Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Free Materials from Groupon

Groupon has some materials that are part of a themed lunch/meeting/sitting area that they'd like to donate. They call the area the Enchanted Forest, and its basically a bunch large format logs, stumps, boulders etc., some of which have seating and storage built in. Everything is in fine condition, and the area is located near our executive offices. The pieces were constructed and installed by Means of Production. You can check out the specific pieces in this gallery If interested contact Bill Bustin at

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rehearsal Space Available with Pride Films and Plays

PFP has rehearsal space for lease at the very accessible corner of Clark and Wilson. Small room with piano, great for readings, staging, workshops. $30 for four hour slot. Email Space is open in July and August.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Industry Ticket Offers

Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook - Underscore Theatre Company at the brand-new Edge Theatre in Edgewater (5451 N. Broadway) is offering $15 industry tickets for all Monday, Thursday, Saturday Matinee and Sunday evening performances, as well as $20 industry tickets for Friday and Saturday nights. Just use the code "industry" (not case-sensitive) at or present proof of industry affiliation at the door.

My Fair Lady – Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets on June 4 and 10 at 8pm, and June 5, 8 and 9 at 2pm. For tickets call 847-920-5360 or visit and use coupon code "church." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

One Man, Two Guvnors - Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis St. is offering industry rush tickets for Friday, May 27 at 8PM. Industry Rush tickets go on sale at 7pm that day! Must be purchased in person. Please bring proof of industry. (Headshot/Resume, Business Card, Program, Website printout, etc.) Feel free to call that day to check on availability. 773-753-4472.

The House of Blue Leaves – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $15 tickets to theatre industry professionals for this Thursday 5/26, Friday 5/27, Saturday 5/28 and Sunday 5/29. 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.

American Beauty Shop - Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets at the door this weekend. Visit for more information.

The Seagull - The Artistic Home , 1376 W. Grand Ave is offering $15 industry tickets this Thursday 5/26, 7:30 pm and Friday 5/27, 8pm. You can buy online with the code INDUSTRY or reserve by emailing

Thursday, May 19, 2016

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is Accepting Script Submissions

Now in its 14th year, New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is accepting scripts through June 30, 2016 (Email Submission Date)

For Guidelines and Application Form go to:

Award: $300 + a professional reading and Q&A

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Snapshot of The Jungle

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:30-7:30PM
Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State St. Chicago, IL 60605, Video Theater, Lower Level
Help kick-off the launch of the Chicago Film Archive of Performance (C-FAP). C-FAP is a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop filmed recordings of live theatre in Chicago. With a goal of documentation and preservation, archived films are housed at the Harold Washington Library Center as an educational and artistic resource for the Chicago community and theatrical history. Members of the cast and creative team of Oracle Productions will offer a behind-the-scenes look at bringing the hit play The Jungle to life. Based on the novel by Upton Sinclair, Oracle's award-winning adaptation by Matt Foss is now archived as part of the C-FAP and Chicago Theater Collections at Chicago Public Library. For details, visit

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Meeting and Rehearsal Space Available for Rent with American Blues Theater

American Blues Theater has meeting and rehearsal space available for rent during the month of June. Please contact Jaclyn at if interested.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Industry Ticket Offers

The Producers - Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613, is offering a limited number of $15 Industry tickets on Wednesday, May 18th at 8pm and Wednesday, May 25th at 8pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code "INDUSTRY" or by calling 773-325-1700.

In the Heat of the Night - Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont, is offering $15 Industry Tickets for ALL THURSDAYS throughout the run (April 21st-June 5th). Use code INDUSTRY at the Theater Wit Box Office: in person, via the phone at (773)975-8150, or online at More info about the show can be found here:

Eurydice - BoHo Theatre at Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood, is offering a special industry performance on Monday, May 30th, with $15 tickets available using the promo code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or at 866-811-4111.

Chewing on Beckett - Artemisia Theatre at the Frontier Theatre, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets to performances using industry code: STUINDCOB (subject to availability), directed by Goodman Theatre's Steve Scott. Runs May 20 - June 12.

Johanna Faustus - The Hypocrites present at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. is offering $18 industry tickets to any performance May 20-29 when you use code 'industry18'. Buy online at

Dry Land - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge. Due to audience demand a performance has been added next Wednesday 5/25 at 7:30PM (please note the earlier than regular time!) There are a limited number $20 industry tix available with the box-office code: "Lemon" // 773-334-7728.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Industry Ticket Offers

Beyond the Score: Falla in the South of Spain - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 220 S. Michigan, is offering our industry partners BOGO Free tickets to the series finale of Beyond the Score on May 13 & 15, featuring a dramatic exploration of the life at works of composer Manuel de Falla. Use promo code INDUSTRY at checkout on or 312-294-3000.

The Body of an American - Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont is offering $10 industry tickets for previews on 5/14, and 5/17 @ 8pm and 5/15 @ 3pm. During the regular run, $15 industry tickets are available on Thursdays 5/16, 5/26, 6/2, and 6/9 @8pm. For tickets use the code "Cleveland" online (, over the phone (773-975-8150) or at the door. Visit for more information.

The House of Blue Leaves – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $15 tickets to theatre industry professionals for this Sunday May 15. Stay after the show for a talk-back with Fight Choreographer David Woolley. 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.

Chicago Rhythm Fest – Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $15 industry tickets for the June 4 performance. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy. Limit 2 tickets.

Giordano Dance Chicago – Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $15 industry tickets for the June 11 performance. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy. Limit 2 tickets.

Seedfolks - Chicago Children's Theatre is offering $15 industry tickets using promo code INDUSTRY15. Promo valid for Saturday, May 14 and 21 at 6pm. Tickets available online or at the box office at 872.222.9555.

Xanadu - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Bryon, is offering $20 industry tickets for all previews with code ROLLER RINK. Previews are Friday (5/27 & 6/03) 8pm, Saturday (5/28 & 6/04) 8pm, Sunday (5/29 & 6/05) 2pm, Thursday (6/02) 8pm, and Tuesday (6/07) 8pm. Visit or call 773.409.4125.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Clown in Chicago with Christopher Bayes

Chicago actors, you too can train with the Christopher Bayes, commedia dell'arte and movement consultant for Court's produciton of One Man, Two Guvnors. Click here to read more about Chris' approach in our in-depth interview with him.

Description: Jump into your like a little flower...rediscover your playful spirit and the simple pleasure and ferocious generosity of performance. In this workshop we pursue the clown together in all of its messy and hilarious beauty. Your relationship to all other forms of drama will be enriched by the openness and reckless abandon that the clown requires.

When: Monday, May 16, 12pm - 5pm

Where: Court Theatre Reherasal Hall, 5608 S Stony Island, Chicago

Instructor: Christopher Bayes

Fee: $125

Registration and information: Email Virginia at at or call (917) 533-1924.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How to Read a Play: A Book Launch Celebration

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Victory Gardens Theater | FREE
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
Victory Gardens Theater in partnership with the League of Chicago Theaters celebrates the publication of DePaul University professor Damon Kiely's book

How to Read a Play: Script Analysis for Directors with a party, book signing, and expert panel. Kiely will read from his book, based on interviews with over forty directors, including many Chicago artists.

A Panel of Chicago Directors , Chay Yew, Lisa Portes, Leslie Buxbaum, Derrick Sanders, Jessica Thebus , with moderation by Aaron Carter (Artistic Producer, Steppenwolf), will discuss their strategies and ideas on how best to dig into scripts to turn them into dynamic stage productions. A celebratory reception will follow the panel, where attendees will be able to purchase the book at a discount rate, and have it signed by the author.

More info:

Click here to RSVP.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Industry Ticket Offers

Dreamgirls - Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, is offering a limited number of $20 tickets Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at Stage 773. Call and mention PMTINDUSTRY at 773.327.5252 or stop at the box office to purchase your ticket. Proof of theatre industry affiliation required at box office when claiming tickets. Limit two tickets per purchase, not applicable with other ticket offers or discounts. For more information go to

Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth - Profiles Theatre, 4139 N. Broadway, is offering a limited amount of $15 industry tickets for their critically acclaimed, Jeff Recommended production for any Thursday at 7:30 pm or Sunday at 7 pm through May 22 with advance reservations. Use the discount code INDUSTRY to get $15 tickets by phone at 773-549-1815 or on-line at

Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train - Eclipse Theatre Company at The Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport, is offering $15 industry tickets to performances on May 5th and 6th at 7:30pm in addition to Sun May 8th at 2pm. Please mention code INDUSTRY at the Box Office. For more information, please call 773-935-6875 or visit

The Timekeepers - ShPIel Theatre at the Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. is offering $15 tickets to League members for performances May 9-11. For tickets visit: and use code Timekeepers15.

180 Degree Rule - Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, is offering $11 industry tickets to performances on May 11 and 18. Use discount code "HOLLYWOOD" online (, by phone (773.904.0391) or at the box office.

Dry Land - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 North Ridge Ave. is offering a special industry performance of their critically acclaimed, Jeff Recommended production on Monday May 23rd at 8PM. Tickets are $10 in advance if purchased by May 20th and then $20 after that. Use the discount code INDUSTRYDL to get tickets on-line at or call 773-334-7728

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dance Workshops at Highland Park Players

Fresh off her performance in Hairspray at The Paramount Theatre, Annie Jo Ermel returns to Highland Park Players to teach 8 dance workshops in May.

Who: Boys, Girls and Adults ages 15 and Older
What: The workshop series will focus on flexibility, strength and balance while maintaining a high level of performance quality through the execution of choreography. The classes are not taught linear which means you can jump in at any point of any class. Basic jazz and tap knowledge recommended but not necessary. Jazz shoes and tap shoes are required.
When: TAP: May 5 and 12 from 7:00 pm-8:00pm
JAZZ: May 2, 5, 9, 12, 16 and 23 from 8:15pm-9:30pm
Classes will start promptly at the scheduled time so please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of each class.
Where: Dance Studio at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road in Highland Park
Tuition: $15 per class, per person; Payment can be made online or in person. If you pay by credit card, tuition may be pre-purchased online with a $2 service fee.
Additional: Jazz shoes and tap shoes are required. Ballet shoes or dance sneakers are acceptable, but not recommended. Bringing your own water bottle is highly recommended
About the instructor: Annie Jo Ermel is a Chicagoland performer, educator, and Broadway World nominated choreographer. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, has studied on scholarship with the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project of Chicago, and is an instructor of all ages at Driven2Dance in Glenview, specializing in tap, jazz, and musical theatre. Recent performing credits include Anything Goes at the Marriott, White Christmas at Drury Lane, and Hairspray at The Paramount. Annie Jo has choreographed over 50 musicals on various Chicagoland stages including Northbrook Theatre, Music on Stage, Up and Coming Theatre, Big Deal Productions, Caruso Middle School, and Oakton Community College. With Highland Park Players, she has served as choreographer for the TYA productions of Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Best Choreography at AACTF 2009), Snoopy, and Aladdin Jr., associate choreographer on A Chorus Line, and onstage as Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Kim McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, and Victoria in CATS. Annie Jo is a high energy artist who believes that a bold, polished, engaging finished product is best achieved through a collaborative, committed, and positive environment and process. She looks forward to bringing to life the electrifying story of Billy Elliott!