Directing - Acting - Teaching
Geoff Button is a longtime member of the Chicago theater community.
He is currently serving as the Associate Artistic Director of the acclaimed Writers Theatre in GlencoeIL, dubbed by Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal "America's finest regional theatre". Thisposition encompasses all of the Casting Director responsibilities for the theatre, but Geoff also playsan integral role in every Writers' production, from season selection through opening night, as wellas serving as lead artistic producer on at least one production a year. Past producing credits atWriters include Caryl Churchill's A NUMBER and Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS.
He served for years as the Casting Director and on the Artistic Council for the beloved Chicago theater company The Hypocrites. He directed their productions of Adding Machine: A Musical (Jeff Nomination - Best Production of a Musical, TimeOut Chicago Theater Award Nominations - Best Production of a Musical, Best Director), Into the Woods, Coriolanus, Desire Under the Elms, True West (Non-Equity Jeff Nominations - Best Play, Best Director), and his own original adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters.
Geoff received his B.A. from Western Michigan University in Theater Performance and his M.F.A. in Theater Directing from Northwestern University, where he directed Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Who's Tommy and Spring Awakening. Around Chicago he's directed at Mary Arrchie (Harold Pinter's The Homecoming), Strawdog (State of the Union), Depaul University (I Am Bradley Manning by Sarah Gubbins), North Park University (Urinetown), Lake Forest College (H.M.S. Pinafore) and the Side Project (Sean Graney's Sugarward).
Also an actor, he's appeared at several theaters in Chicago, including in The Hypocrites' productions of Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, Woyzeck, Mud, Balm in Gilead, and Equus (Non-Equity Jeff - Best Actor). He won the Broadway World Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as Orestes in Graney's epic 12-hour retelling of every surviving Greek tragedy, All Our Tragic, which also won the Jeff Awards for both Best Ensemble and Best Play.
As a teacher, he has worked as both an adjunct and full-time lecturer in Northwestern's Music Theater Certificate Program, as a Core Acting Teacher for The National High School Institute (AKA: Cherubs), and on the theater and music theatre faculty for The Chicago Academy for the Arts.