The Beverly Theatre Guild’s mission is to promote the development of talent and community interest in theatre arts through theatrical productions. During our history, this mission has been exemplified through more than 150 full-scale productions and numerous involvements in neighborhood and educational events.
As Chicago’s oldest community theatre company, the roots of the Beverly Theatre Guild go back to 1929 as a program of the Chicago Park District at Ridge Field House. In 1963, a group of regulars from this theatre program decided to branch out in the belief that they could experiment and prosper independently. On May 17, 1963, the new Beverly Theatre Guild was launched with the production of The Desk Set, presented at St. Xavier College. In our early years, productions were at schools and restaurants as BTG looked for a permanent home.
In the late 1960’s, the Beverly Theatre Guild joined other community organizations to support the creation of the original Beverly Art Center. BTG’s 1969 production of Light Up The Sky was the first production at the brand new Beverly Art Center, a welcome addition to the Morgan Park Academy campus. When the new Beverly Arts Center of Chicago was built in 2002, BTG shows charmed audiences there for six seasons. In 2008, BTG returned to their original home stage at the Baer Theatre in the Morgan Park Academy, 2153 West 111th Street in Chicago.
We take great pride in our long history of providing creative outlets for actors and theatre craftsmen. We will continue to present high quality, diverse productions for our patrons. We thank you for supporting us in the past and invite you to play a part in our future as a theatre patron, cast member, or a valued member of our production staff.