our history and accomplishments and have no desire to stop fulfilling our mission.
Despite this long-standing, successful history, these past few years have presented many challenges and hurdles that are in direct opposition to our passion, desire, and ability to fulfill our mission. From leadership transitions to the pandemic, the Victory Gardens Board of Directors has had no shortage of challenges that pulled focus from achieving our mission. Our mission has not changed, and it will not change. However, we are changing the ways we will accomplish our mission due to the recent chain of events. There has been a lot of conversation about what happened at our theater with accusations and even attacks and threats directed towards our board members. Now, we’d like to share our side of the story to correct the misinformation that has been spread and return our focus to nurturing relevant, new theater work that reflects the diverse stories of our world and contributes to the vitality of the American Theater.