Name: Michael Miro
Title: Executive Director
Business Name: Mudlark Theater
Location: 1417 Hinman Avenue, Evanston
What is your business best known for?
Mudlark Theater Company is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit children’s theater company dedicated to providing professional-level theatrical training to children 6 to 18 years of age, and to collaborating with children to produce great theater. Each year, we stage a full season of theatrical productions with casts of 18 to 30 children, performed at various venues in Evanston. Through our work, we aim to demonstrate to audiences the unique power of children's theater and the substantial contribution it can make to the public discourse.
When and how did your business get started?
Our organization was conceived by our founder, Amy Eaton, who envisioned a theater company where young people could get hands-on experience by collaborating on productions with professional artists. She started Mudlark in 2005 and quickly established a community in which children could feel at home exploring the depths of their creativity and imagination. Amy believed that the secret to unleashing children's creativity is to take them and their ideas seriously. This meant empowering them, but it also meant expecting more of them than most adults expect. This approach has resulted in children's plays that are enjoyable and interesting for the broader public, not just the friends and family members of the actors involved.Does your business offer a special deals card or program?
We have financial assistance to families with limited means.
What is something most people don't know about your business?
We have high expectations for what children can achieve. Most of our shows are original adaptations of classic stories ranging from Franz Kafka's THE TRIAL to Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN. We are not afraid to trust kids with challenging language and mature content and are continually delighted when they rise to the challenge.
Contact Mudlark Theater at: e-mail - email@example.com; phone - 847-448-0708; or on Facebook.