Thursday, February 26, 2015

Getting Started with Access and Accessible Seating and Ticketing

GETTING STARTED WITH ACCESS
Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC)
Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT)
Chicago Cultural Center (use Washington St. entrance)
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Description
We recognize there are challenges to begin making your cultural space more accessible. Join us to learn how you can make incremental improvements to ensure ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance and a more inclusive and welcoming environment for visitors with disabilities.

Speakers
Jack Catlin, Partner at LCM Architects, Chicago; Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

Sponsored by Great Lakes ADA Center, ADA25 Chicago, Equip for Equality, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), and Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC).

Accommodations
The event space is accessible to wheelchair-users and visitors who need to avoid stairs. Open Captioning and Assistive Listening Devices will be available. For further accessibility information or to request additional accommodations, please contact ChicagoCulturalAccess@gmail.com or call Lynn Walsh at 708-921-1980. We kindly request 2 weeks notice for other accommodations.

Registration Required.

ACCESSIBLE SEATING AND TICKETING
1:30 - 3PM

Description
What do you do if a patron requests an accessible seat plus 3 adjacent companion seats at your performance space? Are your polices and practices current? Join us as we explore this topic and others to learn how the recent changes to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations impact your seating and ticketing policies.

Speaker
Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Reservations Required.

Sponsored by Great Lakes ADA Center, Equip for Equality, ADA25 Chicago, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), and Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC).

Accommodations The event space is accessible to wheelchair-users and visitors who need to avoid stairs. Open Captioning and Assistive Listening Devices will be available. For further accessibility information or to request additional accommodations, please contact ChicagoCulturalAccess@gmail.com or call Lynn Walsh at 708-921-1980. We kindly request 2 weeks notice for other accommodations.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Equity and Equality Panel Discussion on February 25

The conversation 
will cover diversity and inclusion within the American theatre landscape, and the realities of creating sustainability 
for artists of color and culturally-specific theatre institutions.

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Dance Center of Columbia College
1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

The event is in cooperation with the League of Chicago Theatres and the Joyce Foundation.

MODERATOR:
Sylvia Ewing, journalist and producer, WTTW

PANELISTS:
Michelle Boone, Commissioner, City of Chicago, Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Ben Cameron, Program Director of the Arts, Doris Duke Foundation
Suzanne Connor, Senior Program Officer, Arts and Culture, The Chicago Community Trust
Teresa Eyring, Executive Director, Theatre Communications Group
Martha Lavey, Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Angelique Power, Senior Program Director, Joyce Foundation
Sean Taylor, Central Regional Director and Assistant Executive Director, Actors' Equity Association

Special invited guests:
Deb Clapp, Executive Director, League of Chicago Theatres
Ra Joy, Executive Director, Arts Alliance Illnois

RSVP to TWard@congosquaretheatre.org

Monday, February 23, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

The Addams Family - Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613, is offering a limited number of $15 Industry tickets on Thursday, February 26th at 8pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code "INDUSTRY" or by calling 773-325-1700.

Forgotten Future: The Education Project - Collaboraction - 1579 N Milwaukee (Damen Blue Line) - $15 industry tickets for all performances, 2/26/2015 thru 3/8/2015. There is also a special Industry Monday, March 2nd at 7pm, $10 tickets for Industry folks. Tickets are available on the website (collaboraction.org) or by phone (312.226.9633). Please bring headshot/resume or business card.

Yankee Tavern - American Blues Theater at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering a limited number of $20 Industry tickets on Saturday, February 28th at 7:30pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code "DIETZ" or by calling 773-404-7336. There is a talk back with the playwright of Yankee Tavern, Steven Dietz, immediately following the performance.

The Royale - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St, is offering $20 industry tickets for the 8pm performances on Thursday, February 26. Discounted tickets are available at the door or by calling 773.409.4125 with the code INDUSTRY.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $25 industry tickets for performances Mar 6-12. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

Marie Antoinette - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted is offering $25 tickets to all Sunday EVENING performances through May 10. Use code “19840” online at steppenwolf.org or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sign up for Ingenuity's Theatre Summit

Are you interested in advocating for theatre partners and theatre instructors in CPS? Are you hoping to make connections with schools interested in bringing theatre programming to their students?

Ingenuity's Theatre Summit will explore how schools, teachers and community partners come together to identify and fill the most pressing theatre needs in each school. Participate in a collaborative workshop series that utilizes Ingenuity’s Creative Schools data to explore school needs and theatre gaps. Participants will review data in each area of the city as a springboard to strategically plan partnerships that meet school needs. The Institute Summit has four goals to support arts educators’ work in schools:
• help identify the strengths and gaps in services for individual CPS schools and their geographic area
• share the gap analysis with invested stakeholders, and facilitate discussion between schools and theatre partners on how to fill programming gaps
• highlight, through program demonstrations, current best practices between CPS schools and theatre partners
• explore the elements of designing and implementing an exceptional theatre education programs from concept to assessment

Part I of the Theatre Summit is designed exclusively for theatre arts partners working within CPS.

Part II of the Theatre Summit will match theatre arts partners with CPS administrators, principals, teachers, and arts liaisons seeking to increase, enhance, and enrich their theatre offerings.

This is a two-part (two-days, non-consecutive) summit. Theatre Arts Partners: please sign up for BOTH Part I on March 25, 2015 and Part II on April 1, 2015!

Sign up at Eventbrite.com and search Theatre Summit!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

Love, Loss, and What I Wore  - First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Hall, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St, Oak Brook is offering $10 tickets to industry professionals to performances Weds. evenings at 8 PM on March 25, April 1, 8, 15 and Thurs. afternoons at 3 PM on April 2, 9, 16. 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.

Antigonick by Sophokles, freely translated by Anne Carson - Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N Lincoln Ave. is offering a limited number of discount $15 tickets for the following Sunday matinee performances: Sunday, March 8th, 15th, and 22rd. All matinee performances begin at 3pm. Call the Victory Gardens box office at (773) 871-3000 and use the code EXTRA5.

Samsara - Victory Gardens Theater - 2433 N Lincoln (Fullerton Red Line) - $15 industry tickets TONIGHT ONLY for the 7:30pm performance, 2/19/2015. Tickets are available using discount code 219 on the website (victorygardens.org) or by phone (773.871.3000). No proof of industry required.

Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play - Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. has extended and is holding an industry night on March 11 at 7:30pm at Theater Wit. Tickets are $15 with headshot/resume. Excellent… Call the box office at 773-975-8150 or reserve online at https://www.theaterwit.org/tickets/productions/174/performances/2971/orders/new.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cast your vote for the arts in Chicago!



Do you believe the arts are important to a strong Chicago? We need your help! In a few days, all 50 Chicago City Council seats will be up for election on February 24. Help us show all 183 candidates for alderman that Chicagoans care deeply about culture and the arts – and ask them to pledge their support for the continued implementation of the Chicago Cultural Plan. Click here to cast your vote for the arts scene in Chicago. Thank you!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Now Accepting 2015 Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theater Award Applications

The League of Chicago Theatres is now accepting applications for the 2015 Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theater Award. The recipient of the award receives $5,000, a consultation and marketing support package that includes advertising support. The award was created in 2007 to encourage, support and promote young theatres in Chicago that have demonstrated great ability and promise, artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility in business practices. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5 p.m. Click here for more information and to download an application.

Industry Ticket Offers

The Royale - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron, is offering $15 industry tickets to all preview performances of The Royale, February 20-22. Use the code JAB by phone or online to receive the discount. 773.409.4125 or www.atcweb.org.

The Talking Cure - Idle Muse Theatre Company at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N Ridge Ave, Chicago, IL 60660 Offering $10 Industry Tickets every Thursday during the run through March 22. Call 773.340.9438, email idlemuse@idlemuse.org or use the online boxoffice at IdleMuse.org and use the code INDUSTRY. Seats limited to availability.

White Guy on the Bus - Northlight Theatre - 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie is offering $15 industry tickets available for 7 pm performances February 15 and 22. Tickets are available for advance purchase with code WGINDUSTRY, in person, by phone (847.673.6300) or online (northlight.org). Proof of industry requested upon ticket pickup.

finding gräffenberg - trip. at The Hairpin Arts Center 2810 N. Milwaukee, is offering $10 industry tickets on Wednesdays (2/18. 2/25, 3/4. 3/11) go to http://grafenberg.bpt.me and enter the code "industry"

Grupo Corpo - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $12.50 industry tickets in honor of its 125th Anniversary for performances Feb 28 – Mar 1. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Call for Artists for ACTIVATE

Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation (CLAF) is seeking artists, curators, designers and creative thinkers interested in the exhibition of their work in Chicago's Loop as part of ACTIVATE.

This series differs greatly from traditional exhibition opportunities. Please review the call for artists information below before applying.

All application materials are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, March 27, 2015.

INFO

APPLY

Valuable Resources from Season of Concern

Since 1987, Season of Concern has been working with the Chicagoland theatre community raising funds to provide direct care to those living with HIV/AIDS and other debilitating illness or injury. During that time, Season of Concern has distributed over 2.5 million dollars to more than 35 Chicago-based service agencies who have been instrumental in the fight against this epidemic. Thanks to the efforts of countless individuals and organizations, HIV/AIDS is no longer the death sentence that it was when the organization began.

Several years ago, Season of Concern expanded its mission through the Biscotto-Miller Fund to provide relief for members of the theatre and performance community who need assistance to cope with any debilitating illness or injury. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of spirit from Chicago theatre artists and patrons, Season of Concern has benefited hundreds of people in the entertainment industry – actors, directors, designers, technicians, playwrights – who have experienced health-related emergencies and medical issues. Working closely with The Actors Fund, Season of Concern is a valuable resource, and we are here to provide assistance.

If illness or injury has deprived you or someone you know in Chicago's theatre or performing arts community of the ability to meet basic living expenses like food and rent, please contact either Season of Concern or The Actors Fund for more information about the services and assistance offered. If your theatre would like to contribute through an audience collection campaign, contact Scott Duff, Manager of Communications and Fundraising Events (scott@seasonofconcern.org).

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

Father Ruffian: Shakespeare's Falstaff Story- City Lit Theater, 1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave is offering $15 industry tickets for any performance through February 15. Please email boxoffice@citylit.org or call 773-293-3682 and mention that you are industry when reserving tickets.

Dividing The Estate – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $10 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru March 28. 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.

Sondheim on Sondheim - Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont is offering $15 Industry tickets to the Monday, Feb. 9 preview performance. For tickets call 773.327.5252.

Airline Highway - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted is offering $25 industry tickets to February 11-14 performances (Excluding Sat. Evening.) Use code “19600”online at steppenwolf.org or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ITA seeking Casting Representatives for 36th Annual Statewide Professional Auditions

Attention Casting Representatives
ITA's 36th Annual Statewide Professional Auditions are being held on 2/7 and 2/8 (Saturday and Sunday) at the University of Illinois in Chicago. The ITA auditions are primarily for professional actors and college students who are graduating in 2015. Other student actors and youth will be considered based on their experience and the recommendation of a theater professional or teacher.

We've assembled the talent...300 actors of all ages and types! We now need YOU! We hope you’ll join us to expand your casting pool!

PLEASE JOIN US.

There is a minimal charge of $10 for ITA Members and $25 for non-members to attend this event. This fee covers breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and beverages throughout the day for up to two representatives from your organization (a total of 8 meals), and a binder of headshots/resumes of all auditionees. Did we mention all the coffee or tea you can drink? Such a deal!!!

Click Here to view the ITA's Statewide Auditions Page.

Click Here to read the Casting Rep Information Sheet.

Click Here to fill out the Casting Rep Application Sheet.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call 312-265-5922 x1.

Please get applications in as soon as possible! The deadline on the website is listed as 1/23, but we are accepting late applications.