Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Inaugural Fellows Program for Artists and Scientists

A Creative Collision between Science and Art at the University of Chicago’s STAGE Lab 
STAGE — Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration — is a laboratory within the University of Chicago’s nascent Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) that is devoted to collaborations among scientists and artists.

STAGE is seeking up to six fellows to work collaboratively on the creation and development of its original multimedia theatrical works inspired by science and technology. This opportunity is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees, preferably within the last two years. Fellows receive a stipend, and while there is no guarantee, typically participate for one to-two years, subject to satisfactory performance and in compliance with University policies.

Ideally, STAGE is looking for people with hybrid interests and skills, i.e., scientists who have had some theatre experience and/or theatre people with experience/a strong interest in science and/or technology. To learn more and apply, visit http://stage.ime.uchicago.edu/opportunities.

Industry Ticket Offers

The Cake - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble , 5779 North Ridge, is offering $20 industry tickets for the following performances: Saturday May 26th at 8PM; Wednesday May 30th at 8PM & Thursday May 31st at 8PM. Use code "buttercream" online at Rivendelltheatre.org or email boxoffice@rivendelltheatre.org. Tickets must be reserved at two hours before performance and are subject to availability.

JACK & – MCA Stage, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago, is offering $15 tickets for any performance of Kaneza Schaal’s JACK & May 24-26. Offer available online, by phone (box office: 312-397-4010), or walk-up, and guest must use code JACK15. Can secure up to 4 tickets at this price.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s Don Quixote — Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering $25 industry tickets for Friday, May 18 and $35 tickets on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or by calling 312.341.2300. Limit 2 tickets.

Mies Julie - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $15 Industry tickets for performances May 25th - June 8th. Use the code INDUSTRY online or with the box office. 773-871-3000 or victorygardens.org.

Suddenly Last Summer – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $15 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru June 17. Offer available online, by phone or walk-up, must use the code INDUSTRY15 to reserve. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) required upon ticket pickup.

How I Learned to Drive - The Artistic Home at 1376 W. Grand Ave, Chicago is offering $15 industry tickets on the final weekend of performances through May 20. Go to theartistichome.org for tickets and use the code INDUSTRY or email artistic.director@theartistichome.org. When picking up tickets, buyer must bring a union card, a headshot/resume, tech resume, or business card indicating employment in the theater business.

A Conversation with Rude Mechs (Austin, TX)

June 6 at 6pm
Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn
Tanya Palmer, Director of new play development at Goodman Theatre, interviews the Rude Mechs about their collaborative artistic process and the development of their new production Not Every Mountain, making its Chicago debut at the Pivot Arts Festival June 8 & 9.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

Ladies in Waiting - Theatre Above the Law, 1439 W. Jarvis, for the Mother's Day Matinee, Mom's, with their industry offspring, get in free. use the code GEORGIAPEACH when reserving through our box office. 773-655-7197. Also, $12 industry night with the same code the night of the royal wedding May 19th 8pm show.

Rude Mechs (Austin, TX) present Not Every Mountain - Pivot Arts Festival at The Mundelein Center at Loyola University, 1020 W. Sheridan Rd. is offering $5 industry tickets with the code RUDE online at checkout for performances on June 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.

ThroatPunch - Nothing Without a Company at the Chicago Mosaic School, 1101 W. Granville Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets through June 3 with code “Industry” when you buy online or, just mention you’re Industry at the door!  More info about the show: NothingWithoutaCompany.org/throatpunch.

To Catch a Fish – TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., is offering HALF-PRICE Industry tickets to performances on Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, through July 1, 2018. Subject to availability. Use code INDUSTRY50 online at timelinetheatre.com or call the Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Space Availability at Strawdog Theatre

Strawdog's beautiful 80 seat flexible black box space has limited rental availability for the 2018-2019 season. Available August 1 - 26, 2018 and March 25-April 27, 2019. Strawdog is located at 1802 W Berenice Ave in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago. The theatre/lobby/backstage are all located on the ground floor, we have a small parking lot (and ample non-permitted street parking in the neighborhood), and are just a five minute walk south of the Irving Park Brownline stop. We also have liquor license and beautiful lobby bar!

To inquire, please contact Managing Director Leah Barish by emailing rentals@strawdog.org, or call 773-644-1380. More information: http://strawdog.org/index.php?section=rental 360 Degree Tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=r1PPzMzRv9A

Study of diversity and inclusion practices at American non-profit theatres

I'm currently working on my graduate capstone project, the final step in obtaining my master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University’s School of Public Service! I am using this research as an opportunity to identify current diversity and inclusion practices and policies at nonprofit theatres nationally and to make industry recommendations that ensure our theatres remain diverse, accessible, and inclusive spaces for staff, artists, and patrons alike.

As part of research, I am distributing an anonymous, online survey to staff members of nonprofit theatres so they may share information and general opinions about their theatres’ policies and practices (no information can or will be traced back to the specific company). The survey is meant to be completed by individuals who are currently employed as staff members of a nonprofit theatre (meaning the organization is recognized as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS), and who are at least 18 years of age.


Questions? Contact Anna Trachtman a.r.trachtman@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Space Availability at the Royal George

The Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, has spring/summer 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.

Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Michael Merritt Awards And Design Exposition

The 25th Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration will take place on Monday, May 14th, 2017 at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. 5:00pm-10:00pm

Broadway, film, television and regional theatre Costume Designer Toni-Leslie James(Come From Away, August Wilson's Jitney)will receive the 2018 Merritt Award. Draper Beth Uber, Projections Designer Rasean Davonte Johnson, , and Technical Director Becca Venablewill receive major awards in addition to student and exhibition prizes.

The Michael Merritt Awards and Endowment Fund honors the memory of a brilliant designer and inspirational teacher. This 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.

The Merritt Awards thanks the theatre community for its ongoing support and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre for hosting. We invite theatre professionals, students and the public to join us for this exciting celebration of our collaborative art form.

Student - $ 5.00
General Admission - $ 20.00
Book tickets online at merrittawards.com
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 young professional theatrical designers and graduating design students from Chicago's best theatrical design programs. Attended by many of Chicago's artistic directors, production managers, and industry professionals.

7:00-8:00 p.m.
A panel discussion featuring the award recipients exploring current issues of interest to theatre professionals and students.

8:15-8:45 p.m.
Presentation of prizes for best student and professional exhibits, four academic prizes, The Emerging Technical Collaborator Award, The Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, The Robert Christen Award for Excellence in Technical Collaboration, and The Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration.

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

Rental Space Availability at the Greenhouse Theater Center

Almost fully booked. Only a few slots remain for 2018. We are offering the following dates and theaters at a discounted rate.
Upstairs 190 seat main stage theater fully booked
Downstairs 195 seat main stage theater from 8/6-9/16
Upstairs 58 seat studio theater fully booked.
Downstairs 58 seat studio theater from 8/20-9/23.
We also have some week long and weekend fill in slots for special events along with daytime and late night rental opportunities in all theaters.
Contact: wmspatz@gmail.com

Industry Ticket Offers

Guards at the Taj - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering $20 tickets for performances: May 31 at 7:30pm; June 1 at 7:30pm; June 2 at 3pm; June 3 at 3pm; June 9 at 3pm & 7:30pm and June 10 at 3pm. Use code INDUSTRY online at steppenwolf.org or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

The Gentleman Caller – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $15 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru May 27. Offer available online, by phone or walk-up, must use the code INDUSTRY15 to reserve. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) required upon ticket pickup.

How to Use a Knife - Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave, is offering $15 industry tickets to all Thursday performances April 26 through June 9 AND for the added performance on Wednesday, May 9. Tickets are available online at theaterwit.org using code INDUSTRY or by calling the Theater Wit box office at 773-975-8150. Not valid on previously purchased tickets.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Space Availability with Chicago Theater Workshop

Chicago Theater Works is seeking productions in need of an intimate (175 capacity) cabaret style venue in Chicago.

Chicago Theater Works opened in 2016 and has hosted two long-running productions. WE GOTTA BINGO (an interactive dinner theater show) ran for 15 months and TONY N TINA’S WEDDING is currently in its 17th month. The 6000 sq/ft venue features a lobby, a 3500sq/ft performance space, dressing rooms with private bathrooms, laundry facilities and a small prep kitchen.

The performance space has a flexible layout and staging and can seat up to 175 cabaret style.

The venue has Public Place of Amusement (PPA) and full liquor licenses. Owner is open to straight rentals or creative proposals. Venue is also a member of the Belmont Theater District, a strategic marketing initiative supported by both local Chambers of Commerce, and designed solely to drive traffic to BTD theaters.

For more info, see ChicagoTheaterWorks.com, or contact 312-391-0404.