The Big One!

Following its national recognition at the Humana Festival, our World Premiere production of company member Spenser Davis’s PLAINCLOTHES won the coveted Best Ensemble trophy at this year’s Jeff Awards. We previously won this same award in 2017 for AT THE TABLE.

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This Fall, we partner with our friends at The New Colony to produce the World Premiere of PEG by Liam Fitzgerald. Originally developed through our Paper Trail series, it’ll be directed by BNT artistic director Elise Marie Davis and co-stars TNC Co-AD Stephanie Shum. So excited!



GIRL IN THE RED CORNER had a one-two punch at this year’s Jeff Awards, winning Best Fight Choreography (John Tovar) and Best Featured Performance/Play (August N. Forman). We produced the Midwest Premiere in February and are so happy that its hits keep coming!

Broken Nose Theatre really is redefining the storefront aesthetic in this city...
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

Who is Broken Nose Theatre?

We are a Pay-What-You-Can theatre company, promoting economic accessibility in the arts by allowing our patrons to set their own ticket price. The 2018 recipient of the Emerging Theater Award (given by Broadway in Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres, and voted on by our peers), we develop and produce new works that seek to cultivate empathy, spark conversation, and amplify underrepresented voices. We’re humbled to have received numerous honors in our brief history, including the Joseph Jefferson Best Ensemble Award two times in the past three years (Plainclothes, 2019; At The Table, 2017).

Why Are We Pay-What-You-Can?

Accessibility has always been one of our key values…

… but in the Summer of 2015, near the end of our third season, we began to wonder: What if we took our accessibility initiative one step further? What if it began the moment you walked up to the box office?

That is when we decided that, beginning with Season 4, we would become one of Chicago’s entirely Pay-What-You-Can theatre companies. By adopting an PWYC model, we were allowing our patrons to set their own ticket price, kicking the doors wide open and removing the barrier that a set admissions fee can be for some many who wish to experience live theater.

At Broken Nose Theatre, we place the reins in your hands. Any ticket. Any price.

We look forward to seeing you at the theater!

Girl in the Red Corner  , 2019. Written by Stephen Spotswood, directed by Elizabeth Laidlaw. (Austin D. Oie)

Girl in the Red Corner, 2019. Written by Stephen Spotswood, directed by Elizabeth Laidlaw. (Austin D. Oie)