Waltzing Mechanics

Chicago's Home for Documentary Theatre

"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.
Founders Thomas Murray, Keely Leonard, and Zack Florent.

Founders Thomas Murray, Keely Leonard, and Zack Florent.

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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.

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board of directors

Nicolette Varan, Rita Balaporia

ex officio: ZACK FLORENT, KEELY LEONARD, THOMAS MURRAY


Staff

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