Friday, September 22, 2017

Marc Bamuthi Joseph: The Closest Thing Going to Freedom..

Monday, October 2, 6:30 PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.
 In this talk for Chicago theatre artists and administrators, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, arts activist, spoken-word poet, dancer, playwright, and Chief of Program and Pedagogy for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), will describe how an artist can bridge the gap between the personal and the institutional in pursuit of cultural shift. The presentation will draw connections between Joseph's creative work on stage developing /peh-LO-tah/ and the exciting vision he has implemented at the YBCA, and as curator of performance. By using culture as an instrument for social change, YBCA is re-imagining the role an arts institution can play in the community it serves. Additional examples will include his public practice with Creative Time, Life is Living, and the Guggenheim. In all cases, it's not just interdisciplinary collaboration that drives Joseph's vital work; it's cross sector conversation as a means of both research and goal setting.
This event is FREE, but RSVPs are kindly requested.
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MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH is an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, the winner of the 2011 Alpert Award in Theater, and an inaugural recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. In addition, he’s served as an advisor and panelist for the Rockefeller MAP Fund, the PEW Charitable Trust, and the Zellerbach Family Fund among other national philanthropies. He is the founding Program Director of the exemplary non-profit Youth Speaks, and is a co-founder of Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks through hip hop arts and focused environmental action. Mr. Joseph recently premiered the Creative Time commission “Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos” in New York’s Central Park, and is currently completing a new work with Bill T. Jones for the Philadelphia Opera while serving as Chief of Program and Pedagogy at YBCA in San Francisco.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Performance and Event Space Available at Collaboraction Studios

Collaboraction Studios, in the Flat Iron Arts Building of Wicker Park, is the perfect location for your unique event! Looking for a place to host a birthday party, pop up gallery, fundraiser, or another cool event? You’ve found the right place! Located in the historic Flatiron Arts Building at 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, Collaboraction Studios is just off the Damen Blue Line stop and accessible by the 72, 50, and 56 buses.

Collaboraction Studios, in the Flat Iron Arts Building of Wicker Park, has large, accessible rehearsal studios for rent! We're a great space for productions, film shoots, visual arts galleries, rehearsals, classes, and special events. Located in the historic Flatiron Arts Building at 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, Collaboraction Studios is just off the Damen Blue Line stop and accessible by the 72, 50, and 56 buses.

 Available space:
 1. The Salon (55 seats): Saturday nights from now through December
 2. The Pentagon (70 seats): Daylong/weeklong space October through December
 3. The Vault (80 seats): Now through December

Collaboraction Accepting Submissions

Collaboraction Studios, in the Flat Iron Arts Building of Wicker Park,is currently accepting submissions for low risk, door-split arrangements for plays, variety shows, burlesque, birthday parties, and pop up galleries. Located in the historic Flatiron Arts Building at 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, Collaboraction Studios is just off the Damen Blue Line stop and accessible by the 72, 50, and 56 buses. Contact taylor@collaboraction.org.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

The Legend of Georgia McBride - Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, is offering $15 Industry Rush Tickets for all performances. May be purchased in person only, 2 hours before performance. Must provide proof of industry. Limit 2 tickets per Industry ID. Excludes Premium section and Opening Night. To check availability call our box office at 847.673.6300.

A Year With Frog and Toad - Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station, 100 S. Racine. Use Promo Code INDUSTRY and SAVE 25% on tickets to any other performance through October 29. Click here to reserve tickets online.

Duke Ellington’s Greatest Hits – Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets (as low as $17) on October 6 and 13 at 8 p.m., and October 11, 12 and 14 at 2 p.m. For tickets call 847-920-5360 or visit www.MusicTheaterWorks.com and use coupon code "swing." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

The Skin Of Our Teeth - Remy Bumppo Theatre Company is offering an industry discount for $15 tickets to all performances from October 4 through November 12. To redeem, please call the Greenhouse Theater Center Box Office at 773.404.7336. Does not include opening night performance.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Regina Taylor stars in 35th Reeling Film Festival

Goodman Theatre playwright Regina Taylor stars in the 35th Reeling film festival’s closing night film SATURDAY CHURCH September 28 at Landmark Century Centre. Variety describes this coming-of-age story set in the Harlem Ball scene as “Moonlight meets La La Land.” For a full Reeling schedule, visit: reelingfilmfestival.org

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A View from the Wings: Beyond the Documents



Saturday, October 14, 9:30AM - 5PM

The Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) is hosting a Central Region all-day conference, A View from the Wings: Beyond the Documents on Saturday, October 14th in Chicago, Illinois. The day will include panel and round table discussions with established Chicago stage managers and professional experts. The conference is an opportunity to showcase the value of an SMA membership and the highlights of working as a stage manager in and around the Windy City.

Subjects will include*:
Chicago Theatre Standards - Laura Fisher will discuss this new document (previously known as the Code of Conduct), highlighting the Stage Manager responsibilites contained within
Personal Aspects of the Job - Balancing your career and personal life; Building a Stage Management team and working in the various positions; The challenges, rewards, duties, and resources for working with store front theatres
Stage Management Challenges - a panel discussion on challenges face by Stage Management including personalities, conflict resolution, burn outs, and delegating responsibility
Practical Use of the Chicago Theatre Standards - a panel discussion for Stage Managers working on productions that contain nudity, intimacy, and/or violence
*Content subject to change

A Complimentary continental breakfast and box lunch will be provided.

Registration costs:
$15 for all current SMA Members
$30 for Non-Member Students (Includes a 1 year membership to the SMA, $10 initiation fee waived.)
$50 for all other Non-Members (Includes a 1 year membership to the SMA, $25 initiation fee waived.)
Click here to register

Weekend Space Available in the Salon at Collaboraction Studios

Collaboraction Studios, in the Flat Iron Arts Building of Wicker Park, has affordable, flexible production space to rent in The Salon (55 seats). We have weekend availability from now through December. We're a great space for improv, film shoots, sketch comedy, stand-up, visual arts galleries, rehearsals, classes, special events, and staring contests. Located in the historic Flatiron Arts Building at 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, Collaboraction Studios is just off the Damen Blue Line stop and accessible by the 72, 50, and 56 buses.
Please email taylor@collaboraction.org for more details or to schedule a tour.

Industry Ticket Offers

An Evening with Jeanine Tesori - Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N. Lincoln Avenue) is offering $30 tickets (reg. $50) for this one night only event on September 25 with code INDUSTRY. Buy online at victorygardens.org or 773-871-3000.

Shen Wei Dance Arts (SWDA) - Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering $15 industry tickets for SWDA September 23 and 24. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or by calling 312.341.2300. Limit 2 tickets.

The Audience - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Use code INDUSTRY50 to receive half-off tickets to Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 8pm performances through Nov 12. Available online, over the phone or in person. Use link http://www.timelinetheatre.com/the-audience or call the Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6. Tickets subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Limit 4 discounted tickets per order. May not be combined with other offers. Valid only for performances listed.

Becky Shaw - Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. is offering $10 industry tickets available for a limited time to the following performances with the code 'REDNECK': Saturday, 9/23 ~ 2:00PM, Sunday 10/1 ~ 7:30PM,  Wednesday 10/4 ~ 7:30PM, and  Thursday, 10/12 ~ 7:30PM . Buy tickets online or call 773.891.8985. *Available now thru 9/22 only. Other details may apply. Will request proof of industry affiliation at will call.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Black Ensemble and Steppenwolf co-produce community event to fight the "isms"

Black Ensemble Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre Company announce Chicago’s Theater Community Coming Together to Fight the Ism’s "Highlighting Racism" A one-night only event Sponsored by The Alphawood Foundation and MacArthur Foundation

Featuring presentations from Teatro Vista, About Face Theatre, Black Ensemble Theater, Her Story Theatre, Firebrand Theatre, and more

Monday, September 25, 2017 
6:00pm event; 7:00pm reception and networking

On Monday, September 25, the Chicago theater community will come together to fight racism in a special event co-produced by Black Ensemble Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. This special one-night-event, Chicago’s Theater Community Coming Together to Fight the Ism’s "Highlighting Racism," will begin with a presentation at 6:00pm followed by a reception and networking at approximately 7:00 p.m. at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street. The event is free and open to the public.

This one-night-only event will focus on a positive experience to explore racism and and other oppressions, and includes performances and presentations from area companies including Teatro Vista, About Face Theatre, Black Ensemble Theater, Her Story Theatre and Firebrand Theatre. Featured speakers include Tyronne Stoudemire (‎Vice President Global Diversity and Inclusion, Hyatt Corporation) and Angelique Powers (President, The Field Foundation and Co-Founder of Enrich). There will be an opportunity for audience participation in this transformative evening. The evening was motivated by recent discussion within the Chicago theater community regarding racism and offers the entire community, including artists, administrators and critics the opportunity to come together and communicate positively and productively.

Tickets for this event are FREE and open to the public. Tickets must be reserved. To reserve tickets go to blackensembletheater.org/fighttheisms. Or visit the Black Ensemble Theater website at www.blackensemble.org.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers


Bechdel Fest 5: Identity Crisis - Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., is offering Pay-What-You-Can tickets to all performances September 10-13. Broken Nose Theatre's fifth annual Bechdel Fest, featuring short plays by Isaac Gomez, Georgette Kelly, Nelson Rodriguez and more, will be on The Den Theatre's Mainstage. Find tickets and info here.

UBU II - The Plagiarists at the Berger Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660, are offering a limited number of $10 industry tickets for performances through September 30 (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm). Email reservations@theplagiarists.org for more information and to reserve tickets.

Shockheaded Peter - Black Button Eyes Productions at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, is offering $15 Industry tickets (contingent on seat availability) to the following performances: Thursday, September 14 at 7:30 pm and Friday, September 15 at 7:30 pm.  Discounted tickets are available online with code “SNIPSNIP,” by calling 773-935-6875, or by presenting proof of industry affiliation at the box office. Discount is not valid for the closing night performance on Saturday, September 16.

The Man-Beast - First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Hall, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook, is offering $10 tickets to Industry Professionals. Tickets are on an "as available" basis and may be purchased no sooner than 48 hours in advance and must be paid for at the time they are ordered. When picking up tickets, buyer must bring a union card, a headshot/resume, tech resume, or business card indicating employment in the theater business. Price is good for the theater professional only, not guests. The Man-Beast by Joseph Zettelmaier runs October 4 - November 5. Valid for Wednesday evenings at 8 PM and Thursday matinees at 3 PM. Tickets may be purchased by calling 630-986-8067.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Windy City Playhouse Monday Mixers

Windy City Playhouse is excited to announce our newest performance series, Monday Mixers! Most theaters are “dark” on Monday evenings. But at the Playhouse, we’ve decided to use this night off from our mainstage programming to give our neighbors and the theater community one more chance to enjoy a night out with great art ~ learn more at: http://windycityplayhouse.com/monday-mixer/...and join us for the first one on Monday, October 9th!

Looking to participate? We're now accepting open mic and headliner submissions for our new Monday night series ~ application info -->http://windycityplayhouse.com/monday-mixer/