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After Starting Raven Theatre 35 Years Ago, Co-Artistic Directors To Step Down

Since founding Raven theatre in 1983, co-artistic directors Michael Menendian and JoAnn Montemurro have developed their company into a champion for small, local theatre. In that time, they have racked up 23 Jeff Awards and 85 Jeff Award nominations.

Today, it was announced that both Menendian and Montemurro will retire after their 35th anniversary season. The artistic duo has produced, directed, designed and/or appeared in more than 100 productions at the theatre.

Raven theatre, which began in a small 70-seat space in Rogers Park, moved in 2002 to the site of a former grocery store at 6157 N. Clark in Edgewater. The new space gave the company’s main stage twice the amount of seating, an additional 55-seat space, and room for administrative offices.

“We are deeply grateful for the work which Mike and JoAnn have done over the years for the theater,’ said Walter Pophin, President of the theater’s Board of Directors in a press release. ‘Through their effort and inspiration Raven Theatre has offered high quality, accessible modern drama to Chicago audiences for 35 years and has established a dynamic education program in the local public schools.”

Raven Theatre is currently working to find their new artistic director. For additional information, visit raventheatre.com.


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