Who We Are:

 Mission Statement

The Cuckoo's Theater is committed to producing works that strive to expose the dark reality of human nature. We create provocative new experiences that examines the intricacies of life, celebrates diverse voices, and fosters reflective dialogue, in order to serve our community through the magic of theater as we all navigate the struggles of life. We, the Cuckoo's Theatre, will always find the light in the darkness, with the goal of creating a brighter future. 


The Cuckoo's Theater Project is an Illinois 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization.

Donations to the company are always graciously accepted.

"Light is creation. Darkness is the space necessary to create"

-Erica Jasmin Cartaya


Formerly named The Cuckoo’s Theater Project (TCTP) was created

in early 2014 in collaboration with Artistic Director Marc James,

Financial Advisor Bart O'Toole, Visual Artist Dustin Dean and Chicago Actors

Aiyanna Wade and Tyler Drew Clayton. 


"Mr. Marmalade" was TCTP’s first production.

Mr. Marmalade (2014) featuring Aiyanna Wade and Seth Lilly

 Our Goals

1. To produce thought-provoking theatre that seeks to find the light in the darkness.


 2. To create a safe space for all artists where they can grow in their craft and feel free to push themselves out of their comfort zones.


3. To create a theatre company for all people, regardless of artistic background, education, race, disabilities, sexual identity, or gender identity.


 4. To create a resident company of artists that represent Cuckoo’s Theater ideals and work ethic.


 5. To collaborate with as many different artists as possible. In doing so, we seek to learn from others and gain new insight into our own work.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” 

-Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)

 Arts Access Ticket Program

In an effort to make our shows more accessible for all, in addition to our general admission, we also offer a certain number of "Arts Access" Tickets per show. Arts Access Tickets offer pay-what-you-can admission to that night's performance. The tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis and can be reserved by calling the box office (312-882-8201) starting one hour before show time, or at front of house before the show. If an audience member wants an Arts Access Ticket but they are already all gone for that show, they are allowed to reserve a ticket for another night of their choosing. In this way, we hope to make theatre more readily available for anyone who wants to see it.

The Glass Menagerie (2015) featuring company member Richard Costes and Amber Olivier

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