Tuesday, November 24, 2015

About Face Theatre Offering Special Holiday Rental Rate During December

About Face Theatre is offering a special holiday rate of $10/hr for any space rental during the month of December. This does not apply to any space currently reserved. To inquire about availability, please contact Biz Wells at biz@aboutfacetheatre.com

Richard Cotovsky to Receive 2015 Corona Award

Eclipse Theatre Company will present its Seventh Annual Corona Award to Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. Artistic Director Richard Cotovsky on December 15, 2015. The Corona Award honors an individual who has played an important role in supporting and nurturing the growth of the Chicago theatre community as well as small- to medium-sized Chicago theatre such as Eclipse.

Actor and playwright Jon Steinhagen will host the evening. Guest speakers slated to appear include Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. Producing Director Carlo Garcia, Mary-Arrchie ensemble member Rudy Galvan, Stage Left Theatre’s Artistic Director Vance Smith, A Red Orchid Theatre founder Guy Van Swearingen, A Red Orchid’s award-winning playwright and ensemble member Brett Neveu, and award-winning actor and director David Cromer, among others to be announced.

The Seventh Annual Corona Awards will be held on Tuesday, December 15, at the Athenaeum Mainstage Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. An assortment of light appetizers and cash bar will be offered during the evening as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and are available at 312-869-4870 and www.eclipsetheatre.com.

The Corona Award derives its name from the outer atmosphere of the sun most easily seen during a total eclipse, and the Latin root of the word means crown. Past Corona Award recipients include 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 Artistic Associate Chuck Smith, and League of Chicago Theatres Executive Director Deb Clapp.

2016 Saints Grants Program

The Saints would like to inform theater, dance, and music organizations of the opening of their 2016 Grants Program. The Saints invite and encourage performing arts organizations to apply for this grant assistance to be used for artistic development or production-related purposes. Budget requests up to $7,500 will be considered for projects covering the performance year from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.

The Grant guidelines, application facsimile and FAQ page can now be accessed on the Saints website at www.saintschicago.org in the Grants tab on the left. The actual Grant application will be available by the end of December 2015. Online applications will be accepted between January 1, 2016 and February 29, 2016. This year, the Saints will award $125,000 in Grants.

Monday, November 23, 2015

DCASE Accepting Proposals for 2016 Lake FX Summit + Expo

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is accepting proposals for high quality professional development programming and creative services exhibitors for the 2016 Lake FX Summit + Expo, taking place May 13-15, 2016. Please pass the word to interested colleagues, and please consider proposing a Lake FX program yourself. See our sizzle reel with 2015 highlights, read details below. Deadline is December 7, 2015!

Lake FX 2016 will connect, inform and inspire emerging and established producers working in film, music, dance, design, theater, fashion, literary, culinary and the visual arts. The region’s largest FREE conference for artists and creative entrepreneurs, Lake FX will welcome thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations for inspiring keynotes by industry leaders, over 80 informative panel discussions & workshops, networking opportunities as well as performer showcases, an artisan market and resource expo.

The 2016 theme, “I’m In!” invites and challenges all participants to engage their careers and their creative communities.

Application for Lake FX Program Proposals:
Lake FX programs address professional development as well as topical issues and concerns for creative professionals. They can be formatted as Workshops, Panels, Labs, Conversations, Mentor/Coaching, Presentations or How-Tos, but they should focus on professional development and best practices for creative businesses, individuals and/or organizations. Suggested topics include marketing, planning, business development, space/housing, web/technology, branding, finance/fundraising, community-building, sourcing, as well as personal and organizational development. Proposals may address specific creative industries – such as Film, Music, Dance, Design, Literary, Theater, Fashion, Culinary or Visual Arts – in any multi-combination or with a general cross-discipline perspective. Please specify whether your program is Introductory or Advanced level and whether it is 60 or 90 minutes. All Lake FX program presenters are offered a complimentary Expo Exhibitor Booth.

Application for Lake FX Expo Exhibitors:
The Lake FX Expo is the resource fair for local and national businesses and organizations to communicate their services, information, space, equipment or other resources to creative artists and entrepreneurs. Past Expo Exhibitors include funders, professional associations, service organizations, chambers of commerce, space providers, recording studios, schools, attorneys and other professional services. The Lake FX Expo takes place in the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday and Saturday, May 13–14, 10am–5pm, and Exhibitors must be present throughout the entire event. The 2016 Expo Exhibitor Fees are $500 for for-profits and $150 for non-profits, but confirmed Lake FX Program Presenters receive a complimentary Expo Exhibitor Booth.

Please note: This call is not for food vendors, art displays or other goods. This call is only for Exhibitors looking to showcase their resources/services. There will be a separate procedure for Marketplace vendors.

All applications must be received by December 7. Presenters and Exhibitors will be notified in January, 2016.

Questions? LakeFX@cityofchicago.org

Industry Ticket Offers

Agamemnon - Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis Ave, is offering $10 rush tickets starting one hour before performances to industry professionals for all remaining performances through December 6. BEST AVAILABILITY Thanksgiving Weekend! Just bring proof to the box office and enjoy show!

Burning Bluebeard - The Hypocrites present The Ruffians' production at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. is offering $18 industry tickets to any performance November 27 through January 10 when you use code industry18. Buy online at www.the-hypocrites.com.

Domesticated - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted is offering $30 Tickets to the following evening performances: Previews: Dec 3,4, & 9 and Regular Run: Dec 15, 16, 18, & 20.  Use code 22745 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 Lisbon Traviata - Eclipse Theatre at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets to performances on November 27th, 28th and 29th at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office with code word INDUSTRY. For more details, call 773-935-6875 or visit eclipsetheatre.com.

No More Sad Things - Sideshow Theatre at Victory Garden's Richard Christian Theatre, 2433 N Lincoln Ave, is offering $5 off tickets ($15-$20 tickets) to any performance between November 27th and December 20th with the code INDUSTRY. http://www.sideshowtheatre.org/performances/productions/no-more-sad-things

Treasure Island - Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave. is offering $20 industry tickets to the following performances: Dec. 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. Use code INDUSTRY to receive the discount. Available online at LookingglassTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 312.337.0665.

The Brown Paper Box Co Accepting Director Proposals

The Brown Paper Box Co. is accepting director proposals for its Winter 2017 play. All proposals due January 31st, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.brownpaperbox.org/director-proposal.html.

Congo Square Theatre: Owning Our Worth Series - Opportunity

Monday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Black Ensemble Theatre, 4450 N. Clark St. 
Join us for the first of four events during the 2015/2016 season, exploring - Opportunity - from the perspective of women of color as administrators, performers, playwrights and directors in the American Theater Landscape.

Moderator: Award-winning Playwright Lydia R. Diamond
Jackie Taylor – Founder and Executive Director, Black Ensemble Theater
Kristiana Colon - Playwright/Actor/Activist
Sandra Delgado - Founding Ensemble member, Collaboraction
Ilesa Duncan - Artistic Director, Pegasus Theatre Chicago

This event is free with RSVP, space is limited with first come, first served access. Click here to RSVP

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Annual Self-Employment in the Arts Conference

February 26th & 27th, 2016
LOCATION: Hilton Hotel - Lisle, Illinois (Chicago suburb)

The Annual Conference is geared towards emerging visual, performing, literary, and media artists. Activities include keynote presentations, artist-led sessions, panel discussions, one-on-one mentoring sessions, round table discussions, and workshops. There are also performances, a juried college art competition, improved idea pitch competition for artists, and late night activity rooms. For educators, there are also sessions and opportunities to share best practices. 

The event is held each year at the end of February and starts around 1 PM on Friday and concludes around 4 PM on Saturday.

For rates, registration, hotel, and scholarship information please click here.

Industry Ticket Offers

Burning Bluebeard - The Hypocrites present The Ruffians' production at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets to any preview performance November 19, 20 & 21 at 8pm when you use code industry10. Buy online at www.the-hypocrites.com.

December Chicago Green Theater Alliance Meeting and Happy Hour

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 3 - 4:30PM
Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln
RSVP today for the the next meeting of the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance! All of the CGTA committees will meet at this time, we'll gather as a full group to hear a guest presenter and report out on projects, and hang out for a happy hour after the meeting to celebrate the successful first year of the CGTA!
Click here to RSVP for the meeting

Marketing and Microbrews

Wednesday, December 9 at 6 - 8PM
Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Join marketing staff from other Chicago area theatre companies to share and discuss some of the National Arts Marketing Project Conference takeaways! Don't miss out on this opportunity for informal networking and a chance to discuss topics of interest with the group.
This event is FREE for League members. Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Spartan Theatre Company is Seeking Script Submissions

Spartan Theatre Company is seeking play submissions for our upcoming staged reading series taking place May through June at the Chicago Cultural Center. We will produce five scripts over five weeks with the goal of selecting one to develop into a full production at the Chicago Fringe Festival 2016. We are interested in one-acts featuring small casts that can be performed in under one hour. All scripts will be given equal consideration but we are particularly interested in projects that can feature women and actors of color. Email submissions to Andy Monson at andy@spartantheatre.org.