Who We Are


Aaron SAwyer

Aaron Sawyer is the Founder and Artistic Director of Red Theater, with collectives in Chicago, Lincoln, Omaha, Tucson, and Purchase, NY. As a playwright, top Chicago credits include RED HAMLET and the bilingual Deaf/Hearing production of R+J: THE VINEYARD, heralded as a Top Ten Chicago Play of 2016 (Chicago Theater Beat). Aaron’s directing credits include the Chicago premieres of Bertolt Brecht’s unfinished musical SCHWEYK IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR and TASTE by Benjamin Brand (Jeff Recommended). The Chicago Reader named Aaron and Red Theater runners up in their 2016 “Best of Chicago List” for Best Stage Director and Best New Theater Company respectively.


Marisa Lerman

Marisa serves as Red Theater’s Executive Director. She has previously served as the Red Theater’s Managing Director as well as the Assistant Executive Director for Oil Lamp Theater. She has worked on and off the stage for the past 10 years for companies such as The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, the Prince Music Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Chicago Folks Operetta, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has been in Chicago for the past 3 years, where she has been an active member of the North Shore community.

When she is not at the theater, you can find her teaching Jazzercise in Glenview, binge watching great sci-fi shows on Netflix, or singing karaoke with her friends!


Red Theater Staff

Company Members

*Founding Member, Red Theater Lincoln, 2008

^Founding Member, Red Theater Omaha, 2010

@Founding Member, Red Theater Chicago, 2012

See also: Board of Directors


  • Actors, please submit headshot/resume to casting@redtheater.org. 
  • Playwrights, we only accept scripts with a director attached! Please submit to scripts@ and include details. 
  • Directors, please email chicago@redtheater.org with a one page concept summary with three key images from the text.


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