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Artistic Director

BJ Jones

BJ Jones is in his 18th season as Artistic Director of Northlight, where he commissioned and directed the world premieres of White Guy on the Bus, Chapatti, Stella & LouThe Outgoing Tide (Jeff Nomination - Best Director), Better Late, and Rounding Third. Notably he has directed productions of Outside Mullingar, Grey GardensThe Price (Jeff Nomination - Best Director), A Skull in ConnemaraThe Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. As a producer he has guided the world premieres of Shining Lives, The Last Five YearsThe Gamester, and Studs Terkel's 'The Good War'. From Second City to Shakespeare, BJ has directed Pitmen Painters (Jeff Nomination - Best Director, TimeLine), A Number (Next), 100 Saints You Should Know (Steppenwolf), and The Dresser (Body Politic). Regional: Glengarry Glen Ross (Suzie Bass Nominee - Best Director, Atlanta's Alliance Theatre), Enchanted April (Asolo Theatre), and productions at Cherry Lane Theatre NY, Galway International Arts Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. As a performer, Mr. Jones is a two-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner and has appeared at Northlight, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Court, and other theatres throughout Chicago. Film/TV credits include The FugitiveBody DoubleLaw and Order: Criminal IntentEarly Edition, Cupid, and Turks, among others.



Executive Director

Tim EvansTimothy J. Evans Prior to his arrival at Northlight, Tim spent over 20 years at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in management and producing positions. He created, curated and produced Steppenwolf's acclaimed TRAFFIC Series including a partnership with Chicago Public Radio for subsequent broadcasts. Tim founded Steppenwolf Films, of which he is still a partner with Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry, to develop film and television projects. He produced the feature films Diminished Capacity with Matthew Broderick (premiered Sundance Film Festival) and The Last Rites of Joe May with Dennis Farina (premiered Tribeca Film Festival). Tim co-founded the Three Oaks Theater Festival in Three Oaks, Michigan, which had its third season this past summer. He currently serves on the board of the League of Chicago Theatres and on the theater selection panel for the Princess Grace Foundation Awards. Previously, Tim served on the board of the Independent Film Project (IFP) and was a charter member of the Governor's Task Force for Media Development. 




Board of Trustees

Thomas D. Stringer, Chairman

Dan Peterson, President

Rahul Roy, Vice President

Bob Silverman, Treasurer, Vice President

Freddi Greenberg, Secretary


Michael R. Callahan*

Timothy J. Evans, Executive Director

Donna Frett

Ann Herring

BJ Jones, Artistic Director

Susan Karol*

Matthew Magnuson

Mark McCarville

Susie McMonagle

Evelyn Salk*

Robert S. Silver

Craig M. Smith, AIA

Harvey Young

Alan M. Zunamon

Michael Pauken, ex officio

Norman Rosen, ex officio


*Past President/Chairperson