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PJ Powers
Company Member & Artistic Director

  PJ Powers

PJ was a co-founder of TimeLine 1997 and became Artistic Director in 1999.

As TimeLine’s Artistic Director, he has overseen the production of more than 60 plays, including nine world premieres and more than 25 Chicago premieres. During his tenure, TimeLine has garnered 52 Jeff Awards, including eleven for Outstanding Production and one award for PJ as an Actor in HAUPTMANN, in addition to awards for excellence in arts management, including the 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. PJ was instrumental in establishing TimeLine’s home on Wellington Avenue in 1999, and since then has helped develop the company’s programming to include an annual production at a second venue, in addition to launching the TimePieces play reading series and the Living History Educational Outreach Program in Chicago Public Schools, under the direction of TimeLine co-founder Juliet Hart.

While leading the artistic initiatives of TimeLine, PJ also continues to work as an actor, both at TimeLine and elsewhere. On stage, he has appeared in 18 productions at TimeLine, including THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING from the Apple Family Plays, THE FRONT PAGE, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION, ALL MY SONS, FIORELLO!, WIDOWERS' HOUSES, COPENHAGEN, PRAVDA, PARAGON SPRINGS, HAUPTMANN (Non-Equity Jeff Award - Actor in a Principal Role, Play), NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES, HALYCON DAYS, THE SEAGULL, A CRY OF PLAYERS, GASLIGHT, NO END OF BLAME and SUMMIT CONFERENCE. He has also appeared at Writers Theatre, Northlight, and Shattered Globe, among others.

A graduate of the BFA Acting Program at The Theatre School at DePaul University in 1995, PJ also served for six years on the Board of Directors for the League of Chicago Theatres, was awarded the Meier Achievement Award for mid-career artists and received a Goldman Sachs Senior Fellowship at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. He has also been featured three times in Newcity's articles listing "Chicago Theatre's 50 Leading Characters."

updated April 2016