Lawrence (Larry) Grimm is a founding ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theatre as well as a board member. As an actor at A Red Orchid he has appeared in Traitor, 3C, Trevor - which earned him a Jeff Award nomination - Solstice, Megacosm, Abigail’s Party, Pumpgirl, The Meek, and Mr. Kolpert, to name just a few. As a director, he helmed the remount of Mierka Girten’s With or Without Wings, The Cut and various AROT youth ensemble projects for Collaboraction’s Sketchbook and Theatre 7’s Landmark Project. He served as producer of the A Red Orchid project created for the citywide Now is The Time Project on youth violence and bullying.
Larry has performed at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Goodman, Victory Gardens, Next Theatre, Lookingglass, and Steppenwolf, as well as many other Chicago-based theaters. His performance in Raven Theatre’s Glass Menagerie earned him a Jeff Award.
As an avid arts educator and teacher, he has worked at Stevenson High School, Lincoln Center Institute, Steppenwolf for Young Audiences, CAPE, Lookingglass, Writer’s Theater, the Illinois Arts Council, Piven Theater Workshop, and the Acting Studio.
He has a Masters in Education from DePaul University and taught for 4 years at Chi-Arts, Chicago’s first public high school for the arts. As well as being a member of the Board at AROT, he also is a board member of Chicago Youth Shakespeare.