Friday, May 1, 2015

Chicago Green Theatre Alliance E-Waste Drive

Chicago Green Theatre Alliance E-Waste Drive
Thursday, May 28, 10:30AM - 2PM
Steppenwolf Theatre's Parking Lot
1650 N. Halsted, Chicago

Time to clean out that old electronic stuff in the back hall closet!

Accepted Items: Computer towers or servers, Desktop Computers, Laptops/Notebooks, Computer parts, E-Book Readers, Fax machines, MP3 players, Game consoles, LCD flat monitors, Printers, Inkjet and Laser Toner Cartridges, Digital & Video cameras, Cell phones/House phones, GPS systems, wires, Assorted electronic and sound cords/cables, Radar Detectors, Routers & Modems, Small electronic handheld devices, Small appliances

Not Accepted: CRT monitors, TVs, and Hazardous Waste cannot be collected at this time.

Download the E-Waste Drive Flyer and share it at your organization!

2015 Michael Merritt Awards And Design Exposition

The 22nd Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration will take place on Monday, May 4th, at Loyola University Chicago. 5:00pm-10:00pm

Announcing a brand new annual award: The Emerging Technical Collaborator Award. This award celebrates a passionate and skillful early career professional who goes about their work in a particularly collaborative manner. We know that it is hard to launch a career in this profession so we are thrilled to announce that this award comes with a $2000 prize. Last year we unveiled the The Robert Christen Award for Excellence in Technical Collaboration, this award recognizes an outstanding technical professional whose career as a collaborator in the realization of theatrical design has been significant and sustained. We see the pair as a compliment to the Merritt and Maggio design awards. There are so many amazing Scenic Painters, Production Managers, Technical Directors, Costume Shop Managers, Master Electricians, Carpenters, Programmers, Drapers, Cutters, Riggers, Sound Supervisors, Properties Masters, Stage Managers… that are long overdue for public celebration. We are thrilled to be launching a new era in which we celebrate these key members of theatrical collaborative team. Both awards are made possible by the generosity of Founding Sponsor Chicago Flyhouse.

The Michael Merritt Awards And Endowment Fund Honor The Memory Of A Brilliant Designer And Inspirational Teacher. The Michael Merritt Award, A National Award Unique In Its Emphasis On Excellence In Both Design And Collaboration, Has Been Presented Annually Since 1994 To Outstanding Professional Theatrical Designers. The Endowment Fund Recognizes And Encourages The Work Of Young Professionals And Students Through A National Design Exposition And Prizes To Promising Theatrical Design Students.

Student - $ 5.00
General Admission - $ 20.00
Book tickets online at
General Public is welcome.
Food, wine and beer are included in the ticket price. Funds go to support the awards endowment fund.

5:00-7:00 p.m.
Showcasing the works of Chicago-area emerging theatrical designers and graduating design students from Chicago's best theatrical design programs and attended by many of Chicago's artistic directors, production managers, and industry professionals.

7:00-8:00 p.m.
A discussion moderated by Hedy Weiss featuring the award recipients exploring current issues of interest to professional and student designers.

8:15-8:45 p.m.
Presentation of The Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, our four academic prize recipients, the Prizes for Best Exhibit and The Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration. Additionally, this year features a brand new annual award honoring a backstage technician.

Food, wine, beer and fellowship until 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lumber For Sale

20% Theatre is selling a surplus of lumber from their most recent build of Target Behavior. Lumber ranges from full 2x4s (some of which have been lighting painted with greywash) and some halved 2x4s. There are also some 1x2s.

If you would like to view the lumber or purchase it, please contact Lindsay Bartlett All of it can be purchased for $75, total. Must be able to pick up at Prop Thtr (3502 N. Elston Ave) prior to May 17th.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2015 Annual Saints Grant Presentations and Celebration

All Awardees, Saints Members, Family, Colleagues, Friends, Bloggers, Media

Please join the Saints for their Gala Presentation!
with Emcees—The Dueling Critics Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman

6:00 pm—Networking (Cash Bar)
7:00 pm—Presentation of Certificates Over $115,000 in Grants made possible by Saints Members
Light Refreshments to Follow

Mark your calendar now for this free event!
Monday, May 11, 2015
Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Avenue
Free street and paid parking lot

Monday, April 27, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

The Paranoid Style in American Politics - First Floor Theater at Collaboraction, 1579 N Milwaukee Ave, is offering $12 industry tickets for any performance through May 9. Enter the code GARY when reserving tickets online at

Melancholy Play: a chamber musical by Sarah Ruhl and Todd Almond - Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St, Evanston, is offering pay-what-you-can industry tickets at the door for the preview performance of this Midwest Premiere production on Thursday, April 30th at 7:30pm. The box office will be open for ticket purchases at 7pm. Call the Piven Theatre Box Office at 847 866 8049 for more information.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - 220 S. Michigan Ave. Get 25% off tickets to CSO concerts during NFL Draft weekend, April 30-May 2. Use code NFL25% at the Box Office or on

Anna in the Afterlife –Polarity Ensemble Theatre at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, is offering $15 industry tickets April 30 through May 3. Please mention code INDUSTRY when reserving tickets by phone or in person. Call 773-404-7336 or visit for more information.

The Grown-Up by Jordan Harrison--Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, is offering $15 industry tickets for all Thursday night performance through May 23rd. Please mention code INDUSTRY when reserving tickets by phone or in person. Call 773-975-8750 or visit for more information.

Target Behavior - 20% Theatre at Prop Thtr (3502 N. Elston Ave) is offering $15 industry tickets for the whole run of the show (April 30th - May 17th) Email for more information and to reserve.

Stages, Sights & Sounds – Chicago Humanities Festival at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering industry professionals 50% off $14 adult tickets and $7 Children (17 and under.) Visit or call the CHF Box Office at 312-494-9509. Please enter code “FUN50” to secure the discount.

Three Sisters - The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets to the performance on Monday, May 4 with the code Industry10.

Martyr - Steep Theatre (1115 W Berwyn Ave) is holding a special industry performance on Monday, May 4 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 - pay at the door. Email to make reservations.

Lila Downs - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $12.50 industry tickets in honor of its 125th Anniversary for the May 6 performance. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg - Up & Down - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $25 industry tickets to performances May 8-10. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

Doubt: A Parable – Writers Theatre – 263 Park Ave, Glencoe (easily accessible by Metra or CTA & Pace) is offering $20 industry tickets to performances on 4/30, 5/1,5/2, 5/3, and 5/5. Purchase online using promo code PARABLE at or call our Box Office at 847-242-6000 and mentioning the code. Please bring a headshot, resume, or business card as proof of your involvement in the industry. Tickets subject to availability.

Inana - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets offered at any preview performance, subject to availability, May 6 - May 13, when you use code INDUSTRY. Buy tickets online or call the TimeLine Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6.

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash - Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613, is offering a limited number of $15 Industry tickets on Friday, May 8th at 8pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code "INDUSTRY" or by calling 773-325-1700.

The Little Foxes - Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, is offering $20 mezzanine tickets to industry members for the following performance:s May 2 and 8 at 8pm, May 3, 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30pm, May 10 at 2pm  Visit and enter promo code INDUSTRY to reserve tickets*. *Offer available for mezzanine seats only. Not valid on Goodman’s mobile site, on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Expires 5/15/15.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Well-Received Window Display

Guest Blog – Cushing and the League of Chicago Theatres

The scenario is a marketer’s dream.

On the cusp of your largest promotional event of the year, a community partner calls: Would you be interested in window space for your marketing outreach? More than window dressing, this exclusive, street-level billboard has potential to reach thousands of people. You have carte blanche. The only limit is your imagination. The early bird gets the worm. We’re running out of clichés.

One catch: you have a week to piece it together.

Chicago Theatre Week celebrates your inner thespian (didn’t know you had one?). The growing, annual festival, now in its third year, offers over one hundred winter productions and shines the spotlight on new stages. Diehard theatre-goers to curious newcomers, special discounts are extended so patrons have a chance to experience more than one show.

The League of Chicago Theatres had a delightful dilemma. Their friends at the dana hotel and spa, a luxury boutique hotel in downtown Chicago, had an empty storefront and idea. Could the marketing team use the space to stage (we can’t help ourselves) a promotional outreach? No doubt it could play a role.

The canvas ready, it was time to bring together the brushes.

Laura Nair, Marketing Director at the League of Chicago Theatres, had a number of concepts and knew the project would require a quick turnaround. She had met Josette O’Neil, a printing services consultant with Cushing, at a Choose Chicago networking event. There was no time for auditions or dress rehearsals.

“We needed a company that would do more than just print out window graphics,” she says. “We had to ensure that they understood the tight timeframe and were able to pull it together in time.”

After a brainstorm session, O’Neil visited the hotel for measurements and consulting to determine a custom vinyl window graphics solution that would attract pedestrian attention. Pillars inside the storefront would be visible from the street and factored into the project.

Questions flew around like playbills in the wind. Which materials were appropriate for a temporary installation? How quickly could the graphics be installed? Most importantly, would it generate interest?

In the end, direct print to foam core and a paper wrap around the column made the install a snap. A team effort, Laura and Josette installed the printed graphics in the windows and around the column! Stanley Smith, from Oak Street Design, added theatrical flourishes from his store of props. Graphics were printed in two days and took approximately two hours to install.

The windows were transformed into a striking visual, attracting the attention of patrons and pedestrians. What’s next? The windows unwrapped, check back next year!

Jon Davis is the Marketing Manager at Cushing, a print and digital communications firm in River North.

Industry Ticket Offers

The Book of Merman - Pride Films and Plays at the Apollo Studio Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln is offering an industry night for the long running, Jeff Recommended musical on Monday, April 27 at 7:30. Use the code ACTOR when reserving and get $10 tickets. 773.935.6100 or

Wonderland, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure - Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, is offering $15 industry tickets Friday, May 1st and May 8th at 6:30pm. Use promo code INDUSTRY. To redeem please visit or call 872.222.9555.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Rehearsal Space Available at Rivendell Theatre May through July 2015

Rivendell Theater Rehearsal studio available for rental. Close to Red line stop at Bryn Mawr and Clark street bus and free parking available at Senn High School.
Location: 5775 North Ridge Avenue in Edgewater
Availability: May through July
Contact: Tara Mallen at / Trisha Hooper at
For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lake FX Summit + Expo This Weekend

Lake FX Summit + Expo presented by Google is the region’s largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs.The inaugural four-day event, running April 16-19, will welcome thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations for keynotes by industry leaders, professional development panels and workshops, networking opportunities, music and film showcases, the Expo resource fair and a marketplace featuring local artisans.

More information and to register.

Performing Arts highlights
• Playwright and screenwriter Tanya Saracho participating in the opening night event at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in a discussion on Chicago's "Lake Effect" with designer Max Temkin, visual artist Hebru Brantley, iO Theater founder Charna Halpern and author Alex Kotlowitz and moderated by television commentator Laura Schwartz
• Sun-Times Hedy Weiss moderating a panel including members of TimeLine Theater, Griffin Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theater and Black Ensemble Theater on finding and financing permanent theater spaces
• Panels devoted to topics such as programming and funding a national tour, the contemporization of classic theater forms, community engagement and social change through art
• Workshops on Contact Improvisation, Neo-Futurists Performance Barrel of Monkeys’ Adaptation Process and Butoh Practice
• Over 100 exhibitors at the Lake FX Expo with all kinds of information on career resources and opportunities
• Plus numerous panels, workshops and career development discussions on topics ranging from funding to marketing to business plan development.

Lake FX Chicago is on Facebook and @LakeFXChicago on Twitter #LakeFX.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

Worthy - Adventure Stage Chicago, 1012 N. Noble St, is offering $7 industry tickets for Friday, April 17th and Friday, April 24th, at 7:30pm. Call the ASC Box Office at 773.342.4141 or order online with code Industry7.

The Bloodhound Law - City Lit Theater is offering $15 industry tickets to any performance of the final play in its 5-year Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration through May 24. Please email or call 773-293-3682 to reserve your tickets!

Macbeth- The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand Ave, is offering $15 tickets to Thursday, April 16 performance. Use code "Industry" online at

Muthaland - Silk Road Rising at the Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington, is offering $10 industry tickets for performances April 23 - 26. Tickets can be purchased online (no processing fee). Here's your link to buy tickets online:

Beast on the Moon – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $10 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru June 6. 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.

Look we are breathing –Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5775 North Ridge, is offering a limited number of "pay-what-you-can" industry tickets valid for any Friday 8PM performance through May 15th on a first come-first serve basis. Mention the code INDUSTRY when reserving tickets by phone or walk-up. Call 773.334-7728 or visit for more information.

Lady Windermere's Fan - Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, invites colleagues from the Industry to our Industry Nights every Friday through June 7.  Admission is $15 plus a head shot and resume. Not on the stage? A resume is enough. T Stage 773 Box Office is: 773.327.5252.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dancing on the Ceiling and Other Moments of Connection Application

Dancing on the Ceiling and Other Moments of Connection is a festival of devised theatre sponsored by The Neapolitans, as box partners with Stage 773. The Festival will feature 6 performances of devised work that are twenty to twenty-five minutes in length. This work will be presented at Stage 773 in their Box Theatre space. After browsing the classifieds, and Craigslist ads we’ve discovered that we are all looking for something, whether that’s a coffee date or a dance partner. Inspired by the Chicago’s annual Summer Dance fest we invite you to submit work that has the soul and energy of different dance forms that explores the connection we all seek. With those in mind we encourage everyone to investigate what they are searching for through this work and dance on the ceiling with us! The Festival will take place at Stage 773 from July 10- August 1 every Friday at 8PM and Saturday at 10:30PM. We do accept work that has already been performed.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 13, 2015 at 12:00AM. Click here to apply.

NET/TEN Travel Grants

NET/TEN Travel Grants support activities to initiate new relationships or further develop existing relationships.

The online application is now open.

Activities may take place in U.S. or internationally
Awarded twice a year
Grants range from $500 to $2,000
Travel Grants are intended to initiate and strengthen relationships, removing the barriers of distance and travel. Funds may be used for applicant travel or to bring in a guest. Eligible expenses include: travel costs, housing, per diem, artist fees, etc. Activities may include (but are not limited to) observerships, shared rehearsals, planning, training, and/or other exploration. Artistic, administrative, and technical/production-based projects are welcome.

Travel Grants do not support production costs, tours, or equipment purchase. Funds may not be used to support professional development activities, such as conferences, festivals, attendance at pre-existing public workshops and trainings, or similar events.

NET welcomes your questions at any time prior to submitting an application, or throughout the review process. Please contact program staff at: or 323-638-4870.