PJ Powers | 2008 Honoree

PJ co-founded TimeLine Theatre Company in 1997 and became Artistic Director in 1999. During his tenure TimeLine has expanded its programming to include an annual subscription season of four plays, plus the TimePieces play reading series and the Living History Educational Outreach Program in Chicago Public Schools. He has overseen the production of more than 40 plays, including six world premieres and 11 Chicago premieres. TimeLine has garnered more than 40 Jeff Awards, including leading all Chicago Theatres with five awards in 2009 for the company’s production of The History Boys.

TimeLine’s commitment to artistic excellence has been matched by astute management, which has also been recognized in the industry with the 2006 Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence of a small company and the 2009 Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award in the Non-profit category from the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP).

While leading the artistic initiatives of TimeLine, PJ also continues to work as an actor. His TimeLine credits include The Farnsworth Invention, All My Sons, Fiorello!, Widowers Houses, Copenhagen, Pravda, Paragon Springs, Hauptmann (Non-Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Leading Actor), Not About Nightingales, Halycon Days, The Seagull, A Cry of Players, Gaslight, No End of Blame and Summit Conference. Elsewhere in Chicago, he has appeared in the Writers’ Theatre productions of Our Town, Rocket to the Moon and The Glass Menagerie, The Cripple of Inishmaan at Northlight, Locked Up Down Shorty’s with Steeltown Productions, Becket and Peter Pan at Shattered Globe, The Subject Was Roses with Carpe Noctem, and Three Sisters with Porchlight.

A graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University, PJ also served for six years on the Board of Directors for the League of Chicago Theatres and was featured twice in New City’s articles on “Chicago Theatre’s 50 Leading Characters.”

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Helen Meier adds:

"PJ chooses historical plays that yet illuminate current events."