Philip Lynch


Dear Theatre Patrons,

On Saturday, May 20th, the stage of the Philip Lynch Theatre was dedicated and named in honor of the theatre’s creator, Chet Kondratowicz. Chet, who began teaching at Lewis in 1965, fought in 1975 to obtain the space when the aviation department abandoned this old hangar, shops and classrooms for a new building and hangar across the street and adjacent to the airport.

You will be able to view a plaque, designed by Professor Emeritus Harold McCay, for the “Chet Kondratowicz Stage” at the top of the main stairwell leading to the theatre when you next attend a production at the PLT.  It was Chet’s admiration of the work of British director, Sir Tyrone Guthrie, which led to his design of our space.  Instead of the pervasive proscenium or “picture frame” stage, Guthrie initiated a return to a thrust style stage where the acting area sits amidst the audience, as was used in ancient Greek and Elizabethan eras.  This style brings a close association between the actors and audience and reinforces the feeling of a communal experience for all in attendance.

Since 1976, when the PLT first opened, hundreds of professional performers, including Brian Bedford and Lynn Redgrave, who have performed here, have remarked on the beauty and intimacy of the space.

See you at the theatre,

Keith J. White
Chair, Director of Theatre


The Philip Lynch Theatre is located in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on the main campus of Lewis University on Route 53 in Romeoville. It is a half-mile north of the stoplight at Route 7 and Route 53.


Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. The box office opens one hour before scheduled performances. Reservations are recommended for all performances. Patrons may mail in a check or visit the box office during regular hours.

Box office: (815) 836-5500


Tickets for non-musical productions are $10 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens. Tickets for musicals are $12 for adults and $11 for students and senior citizens.

A 10% discount is available to groups of 15 or more. Season subscriptions are available for $44 for five shows. The Philip Lynch Theatre season runs from July to April each year.


The Philip Lynch Theatre is a nonsmoking facility. Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the Oremus Fine Arts Center. Wheelchair accessible. An assisted listening system is available to hearing impaired patrons. A concession service is available before and at intermission of each production. All proceeds from concession sales go to the Philip Lynch Theatre Scholarship Fund for theatre students.