Thursday, September 3, 2015

One State Together in the Arts Conference September 28 - 29

At the biennial One State Together in the Arts Conference, we’ll explore how artists, community builders, and social entrepreneurs are engaging in creative activity to promote positive change on personal, community, and global levels. Join us on September 28 & 29 to learn how we can collectively communicate the real impact and value of the arts. Register now: #OneStateIL

The Saints offer $35 memberships to new members 35 and under

We want to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Saints Organization's newest membership initiative. In honor of our 35th Anniversary, we are offering a $35 membership for those 35 years of age. The Saints would love to attract younger folk to join us in our mission of assisting the most vibrant performing arts scene in the country.

We would appreciate your spreading the word to your family, friends, business associates and fellow performing arts community enthusiasts. Please feel free to twitter, tweet or sing, the announcement of this fabulous opportunity to see great theatre, dance and music performances for free while providing a valuable service to the performing arts community. This would be a great gift for those who have run out of unusual ideas for birthdays, graduations, Grandparents Day, anniversaries, etc. so please spread the word. Be the first Grandparent, Parent and young adult to usher together as a result of this unique opportunity.

Just a reminder that those 16 and older are eligible to join our one of a kind organization. The $35 Membership for those 35 years of age and younger in honor of our 35th Anniversary is good through May 31, 2016. It is a most affordable way to experience the best that Metro Chicago offers in dance, music and theatre.

Join the Saints

With Saintly Regards--
Trudy Meltzer Saints Director and Membership Chair

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Columbia College Chicago Theatre students featured in International Arts Festival Sept. 9-13

The NEW NOW Festival 2015, sponsored by the European League of Institutes for the Arts (ELIA), will feature the work of students from the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department. These current and recently graduated Theatre students from Chicago are the only American artists selected for this prestigious, competitive juried showcase of cutting-edge performance, which runs September 9-13 in Amsterdam at the historic Westergasfabriek Culture Park.

Performing in front of an international audience of artists, arts educators and arts journalists, the Room | 916 Collective, an ensemble of Columbia College Chicago students and alumni, will showcase two different performance pieces: United States of Amnesia, performed live at the festival; and The Wonderers and Other Stories, which will be showcased in video as part of the NEW NOW Festival's online component.

"We're excited to be taking the work ethic and aesthetic of Chicago theatre and sharing it with the international arts community," said Jeff Ginsberg, Coordinator of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department's Acting Program, who facilitated the student projects and submitted them for consideration by ELIA.

The European League of Institutes of the Arts is the primary independent network organization for higher arts education in Europe. The NEW NOW Festival offers “an innovative international platform for talented graduating artists (or those who have recently graduated)–coming out of Higher Arts Education Institutions and Universities across Europe and beyond–to present themselves to a wider international audience within a professional arts context. The Festival features the most excellent new artists now entering the professional arts arenas and is an international showcase for emerging creative talent.”

For more information and to view the student presentations and performances, please visit the festival website: For more information, please contact John Green, Chair of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department (, 312-369-6160), or Jeff Ginsberg, Coordinator of the Theatre Department's Acting Program (, 312-369-6128).

About the Work: 
United States of Amnesia was created for the Spring 2014 Chicago Home Theater Festival, which sponsors transformative art presentations in individuals’ homes and nontraditional performance spaces. The work was originally presented in the home of Chicago professor and activist William Ayers. Taking inspiration from his life and activism, the piece was created as a response to growing up in an uncertain American society, examining “what it means to be, among other things; a servant, a child, a soldier, a consumer, and an intellectual in an increasingly violent, paranoid and uncertain American society.” The performance incorporated dance, improv, Plastique work, and original writing. The ensemble included Columbia College Chicago students Hannah Burt, Travis Coe, Will Green, Will Greenburg, Charlie Haumersen, Emma Ladji, Rachel Minkoff, and Dior Stephens.

The Wonderers and Other Stories was a collaboration facilitated by Matthew Glassman and Hannah Jarrell, artists from the Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts, during a January 2015 residency at the Columbia College Theatre Department. Created by Room| 916 Collective, and utilizing Double Edge’s pedagogy of physical theatre training and research, The Wonderers and Other Stories mixed circus and spectacle, vaudeville and clowning, live music and poetic narrative to transport the viewer into the colorful, vibrant world of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her contemporaries. Images, text, music, and dance coalesced in a 30-minute pageant vibrating with sound, color, movement and magic inspired by Latin American Magic Realism. The performers included Hannah Burt, Travis Coe, Will Green, Will Greenburg, Charlie Haumersen, Sarah Cohen, Rafael Hernandez-Roulet, Leslie Keller, and Sean Marburger. The production team included set designer Allison Kozik, lighting designer Michael Joseph, costume designers Meagan Beattieand Benjamin Will, and sound designer Jacob Brown. All are Columbia College students or alumni.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Save the Date: SOC Season of Celebration on October 26

Join Season of Concern on Monday, October 26 at Steppenwolf Theatre as they celebrate the legacy of beloved Chicago theatre artists, Tommy Biscotto and Pat Miller, who have inspired thirty years of service to the Chicago theatre community through the Biscotto/Miller Fund. It will be an evening of song and celebration! Details to come soon!

AIDS Run and Walk Chicago

On Saturday, September 26 at Soldier Field, Team Season of Concern will be participating in the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2015. We are thrilled to have been selected as one of the Community Direct organizations that raises funds through the AIDS Run & Walk. In short, we are raising money to save lives.

We would love to have as many people on our team as possible, representing the breadth and diversity of the Chicago theatre community! If you are interested in joining Team Season of Concern, please contact Scott Duff at for more information!

This has been a challenging year for our community. Let's come together to honor those lost and celebrate our strength! Interested in sponsoring our team, but you have a little hitch in your giddyap? You can donate your millions by clicking here!

Help us achieve a record breaking year!

A View from the Wings

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The Stage Managers' Association is hosting an all-day conference entitled:
A View from the Wings: Panel Discussions and Conversations with Chicago Stage Managers

Saturday, October 17th,  8am to 5pm 
 Steppenwolf Theatre's Yondorf Rehearsal Hall (758 North Ave, 2nd Floor)

 8:00am Check In, Registration, Continental Breakfast (provided by Matty K's Hardware on Lincoln Ave)
8:30am Welcome, SMA Organization Overview, Announcements
8:45am Session #1 Panel - "Working in Store Front Type Theatres: You're going to need a bigger tackle box!"
10:00am Break
10:15am Session #2 Panel - "Working Under an AEA CAT (Chicago Area Theatre) Contract"
12:00pm Lunch (provided by Grand Stage Lighting of Chicago)
1:00pm Session #3 - "Services Available to SMs"
2:15pm Break
2:30pm Session #4 - "Round Table Discussion Focused on Career Advice"
3:45pm Break
4:00pm Wrap Up, Networking Pizza Party (provided by the League of Chicago Theatres)
5:00pm End of Day

“Working in Store Front Type Theatres: You’re going to needed a bigger tackle box!” - Discussion moderated by Ellen Willett with store front stage managers Jennifer Aparicio, Lindsey Miller, Lauren Yarbrough and Stephanie Hurowitz

 “Working Under an Actors' Equity CAT (Chicago Area Theatre) Contract” - Explore what is unique about the contract and how the Tiers differ. Discussion moderated by Mary Hungerford with CAT stage managers Malcolm Ewen, Sara Gammage, Dennis Conners, Nora Mally and Jonathan Nook 

“Services Available to SMs” - Discussion led by Barbara Butts covering The League of Chicago Theatres, Matty K's Hardware, the Non Union Code of Conduct and others.

 "Round Table Discussion Focused on Career Advice" will be led by JoHannah Hail with Stage Managers Nora Mally, Dennis Conners, Nykol Dedreu, and Jeff Williams covering different areas of career advice.

A continental breakfast is being sponsored by Matty K’s Hardware on Lincoln Ave.
A box lunch will be sponsored by Grand Stage Lighting of Chicago.
A networking pizza party, sponsored by the League of Chicago Theatres, will wrap up the afternoon.
Due to Steppenwolf’s matinee, there is limited parking. The rehearsal hall is located ½ block east of the CTA North & Clybourn Red line stop.

The cost of admission is $15 for all SMA members, $30 for non-member Students and $50 for all other non-member attendees. Non SMA Member admission to the conference will include a 1 year membership to the SMA, with the $25 initiation fee waived.

Click here to register

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Art + Nature = HOMES / Tied by Water

Nature called and Moheb Soliman answered. The poet, performance artist, and Joyce Foundation Fellow is tracing the entire Great Lakes coastline by land, from June through October, for his work-in-progress HOMES / Tied by Water. His project focuses on nature, modernity, identity, belonging, and more. When Moheb reaches Chicago, The Joyce Foundation and Silk Road Rising will host a special FREE event, on Sept. 3 at 5:30 pm, with a reception for the artist, followed by a performance and a Q&A. You're invited to this unique discussion intersecting art, environment, and identity. Just reserve your FREE seat here. And in the meantime, check out some photos from Moheb's journey along the Great Lakes >>

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

For a complete list of industry ticket offers available click here. To submit an industry ticket offer for listing email

The Lyons - AstonRep Theatre at the Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street is offering $10 industry tickets to any performance through September 27th. Please email or call 773-828-9129 to reserve your tickets and mention INDUSTRY. Walk-up industry tickets also available.

The Rainmaker - American Blues Theater at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, is offering a limited number of $10 Industry tickets for preview performances August 28 - 30. Discounted tickets are available using promo code SNOOKIE online at or by calling 773-404-7336.

How the World Began - Rivendell Theatre - 5779 N. Ridge, invites theatres involved in new play development to a special industry night on Tuesday, September 8th including Libations and Conversations "New Work" networking event at 6:30pm with conversation focused on new play development, the challenges inherent in producing new work and maybe even a little brainstorming session on how we can work together communally to support the production of new work in Chicago, and a performance at 8PM.  Space is available on a first come first serve basis. RSVP to Trisha Hooper by Friday, September 4th at or call 773-334-7728.

The Madhatter’s Maritime Ball - Lookingglass Theatre Company is pleased to offer theater industry members a discounted ticket to the most unique fundraiser of the summer: The Madhatter’s Ball on Saturday, August 29, 2015. For the first time ever the event will be held inside the historic Water Works on Michigan Avenue which will be transformed into a nautical wonderland featuring food, drinks, dancing, acrobats, magic, a silent auction and raffle. $45 industry tickets are available via phone only with code INDUSTRY45 at 312-337-0665. Subject to availability. Please do not post this offer on social media. More information about the event at

Sucker Punch - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, is offering a limited number of $15 (reg. $20-$45) Industry tickets for preview performances September 18-24. Discounted tickets are available using promo code INDUSTRY online at or by calling 773-871-3000.

The Price - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets for any performance through Labor Day with code INDUSTRY15 (subject to availability). For tickets call 773-281-8463 x 6 or visit

September Chicago Green Theatre Alliance Meeting

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 3:30 - 5PM
Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood
Please join us for the the next meeting of the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance! We'll hear updates from the committees and discuss plans for a Fall Textile Drive. Click here to RSVP for the meeting.

Final Week to Submit for Blue Ink 2016

The 2016 Blue Ink Playwriting Award is currently open and will continue accepting submissions through August 31, 2015.

As announced previously, the winning script will be selected by Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and the theater’s award-winning Ensemble. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the Blue Ink Playwriting Award of $1,000 and receive a staged-reading at American Blues Theater in Chicago.

The Blue Ink Playwriting Award was created in 2010 to support new work. Previous winners include Jamie Pachino’s Other Than Honorable (2015) Douglas Post’s Comden Mall Community Activists (2014), Elaine Romero’s Graveyard of Empires (2013), Christina Gorman’s American Myth (2012), and Stephanie Walker’s American Home(2011). In addition we’ve named 2 runners up, 13 finalists, and 31 semi-finalists. American Blues Theater gave out $1,500 in cash prizes in 2015.

For submission guidelines click here and more information about American Blues Theater, please visit our website

Monday, August 24, 2015

Inaugural Chicago MOMENT WORK Training Lab with Tectonic Theater Project

Learn the technique behind The Laramie Project with 2015 Chicago Training Lab Instructors Leigh Fondakowski (writer/director of TimeLine Theatre's upcoming Spill this season) and actress Kelli Simpkins.  Discover Moment Work, Tectonic's groundbreaking method for devised theater developed by Moisés Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project. Moment Work encourages participants to actively engage with the elements of the stage—exploring lights, sound, costumes, movement, character, text, and architecture—to discover their full theatrical potential and inherent poetry. In this innovative and instructive Lab, participants work in an intimate, hands-on intensive to learn the technique used to create award-winning works like The Laramie Project Cyle, Gross Indecency, I Am My Own Wife, One Arm and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, and guided the performances of Jane Fonda and Tony-winner Jefferson Mays. Moment Work is a technique for theater artists of all backgrounds and specialties to explore new ways to develop work.

Friday, September 11 • 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Saturday, September 12 • 10am - 6pm
Sunday, September 13 • 10am - 6pm
Lab Fee • $250

TimeLine Theatre Company 615 W. Wellington Ave. Chicago


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Implementing Ideas from the LEAD Conference at your Cultural Space

Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) 
Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (CDT) 
Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanter Meeting Center 
 220 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611
It's back to school time, and that means we're back to work making Chicago's cultural institutions more accessible! In August, many of us will attend the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference hosted by the Kennedy Center in Arlington, VA. We're eager to share information and insight on multiple topics at LEAD. We will offer small group discussions with opportunities to ask questions and join in the conversation. Whether or not you were able to attend LEAD, please participate and help us set goals to make our Chicago area cultural institutions more accessible for people with disabilities. Join us to informally review ideas from LEAD and acquire information on tools and resources to implement new ideas at your cultural institution!
Learn more and register