Friday, January 20, 2017

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.*

Space Availability at Collaboraction Studios

Collaboraction Studios, in the Flat Iron Arts Building of Wicker Park, has affordable space available for nightly, weekly, or monthly rentals in The Salon beginning in March 2017. This intimate, 50-seat performance space is perfect for stand-up, improv, small theater productions, poetry slams, open mics, film screenings, and more. We are open to resident companies and are especially interested in groups that align with Collaboraction's mission to explore critical social issues with a diverse community of Chicaogans. Email for more information or to arrange a tour.

Chicago Fringe Festival Presents: On the Fringe

Date: Monday, Feb. 6
Time: Doors Open at 6pm | Screening Begins at 7pm
The documentary On the Fringe chronicles the adventures of artists touring the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit. Filmmakers traveled over 10,000 miles to bring you the stories behind the stories and the scenes behind the scenes. After the viewing, there will be a Live Q & A with film producer Nancy Kenny and representatives of the Chicago and Elgin Fringe Festivals. Tickets are available at!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Train with Pig Iron Theatre in Chicago

Performers as Creators
Join Pig Iron Theatre Company member Melissa Krodman for a weekend workshop focusing on the performer as creator of original material. The workshop will highlight the methods and exercises Pig Iron uses to forge performance works that are physically articulate and rhythmically precise.

Can a work of theatre have depth and sophistication without words? Can a gesture stand in for the whole? Can an ensemble create a physical vocabulary to capture an audience's imagination? The workshop will tackle these questions in a rigorous and playful environment intended to provide adult theatre-makers with tools to strengthen a performer's ability to create new theatrical worlds.

Feb. 3, 6:00PM-9:00PM
Feb. 4, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Feb. 5, 10:00AM-4:00PM

The Den
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60622

Cost: $150

Email to register or with questions.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DCASE Seeks Proposals for A.C.C.E.S.S. Labs at 2017 Lake FX

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) seeks proposals for professional development activities and creative services exhibitors for the 2017 Lake FX CreativeCon A.C.C.E.S.S. Labs. A.C.C.E.S.S. Labs is a new, energized industry showcase space and resource fair at Lake FX 2017 that connects participants with industry leaders and organizations through fun and informative one-on-one and small group activities. A.C.C.E.S.S. Labs take place on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2017, between 10am and 4:30pm at the Chicago Cultural Center.

A.C.C.E.S.S. Labs exhibitors are local and national businesses and organizations that provide services, information, space, equipment or other resources for Chicago-based creative artists and entrepreneurs. Labs activities are a space to dialogue and focus on individualized professional development. Possible examples of activities include resume evaluations, portfolio checks (physical and digital), free headshots, speed networking, demo tape/ song/production/ PK or EPK critiques, raffles, contests, 10-minute mentor talks, improv play session, etc.

Past exhibitors include funders, professional associations, service organizations, chambers of commerce, space providers, recording studios, schools, attorneys and other professional services. Please note: This call is not for food vendors, art displays, or selling goods. This call is only for creative industry organizations offering one-on-one activities and resources for conference attendees. A.C.C.E.S.S. Labs is free to participate for attendees and exhibitors.

APPLY to host an A.C.C.E.S.S. Lab here:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Winter by Julie Jensen - Rivendell Theatre, 5779 North Ridge Ave. is offering $15 Industry Tickets to their world premier production of WINTER on the following dates: Thursday 1/19,  Fridays January 1/20,   Thursday 1/26,  and Friday 1/ 27.  Must provide proof of industry when picking up tickets. Limit 2 tickets per Industry ID (self + guest). Subject to availability. Call 773.334.7728 or vist & use box-office code: INDUSTRY.

Prelude To A Kiss – The Comrades at Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago). $10 industry tickets are available to the Industry performance on Monday, January 30 at 8:00pm. No proof needed. To reserve tickets, visit:

The Baltimore Waltz - The Brown Paper Box Co. at The Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale, is offering a limited number of $10 industry tickets per performance thru 2/19. Use code ATD online at and bring proof of industry to the performance you attend. More information about the production can be found at

Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth – Lookingglass Theatre Company, 821 N Michigan Ave, $20 industry for Saturday, 1/21 at 2PM. Use code INDUSTRY online at or mention your INDUSTRY status when calling the Box Office at 312.337.0665.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Panel Discussion: Understanding Play Development

Saturday, February 11, 2 p.m.
Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. 
Moderated by Artistic Director Meghan Beals
Join us for a Saturday afternoon discussion on the inner workings of new play development. Where does a play begin? How do playwrights go from idea, to script, to production? What does a playwright need from directors and actors? What is an actor’s role in the room? A Director’s? And, if you are interested in new work, as a creative or an audience member, how can you get involved? Panelists include three Resident Playwrights of Chicago Dramatists. Following the panel discussion, audience questions and participation will be encouraged.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Production Space Available in The Pentagon at Collaboraction Studios

Collaboraction Studios, in the Flat Iron Arts Building of Wicker Park, has affordable, flexible production space to rent in The Pentagon between April 2, 2017 and May 28, 2017. We're also a great space for film shoots, visual arts galleries, rehearsals, classes, and special events.

 Contact for more details or to schedule a walkthrough.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 Merritt Award Recommendations

Who are the amazing designers and technicians you have collaborated with this year? Get in your recommendations for the 2017 Merritt Awards this week. Recommendations close Monday Jan 16th.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah - Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering $15 industry tickets for Too Hot to Handel on Saturday, January 14 at 7:30PM. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at or by calling 312.341.2300. Discount valid on price levels 2-5; not valid on previously purchased tickets.

Bootycandy written and directed by Robert O'Hara - Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Use the code "industry17" for $15 House seats any day of the week (excluding Saturdays) January 25 through April 15. Must show proof of industry at will call, and offer is subject to availability. To purchase tickets, visit:, or call our box office at: 773.891.8985.

I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett - Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613, is offering a limited number of $15 Industry tickets on Friday, January 27th at 8pm and Friday, February 5th at 8pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code "INDUSTRY" or by calling 773-325-1700.

Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth - Lookingglass Theatre Company, 821 N Michigan Ave, $20 industry for Wednesday, 1/18 at 7:30PM Thursday, 1/26 at 2PM & 7:30PM. Closes February 19. Use code INDUSTRY online at or mention your INDUSTRY status when calling the Box Office at 312.337.0665.

Vanya (or 'That's Life!') - Rasaka Theatre at The Edge Theatre, 5451 N. Broadway Chicago is offering $20 industry performances for all remaining performances through February 3rd. Please provide proof of industry or mention code VANYAACTOR at the Box Office. For more information or tickets, visit

Friday, January 6, 2017

Call for Theatres for Playwrights Welcome

Every theatre piece begins with an idea, a spark of imagination in a playwright’s mind. They stare down the blank page, writing, mulling and fiddling until it has been shaped into a real, impactful piece of art. Without their creativity and devotion, this art form that we love so dearly would simply not exist.

Playwrights Welcome is a new program created to support and inspire these writers, as well as the next generation of great American plays and musicals. The goal is simple: to provide free access to theatre for playwrights, composers and lyricists around the country.

Developed for the Dramatists Guild of America Members, Playwrights Welcome is a national ticketing initiative created by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. This program was made out of a desire to support the artistic health of our industry's writers, and by extension the vibrancy of the American theatre.

We’re aware that attending theatre is an integral part to how writers learn their craft and grows as artists. However, it can often be costly for writers to do that simple act. Playwrights Welcome is designed to offer available tickets to professional playwrights on the day of a performance, free of charge. These available tickets are ones that would otherwise go unsold; we firmly believe that no theater should give away a ticket that could otherwise be sold. To learn more about how your theater can get involved, or how you as a playwright can take advantage of this Dramatists Guild benefit, see below.

How it works: Theaters
Theaters can sign up to participate in Playwrights Welcome by filling out this form. Our Program Manager will be in touch with next steps. Once registered, theaters will receive a welcome packet, complete with language to use in marketing and promotion, a logo pack, and a window cling to display in your box office window.

Eligible playwrights will call or visit your box office for day-of tickets - or through a reservation system designed by your theater. Every box office works differently, and we know that you may not be able to offer day-of tickets, so managing reservations for this program is at your discretion. Our only requirement is that playwrights present their Dramatists Guild card to claim their ticket.

For More Information Click Here

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Goodman Insider Access Series: WHY NOT FOR PROFIT THEATER?

Wednesday, January 25 at 6pm | The Walter Family Lab at Goodman Theatre| $5-$15
Ever wonder how the not-for-profit theater came to be—and why?
Chicago theater luminaries Roche Schulfer (Goodman Theatre Executive Director) and economist James Annable (Goodman Theatre Life Trustee and Past Board of Trustees Chair) pull back the curtain on the American theater industry. Discover the little-known evolution of the not-for-profit theater and how the Goodman’s status as a non-profit has allowed the theater to make such a positive impact in Chicago.

Theater lovers, professionals and patrons will all enjoy this lively presentation, which will also include complimentary wine and beer.

Roche Schulfer is in his 37th season as executive director of Goodman Theatre. During his tenure, he has overseen more than 335 productions, including nearly 130 world premieres, and launched the Goodman’s annual production of A Christmas Carol.

James Annable has taught at MIT, served as a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, held a senior position at the Congressional Budget Office Chief Economist and as a member of the Management Committee of First Chicago. From 1994 to 2014, he served as Permanent Secretary of the Federal Advisory Council and is currently a director of Kemper Insurance, where he has chaired the compensation committee for more than a decade.

Purchase tickets at
 League of Chicago Theatres Members receive discounted $5 tickets – enter code LOCT