"what lies beneath"

Subtext was founded by Rocky Hagloch, John Oster, and Leigh Johnson. With 75+ years of Theatrical experience behind them it was about time.

We will bring original works to the stage alongside older plays that provide us an opportunity to showcase the lost art of the subtext.

We hope to provide a home for Chicago theater actors, designers, & writers to produce their best work in an atmosphere of support, collaboration, and trust.

Our Company has high expectations for each other, we hold each other accountable, and we support each others growth as artists.

Thank you for supporting Subtext and we look forward to many more years together.

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John Oster                                          Rocky Hagloch

Leigh Johnson

Subtext Theater Company in Chicago

Hello Chicago......

Subtext Theater Company is -


Artistic Director     Rocky Hagloch

Artistic Director/Managing Director     John Oster

Artistic Director     Leigh Johnson


An Illinois NFP Corporation

501c3 IRS Status

Contact info:


Mailing Address -

Subtext Theater Company

3636 N. Leavitt St.

Chicago, IL 60618


Email -

info@SubtextNFP.org