At the Playhouse, you’ll experience theater in a new way. Our space is fun yet refined, featuring a sophisticated bar, plush seating, and post-show entertainment. It’s also entirely flexible, meaning each and every show will feature a brand new seating arrangement. Subscribers and other return guests will be able to enjoy an entirely new setup with each visit to our space.
The Playhouse venue is led by John Morris, AIA, who has had distinguished careers in both professional theater and architecture. In 1986, he founded a Chicago architectural firm, where he designed several residential and commercial projects. He headed the firm’s theater design division, leading design teams for several adaptive re-use and new construction on theater projects, including the new home for the internationally known Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Other Morris-designed spaces that enhance Chicago’s off-Loop theater districts include Lookingglass Theatre at Chicago Water Tower Pumping Station, the Beverly Art Center, Black Ensemble Theater, and Raven Theatre.
As principal of MAP, he has overseen architectural design from the conceptual stage through completion of a project. For ten years prior to 1980, John worked on over 200 productions in professional theater in Detroit, New York, and Chicago. He owned and operated an independent scenic studio in Chicago, designing sets and lighting for local productions. In addition to set design, John has worked as a scenic artist, master carpenter, stage electrician, rigger, stage manager, and technical director. He has worked with the Goodman Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, The Apollo Theatre, and Second City, among others. John was an artist-in-residence for the Chicago Council on Fine Arts and taught in a graduate design studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology.