Chicago's longest running fringe festival

Rhinoceros Theater Festival

Now in its 25th year!

Each year, Curious Theatre Branch curates and produces the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, which provides production and exhibition opportunities to hundreds of artists, drawing thousands in attendance each year. The longest-running multi-arts fringe festival in Chicago, the Rhino features works in theater and performance from Chicago companies and national artists alike.

First organized 25 years ago in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, the Rhino is unique among national fringe festivals in that artists are never charged a fee to participate, and each year our programs are individually curated rather than selected on a lottery basis.

Starting in 2007, Curious teamed up with Prop Thtr Group as co-producer, presenting 38 programs (including 15 world premieres) over the span of ten weeks and five venues including Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art—resulting in one of the biggest and most successful Rhinos in the history of the festival.

  • Artistic Directors
  • Jenny Magnus
  • Beau O'Reilly
  • Artistic Associates
  • Jayita Bhattacharya
  • Jennifer Moniz
  • Matt Test
  • Technical Director
  • Stefan Brün
  • Treasurer
  • Matt Rieger
  • Press Relations
  • Judith Harding
  • Web & Graphic Design
  • Jeffrey Bivens
  • Rhino Logo
  • C.hill
  • Curious Board of Directors
  • Julie Berggren
  • Jodie Taggett
  • Janet Sayre
  • Cherie Dikelsky
  • Ira Glass
  • Natasha Kesaji-Rosenberg
  • Beau O'Reilly