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Illinois Artists: Definition Theatre Company


When the founding members of Definition Theatre Company graduated from Illinois in 2012, they wanted to change the world. Frustrated by a lack of diversity in the world of theater, they decided to form their own company. So far, the members have produced over a dozen plays in Chicago with the goal of diversity both on stage and behind the stage. The company has earned critical acclaim, and in 2017, award-winning Goodman Theatre Director Chuck Smith worked with Definition to stage Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins groundbreaking work “An Octoroon.” The play is a racial farce that challenges stereotypes from plantation America to the present day.


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