Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rehearsal Space Available with Pride Films and Plays

Pride Films and Plays has rehearsal space available from Feb 16 to April 12. Great location on Clark and Wilson. Great price. Email pridefilmsandplays@gmail.com for details.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Julia Neary Memorial Celebration

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Doors open at 9 AM | Program Begins at 9:30 AM
DePaul's historic Merle Reskin Theatre
60 E. Balbo Drive | Directions & Parking

The Theatre School at DePaul University sadly announced the passing of Julia Neary, who died January 3, 2015 at the age of 50, after a battle with cancer. Julia Neary was an alumna and assistant professor of movement and acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she taught for 14 years, and collaborated on dozens of productions.

The Theatre School is honored to be able to host the Neary family's Memorial for Julia.

In lieu of flowers, the Neary family has asked for contributions to the newly established Julia Neary Memorial Scholarship Fund, in order to continue the trajectory of her amazing care for and support of Theatre School students. You can learn more about how to make a gift today by visiting our Support Us​ page.

The Theatre School will dedicate the 2014-15 season to Julia—to honor her spirit of collaboration, dedication, and passion for great work.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing and Sorry - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave., is offering $15 industry tickets offered at any preview performance, subject to availability, January 13 - 23 when you use code INDUSTRY. For reservations click here or call the TimeLine Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 and use code INDUSTRY when ordering.

The Cardinals - MCA Stage, 220 E. Chicago, is offering $10 tickets to performances January 22 - 24, with the code CARDINALS (limit 4 per order). For more information: http://www2.mcachicago.org/event/stans-cafe-the-cardinals/. Tickets can be purchased over the phone only at 312.397.4010.

Spike Heels - Brown Paper Box Co. at the West Stage of the Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N. Clark St. is offering $10 industry tickets to all performances January 23 - February 8. Attendees just need to bring is a hs/r, business card, or any other proof of Industry to the box office before showtime and they'll be all set! Subject to availability.

White Guy on the Bus - Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd. is offering $15 tickets to theatre industry professionals for all performances January 23-31 (except opening). Offer available by phone or walk-up, must mention the code INDUSTRY to reserve. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) required upon ticket pickup.

Samsara - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, is offering $10 industry tickets for previews February 6 - 12 for anyone using the discount code Sam10.

Circuscope - The Actors Gymnasium, 927 Noyes St. is offering $10 tickets to industry professionals for evening performances February 20 & 21 with code INDUSTRYWEEKEND or 10% off any performance (excluding fundraiser benefit) with code INDUSTRY. Reserve tickets at http://www.actorsgymnasium.org/shows/ or call The Actors Gymnasium's office at 847-328.2795.

Giordano Dance Chicago - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $12.50 industry tickets in honor of its 125th Anniversary for the Jan 31 performance. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

Friday, January 9, 2015

AATE Seeking Conference Presenter Proposals

The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)
Illinois Theatre in Our Schools Conference
Saturday, March 7, 2015 8:30 - 4:30
Washington Elementary School, Evanston IL

You are invited by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education to this year's Illinois Theatre in Our Schools (TIOS) Conference.

Join theatre artists, educators and scholars dedicated to theatre for and with young people as we explore Theatre: A Role for Everyone, a Catalyst for Change. Highlights include:
• Engaging workshops, demonstrations and sessions
• An update on the National Theatre Core Arts Standards and a report on progress toward new Illinois Arts Standards.
• Networking opportunities
• Raffle Prizes and refreshments
• A celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Drama program
• An inspirational keynote by award winning playwright, director and teacher, Gloria Bond Clunie.
• More details to come!

Opportunity to Present: Proposals are being accepted to present a workshop or session for the AATE Illinois Theatre In Our Schools conference. The application is available on Google forms at http://www.aate.com under programs and events/ Theatre in Our Schools. The submission deadline is January 23, 2015.

Opportunity for Early-Registration: Registration in now open on the AATE website under TIOS Illinois. Register today for special savings.

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 will host the event in collaboration with Northwestern University.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Artemisia seeking Playwrights for 2015 Fall Festival

Artemisia is looking for the next six great female-driven plays that will be featured in our 2015 Fall Festival, one of which will be chosen by the audience to be fully produced as an American or World premiere in Chicago. All plays must be female driven, full-length and submitted as a single file PDF attachment. Don't delay! Artemisia will close the submission window January 15, 2015 at midnight. Visit artemisiatheatre.org to submit your play and for further guidelines.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Now Hear This. Bose Event in Rosemont

Come experience the performance of Bose RoomMatch array loudspeakers in the Rosemont Theatre Concert Hall, Rosemont, IL.

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015

Times: 10:00am, 1:00pm, & 3:00pm
(Pick the session that fits your schedule.)

Location: Rosemont Theatre Rosemont, IL

Bose engineers will be available to answer questions and share their experiences.

Please RSVP today, space is limited.

Guests are welcome!

Don't miss this incredible sound experience at the Rosemont Theatre! Click here for directions to Rosemont Theatre
5400 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018

Please RSVP by January 19, 2014 to Jim Bobel
james_bobel@bose.com ♬ 708-625-4772

Industry Ticket Offers

Keys of the Kingdom - Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont is offering $10 industry tickets for previews on 1/10, 1/14, or 1/15 @ 8pm and 1/11 @3pm. During the regular run, $15 industry tickets are available on Thursdays 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5 @8pm. For tickets call 773-875-9150 and use the code "Falco." Visit stagelefttheatre.com for more information.

Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $12.50 industry tickets in honor of its 125th Anniversary for performances Jan 17-18. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them - First Floor Theater at Collaboraction, 1579 N Milwaukee Ave, is offering $12 industry tickets for any performance through Jan 31st. Please enter the code FAITH when reserving tickets online at http://edith.brownpapertickets.com/.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Industry Ticket Offers

ComedySportz - 929 W. Belmont, is offering half-price industry tickets to performances January 2nd and 3rd. Any industry members that show up to the theater with a business card or headshot or postcard/program from their show, etc. will receive half-price discount. The shows available are: Friday, January 2nd: 8:00pm, ComedySportz or 10:00pm, The Blue Show and Saturday, January 3rd: 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm, ComedySportz and Midnight: Midnight Blue.

A Conversation with Hallie Foote about Horton Foote - Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. is offering free industry tickets to the conversation moderated by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM. Tickets available by phone at 773-338-2177. Please call ahead for reservations.

Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon - First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Hall, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St, Oak Brook. is offering $10 tickets to industry professionals Weds. evenings at 8 PM and Thursday matinees at 3 PM Jan. 28 thru Feb. 26 Tickets are on an "as available" basis and may be purchased no sooner than 48 hours in advance. Professionals must bring a union card, a headshot/resume, tech resume, or business card indicating employment in the theater business. Tickets may be purchased by calling 630-986-8067.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

National Endowment for the Arts 2015 Funding Guidelines Posted

Guidelines and application materials for two National Endowment for the Arts funding categories have been posted on the NEA's website. The 2015 Art Works and Challenge America programs support projects anticipated to take place beginning in 2016. Any non-profit 501(c)3 organization, unit of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal community with at least a three year programming history is eligible to apply for project-based support through these two programs. Together, Art Works and Challenge America constitute approximately 75 percent of the NEA's annual direct grantmaking (exclusive of state and regional partnership agreements).

Art Works is the NEA's largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. In fiscal year 2014, the NEA supported 1799 grants totaling $49.4 million through Art Works. The deadlines for Art Works applications are February 19 and July 23, 2015 depending on the artistic discipline and/or type of project for which an organization seeks support.

Challenge America offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. In fiscal year 2014, Challenge America funded 147 grants totaling $1.47 million. The deadline for Challenge America is April 16, 2015.

Guidelines and application materials are in the Apply for a Grant section of the NEA website.

To see the kinds of projects supported through these two categories, go to the Recent Grants section of the NEA website.

In order to offer potential applicants the highest level of technical assistance, the NEA has scheduled webinars covering the basics of the Art Works and Challenge America funding categories, including how to apply to the NEA, how to select work samples, and how to prepare a strong application. After each presentation, there will be time for Q and A with NEA staff.

The Art Works webinar is scheduled for January 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The Challenge America session will be on March 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET. To sign up for either or both webinars, go to the webinar section of the NEA website.

Both webinars will be archived shortly after each event and posted on the NEA website in the webinar section.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to strengthen the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at www.arts.gov.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Summer 2015 After School Matters Advanced Internship Program

After School Matters seeks theatre-related companies and businesses to host teens participating in the Advanced Internship during the summer of 2015. This program, the After School Matters Advanced Internship Program, is offered to the most experienced and successful teens who have already participated in ASM programs and are ready to take the next step toward their futures through internships with theatre industry. The Summer 2015 Advanced Internship Program session will run Monday, June 29th through Thursday, August 3rd. Interns are financially compensated for their participation through After School Matters.

Interested Employers can access the online application, and create the teen job description, here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ASM2015AdvInternship. For more information on the After School Matters Advanced Internship program, please contact Erick Deshaun Dorris at edorris@afterschoolmatters.org.

Start Date: 6/29/15
End Date: 8/3/15

6 weeks
4 days/week
6 hours per day
** Teens are compensated by After School Matters

Thursday, January 8,. 2015 – Employer Informational/Orientation
March 1-3, 2015 – Teen application period
April 13 – May 8th – Teen Interview Window
May 8, 2015 – Teen/Employer Matches are finalized
Wk. of June 22-26th, Teen/Employer Orientation (TBD)
Wk. August 20 – 24th, Culminating Event/Reception

Employer Application
Interested Employers can access the online application, and create the teen job description, here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ASM2015AdvInternship

Erick Dorris, Senior Program Director
(773) 217-9136 – cell
312-702-8965 – office

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

We Must Breathe: A Response from Chicago Playwrights and Poets

Victory Gardens Theater announces We Must Breathe: A Response from Chicago Playwrights and Poets, a special event gathering members of Chicago’s artistic community to share their views on discrimination, race and inequality and engage Chicagoans in a discussion about these social issues. We Must Breathe features performances from poets and playwrights directed by Victory Gardens’ Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz, and a forum discussion on the performance topics, moderated by Congo Square Theatre’s Artistic Director Samuel Roberson. The event is on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, and is free and open to the public.

In recent months the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, John Crawford, Sean Bell, Rekia Boyd, and countless others have brought to light ongoing national issues of race, discrimination and inequality. Droves of individuals across the country have taken to the streets participating in rallies, riots and die-ins. During this one-night-only event, members of the Chicago artistic community will address these topics through artistic expression.

We Must Breathe begins with performance pieces from a diverse group of artists, including Victory Gardens Ensemble playwrights Marcus Gardley (The Gospel of Lovingkindness; Black Odyssey) and Tanya Saracho (El Nogalar; Mala Hierba), Nambi Kelley (Native Son), Andrew Hinderaker (Dirty; Suicide Incorporated), Kristiana Colón (Octagon; Lack on Lack), Calamity West (The Peacock, The Gacy Play), Damon Williams (Lack on Lack), Nikki Patin (Surviving the Mic), Javon Smith (Louder than a Bomb), Kevin Coval (Young Chicago Authors) and Malcolm London (Young Chicago Authors) and several others. Performances are directed by Joanie Schultz. Following the performances is an open forum, moderated by Samuel Roberson exploring the social issues expressed by the featured artists.

Admission to We Must Breathe is free and open to the public, but reservations are required as space is limited. To reserve tickets to We Must Breathe, visit http://victorygardens.org/also-playing/we-must-breathe/ or call the Victory Gardens box office at 773-871-3000.

We Must Breathe will be livestreamed courtesy of Howlround.tv. Follow the event live on Twitter using #wemustbreathe.

The Coalition in support of We Must Breathe includes: Mothers of Murdered Sons, Congo Square Theatre, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, I Grow Chicago, J-DEF Peace Project, Imagine Englewood If..., Arte y Vida, Dr. Soyini Madison of Northwestern University, JRV MAJESTY Productions, Civil Rights Agenda, League of Chicago Theatres, Amnesty International, Dr. Noni Gaylord-Harden of Loyola University, Black Ensemble Theatre, and Adventure Stage Chicago.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Space Availability at Steep Theatre

Steep Theatre’s storefront space is available for daytime rentals. The 60-seat blackbox theatre and spacious lobby are ideal for classes, rehearsals and auditions. The space is fully ADA compliant and conveniently located next to the Berwyn Red Line stop. Contact kate@steeptheatre.com for more information.