• Theater Performance / Actor Training / Immersive Experience

    Walkabout Theater Company is an ensemble of artists committed to a unique practice of theater-making in Chicago. Walkabout produces world-premiere, touring performances created by the ensemble; original site-specific events motivated by developing new forms of public engagement and artistic collaborations; and actor training workshops investigating performance technique, individual research, and artistic exchange. We strive to create an encounter through our work that explores new ways of existing together.


    Created in 1999 by founding artistic director Kristan Schmidt, Walkabout has embraced continuity through radical change. After creating experimental work across Chicago for more than a decade, Walkabout took on its current ensemble in 2013 under the direction of Thom Pasculli and Kendra Miller. Now with a greater focus on ensemble techniques, actor-generated material, actor training and research, Walkabout continues its mission to challenge the theatrical form, the architecture in which theater is created, and the capacity to tell a story.

  • Recent Projects

    Recent projects include The Cure, a performance installation exploring death and immortality at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Yates Gallery (2016); STORM, an international collaboration with the London-based company Moon Fool at Links Hall (2015); and The Wild, which premiered at the Steppenwolf Garage Theater (2014) before touring to Physical Festival Chicago, Ball State University, and the Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival in Delhi, India (2016).

  • Recent Summer Performances

    Recent summer performances include Tall Girl and the Lightning Parade, a bilingual, stilt-walking parade performance inspired by a ​Tzutujil Mayan story of love and transformation (2016); Summer Wild, an outdoor adaptation of The Wild at Humboldt Park and the Garfield Park Conservatory (2015); and Beach Party at the End of the World, a forty-person, flash-mob beach spectacle performed on eight Chicago beaches (2014).

  • Past Highlights

    Past highlights include Nina Sallinen in Poor Poor Lear (1999, 2015); Stephen Mazurek’s acclaimed production of Downsize performed in men’s rooms across the city (2003); Carlos Murillo’s A Human Interest Story at Breadline Theatre (2004); Simone Jubyna’s laundromat immersion, Psycho-So-Matic (2005); Stuart Dybek’s The Coast of Chicago in collaboration with Lookingglass Theatre (2006); Seth Bockley’s Impossible Cities (2007); and All Rise, a promenade performance created by then artistic director Emma Stanton in Lincoln Square’s Luther Memorial Church, featuring 50 Chicago performers, several works by local playwrights, and new work by Martyna Majok (2013).

  • Company

    Thom Pasculli (Artistic Director)
    Auriel Jones (Operations Manager)

    The Ensemble
    Nigel Brown (Training)
    McCambridge Dowd-Whipple (The Locatrix)
    Cooper Forsman (Technician)
    Dina Klahn (Stage Manager / Designer)
    Katie Mazzini (Grants and Development)
    Dana Murphy (The Virtual Voice)
    Alex Rodriguez (The Visual Voice)

    Associate Artists
    Claire Bauman
    David Masnato (Webmaster)
    Kelly Nesheim

  • Board of Directors

    Anna Minkov (President)
    Michael Karrys (Treasurer)
    Kristan Schmidt (Founder)
    Alex Aixala, Joe Vlahovic

  • Frequent Collaborators

    Sam Allyn, Noah Appelbaum, Michael Banks, Al Evangelista, Micah Figueroa, Isaac Fosl-van Wyke, Kevin Jandrists, Amba Suhasini Jhala, Kendra Miller, Anirudh Nair, Stephanie Smith Pasculli, and Patrick Riley

  • Walkabout Emeritus

    Seth Bockley, Dani Bryant, Loren Crawford, Mike Driscoll, Harry Edelman, Lori Empen, Shawn Escargia, Al Evangelista, Kate Evans, Jeff Grafton, Mark Guarino, Christopher Hayes, Simone Jubyna, Carron Little, Stephen Mazurek, Kendra Miller, Carlos Murillo, Sara Oliva, Daniel Preble, Nina Sallinen, Kristan Schmidt, Paul Scudder, Lauren Sivak, Emma Stanton, Angie Tillges, Mac Vaughey, Chris Welzenbach, Karen Yates, Gary Zabinski, Joe Zarrow

  • Contact

    Please contact admin@walkabouttheater.org for any inquiries or training@walkabouttheater.org for workshop information.
    Or mail to
    Walkabout Theater Company
    5555 N Sheridan Rd #610
    Chicago IL 60640