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.
Mentalhaus endeavors to reduce stigma surrounding mental health through shared experience between the ensemble and its guests. We seek to provide thought-provoking insights and perspectives on mental health, catalyzing conversations and intentions to promote and facilitate changes in perceptions and reception of all surrounding aspects of mental health.
Mentalhaus strives to honor a devising process that results in innovative and outstanding performances.
Mentalhaus is an inclusive, equitable, and diverse ensemble who finds depth in dialogue, collaboration, honesty and integrity. Our theatre company builds ensemble through our community practice.
Mentalhaus encourages its ensemble to stay curious. Along with our company practice we wish to encourage our ensemble to get out to adventure, recharge and learn more about their field through workshops, conventions and other development opportunities.
Anyone who comes to a Mentalhaus performance, training or event adds value to its existence. Guests are welcoming Mentalhaus into their lives we are welcoming you into the world of Mentalhaus. Be warned and ready though, there will be challenges presented in varying facets of training and performance. Let's commit to staying open, respectful and courageous together!