TimeLine Theatre Company announced that Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman will be transitioning her responsibilities away from day-to-day management of the company in order to focus exclusively on the project management necessary to guide TimeLine's new home development in Uptown.
TimeLine's board and company will conduct a search for a new executive leader who will become the co-equal leader of the organization alongside PJ Powers as artistic director, guiding TimeLine's strategic and financial direction, board and staff development, productions and its many other organizational goals.
Auman joined TimeLine Theatre in October 2007 and since then has overseen a quadrupling of the company's budget; the largest capital improvements in the company's history; extended runs of multiple shows; and more. Prior to TimeLine, Auman spent 15 years at Victory Gardens Theater12 as general manager.
Also, TimeLine shared details about the current architectural design and other updates related to its ongoing project to develop a new home in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, at 5033-5035 N. Broadway, near the corner of Broadway and Argyle.
Progress on the new home project has continued throughout the pandemic, even while the company's live productions have been shuttered since March 2020.
TimeLine has been collaborating with architect HGA to design its new home since the firm's selection in June 2019.
Upon entering, audiences and neighbors will encounter a lobby café and bar that encourages them to arrive early and stay late. At the heart of the building is a 250-seat flexible black box theater that's built to be transformative. Surrounding the theatre are exhibit galleries designed to support immersive, interactive lobby experiences. Additionally, the company's Living History program will have dedicated space for its engagement with students, and that space also will be available for community meetings and events.
TimeLine, recipient of the prestigious 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, was founded in April 1997.