The Mill was started in Fall 2002, by the current artistic director, Jaclyn Biskup, under the moniker Experimental Theatre Chicago. The name was eventually changed to accommodate a new mission: to produce plays progressive in form and content.
Jaclyn Biskup is a freelance director and the founding Artistic Director of The Mill (fka Experimental Theatre Chicago.) She received her MFA in Directing from Northwestern University and has a BA Theatre Comprehensive from Northern Illinois University. In NYC, she has worked with Imported Talent’s Fresh Produce’d, Core Ensemble, Re Group, Cellar Door, Blue Box Productions, Hearth Gods, and Horse Trade Theatre. She has directed 13 productions with The Mill, including The Private Lives of Eskimos, A Dream Play, Venus, The Madman and the Nun, Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief, Big Love, The Bald Soprano, Mexico, and off. She has conceived and directed:Un-American Activities, An Unenchanted Evening, The Eve Project, and Coming and Going. She has assisted on productions with Steppenwolf, The Public, and The American Musical Theatre Workshop.