Thursday, July 2, 2015

Chicago Artists Month 2015 Meet and Greets

October 1 - November 15
The 20th annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM) is a program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events that showcases the work of Chicago artists through independently-produced events taking place throughout Chicago.

2015 Theme 
The City as Studio CAM 2015 will be in dialogue with the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. CAM invites Chicago-based artists, performers, designers, writers, arts and community organizations, and other creatives to look at the City as a place for production, investigation, innovation, and experimentation

CAM 2015 Prioritizes:
 Experimental, innovative projects
 New work
 Increased public access to and participation in high-quality arts, especially underrepresented populations
 Collaboration (between neighborhoods, genres, demographically, or other)

Attend a CAM Meet + Greet Info Session
Monday July 6, Washington Park Art Incubator, 5-7pm, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. RSVP
Wednesday July 8, Sulzer Branch Library, 6- 7:30pm, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave. RSVP

How to Participate
Submit your event(s) on between July 13 – 24, 2015. CAM Event categories include
 Art Walk / Tour / Festival
 Exhibition / Installation
 Learning / Making
 Open Studio
 Performance / Screening
Selections will be announced in early August. All CAM programs will be listed online and in a print guide in Newcity distributed city-wide. Featured programs will receive additional mark

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Workshop

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.
League of Chicago Theatres, 17 N. Wabash, Suite 520, Chicago
Preventing employment discrimination from occurring in the workplace in the first place is preferable to remedying the consequences of discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency responsible for enforcing employment discrimination laws. Join us for this workshop that will cover information about the EEOC, its mission, the employment discrimination laws enforced by EEOC, and the charge/complaint process. Experience and learn from authorities on EEO law and receive best practices and gain valuable knowledge to prepare for those tough HR decisions at your theatre. When you sign up, please feel free to ask questions that you would like to see addressed.
This workshop is FREE but space is limited! Click here to RSVP.

Industry Ticket Offers

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 Saturday, July 4th at 3pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code "INDUSTRY" or by calling 773-325-1700.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Red Carpet Available for Free

Large roll of red commercial grade carpet available for free pick up. Over 12 ft wide x undetermined length This item needs to be picked up before Monday 6/29. First come, first served. You will need a large vehicle and personnel to move the carpet. Please email for more info.'

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

Grand Concourse - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering $15 industry tickets to performances July 2-19, excluding Saturday nights.Use code “21213” or “INDUSTRY” online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters in Concert - Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Dr. Evanston, is offering $20 industry tickets to the one-night only performance on Saturday, June 27 at 8pm. Tickets available at with code “INDUSTRY"

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Russ Tutterow Memorial

On Monday, July 13, friends, acquaintances, and admirers of Russ Tutterow will gather to honor his profound legacy and influence on their personal and professional lives and on the theatre in Chicago and across the country.

The memorial service will take place in the Albert Goodman auditorium at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Street in Chicago. Doors to the theatre will open at 6:00 p.m., and the service will begin promptly at 6:30.

How You Can Participate
Per Russ’s request, the evening will be dedicated to sharing by those (anyone, really) who knew him and felt his influence in their life and/or career. And we’ve created four different ways that people can participate, by:
• Recording and submitting a short video testimonial
• Bringing a memorial artifact for display
• Offering written reflections to be read from the stage
• Sharing a personal memory or story—live

For details, please visit the Chicago Dramatists website Russ Tutterow Memorial page,

Monday, June 22, 2015

Compass Cabaret 55 Film and Panel Event on 6/23

On Tuesday, June 23 at 7pm after the showing of the film COMPASS CABARET 55 (description below) James Sherman, acclaimed playwright of JACOB AND JACK and BEAU JEST and Charna Halpern Artistic Director of IMPROV OLYMPICS will join David Chack, the Artistic Director of the JCC CHICAGO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL and ShPIeL-PERFORMING IDENTITY on a panel with filmmaker Mark Siska to discuss his film, which is part of the festival.

The JCC offers League of Chicago Theatre members FREE admittance to the film and panel event on Tuesday, June 23 at 7pm. Use the Code CC55 at the door.

The film takes a loving and thoughtful look at the incredible Compass Players in Chicago that spawned the careers of Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Sheldon Patinkin, Shelly Berman, Joyce and Byrne Piven, Paul Sills and his mom Viola Spolin, Ed Asner and many more luminaries who then went on to help create Second City, Saturday Night Live, and the American improv/comedy movement today. This movie is an incredible study of the art of improv from the masters and creators of this art form. It is beautifully shot with an incredible soundscape that brings you back to the heyday of the 50s beat gen. It is also great to see Sheldon Patinkin again, whom many of us knew and we miss so dearly.

Date and Time: Tue, June 23, 7pm - Start time of film (80min) - panel to follow

Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

How Much: FREE with code - "CC55"

2016 ABT Blue Ink Playwriting Award Call For Submissions

American Blues Theater is proud to announce the 2016 Blue Ink Playwriting Award competition and seek submissions of new plays. The winning script will be selected by Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and the theater’s award-winning Ensemble. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the Blue Ink Playwriting Award of $1,000 and receive a staged-reading at American Blues Theater in Chicago.

The Blue Ink Playwriting Award was created in 2010 to support new work. Previous winners include Jamie Pachino’s Other Than Honorable (2015) Douglas Post’s Comden Mall Community Activists (2014), Elaine Romero’s Graveyard of Empires (2013), Christina Gorman’s American Myth (2012), and Stephanie Walker’s American Home (2011). In addition we’ve named 2 runners up, 13 finalists, and 31 semi-finalists. American Blues Theater gave out $1,500 in cash prizes in 2015.

Competition rules are available here. Submissions will be accepted by American Blues Theater from July 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015 at 11:59pm. Playwrights may only submit one (1) manuscript each year for consideration.

Please forward this information, and the guidelines, to any playwright that may be eligible and interested in this opportunity.

For more information about American Blues Theater, please visit our website

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

Jake Shimabukuro and The City Lights Orchestra - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $12.50 industry tickets in honor of its 125th Anniversary for the June 24 performance. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

A Work of Art - Chicago Dramatists, Russ Tutterow Theater, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., is offering $18 tickets to industry members for every Thursday throughout the rest of the run through July 19. Visit to reserve tickets and use the code INDUSTRY-ART.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Development and Drinks

Monday, July 20, 6 - 8 p.m.
Sully's House Chicago, 1501 N. Dayton
Join development staff from other Chicago area theatre companies for development and drinks! These informal gatherings encourage networking, resource-sharing, and mentorship between theatre professionals from large and small organizations.
This event is FREE for League members but space is limited. Click Here to RSVP for the event.

Congo Square Theatre presents An Intimate Conversation with Harry Lennix

Honoring Our Own
An Intimate Conversation with Harry Lennix

Please join us as we culminate a successful season of dialogue with an intimate conversation with Chicago entertainment icon, producer, director and actor Harry Lennix. His prolific film and television career includes recent roles in "Man of Steel" and NBC's drama, "The Blacklist", as well as "Ray", "The Matrix: Reloaded", "The Matrix: Revolutions" and others. Harry has also starred in, or directed, many staged productions across the country, and made his Broadway debut in 2007 as the lead character in August Wilson's final play, "Radio Golf", which was nominated for a Tony Award. This special event is moderated by Chicago's own, Sylvia Ewing, who also conducted our intimate conversation with Walter Mosley. Sylvia is back to interview Harry Lennix, and field questions from the audience. Sylvia is a WTTW veteran, an author, and producer.

The Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theatre
78 E. Washington,Chicago

Date: Monday, June 22, 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

This is a FREE Event, but RSVP is required.
Click HERE to reserve, space is limited.
Connect with us during this event using #OwningOurWorth and follow @CongoSquareCHI on Twitter.

 The event is in cooperation with the League of Chicago Theatres and the Joyce Foundation.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Call for Submissions: The City As Studio

The 20th annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM) will take place from October 1 – November 15, 2015. CAM is a program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events that showcases the work of Chicago artists and arts organizations through independently-produced events taking place throughout Chicago. CAM 2015 will be in dialogue with the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Call for Submissions will open: July 13 - 24, 2015
Attend the CAM Meet + Greet on Wednesday, June 17, 4-6pm, Chicago Cultural Center. RSVP Here.

CAM 2015 Prioritizes:
• Experimental, innovative projects with a strong and original artistic/creative vision
• New work (submissions will be accepted for both new and existing projects)
• Increased public access to and participation in high-quality arts (especially underrepresented populations);
• Collaboration (between neighborhoods, genres, demographically, or other)

2015 Theme:
The City as Studio
CAM invites Chicago-based artists, performers, designers, writers, arts and community organizations, and other creatives to look at Chicago, the City as Studio -- a place for production, investigation, innovation, and experimentation – through exhibitions, performances, installations, screenings, tours, festivals, art walks and more. As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is a studio with challenges, rewards and visions for the future. CAM 2015 will celebrate and investigate how artists and creatives who live and work in Chicago draw inspiration from its urban fabric - design, materials, density; its people - young, old, transient and rooted; its history(ies); and its environment - sky, lake, soil.

How to Participate
Submissions will be accepted online at from July 13 – 24, 2015. Events must feature living Chicago artists. Selections will be announced in early August. Approved programs will be listed online and in a print guide distributed city-wide. Up to 18 programs and artists will be featured, receiving additional marketing, technical and financial support up to $1,500.

CAM Event Types
Art Walk / Tour / Festival - Coordinated event(s) featuring work by Chicago artists in multiple spaces in a single neighborhood or a guided tour of work in a single or multiple locations;
Exhibition / Installation - Organized presentation and display of a selection of works in a public location;
Learning / Making - Class, conversation, lab, lecture, panel discussion, demonstration, art-making activity or other educational event;
Open Studio - Public opening of a communal studio or a building housing multiple studios located in Chicago;
Performance / Screening - Music, theater, dance, spoken word, film or other time-based, site-specific event.