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A New Polarity Theatre at 727-729 Howard Street, Evanston


Polarity Ensemble Theatre is seeking itinerant companies interested in renting performance space or becoming a resident company at our new space on Howard Street in Evanston. Performances at this location will be Jeff-eligible (assuming you are meeting all other Jeff eligibility standards). Even though this is on the Evanston side of Howard, venues on both sides of Chicago borders streets are now eligible for the Jeffs. Check out the preliminary drawings below (these are not final). Click here to email us and let us know if you are interested in renting or becoming a resident company, and how many productions you might be interested in doing at our location. If all goes well, we will open the space for productions in Fall 2012. There is no obligation in contacting us. We are attempting to gauge what kind of demand for space there might be. Thanks!


Proposed theater design: one story version.



Proposed theater design: two story version.


Polarity artistic director Richard Engling was recently interviewed about why the proposed new Polarity Ensemble Theatre on Howard Street would be worthy of consideration as an Evanston 150 project.

(Evanston150 is a community-wide initiative seeking 10 visionary ideas to celebrate Evanston's 150th anniversary in 2013).

What You Can Do

Polarity Ensemble Theatre is working to transform the storefronts at 727-729 Howard Street into an exciting new performance venue at Evanston's southern border (scroll down to see photos and preliminary drawings).

Please join us as a volunteer and/or come to our summer benefit! Our current challenges include completing a feasibility study, planning a capital campaign, grant research and writing, and perfecting our business plan. We need help in these areas and other areas, including project management.

Email our board president Mark Mathyer about volunteering.

Email our board president Mark Mathyer about volunteering. Read about the project in the Evanston Review.

We have some wonderful people helping us with the design and build-out plans, including Evanston architect Michael Vasilko of Vasilko Architects; Todd Hensley, a partner at Schuler Shook Theatre Planners; Marcel Eberle, an architect and construction manager; Carl Bova, of Cooper Civil Engineering Ltd.; John Leineweber, representing Renaissance Realty and Construction; and Stanley Von Medvey, a Howard Street business owner; Evanston 8th Ward Alderman, Ann Rainey; Evanston Economic Development planner, Johanna Nyden, and others contributing their time and expertise.




Existing storefront, street view.



Potential layout 1 (flexible space).
Drawings courtesy of Mike Vasilko - Vasilko Architects & Assoc and Todd Hensley - Schuler Shook Theatre Planners



Potential layout 2 (flexible space).



Potential layout 3 (flexible space).



Potential layout 4 (flexible space).



Potential layout 5 (flexible space).



Back alley view.


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