"Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty." -Daniel Burnham
WALTZING MECHANICS CREATES ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY THEATRE INSPIRED BY REAL PEOPLE TELLING STORIES ABOUT THEIR LIVES. USING METHODS OF PERFORMANCE ETHNOGRAPHY, WE FACILITATE DIALOGUES AMONG OUR AUDIENCES AND WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES.
Waltzing Mechanics was founded in 2010 by Thomas Murray, Keely Leonard, and Zachary Florent. College friends and graduates of Ball State University, the three shared a passion for chamber theatre, adapted texts, and performance ethnography. They built a company dedicated to creating original documentary theatre. Their first show, EL Stories, was a critical hit and ran continuously for six years, spanning hundreds of performances and featuring hundreds of talented Chicago actors and original stories.
Waltzing Mechanics has gone on to develop and produce documentary plans that span a wide variety of subjects. From our 2011 docu-drama, Over My Dead Body, which followed the outcry against the O'Hare International Airport runway expansion, to our most recent epic, Cosmic Events Are Upon Us, an exploration of the fall of the last Russian Tsar and the people's revolution that followed, our plays seek to give a voice to the stories oftentimes go unheard.
we are waltzing mechanics
board of directors
Nicolette Varan, Rita Balaporia
ex officio: ZACK FLORENT, KEELY LEONARD, THOMAS MURRAY
Nicolette varan - interim managing director
Bob Prescott - Marketing Manager
Waltzing Mechanics is partially supported by the MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events