Directing - Acting - Teaching
Geoff Button is a longtime member of the Chicago theater community.
He recently stepped into the full-time role of Casting Director/Associate Producer at Writers Theatre in Glencoe. It is an exciting time to be at Writers, both artistically and institutionally, and Geoff is overjoyed to play a role in this vital company's expansion.
He also continues his longstanding relationship with the Chicago company The Hypocrites, where he has been a member of the ensemble, the Artistic Council, and also served for several years as Casting Director. 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 faculty for The Chicago Academy for the Arts.
- Gravediggers' Hamlet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater - Geoff is thrilled to death to be working with Alan Schmuckler and Michael Mahler of Chicago's Lincoln Squares, in collaboration with playwright Laura Schellhardt, to develop an original musical for Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
- The Harassment of Iris Malloy, Detroit Public Theater - In the spring, he will be returning home to Detroit, directing Zak Berkman's powerful examination of the intersection of sex, class and politics for the new Detroit Public Theater.