Monday, October 24, 2016

Industry Ticket Offers

Betrayal – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $18 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru December 17. Additional Industry performance Wednesday 10/26. 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.

Hillary! The Musical - The Prop Thtr, 3402 N. Elston is offering 2 for 1 industry tickets on  Fridays & Saturdays at 10pm through November 5. or call 773.742.5420.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center Announces New Resident Theatre Company Initiative

Currently Accepting Applicants for 2017
The Greenhouse Theater Center announced today it is seeking applicants for its new Resident Theater Company Program set to launch in 2017. The newly-created initiative aims to foster the growth of itinerant Chicago theatre companies by providing affordable performance spaces and resources to expand audiences.

Resident companies will enjoy sharply reduced rental costs for the venue’s two 190-seat mainstages, expanded marketing support including dedicated subscription management with access to the Greenhouse’s patron database and access to the building’s many amenities including a full-service box office and bar. Located at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., the Greenhouse Theater Center is one of Chicago’s premier off-loop performance spaces, with an esteemed history dating back to the late 1960s.

The Resident Theater Company Program features a low weekly rental rate of $1500, in contrast to the Greenhouse’s standard rental fees ranging from $3000 - $4000/week. The program also includes a 90%/10% profit sharing agreement, giving The Greenhouse and residents shared incentives to succeed while keeping the rental rate low. Companies interested in applying for the Resident Theater Company Program should contact General Manager Maia Reed at or (773) 404-7336.

Additionally, The Greenhouse will continue to make investments into the building’s infrastructure to update the lobby and performance spaces, making them even more conducive to the work of all tenant companies. The Greenhouse recently enhanced the audience experience in their mainstage theaters by replacing the audience seating and flooring to provide patrons with a more comfortable theater-going environment. Additional lighting and audio equipment is currently enhancing both the patron and renter experience with further infrastructure improvements on the way. Most immediately, addressing soundproofing is underway to improve the performance spaces and greatly decrease the sound bleed between the individual stages and their respective lobbies, which is a perennial concern for multi-venue spaces. Long-term goals include further expanding the technical capabilities of the spaces and improved dressing rooms and lobby amenities.

About the Greenhouse Theater Center
The Greenhouse Theater Center is a nonprofit performance venue located at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Our complex offers two newly remodeled 190-seat main stage spaces, two 60-seat studio theaters, an in-house rehearsal room, and Chicago’s only dedicated used theatre bookstore.

Our mission at the Greenhouse is first and foremost to grow local theatre. We strive to cultivate a fertile environment for local artists, from individual renters to our bevy of resident companies, to develop and produce their work. In 2014 alone, The Greenhouse Theater Center provided space for almost 1,000 ticketed performances, serving more than 54,000 patrons. Among these events were at least 30 productions by our resident companies, including the celebrated Remy Bumpo Theatre Company. Through our Trellis Program, we offer the community affordable access to our work by housing Chicago’s only dedicated used theatre bookstore, located on the second floor of our complex, as well as offering a free reading series each Tuesday night where local artists workshop their latest scripts. Additionally, we also continue to play an active role in cultivating and nurturing our community through continued partnerships with the League of Chicago Theaters and local Chambers of Commerce.

As of 2016, the Greenhouse Theater Center embraced the true spirit of growth and launched its producing entity. With the announcement of our 8 month long Solo Celebration Series, helmed by Artistic Director Jacob Harvey, we will produce 12 solo plays from June 2016 to February 2017. Through this inaugural effort, we hope to expand the solo play cannon while also cultivating a larger conversation about the possibilities of the one-person play.

With new ideas always incubating, the Greenhouse Theater Center is flourishing.

Come grow with us!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Industry Ticket Offers

Bran Castle - Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave is offering a free industry reading on Monday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. RSVP by Friday, October 28th at 12pm to

Bechdel Fest 4: The Boiling Point – Broken Nose Theatre at The Buena of Pride Arts Center (4147 N Broadway). Featuring 8 new plays by Chicago-based artists, all passing the Bechdel-Wallace-Test. This Sunday - Wednesday (October 23-26) at 7:30pm, all tickets are Pay-What-You-Can. Set your own ticket price at

Free Lumber from Pride Films and Plays

Pride Films and Plays has a ton of scrap lumber they are giving away this Saturday, October 22 from noon to 4. Contact David Zak at with any questions.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Joseph Drummond To Receive 2016 Corona Award

Eclipse Theatre Company announces its Eighth Annual Corona Award, to be presented to Joseph Drummond, Goodman Theatre Production Stage Manager. The Corona Award honors an individual who has played an important role in supporting and nurturing the growth of the Chicago theater community as well as small- to medium-sized ensembles such as Eclipse Theatre. The Corona Award derives its name from the Latin word, meaning crown, as well as outer atmosphere of the sun most easily seen during a total eclipse.

The 2016 Corona Award event will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. (appetizers and cash bar), followed by a silent auction and the award ceremony at 7:30 p.m., on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Athenaeum Theatre, located, 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at Information available at 312-869-4870.

Past Corona Award Recipients have included Chicago casting director Jane Alderman, Timeline Theatre Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman, Former Steppenwolf Associate Artistic Director Erica Daniels, Goodman Theatre Associate Producer Steve Scott, Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith, League of Chicago Theatres Executive Director Deb Clapp, and Mary-Arrchie Artistic Director Richard Cotovsky.

Joseph Drummond recently retired as a Production Stage Manager with The Goodman Theatre after 42 seasons. His credits include 133 Goodman Productions, among them The Iceman Cometh, Race and Red. He stage-managed House and Garden during the new Goodman’s inaugural season, and previously stage-managed Robert Falls’ Tony Award-winning production of Arthur Miller’s classic Death of a Salesman at the Goodman, on Broadway and at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Other Goodman productions include Candide, Turn of the Century, Desire Under the Elms, Rock ’n’ Roll, Animal Crackers, Passion Play, King Lear, The Clean House, Finishing the Picture, The Rose Tattoo, The Beard of Avon, Drowning Crow, The Visit, The Odyssey, All the Rage, Arcadia, Another Midsummer Night, The Night of the Iguana, On the Open Road, Book of the Night, Landscape of the Body, The Gospel at Colonus and twelve productions of A Christmas Carol. In December 2011, Drummond received the Del Hughes Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Stage Managers’ Association in New York City. He is included in the 2012 edition of Marquis’ Who’s Who in America. He has taught stage management at Roosevelt University and is the recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement after 25 years of stage management at the Goodman. He is an over 40-year member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Stage Managers and Social Media Forum

Stage Managers and Social Media forum.
Monday Oct 24, 2016 6:30-9:30, at The Theatre School at DePaul University 2350 N Racine Ave (corner of Fullerton & Racine) ROOM 301 (take elevator or stairs to 3rd floor)
All stage managers and student stage managers are welcome to attend. Denise Schneider the Press Director of the Goodman Theatre notes “Social media is a bit like the Wild West—but there’s gold in them thar hills!". I believe she has nailed the perfect description. What are the rules and regulations that stage managers should be following when they post or are asked to post items about the show they are working on? Is there a safe place within Social Media for SM's to ask questions and share solutions? These questions and more are what we plan to discuss during the Forum.
The forum is sponsored by the Stage Managers' Association and SMA member Jason Shivers and Joe Drummond as the Central Regional Rep are hosting the event.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

TDF Now Accepting Applications for National Open Captioning Initiative

TDF offers a limited number of two-year partnerships with professional regional theatres to sponsor open captioned performances and increase attendance by people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The sponsorship is intended as a service in and of itself for people who are hard of hearing or deaf rather than a supplemental service to be offered in tandem with regularly scheduled sign language interpreted performances.

Theatre Development Fund Provides:
Payment of expenses for contracting open captioning services through a professional theatre captioning company, which includes captioning fees as well as any travel expenses incurred by the caption operators during the preparation process and performance. Our service provider is c2, Caption Coalition Inc., for any OC sponsorship as we have a long-standing partnership with the company in modeling best practices on a national level. c2 is specific to TDF partnerships.

Listing of TDF sponsored open captioned performances at the partnering venue on TDF's website, with links for ticket purchasing; and publicizing these accessible performances through mail and email newsletters to TDF theatregoers with hearing loss.

Readiness to share experience on audience development, equipment options and funding; and to serve as a liaison, when needed, between producing entity and venue in regard to queries that may arise.

Professional theatres interested in being considered for a partnership should send a letter of inquiry to by 6pm on April 21st, 2017 that briefly outlines the following:
*Commitment to providing better access for people with disabilities.*
*Indication of strong community support for open captioning; e.g., letter(s) from members of the community with hearing loss requesting open captioning and/or letter(s) from local HLAA chapter(s).*
*Proposed season schedule of open captioned performances with dates, times and productions listed, preferably in a series; e.g., one open captioned performance of each production in the Broadway series, offered on the first Saturday matinee of each show's run.*

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Effective Management Strategies for Theatre Leaders

Friday, November 4, 9AM - 5 PM 
Chicago Cultural Center, 5th Fl Millennium Park Room, 78 E. Washington Ave. 

 Robbin Walker is back by popular demand! This one day workshop will provide participants with leadership skills they will put into action immediately. Topics will include exploring elements of highly effective teams, behavioral styles, delivering effective feedback and resolving conflict. The learning environment will be highly interactive, providing you with critical skills, information and solutions based on best practices and widely-used management principles. A few examples where your enhanced skills can be applied: resolving conflicts between artists and managers; fostering influential relationships with board members; striking a balance between discipline and camaraderie.

Robbin Walker has been in the training and development field for over 30 years. As a former senior training consultant for Target Stores at their Minneapolis headquarters, she trained thousands of leaders, at all levels, in areas from diversity to high-potential talent programs to all facets of leadership development. A dynamic, personable trainer with a high-energy style, Robbin creates a highly interactive and practical learning environment. Robbin was the facilitator of the popular TCG program "Expanding the Theatre Manager's Repertoire, for 11 years." Robbin currently is a Principal Consultant/owner of the Walker Consulting Group, which she and her husband Richard created in 2008.
Experienced and new leaders, administrators and artists are encouraged to attend. Teams of up to four people are also welcome and encouraged.
This is a FREE workshop for League members, but participation will be limited. Space fills up up quickly.
Click here to RSVP.

Athenaeum Theatre Blood Drive on October 19

The Athenaeum Theatre will be working with LifeSource, Chicagoland's Blood Center for a blood drive on 10/19 from 11am to 5pm on-site at the Athenaeum! Let's show what the theatre community and the Lakeview Community can do to help others.

We need at least 50 volunteers for this drive! Please use the link below and follow these instructions to make a reservation.

1.- Click on Mobile Blood Drives (center of the page in red)
2.- Click on “Click here” to search a drive near you…
3.- Select an option and click either on Donor Login. Create Login or New Donor so new or unregistered donors can register.
4.- Scroll down and enter your group code (800B) on Search by Group Code field and select date range up to Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 * (important)
5.- Select Athenaeum Theatre and hit select to schedule the appointment.

Or contact Jeff DeLong at the Athenaeum to schedule an appointment. 773-935-6860. As an added bonus all of the donors will get a choice of the best seats in the house for a screening of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 German, silent, horror classic,Nosferatu!  With a live score performed by the Invincible Czars of Austin, TX. (

Live music and the undead, just in time for Halloween. Thanks for donating! And we hope to see you at the Athenaeum Theatre!

•Brightening lives through blood donations means recipients and their families may have a gift of life and a promise of hope.
•1 in 7 people entering the hospital will need blood. 53% are women and 47% are men
•Every two seconds someone needs blood. Blood is needed daily for surgeries and medical procedures … cancer treatments and emergencies.
•Every time you donate whole blood you can save the lives of 3 people. Blood is divided into platelets, plasma and red cells.
•LifeSource, Chicagoland’s Blood Center, is the largest supplier of blood and blood products in Illinois and one of the largest blood centers in the country.
•Ninety percent of the population will need donated blood in its lifetime, yet fewer than three percent of eligible donors in the Chicagoland area regularly give the gift of life.

Chicago Dramatists Currently Accepting Applications for The Grafting Project

The Grafting Project at Chicago Dramatists is part of our effort to promote Resident Playwrights and collaborate with peer organizations. Theatrical organizations interested in producing a play by a current Chicago Dramatists resident playwright can apply for a Grafting Project. If the organization is approved, Chicago Dramatists provides the company five weeks of free theatre rental, valued at over $5000. Applications for the 2017/2018 season will be accepted starting September 1, 2016 and can be found here. The submission period closes October 31, 2016. Contact Artistic Director Meghan Beals for details.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Industry Ticket Offers

Saturn Returns - The Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland). Half-Price industry tickets will be offered October 27th, 28th, & 29th at 7:30pm. For tickets call #773-878-4557 or visit and use the code "Industry". Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

A Walk in the Woods - Spartan Theatre Company at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave is offering $10 industry tickets to all of their performances September 30 - October 23. Visit witw.brownpapertickets and select the "Student/Industry" price.

bare - Refuge Theatre Project at Epworth United Methodist Church, 5253 N Kenmore, is offering $15 industry tickets to the performance of bare on Monday, October 17th at 7:30 pm. Use code INDUSTRY when purchasing online or at the door.

How We Got On - Haven Theatre at The Den Theatre, 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, is offering $15 industry tickets for the run of the show through November 12th. Use the code BREATHEIN when purchasing online or in person at the box office. Visit for more information.

The Second City's Fast, Loud & Funny - UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave in Chicago is offering 25% off tickets to any F,L&F performance in October. Please call the Box Office at 312-662-4562 and use the code: INDUSTRY when placing you order.

Skooby Don't - Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark, is offering $16 industry tickets for the run of the show  through November 4 with code word ' industry' online or at the door. Bring proof please.

Showgirls The Benefit - Hell in a Handbag at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster, is offering $55 industry rates for it's annual benefit on 10/16 featuring a staged reading of Showgirls The Musical, food, drinks and fabulous auction items. Go to for details and enter code word' industry'.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Industry Ticket Offers

Dying City – The Comrades at Heartland Studio (7016 N Glenwood Avenue, Chicago). $10 industry tickets are available to all performances, October 7-30 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances) at 7:30pm. Choose INDUSTRY pricing at checkout. No proof needed. For more information, visit us online at

Defying Gravity: Stephen Schwartz and Friends – The McAninch Arts Center at The College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Boulevard in Glen Ellyn is offering 50% off industry tickets to this Friday October 7th at 8pm performance. Use code 50OFF online at or call the box office at 630-942-4000.

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly – Emerald City Theatre at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N Lincoln Ave, is offering Buy-One-Get-One industry tickets to all weekend performances between October 3 and November 27th. Use the code LEAGUE when purchasing online or when calling the box office at 773-935-6100.

Junie B Jones in… Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! – Emerald City Theatre at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N Lincoln Ave, is offering Buy-One-Get-One industry tickets to all weekend performances between October 3 and November 27th. Use the code LEAGUE when purchasing online or when calling the box office at 773-935-6100.