Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Henry V - Babes With Blades Theatre Company's at City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. Beginning Thursday, March 2nd, $10 industry tickets are available for all performances using the code DAUPHIN. Show opens Monday, February 27th and runs through Saturday, April 1st. For more information: http://babeswithblades.org/spring-2017-henry-v/.

Roomies:  Stories of Living Together - A Live Show Presented by Israel Story and The New Israel Fund at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets for League members for the one-night-only performance on February 28 at 7:30 p.m. using the code LEAGUE. For tickets and more information visit israelstory.nif.org or call 773.404.7336.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Summer Theater Rental Availability with Pride Films and Plays

The Broadway, an 85 seat house in Pride Arts Center, is opening from May 29 to June 18. 85 seats. Email pridefilmsandplays@gmail.com for more information.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Development and Education Opportunities for Chicago Playwrights

After four years of producing plays in Chicago, Step Up Productions is reforming as Step Up Chicago Playwrights. In its new form, Step Up will dedicate itself to supporting new Chicago plays through paid residencies and commissions. Through its Chi Wrights education initiative, Step Up also hopes to foster a new, more diverse generation of Chicago playwrights. Founding Director Elizabeth Antonucci will continue to work with the company in an advisory role, while Brad Akin will step into the new role of Executive Director.

Beginning March 1, Chicago playwrights will be able to apply for a Neighborhood Residency from Step Up. Selected playwrights will be paired with one of Chicago’s neighborhoods and provided with connections to a diversity of communities in the area. Through sharing, participation, and observation, resident playwrights will have the opportunity to build a relationship with some of the dynamic communities that make Chicago unique. Executive Director Brad Akin believes that the opportunity will be incredibly useful for many of Chicago’s playwrights. “Playwrights aren’t just talented at writing stories,” says Akin. “They’re also talented at seeing stories in the people and places around them. This residency will help a playwright to see their own neighborhood in a new light, or to see another neighborhood for the first time.”

A key component in building the relationship between playwright and neighborhood is the Chi Wrights program, Step Up’s new education initiative. Built into each Neighborhood Residency will be play literacy classes and workshops that allow the resident playwright to share their knowledge and experience with interested neighbors. Whether it’s an introduction to playwriting for high school students or a master class for playwrights eager to improve their work, the Chi Wrights program allows resident playwrights to give back to the host neighborhood. It also allows Step Up to foster the next generation of Chicago playwrights.

“We want to develop plays, but we also want to develop connections between our theatre community and our neighborhoods,” says Akin. “Those aren’t two separate goals: we believe that meaningful Chicago plays will spring from meaningful relationships between playwrights and communities.” Playwrights who have completed a Neighborhood Residency will be eligible to apply for a Chicago Works Commission from Step Up. This commission will provide an $8,000.00 fee and support for workshops and readings.

For Founding Director Elizabeth Antonucci, building relationships between artists and neighbors has always been an important part of the organization’s mission. “It’s important that the stories we tell connect to our audiences in a way that has impact,” she says. While changing Step Up from a production model to a development model has brought a number of changes, that focus on connection has remained constant. “It was always a challenge to find plays that would connect to our Chicago neighbors. Now we’re building those connections into the plays themselves.”

Website: www.stepupchicagoplaywrights.com

Monday, February 13, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Quest - The Actors Gymnasium, 927 Noyes St. Evanston, is offering $10 tickets to evening shows on February 17 & 18 with code INDUSTRYNIGHT. Snap up your tickets here. There is a 10% off INDUSTRY code for every other performance February 11 - March 19.

The Illusionists – Broadway In Chicago at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, are offering $29 industry tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday performances February 21-22. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online with offer code INDUSTRY. For tickets or more information visit BroadwayInChicago.com.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project February 27 at Black Ensemble Theatre

Black Ensemble Theater proudly announces a special, one-night-only event to screen Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project (LLCVP), which features interviews with BE Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor. The event will be held at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, on Monday, February 27, 2017, with a reception at 6pm and film screening and panel discussion at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Following the screening, Tyronne Stoudemire, Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion for Hyatt Hotels Corporation and board chair of Black Ensemble Theater, will moderate a panel discussion with Angelique Power, President of the Field Foundation and co-founder of Project Enrich, Elena Chang, Associate Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Gus Schulenburg, Director of Communications and Community Engagement of TCG, and Teresa Eyring, Executive Director of TCG. Additional panelists to be announced. The distinguished panel will address the importance of the arts as it relates to healing the racial divide and dismantling racism.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, created the Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project (LLCVP) over a two-year period. Working with video production company MOPED, and with support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, TCG filmed a series of interviews chronicling the stories of founding leaders of theatres of color, including Black Ensemble Theater’s Jackie Taylor. Screening events will be held in the leaders’ communities to further celebrate their legacies and galvanize support for their enduring impact.

The interviews in the film reveal how these leaders were inspired to create opportunities lacking for artists of color; to challenge appropriation and misrepresentation through staging the full richness and complexity of racial, ethnic and cultural identities; to gain political power and creative autonomy; and to contribute their unique aesthetic and social perspectives to our culture. The LLCVP will serve as a roadmap for future theatre leaders and raise broader cultural awareness of the impact of theatres of color.

In addition to Jackie Taylor, other leaders featured in the video project include: Lou Bellamy, Penumbra Theatre, St Paul, MN; Tisa Chang, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, New York, NY; Frank Chin, Asian American Theater Company, San Francisco, CA; Miriam Colón, Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, New York, NY; Woodie King, Jr., New Federal Theatre, New York, NY; Muriel Miguel, Spiderwoman Theater, New York, NY; Luis Valdez, El Teatro Campesino, San Juan Baptista, CA; and Douglas Turner Ward, Negro Ensemble Company, New York, NY.

The screening series will be led by Elena Chang, TCG’s associate director of equity, diversity & inclusion, and August Schulenburg, TCG’s director of communications & community engagement, and will roll-out over an 18-month period in the leaders’ communities.

Submissions for the Second Annual PEACEBOOK Festival are officially open!

After a successful 2016 PEACEBOOK, bringing together over 250 Chicago artists to Englewood, Austin, and Uptown and creating 21 works about Peace in Chicago, we are delighted to be opening submissions for our second annual festival.

After a successful 2016 PEACEBOOK brought together over 250 Chicago Artists to create 21 works about

CALLING WRITERS, DEVISERS, RHYMERS, DANCERS, DIRECTORS, ACTORS & PARTNERS WITH VISIONS OF PEACE IN CHICAGO. We are accepting submissions for artistic pieces that are 7 minutes or less. In total, Collaboraction is creating 21 short works, 7 minutes or less, for the festival, with 7 pieces performing at each location, in a multidisciplinary festival atmosphere on the South, West, and North sides of Chicago this fall:

PEACEBOOK Neighborhood 1; Sept. 28, 29 and 30
PEACEBOOK Neighborhood 2; Oct. 19, 20 and 21
PEACEBOOK Neighborhood 3; Nov. 2, 3 and 4
(Specific Neighborhoods TBA)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2017.

For any questions, email peacebook@collaboraction.org or visit http://www.collaboraction.org/peacebook2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Motherhood in Theatre Forum

When: February 25, 2017 (Saturday)
Where: Vagabond School of the Arts, 4001 N Ravenswood Ave #504
Time: 10:30AM-12:30PM
Tickets: FREE (but please RSVP for you and any children who will be playing in our childcare via the “child” ticket option)
What: A forum to begin conversation on the obstacles, struggles, and solutions for motherhood in the theater. From social stigma to structure/schedules to sanity and opportunities, we will touch on common topics and also have time to share what we’ve experienced, all in all, to create a community here that will lead to productive change.
We hope you can join us!
Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Performance Space Available at Rivendell Theatre beginning June through July 9, 2017

Intimate fifty-seat theatre comes with full lighting package and sound equipment, beautiful exposed brick lobby, dressing rooms, air conditioning and heat, WiFi, and wheelchair accessibility. Close to Red line stop at Bryn Mawr and Clark street bus and free parking available at Senn High School.
Location: 5779 North Ridge Avenue in Edgewater
Availability: Beginning June 1, 2017 through July 9th
Contact: Steve Mistec at misetic@msn.com / 847-477-8445
For more information, visit Rivendell Theatre on Chicago SpaceFinder

Monday, February 6, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Game Changers – The Joffrey Ballet, 50 East Congress, is offering 50% off industry tickets to February 17, 23, and 24 performances. Use code IND50 to buy online.

A Disappearing Number - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering $19 Industry tickets on all Thursday and Friday nights during the run, plus the two Tuesday performances (March 7 and March 28). Industry friends can get half-price tickets to those performances with code INDUSTRY50. Available in-person, online or by calling the Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6, subject to availability.

The Second City's Legendary Laughs - UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor Piper's Alley. Please call our Box Office 312-662-4562 with the code: INDUSTRY for $10 tickets to any show in February. Thursdays at 7pm February 9, 16 and 23, 2017. Limit 2 per order. Subject to availability.

At the Table -- Broken Nose Theatre at Berger Park Coach House (6205 N. Sheridan). Previews begin this Friday, and the show officially runs from February 12 - March 11. All Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can, so set your own ticket price now at http://dime.io/events/at-the-table.

The Assembled Parties – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $18 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru March 25. 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.

Monster - Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering $10 tickets to performances February 17-18. Use code SYA 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 Nether- A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N Wells St, is offering $15 Industry Tickets for ALL THURSDAY performances through the run (1/26-3/12). Use the code: VIRTUAL online at www.aredorchidtheatre.org or by calling the box office at (312)943-8722.

Artistic Director/Leadership Action Assembly


Monday, March 6, 6-8PM
Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Theater Wit is looking to get a group of some (all?) of Chicago's artistic directors (or nearest leadership equivalent in some companies) for a community meeting to talk about what response people are planning in response to the current administration changes. The hope is to focus this conversation on programming and artistic director goals, independent as much as is possible from managing director goals. i.e., not the generalized problems of finance or the American Theater, but a conversation that would start from a question like "what are you looking to do today that you weren't planning on doing on November 7th?"
Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pride Films and Plays Seeks Late Night Shows

Pride Arts Center and Pride Films and Plays seeks comedy, improv, or other late night shows which are diverse and progressive. Late night space is available in both the 60 seat Bueana and 85 seat Broadway theaters. Send note of interest with LATE NIGHT in the subject line to pridefilmsandplays@gmail.com.

Spring Rehearsal and Meeting Space Availability at American Blues Theater

American Blues Theater has meeting and rehearsal space available April/May 2017. The 700sqft room is perfect for rehearsals, meetings, auditions, or photo shoots. It is located near the Damen Brown Line and Metra Ravenswood stops with access to ample street parking. Space includes a small kitchenette, chairs, tables, and is climate-controlled. Rates start at $10/hour. For questions and booking information, please contact JaclynH@AmericanBluesTheater.com.