• Theater Performance / Actor Training / Radical Collaboration

    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 led by 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 multi-dimensional narrative of co-created performance.

  • Recent Projects

    Recent projects include The Brink! Or Nobody’s Ever Kissed Me Like That… an experimental cabaret in a cafe at the edge of the world, presented at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre, Links Hall, and the International Theatre Olympics in Delhi and Mumbai (2018);  Mother of Smoke, a co-production with Red Tape Theatre at the Pride Arts Center (2017); 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 Monuments, an interactive stilt-dance spectacle (2018); A Persephone Pageant, a mythic exploration of the health and history of the Great Lakes (2017); 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)

    The Ensemble
    Nigel Brown
    McCambridge Dowd-Whipple
    Cooper Forsman
    Dina Klahn
    Katie Mazzini
    Dana Murphy
    Anastacia Narrajos

    with Guild of the Goat collaborators
    Amba-Suhasini Jhala
    Anirudh Nair

    Claire Bauman (Grants Associate)
    Nigel Brown (Facilities / Transport)
    McCambridge Dowd-Whipple (Company Mgr)
    Cooper Forsman (Technician / Party Planning)
    David Masnato (Webmaster)
    Katie Mazzini (Grants Manager)
    Dana Murphy (Marketing and Education Mgr)

  • Board of Directors

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

  • Frequent Collaborators

    Kristina Isabelle, Myron Elliott-Cisneros, Kevin Jandrists, Fides KruckerMorgan McNaught, Stephanie Smith Pasculli, Stephanie Shum, Shanyn Strub, Claire Allegra Taylor.

  • 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, Alex Rodriguez, 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