Oracle was incorporated as a not-for-profit theatre company in early 2005, when it also opened a studio theater in Chicago and received its 501(c)(3) status.
The company has grown to become a diverse cultural center with programs that connect artists and audiences in several mediums including theatre, film, performance art, dance, and gallery exhibitions. In October 2010, Oracle launched a new business initiative called Public Access Theatre, which makes live performing arts events free to the public. All tickets are paid for by members of The Forty 4 at Oracle, which is a sponsorship program supported by members who contribute as little as $5 per month, to as much as $10,000 or more per year.
Our production company consists of Oracle Theatre and Oracle Film. The company has received critical praise for its radical stylistic approach to storytelling.
- Oracle Theatre produces three mainstage plays per year under the artistic direction of Max Truax.
- Oracle Film produces short films under the artistic direction of Jeremy Clark. Oracle Film also hosts festivals and filmmaker showcases to give artists more exposure to wider audiences.
As a community service organization, Oracle has two major outreach programs: The Radio Movement and Oracle B*Sides.
- The Radio Movement is a program that stages productions of vintage radio shows, and tours them to area senior living communities and homeless shelters – at no cost to the facilities. Everyone needs art to live a full life. If they can’t come to Oracle, then Oracle will go to them.
- Oracle B*Sides collaborates with artists and other companies outside of Oracle’s network to provide them resources to produce their work in the Public Access Theatre model. More free art by more artists for more audiences.
Oracle Lite (Live Interactive Televised Events) is a program that produces live online broadcasts of events at Oracle and around Chicago, including DCA Storefront Theatre, Jeff Awards, and more. These live online broadcasts are also free to the public.
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