Aileen McGroddy


2018 The Edge of Our Bodies (Choreographer)
2016 The Edge of Our Bodies (Choreographer)
2017 TUTALab: The Man Who Turned into a Stick (Director)
2017 Gentle (Assistant Director, Movement Director)
2016 TUTALab: Have a Seat (Director)
2016 The Edge of Our Bodies (Choreographer)
2015 Music Hall (Movement Director)
2014 The Anyway Cabaret (an animal cabaret) (Movement Director)
2014 The Jewels (Movement Director)
2013 The Silent Language (Choreographer)

Aileen McGroddy has been a TUTA company member since 2015, movement directing, directing, and teaching. She continues to be inspired and challenged by the artists in the TUTA family. Outside of TUTA, Aileen has directed for The Plagiarists,  Emerald City Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Mudlark Theatre, Theatre-Hikes, The Whiskey Rebellion, WildClaw Theatre, and The Forks & Hope Ensemble. She has assisted at Court Theatre, The House Theatre, The Hypocrites, The Actors Gymnasium, and Theatre Y. 

Aileen is the artistic director of the devised physical theatre company, The Forks & Hope Ensemble (, where she is currently adapting and directing a new version of Gulliver's Travels through residencies at The Hairpin Arts Center and The Greenhouse Theatre Center. With Forks & Hope, she has co-created all of the ensemble's previous works: The Hunting of the Snark, Best Beloved: The Just So Stories, The Pied Piper, Robing Hood and Maid Marion, and A Hero's Journey. She is also the founder and producer of The Whiskey Radio Hour (, a recurring evening of new radio plays and live music. Aileen sits on the Steering Committee of DirectorsLabChicago (, and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer's Society, and a member of its 2017 Observership Class. 

Aileen graduated from The University of Chicago, and has trained at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Bali, Pig Iron Theatre Company, 500 Clown, and The Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU. In addition to TUTA, Aileen has taught at North Park University, The Lir Academy in Dublin, Ireland; NIRMAN's Southpoint School in Varanasi, India; The Little Black Pearl Arts Center; The University of Chicago's Summer Institute; Redmoon Theatre; Emerald City Theatre; The DuPage Historical Society; and The Skokie Park District, among others.

TUTA is partially supported by Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, The Light A City Fund, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, City Arts I and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.