Thursday, March 26, 2015

We're Going to Broadway Panel Discussion on Legal Issues in Theatrical Productions

The Lawyers for the Creative Arts Associate Board Presents “We’re Going to Broadway!”
A panel discussion on legal issues in theatrical productions

Featuring our blue ribbon panel of speakers:
Roche Schulfer, Executive Director, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago
Graham Coleman, Partner and Chair of the Entertainment Transactions Practice at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in New York City
Jerry Glover, Partner at Leavens, Strand, & Glover, LLC in Chicago

The “when” and “where”:
The Goodman Theatre
170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601
April 9, 2015
Doors Open: 5:00pm
Panel Discussion Starts: 5:30pm
$20.00 per ticket
Seats are limited so get your tickets here now!

Jackalope Theatre Seeking Proposals for Pioneer Series

Jackalope is thrilled to announce The Pioneer Series, Jackalope’s continuous initiative to cultivate bold new theatre in Chicago. JTC will curate a season of work produced by guest theater companies for a primetime four week run. JTC is currently seeking proposals for plays that are Chicago premieres, with flexible technical requirements, and with a focus on intimate story telling.

More information is available in the attached press release, and on our website:

The application for The Pioneer Series can be viewed here: Pioneer Series Application

Season of Concern Revises Guidelines for Those Seeking Assistance

Season of Concern, the Chicagoland theatre community's fundraising effort providing compassionate care to those who are experiencing the effects of incapacitating illness, injury or circumstance, has revised the guidelines for those seeking assistance.

Click here for more info.

Please share with members of your company! If you have any questions, please contact Scott Duff, Director of Communications, at 312-332-0518 or scott@seasonofconcern.org.

City Lit seeking submissions for Art of Adaptation Festival

City Lit Theater Company seeks submissions to The Art of Adaptation, its annual festival of stage adaptations of non-dramatic literature.
The festival will take place May 29th, 30th and 31st at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. We anticipate it will consist of 6 to 10 adaptations presented in various combinations over the course of the weekend. A panel of judges will view all performances and award a $500 cash prize to the adaptor of the piece judged the best of the festival.

THE RULES:
1. All pieces must be 20 minutes or less. If your piece exceeds the time limit, it will not be eligible for the prize.
2. It must be an adaptation of non-dramatic material—a short story, an essay, a memoir, poetry, an excerpt from a novel, a video game, what have you; but not material from a play.
3. All pieces must be world premiere adaptations.
4. Each adaptor is responsible for whatever royalties might be due on your piece, as well as for your own rehearsal process. City Lit will not provide rehearsal space prior to tech rehearsal, nor will it provide services of a director or any actors for any piece.
5. The piece you submit must be the piece you perform - no drastic changes can be made to the script after it is accepted.
6. All pieces will be performed on the same simple unit set with the same simple light plot. A stock of furniture will be provided. If your piece requires furniture beyond the provided stock, it is your responsibility.
7. All adaptors must provide a $20 deposit for the set pieces and costumes used, to be returned in full when all items are properly returned to City Lit's costume/furniture stock.
8. City Lit will provide performance space, backstage and front-of-house crew, publicity, programs, tickets and the $500 cash prize.

To submit a proposal for entry into the festival, send a .pdf copy of your adaptation script to Katy Nielsen at AofA@citylit.org

Proposals must be submitted no later than April 6th.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Industry Offers

The Royale - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St, is offering $20 industry tickets to the performance on Wednesday March 25th. Use the code TITLE FIGHT online (www.atcweb.org), by phone (773.409.4125), or in person. Please bring headshot/resume or business card when picking up tickets.

Mecca Tales - Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave.,is offering a pay what you can industry performance on Sunday, March 29, at 3 PM. It's true, just show up with cash in hand and pay what you can to see the show.

The Herd - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering $20 Tickets to April 2-19 performances, excluding Saturday Nights Use code “20091” 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.

River North Dance Chicago - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $12.50 industry tickets in honor of its 125th Anniversary for the MAR 28 performance. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

The Bird Feeder Doesn't Know – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $10 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru May 16. 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.

End Days - Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. is offering a limited number of complimentary tickets to the industry performance TONIGHT, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. RSVP to kait@windycityplayhouse.com or call 773.891.8985. Tickets available on a first come first serve basis.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Stand Up for Arts and Culture in Illinois

We have important information that affects you directly to share from our colleagues at Arts Alliance Illinois.

CHICAGO MAYORAL ELECTION
Voter turnout and civic engagement are essential to a thriving democracy.

On April 7th, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesús "Chuy" Garcia will face-off in Chicago's first ever run-off election for mayor.

Both as organizations and individuals, we need to be active this election season in order to promote arts-friendly public policies and actions. Arts Alliance Illinois has called upon both Mayor Emanuel and Commissioner Garcia to share their views on arts policy issues. This information will be shared in the coming weeks.

In the lead-up to the April 7th runoff, we will keep you posted on nonpartisan ways that you can help place culture and the arts center stage this election season. In addition - as a citizen and voter - there are a number of ways that you can get involved with the mayoral campaign of your choice. If you work for a nonprofit, be sure to stay within permissible guidelines for political activity. A good resource can be found in Independent Sector's Election-Related Activities for 501c3 Organizations. Or check with your organization's counsel or tax accountant.

To learn more about the candidates, we encourage you to visit:
Chicago for Rahm - http://www.chicagotogether.org/
Chuy for Chicago - http://chicagoforchuy.com/

ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL BUDGET
Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed $6 billion in cuts to state programs and services, including significant cuts to child care, public transit, higher education, youth services, and much more. The Governor's recent actions would also slash the state's investment in culture and the arts by drastically cutting the Illinois Arts Council Agency's budget.

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is facing a freeze and a proposed draconian cut -- a spending freeze for the current fiscal year (FY2015) and a proposed 20% reduction to the agency's budget for next fiscal year (FY2016).

Arts Alliance Illinois and its many partners are educating lawmakers about the benefits of culture and the arts. They recently sent a letter sent to Governor Rauner outlining how the proposed budget cuts are counterproductive and do nothing to stimulate economic growth. (CLICK TO VIEW LETTER) The Alliance also continues to forge partnerships with policy makers and public agencies, raise awareness of the benefits of arts and culture, and empower advocates throughout Illinois.

The budget process is not over. It's time to stand up for arts and culture in Illinois. Send an email now to Governor Rauner and your state lawmakers urging them to protect the small but essential state investment in IACA.

Grant Opportunity for Mid-Size Theaters

Supported by an Anonymous Foundation
March 2015

This grant program will support Chicago’s vibrant and thriving theater scene. The donor recognizes that theaters require financial support at a level that exceeds ticket sales, and that human capital is a critical element in the success of a theater’s mission. The Foundation is accordingly committed to helping theaters develop their infrastructure in order to support artistic excellence. The Foundation will provide a three-year commitment of $25,000 per year to support human capital and infrastructure as determined by the organization, whether in the areas of management, fundraising, operations, or artistic development or execution. Grantees must submit satisfactory annual progress reports each year. For 2015 the Foundation expects to award grants to two or three mid-sized theater organizations, to be selected through a competitive process.

Grants are designed to help mid-sized theaters build or strengthen their artistic, administrative, operational, or fundraising capacity so that theaters are well positioned to achieve their artistic missions.

In a proposal to the Foundation, theaters should articulate how funding for designated positions will strengthen the organization, and therefore the ability to carry out the theater’s artistic endeavors. Proposals should indicate what metrics the theater will develop and implement to assess its progress during the course of the grant.

To be eligible, theaters must:
- Be located in the city of Chicago.
- Have annual budgets between $250,000 and $1.5 million.
- Be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in good standing.
- Present a season of at least three main stage productions.

To apply, theaters must:
- Submit a proposal (maximum of 10 pages) describing the history, mission, programs and activities of the organization. The proposal should describe the intended use of the funds and how/why the support will advance the theater’s work. Theaters should indicate the measures of success they will report as evidence of the strengthened capacity of staff to achieve the organization’s mission. The proposal should also indicate mileposts to be achieved in six-month increments. Required attachments include:
o Most recently completed financial audit.
o IRS determination letter of 501(c)(3) status.
o Board of Directors list.
o Current budget.
o List of other sources of funding.
- Participate in a site visit with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors staff.

Proposals are due by May 1, 2015. Applications will be reviewed by foundation trustees and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors staff. Recipients will be notified of decisions in June.

To submit proposals and for questions, please contact Jon Quinn at Jquinn@rockpa.org or 312-324-0733.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play - Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. has extended and is holding industry nights on Wednesdays at 7:30pm through April 8. 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.


An Evening with C.S. Lewis - Metropolis Arts Center, 111 W. Campbell St. Arlington Heights, is offering 2 for 1 industry tickets to the Sunday, March 22 performance at 7:30 pm. For tickets call 847-577-2121 or visit www.metropolisarts.com and use code Aslan.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Space Availability at City Lit

Heavily discounted prime-time rental space available at City Lit's 99-seat theater beginning July 6. 4 weeks available at $575 per week. Contact Brian Pastor at bpastor@citylit.org for more details.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

The Royale - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St, is offering $20 industry tickets to the performance on Wednesday March 18th. Use the code TITLE FIGHT online (www.atcweb.org), by phone (773.409.4125), or in person. Please bring headshot/resume or business card when picking up tickets.

Title and Deed – Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N Michigan Ave, is offering exclusive $15 industry tickets for performances Wednesday, March 18 – Friday, March 20 at 7:30pm.. Use code INDUSTRY online here or call 312.337.0665

First Date - Royal George Theatre Center, 1641 N. Halsted, is offering $20 industry tickets for any performance with the code LOCAL, available in person, over the phone at (312) 988-9000 or at www.Ticketmaster.com. Headshot or resume required at the door.

Outside Mullinger - Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd. is offering $15 tickets to theatre industry professionals for all performances March 13-21 (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.

The Good Book - Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis Ave, is offering $10 rush tickets starting one hour before performances to industry professionals to all performances through April 19th. Offer is subject to rush ticket availability and is limited to one per industry member with proof of industry. Best availability on Thursday, March 19th.

Friday, March 6, 2015

PR Workshop

Monday, April 13, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 1st Fl Garland
In this interactive workshop, David Rosenberg of David Rosenberg PR will share best practices and tips for writing press releases, effectively pitching feature stories and developing a communications plan to increase press coverage for your organization. When you sign up, please feel free to ask questions that you would like to see addressed or any general PR questions you may have. This event is FREE for League members but space is limited! RSVP to ben@chicagoplays.com.

Can I Pick Your Brain? Emerging Theatre Roundtables

Monday, March 30, 6 - 7:30PM
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 1st Fl Garland
In the collegial and supportive Chicago theatre community experienced administrators often receive requests from emerging theatres to "pick their brain" over coffee. This event is intended to facilitate those conversations about running a theatre company between emerging theatre companies and experienced leaders in a casual setting. Artistic Directors, Managing Directors, Marketing Directors and Development Directors at emerging theatre companies are invited to join us for an informal roundtable conversation with a couple experienced leaders in their position. This event is FREE for League of Chicago Theatres members but space is limited. RSVP to ben@chicagoplays.com to attend.