CO-SPONSORED BY THE EVANSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY: Panel Discussion of Chicago Theater: Its History, Its Future
Learn about the history and future of Chicago Theater with Mark Larson, author of Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater; Lorena Diaz and Wendy Mateo, new co-artistic directors of Teatro Vista; Ken-Matt Martin, the new artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater; and B.J. Jones (click "Leadership"), longtime artistic director of Northlight Theatre.
About the book and author:
Ensemble is an in-depth, first-of-its-kind history of Chicago’s internationally celebrated theater scene, spanning 65 years and told through first-person accounts from the people who made it happen. Drawing from more than 300 interviews, author Mark Larson has woven a narrative that expresses the spirit of Chicago’s ensemble ethos: the voices of celebrities such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ed Asner, George Wendt, Michael Shannon, and Tracy Letts comingle with stories from designers, composers, and others who have played a crucial role in making Chicago theater so powerful, influential, and unique.
Mark Larson is a Golden Apple Award-winning educator who has worked at Evanston Township High School, the Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, and National Louis University. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership. He lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife, Mary. They have twin daughters, Emily and Sarah, and twin grandsons, Tilden and Nicholas.