Come & Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us at our biggest event of the year!

Members of the Ensemble & Board at last year’s Hitchcock Halloween Gala

A Red Orchid Theatre presents our 

Silver Anniversary Gala

Sunday, November 12th, 6 pm-10 pm

at Germania Place

Includes Dinner, Drinks, Dancing, Silent & Live Auctions, a program honoring founding Ensemble Member Michael Shannon & Board Member Christian Chadd Taylor.

Join us as we celebrate the past and look to the future!


Single Tickets: $250/Early Bird Price: $225
Table for 10: $2350/Early Bird Price: $2100 

Purchase your ticket by October 13th to receive the Early Bird Discount!

Buy Tickets Now!

This year, we are thrilled to honor founding Ensemble Member Michael Shannon and founding Board Member Christian Chadd Taylor. Both Michael & Chadd have contributed so much to the history of A Red Orchid and we would not be where we are today without them. 

Michael Shannon & Kate Arrington at AROT’s 2016 Gala

About Michael Shannon: 

Michael Shannon has been a part of A Red Orchid since its first production, The Connection, in 1993, for which he designed the poster and wrote the director’s note in the program. He has appeared in “oodles” of Red Orchid productions, most recently playing Jim in Pilgrim’s Progress, Eddie in Gagarin Way and Ralf in Mr. Kolpert. Michael originated the role of Peter in Tracy Letts’ Bug which premiered at A Red Orchid before playing off-Broadway and being adapted into a major motion picture. Michael has numerous Chicago credits at Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, and Famous Door, but he has also been seen in New York City, London, Louisville, and Pittsburgh. He has appeared in several films and has been nominated for two Academy Awards. 

Board member Christian Chadd Taylor

About Christian Chadd Taylor:

Christian Chadd Taylor has been a part of A Red Orchid Theatre for several years. He came to the theatre as a lawyer with Kirkland & Ellis LLP. As a lawyer, he served as lead counsel in major cases in federal dockets and has over 13 years of patent litigation experience in courts throughout the country. In addition to serving on A Red Orchid’s board, he is a member of International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association, Chairman of World Wide Web History Center Board of Directors; Board of Directors of The Chicago Appleseed Foundation, from 2000 to 2004; Board of Directors of Housing Opportunities for Women from 2004 to 2005; and a Member of Indiana University School of Law Intellectual Property Advisory Board. 

About Historic Germania Place: 

Location: 108 W. Germania Place, Chicago, Illinois 60610
Germania Place is a priceless heirloom designed and built in America’s Gilded Age of the 19th Century. Set in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast, Germania Place endures as one of Chicago’s most famous and significant historical landmark buildings.

Designed in 1888 by the architectural firm Addison & Fielder, and listed with the National Registry of Historic Buildings Germania Place boasts two palatial ballrooms with soaring 50’ ceilings, inset gold domes, original crystal chandeliers, 20 foot arched windows, and an ornate Victorian architecture that, like a museum, must be seen to be appreciated.


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 …

read more


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 …

read more