Theater on the Lake

Theater on the Lake Artistic Curator

In 2012 Theater on the Lake celebrated its 60th anniversary.  To mark the occasion and in an effort to foster greater involvement with the local performing arts community, Theater on the Lake kicked off its new rotating, co-artistic curator initiative.  During Theater on the Lake’s pending renovation, the shortened festival will once again be traveling to various locations across the city. During this transitional period, the application process will be temporarily suspended and a single artistic curator will be chosen to craft the season. Theater on the Lake will resume its co-artistic curator model once the festival returns to its permanent home.  Candidate selection is representative of the city’s diverse theater artists, both in terms of discipline and artistic achievement.  Each year, the artistic curators will have an opportunity to present their favorite pieces to the Theater on the Lake audience and engage in an active discussion around their choices.


Ike Holter

For the second year in a row, this season is selected by artistic curator Ike Holter, a nationally celebrated playwright named Chicagoan of the Year in Theater by the Chicago Tribune. Holter's work has been produced at The Steppenwolf Garage, A Red Orchid, LiveWire Chicago, Theater Seven, The New Colony, and The Inconvenience, where he is a founding member and resident writer.  He's received fellowships and commissions from The Goodman Theater, The Kennedy Center, Writers Theater, Teatro Vista, and The Playwrights Center.  His show Sender is currently playing at A Red Orchid Theatre. His show Hit the Wall played at Steppenwolf Garage, Off-Broadway at The Barrow Street Theater in New York, and at the Lily Tomlin Center in L.A.  Jackalope premiered his new play Exit Strategy which played to sold-out houses and transferred to Michigan’s 3 Oaks Theater Festival; new productions have appeared at Philadelphia Theater Company, Off Broadway at Primary Stages, and this winter at True Colors theater in Atlanta. His show "Sender" is currently playing at A Red Orchid and his new play "Prowess" opens this summer. His monologues have been published in The New Yorker and several editions of Applause Books. Holter was recently named one of Victory Gardens’ newest ensemble playwrights.