The 7th Annual Physical Theater Festival Chicago will happen At Home

What is
Physical Theater Festival?


Physical Theater Festival is an annual contemporary, visual, and physical theater festival that presents new forms of theater that are being performed around the world.


Physical Theater Festival began at Links Hall in the summer of 2014. The seventh annual festival will happen  virtually  from July 17th to July 19th, 2020 at your Home.

What will I see at Physical Theater Festival?


The Festival seeks to program work that uses cutting-edge, on-the-pulse theatrical forms that are responding to the contemporary moment using contemporary notions of theater.



The Festival seeks to offer work that elevates the visual aspects of its stories, theater which is occupied with the creation of visual atmospheres and images as much as verbal text.



The Festival seeks to present work that pursues storytelling through primarily physical means, whose aim is to create original stories which start and end with the body as the foundational textual source.

2020 Producer's Board

The Producer’s Board supports Physical Theater Festival Chicago (PTFC) in its mission to make Chicago a home for local, national and international physical theater. Members of the Producer’s Board are tasked with raising funds through a “give or get” model to support the annual summer Festival. Board members enjoy a close relationship with the Festival’s curators.

Amrita Dhaliwal

Elise and Ira Frost

Emily and Matt Roben

Maggie Kast

Lauren Schrero and Adam Levy


Our Story

In 2014, Alice da Cunha and Marc Frost launched the inaugural Physical Theater Festival through the Artistic Associate program at Links Hall. The inspiration for the Festival drew upon their combined experience in London as physical theater students at the London International School for the Performing Arts (LISPA). Moving from London to Chicago, they were inspired to start a new festival to promote a more progressive, fresh and physical approach to theater-making in Chicago.

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The Team 2020


Co-Artistic Directors


Alice da Cunha 

Alice has worked for various festivals. While in London, she was the Marketing Director for CASA (London's Latin American Theatre Festival) and she produced, curated and presented SHORTCUTZ (a weekly short film festival). She was also the Production Assistant for TODOS Festival, an interdisciplinary festival in Lisbon, Portugal. In Chicago she has worked in Hospitality for the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Alice is also an actress and has performed in many plays and films.


Marc Frost

Marc has started two theater companies and one theater festival. At Tufts University, he co-founded Bare Bodkin Theater Company to give student playwrights a platform for their work. In London, he co-created and curated "Physical" (a scratch night for new pieces of physical theater). Back in Chicago, he founded Theater Unspeakable to create devised, physical theater. 


Technical Director

Richie Schiraldi

Richie Schiraldi is a Chicago-based theatre-maker that focuses on physical theatre, circus arts, and ensemble-devised work. He has an MFA in European Devised Performance from Columbia College Chicago, and has a background in various aspects of technical theatre - mainly Stage Management and over-hire work. When he isn't in the theatre, he can be found teaching what he does to adults and children alike, planning new adventures, getting lost in board games, or relaxing by the water in his hammock. 



Marketing Director


Alex Miranda

Alex de Miranda is a marketing specialist with several years of experience in creative advertising and digital marketing in Brazil and the US. For the past four years, Alex has volunteered for Partners of the Americas coordinating the communications of the Brazilian Film Festival in Chicago, an annual event that shows "Brazilian films with a social conscience." Currently, He is pursuing his Master's Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Roosevelt University Chicago.

Press Contact

Alejandro Riera

Scratch Night Curators

Brittany Price Anderson

Brittany Price Anderson is a theatre maker/performer and educator that has lived in Chicago since 2012. She graduated with an MFA in European Devised Performance Practice, which she earned at Columbia College Chicago and Arthaus Berlin in Germany. She also completed the Professional Training Program at Actors Gymnasium in Evanston, IL, where she focused on aerial silks, tightwire, and partner acrobatics. She is an original devising and touring member of Theatre Unspeakable’s The American Revolution, the founder/curator of Heels Over Head: A Physical Variety Show, co-Artistic Director of Whisper Theatre, and a part-time professor at Columbia College Chicago. 


Scott Merchant

Scott is a performance artist and theatre maker celebrating over a decade in the Chicago theatre community. A graduate of the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University, Scott has had the privilege to perform at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, Red Twist, Abraham Werewolf, Dog & Pony and is a proud company member of Collaboraction. Scott was Co-director of "TOLLBOOTH: A Clown Show" for First Floor Theatre and a former member of the cult-hit Bouffon troupe Les Enfants Terribles. Over the last several years, he has trained with Eric Davis in Bouffon, Sue Morrison in Pochinko clown in Toronto and with Steve Wasson and Corine Soum in Decroux mime.


Development Consultant


Lauren Fisher