Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon is a founding member of A Red Orchid Theatre. He has been a part of A Red Orchid since The Connection in 1993, for which he designed the poster and wrote the director’s note in the program.

His most recent performance here was in Brett Neveu’s world premiere of Pilgrim’s Progress.  Other AROT performances include Simpatico (Jeff Award), Mistakes Were Made, Gagarin Way, Mr. Kolpert, BUG, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Killer, The Persecution of Arnold Petch, Canus Lunis Balloonis, Victims of Duty, and Drinking in America. He also made his directorial debut at A Red Orchid with Hunger and Thirst.

Elsewhere around Chicago, he has worked at Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Northlight, Famous Door (RIP), and the Next Lab, birthplace of Killer Joe, in which he originated the role of Chris Smith and performed it a gillion times all over God’s green earth. Mike currently lives in NYC where he was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his appearance on Broadway in A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, alongside Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne. He also appeared in Ionesco’s The Killer with Theatre for a New Audience and made his Broadway debut in Grace at the Cort Theatre. He also played Astrov in Annie Baker’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya at Soho Rep, directed by Sam Gold.

Film credits include Groundhog Day, Chicago Cab, The Ride, Jesus’ Son, Cecil B. Demented, Tigerland, Pearl Harbor, 8 Mile, Bad Boys II, Kangaroo Jack, Grand Theft Parsons, The Missing Person, Zamboni Man, Revolutionary Road (Oscar Nomination), My Son My Son What Have Ye Done?, Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud, Machine Gun Preacher, Premium Rush, The Iceman, Man of Steel, 99 Homes and Free Held, Elvis & Nixon, Loving, Nocturnal Animals (Oscar Nomination), 12 Strong, & The Shape of Water. On TV, he played Nelson Van Alden on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

For A Red Orchid’s 25th Anniversary Season, Michael will direct Brett Neveu’s world premiere adaptation, Traitor, this winter. He will also appear in the remount of Ionesco’s Victim’s of Duty in Summer 2018.



MacArthur Award 2016

Posted on March 21, 2016

  As many of you have heard, A Red Orchid Theatre has been named one of the 14 recipients of this year’s MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.  We …

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Professional Development Series

A Red Orchid Theatre Professional Development: **This class is now full. Please check back for upcoming offerings and if you would like to be added to our contact list to …

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