Mission

Remy Bumppo expands and enriches our community’s view of the world, and our own, by producing both the great plays of the past and the important plays of today. As an ensemble-driven theater company, we author a more humane culture as we listen to, and seek to understand, the voices, the ideas, and the stories of one another.

Value Statements

We believe in….

Language: We cherish beautiful language–clear, precise, and nuanced–in the service of great storytelling. Words are the building blocks of knowledge and shape the ideas that shape our world.

Learning: We champion the humanities as a force for examining ourselves, appreciating and understanding others, and exploring worlds we inhabit and those we discover.  Using reason and imagination, we ask questions, prize complexity, embrace ambiguity, and challenge assumptions.  

Diligence: We strive to maintain an aesthetic of clarity and precision in our work through research and preparation, and through creating with courage and joy. This aesthetic informs the entire organization and the day-to-day commitment of the Artists, Board, and Staff.

Collaboration: We build community and trust with collaborators through dialogue, respect, and openness. Our best work is done together. Our artistic success depends on the strength and equity of our entire company. Everyone’s ideas and imagination have value in the creative process. Every artist is an instrument of curiosity and inspiration.  

Diversity & Inclusion: We prioritize and pursue a breadth and depth of experiences and perspectives, and cultivate a community where individuals are fully engaged in the work, are a respected part of the whole, and are empowered to bring their all to the art.

A Healthy Culture: We create a joyful, compassionate workplace where the audience, artists, staff, and board are respected and supported, ideas are shared without judgment, and curiosity and risk-taking are encouraged. We value humility, see setbacks as learning opportunities, learn from criticism, and find inspiration in the success of others.

History

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company was founded in 1996 as Remy Bumppo Productions by Chicago-born Artistic Director James Bohnen and two producers from Colorado, Carol Loewenstern and John Stoddard. The company’s unique name emerged from a combination of the names of Loewenstern’s cat (named after Remy Martin cognac) and Bohnen’s black Labrador (named for Natty Bumppo, the protagonist of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales.) The founders’ vision was to produce plays that thrill the mind and to utilize the talents of top-notch professional actors and designers.

Remy Bumppo’s critically and publicly respected reputation is built on our consistent, high-quality presentations of the works of seminal playwrights, staged intimately and with the focus on expressing complex ideas in a clear, entertaining and moving manner. Through ensemble collaboration and a rigorous examination of both text and context, our productions illuminate the playwright’s language and ideas with clarity, wit and passion. The list of seminal playwrights served by Remy Bumppo includes Caryl Churchill, David Hare, Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Athol Fugard, George Bernard Shaw, Maxwell Anderson, and Edward Albee. The company is the recipient of six Joseph Jefferson Awards, nine After Dark Awards, one Black Theater Alliance Award, and forty-five Joseph Jefferson Nominations, including five for our production of Our Class (including Outstanding Production, Director, and Ensemble).

Administrative Office

3717 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Suite 237
Chicago, IL 60613
773.344.9216

Performance Venue

Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Box Office: 773.975.8150

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