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The Mission of The Side Project

The side project connects Chicago's most innovative and engaging writers, directors, designers, and performers in an ongoing exploration of the power of hyper-intimate theatre.

Our projects develop out of relationships with artists, an appreciation of their work and processes, and an understanding of where they want to go.

Our focus is not simply on world-premiere plays, but on world-premiere collaborations: creating never-before-seen teams of artists, each of whom has a body of work which speaks to the others in unique and exciting ways.

By bringing together established talent and emerging up-and-comers, we foster new partnerships, explore new creative territory, and celebrate the best of Chicago storefront theatre.

Over its 10-year history, the side project has presented more than 60 productions, including 34 full-length plays (featuring 20 world premieres, three of which were subsequently published); 15 one-act festivals (featuring 100 plays -- including 66 world premieres); 36 staged readings; and four sketch-comedy shows -- through which we have showcased the work of 211 actors, 53 writers, 32 directors and 44 designers, some on multiple occasions and in different world premiere situations.

In addition, the side project has hosted more than 25 companies, including six as Visiting Artists -- those who have performed their entire season(s) at The Side Project. For its work, the side project received the 2006 Spirit of Rogers Park Award and the 2009 Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theatre Award, and Artistic Director Adam Webster was named one of PerformInk's "Top 25 Artists Making a Difference" (2004) and New City's "Top 50 Artists Making Chicago Theatre Work" (2009).