Thursday, July 12, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

Bus Stop - Eclipse Theatre Company at The Athenaeum (2936 N. Southport Ave. Chicago). $10 industry tickets for all previews on July 12th, 13th and 14th at 7:30pm and $15 industry tickets for Thursday July 19th and Friday July 20th. Mention Code INDUSTRY at the Box Office. For tickets and info, call 773-935-6875 or visit

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Victory Gardens Theater presents Town Hall: Reunite!

A free event featuring Chicago artists on the topic of the current United States immigration policies

Wednesday, July 18 at 7 pm

Victory Gardens Theater presents Town Hall: Reunite!, an event where Chicago artists will respond to the current immigration policies of the United States. Town Hall: Reunite! will be held at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue on Wednesday, July 18 at 7 pm. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Join artists and community partners as they perform original poetry, music, dance and performance pieces to give more visibility and voice to our citizens, residents, migrants and refugees who are affected by these policies.

Town Hall: Reunite! participants include After School Matters – HiDef Dance Ensemble, Growing Concerns Poetry Collective, Luis Alfaro, Melissa Castro Almandina, Kaina Castillo, Bilal Dardai, Keren Díaz de Léon, Isaac Gomez, Arti Ishak, Ginger Lane, Rohina Malik, Victor Musoni, Lily Padilla, Victoria Peralta, Ireon Roach, Karen Rodriguez and more to be announced.

Space Availability at the Royal George Theatre

The Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, has summer/fall slots available for the 50 seat Gallery Theatre, prime time 3 – 6 week rentals. Great price and location, right across the street from Steppenwolf. Ticketing, house staff and bartender included. Also some availability in the 450 seat Mainstage and 190 seat Cabaret for one night events, stand-up comedy, workshops, corporate meetings and more. For further information or viewing appointment, contact Joe at 312-988-9105.

TimeLine 2nd Annual Rummage Sale

Friday 7/13 10am-5pm
Saturday 7/14 10am-2pm
Sunday 7/15 10am-2pm

TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657

You're invited to stop by and shop TimeLine Theatre’s 2nd Annual Summer Rummage Sale!

Come partake in the plethora of vintage costumes & props, building materials, art supplies, furniture, and lighting & sound gear. There is cheap stuff & free stuff. Take a memory home, collect for your own theatre productions, or furnish your home!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Space Availability at The Maiden Voyage Cafe

Host a read through of your current writing project at The Maiden Voyage Cafe! MV offers free space for script workshopping and talk backs. The space is available after hours and can host up to 25 guests. Contact owner Margaret McCall at with inquiries and script submissions.

Claude Binder Memorial and Celebration of Life on July 16th

There will be a memorial and celebration of Claude's life and his tremendous impact on the theatre community, both locally and internationally, at Steppenwolf Theatre Company's downstairs theatre (1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago) on Monday, July 16 at 7PM, with cocktails immediately following.

Claude Binder worked professionally in the Chicago theater community for more than 30 years, over which he quietly, passionately, and sometimes cantankerously brought others people’s visions to spectacular life. His career as one of the unsung heroes of this city’s storied theater scene is legendary. His legacy is the love he shared with his wife, Lighting Designer Christine A. Binder, and their son Cody.

Born in Cleveland and raised in Chagrin Falls, OH, Claude attended the University of Kentucky to study journalism but switched to the theater department (because the girls were prettier there). He never looked back. Upon graduation, he got a job at Actors Theatre then moved on to the role of Technical Director at The Goodman. He talked extensively about how much he loved working with the incredible designers who came through The Goodman, saying “I’d like to see any schmo try to build a John Lee Beaty or John Conklin set!”

He had a DIY spirit, believing in doing it yourself if you want to get it done. That philosophy attracted him to his next role. After 11 years at The Goodman, he left to become Production Manager at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. While there, he participated in the “big move” from a 211-seat space on North Halsted Street to the company’s current complex. He spent 15 years at Steppenwolf. In that time, he led the company in mounting five productions to New York City, including the Tony award-winning production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” as well as moving productions to theaters in England, Ireland, Canada and Australia. Other accomplishments while at Steppenwolf include principal management of the reconstruction of the Upstairs Theatre which debuted with the world premiere of Frank Galati’s adaptation of “After the Quake”.

Claude left the Steppenwolf to become Executive Director at the new Chicago Children’s Theatre, and his leadership helped propel that theater to new heights. Unfortunately, cancer arrived at about the same time. After his first bout, he left Chicago Children’s Theatre to work for the Joffrey as Director of Production, then on to Milwaukee Rep only to return to Joffrey and Chicago shortly after. After he left Joffrey, he contemplated retirement but theater so much a part of who Claude was that he ended up spending a few months at American Blues before finally going for good. A month later, cancer had come back for the third time. He spent the last year of his life battling the disease in the same way he approached a seemingly impossible design request: with a strength of will to make the impossible possible.

Claude lost his battle on Sunday, July 1. A memorial will be held at Steppenwolf Theatre Company on Monday, July 16 at 7PM with cocktails immediately following. The memorial will be live streamed for those who cannot attend in person. The live stream will begin at 7PM on Monday, July 16 at

Friday, July 6, 2018

City Lit Rehearsal Space for Rent

Located at 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago (Edgewater Presbyterian Church). 4 different rehearsal spaces available for rehearsals/auditions/readings/etc. (650 square feet, 700 square feet, 750 square feet, 800 square feet). Rehearsal furniture available.

For more information and for booking, contact Stephanie Dykes at or 773-293-3682.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

American Blues Theater Accepting Submissions for 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award

The international Blue Ink Playwriting Award was created in 2010 to support new work. Since inception, we’ve named 8 Award winners, 50 finalists, and 68 semi-finalists. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes will be distributed to playwrights in 2019.

Each year American Blues Theater accepts worldwide submissions of original, unpublished full-length plays. The winning play will be selected by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and the theater’s Ensemble. The playwright receives a monetary prize of $1,000 and a developmental workshop or staged reading at American Blues Theater in Chicago. Cash prizes are awarded to finalists and semi-finalists too. All proceeds of the administrative fee are distributed for playwrights’ cash prizes.

Submissions will be accepted by American Blues Theater from July 1, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018 @ 11:59pm. Playwrights may only submit one (1) manuscript each year for consideration. Semi-finalists, finalists, and the award winner will be notified January – March 2019.

Click here for more information.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Winter Space Availability at Victory Gardens Theater

Space available at Victory Gardens Theater in the Richard Christiansen Theater (RCT) in January and February 2019. The RCT rental package includes a fully ADA Compliant House – 109 seats, 20 are flexible; Stage – 37’2″W x 20’0″D x 13’3″H; 14″ deck height; small light package including standard light inventory, light board, cabling; small sound package including microphones, amps, speakers and playback devices; 2 dressing rooms (each seats four); 2 private restrooms; and a house manager.

Please email to discuss rates and availability.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash - Williams Street Rep at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, is offering $10 industry tickets on July 6 & 7 at 8PM and July 8 at 3PM. *Call or walk-up only. Must present AEA membership card or headshot and/or resume at will call to receive discount. Call 815.356.9212 for reservations.

Everybody - Brown Paper Box Co. at The Buena at the Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway, is offering $15 Industry tickets to nearly every performance through August 12. Online code is: BPBIndustry. Head shot, resume, or business card to be collected at the Box Office. And since there are 120 possible variations to the randomness of recasting EVERYBODY by lottery night after night, we're offering a See EVERYBODY Again punch card to see the show again with different performers in different roles. After a first viewing, audience members can pick up a punch card that grants 50% Off a second visit and a Free Ticket for their third. Purchases must be made in-person at the Pride Art Center's Box Office the hour before the desired performance by the same attendee each visit. Seating is based on availability. For more information, performance times, and ticketing information, please visit

Not One Batu - Nothing Without a Company at the Berger Park Coach House, 6205 Sheridan is offering $12.50 industry tickets on line or $15.00 tickets at the door through July 21 with code “Industry.” More info about the show:

Friday, June 22, 2018

Green for Green: Funding Opportunities to Make Your Building Energy Efficient

ComEd and Forefront are partnering to educate nonprofits on available funding for energy efficiency projects. Join them for one of two free sessions on July 12 in Oak Brook and August 9 in Chicago
Making your organization's office space or facilities more energy efficient doesn’t just help the environment — it can improve your bottom line for years to come.

Many nonprofits don’t take on energy-efficiency projects due to the initial expense required. You may be surprised to learn that there are grants to support energy-efficiency projects, large and small.

Learn from ComEd and Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation how to make your nonprofit facility or building energy efficient! Lunch will be provided. Thank you to ComEd for sponsoring this program.

 Green for Green - Oak Brook
Where: ComEd Commercial Center, 1919 Swift Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523
When: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Green for Green - Chicago
Where: ComEd Training Center, 3536 South Iron Street, Chicago, IL 60609
When: Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Industry Ticket Offers

The Opportunities of Extinction - Broken Nose Theatre, at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, has Pay-What-You-Can tickets available for their production now through June 30. Set your own ticket price at

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas - Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave. is offering $20 industry tickets to select performances: June 24, 26, July 1 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. Use code INDUSTRY to access $20 tickets (in all sections) for the performances listed above. Available online at or by calling the Box Office at 312.337.0665.

Wild Women of Planet Wongo – Not Too Fancy Productions at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. is offering $20 tickets to shows of this new immersive musical sci-fi spoof with the industry code FRIEND. Visit for tickets and information about this zany immersive experience.