A seminal force in the development of Chicago as a world-class theater city, the Organic Theater Company has had many incarnations since its founding in 1970.
Founded by the husband and wife team Stuart Gordon and Carolyn Purdy Gordon, the inaugural season staged original adaptations of George Orwell's Animal Farm and Homer's Odyssey.
Enjoying runs at Body Politic, the Ambassador Theater on Broadway, the Hull House on Beacon Street and the Buckingham Theater on Clark, the Organic solidified it's place in Chicago's theater community as a presenter of both adapted classics and new works. Ensemble members have gone on to act on Broadway, TV, and film, and some of the most notable plays created by the team have been the Sci-Fi play Warp, as well as Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Bleacher Bums.
In 1996, the Organic merged with TouchstoneTheatre, working closely with playwrights such as Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, Jennifer Maisel, Billy Roche, and Sebastian Barry.
In 2006, the torch was passed to artistic director Alex Gelman, who in conjunction with the Company, prides themselves on a profoundly collaborative process by which they create work. Mr. Gelman's unique aesthetic has brought Organic into the 21st century and continues to drive the look and feel of what can now simply be called "an Organic production.