Mentalhaus is a devised theatre company with high, yet modest artistic standards. We value an emphasis in relationships between the ensemble and our witnesses; acknowledging everyone as a necessary "Element" of our work. We are curious and therefore always investigating and creating opportunities for all to train as a life-long learners.
With the looming pandemic we attempt to navigate the birth of Mentalhaus as a virtual entity. We believe this environment serves as an opportunity to fulfill our desire to cultivate a national and international ensemble base.
But why mental health? That's a lifetime of history that will be unpacked in time. It begins at birth.
To provide embodied, ensemble-based, devised theatre that explores themes rooted in mental health.
A space for our super-fans to learn more about the lives of our Founders as they navigate how to build a theatre in today's online environment. Subscribe monthly for special engagements including live conversations about mental health, creative process and the challenges in between. Once you become an Element you can access the "Elementalhaus" tab.
Your support and contributions will enable us to build a solid foundation for our new Chicago-based theatre. This includes paying our ensemble, for new show development, touring and other opportunities that may arise.
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These stolen lands on which we reside were originally seeded and stewarded by the Native Nations of the Council of the Three Fires - the Ojibwe, Ottawa and Potawatomi.
American Indian people from tribes including the Ojibwe, Ho-Chunk, Potawatomi, Ottawa, Sauk, Fox, and Kickapoo have lived in Illinois and the Chicago urban area for over 10,000 years. Today, tribal members from over 150 different tribes reside in urban and rural areas of Illinois, including the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Lakota, Dakota, Navajo, Zuni, Menominee, Oneida and Choctaw, Cherokee and many others.
A list of Native theatre makers located across this nation can be found at American Theatre's website or by using the link below.