Friday, May 22, 2015

Marketing and Martinis

Monday, June 15, 6 - 8 p.m.
Doc B's, 55 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
Enjoy some drinks and informal networking and conversation with marketing staff from other Chicago area theatre companies and hear reports from the Americans for the Arts Conference and the recent Strategic Marketing workshop.
This event is FREE for League members. RSVP to to attend.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chicago Theatre Intern Networking Event

Monday, June 22, 6 - 8 p.m.
Steppenwolf Yondorf Hall, 758 W. North Ave.
The Chicago Theatre Intern Networking Event is the only event of its kind to help interns and apprentices make new professional connections and learn from the experience of artists and administrators who are working in the city.Learn what makes Chicago unique from other theatre communities and how can you thrive here and succeed. Breakout groups include: Artistic/Casting, Development/Special Events, Education/Outreach, Literary Management/Dramaturgy, Marketing/PR, Production Management, Stage Management, Theatre Management and Technical/Design. Refreshments will be provided.
This event is FREE but space is limited! RSVP to to attend. Please pass on to your company's interns.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Second City NBC Universal Breakout Comedy Festival Panel Discussion

Join us on Sat, June 6 at noon in UP Comedy Club for a provocative and lively discussion on the comedy business, nailing the casting audition, the "it factor” in comedy and why diversity is opening doors for everyone. Tickets are FREE but RSVPs are required. Click here to RSVP or email

Scheduled to appear:
*Karen Horne, VP Talent Development and Inclusion NBC
*Kelly Edwards, VP Talent Development HBO
Fern Orenstein, Senior VP, Casting CBS
Sherie Hernandez, LA Casting Director
*Raymond Lambert, Chicago Filmmaker of "Phunny Business"

Monday, May 18, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

A complete list of industry ticket offers can be found here.

The Project(s) - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron, is offering $20 industry tickets to the 8pm performance on Wednesday, May 27. Use the discount code FUNFEST when purchasing tickets. Offer available by phone, walk-up or online. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) required upon ticket pickup.

Belfast Girls - Artemisia Theatre at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, is offering $15 industry tickets on Thursday, May 21st at 7:30 pm or Saturday May 23rd at 3:00 PM . Discount honored for "walk-ins" at the door only on a first come, first served basis. Box office opens at 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 21st and at 2:30 on Saturday May 23rd.

The Grown-Up by Jordan Harrison - Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont is offering $15 industry tickets this Thursday, May 21st at 8PM: The BO number is 773-975-8150 or visit the website: and enter the code INDUSTRY.

Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t - About Face Theatre at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave, has $20 industry tickets available for all regular-run performances through July 5. Use promo code INDUSTRYABE when purchasing tickets. Please visit for tickets and info.

Inana - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets to all performances Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24: Use code INDUSTRY. Purchase online ( or call (773) 281-8463 x6.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Filament Theatre seeks members for Cooperative Theatre Residency Program, beginning 2016.

Filament Theatre seeks members for Cooperative Theatre Residency Program, beginning 2016.

More than a transactional rental agreement, Filament’s Co-Op Program will unite Chicago theatre companies in the spirit of support, cooperation, and mutual benefit. Member companies will pay a competitive monthly rate, corresponding with weeks of space use. That monthly fee includes use of Filament’s 4000 square foot blackbox theatre, rehearsal studio, production support; administrative support including scheduling, box office, and facilities management; access to a shared email database for a monthly Coop e-blast; insurance; repairs and maintenance.

Though companies operate in a spirit of administrative collaboration, each Member Company will remain artistically distinct and autonomous. The Co-Op currently consists of Filament Theatre and Two Pence Theatre Company, and we are looking for 1-2 additional companies to complete this program.

For additional information, please visit

By working together we are all stronger.

Please submit a letter of interest to Tell us a little bit about your organization including a recent production history (including length of run and performance venue), and why you are interested in the Co-Op program.

After we receive your letter of interest, you may be asked to prepare a few additional materials and schedule an in-person meeting with Filament and co-op member Two Pence Theatre Company, at which point we will give you a full tour of the space and discuss the program in more detail.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

For a complete list of industry ticket offers click here.

Thinking Caps - Strangeloop Theatre @ The Charnel House, 3421 W Fullerton Ave, is offering $10 tickets to theatre industry professionals for the entire run of the show through May 31. Tickets at Enter discount code TCAP to reserve. Walk-up industry tickets are also available.

Beast on the Moon – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $10 tickets to theatre industry professionals for this Friday 5/15 at 7:30. 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.

Crime Scene: The Next Chapter - Collaboraction, Pentagon Theatre, 1579 N Milwaukee, is offering $10 tickets to industry members for the preview performances and Industry Nights: May 21-23 & the 26 at 7:30pm & May 24 at 3pm and June 1 & 15 at 7pm. Industry tickets are also offered for $15 throughout the rest of the run. Visit to reserve tickets. Please bring a headshot/resume or business card with ticket confirmation or when you purchase at the door.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Space Availability at ComedySportz Theater Chicago

The CSz Theater Chicago, a 150-seat flexible, cabaret-style performance venue (5,500 sq.ft.) with moveable tables and chairs, also includes full sound system (CD/DVD player, stand and lavaliere microphones), stage lighting, two 42” flat screen televisions for slides or PowerPoint, WiFi, lobby reception area, full service bar, and AV and light technicians (at 929 W. Belmont Ave.), and ComedySportz’s Chicago School of Professional Improvisation (three rooms at 3435 N. Sheffield Ave.) are both available for rental for auditions, classes, meetings, lectures, presentations, workshops, community or church groups, receptions, post-show theater parties, or any special event. Contact Jo-El Lacy at 773-549-8080 x223,, or visit these websites for further details:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

Click here for a complete list of industry ticket offers. 

Belfast Girls - Artemisia at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee is offering $20 industry tickets to the 6PM performance on Sunday, May 17th. Tickets at Enter discount code BGARTIST2015. Note that code will only apply to a single sale so if multiple tickets are needed, buy them one at a time for the discount to be applied.

Chicago Rhythm Fest - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $12.50 industry tickets in honor of its 125th Anniversary for the May 13 performance. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

Side Man - American Blues Theater at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln is offering $15 industry tickets for performances on May 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. Use promo code CLUB for $15 tickets.  Purchase online or call (773) 404-7336.

Shining Lives: A Musical - Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., is offering $15 tickets to theatre industry professionals for all performances May 8-17 (except opening). Offer available by phone, walk-up or online, use promo code INDUSTRYSL to reserve. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) required upon ticket pickup.

The Project(s) - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron, is offering $20 industry tickets to the 7pm performance on Sunday, May 10. Use the discount code FUNFEST when purchasing tickets. Offer available by phone, walk-up or online. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) required upon ticket pickup.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Chicago Green Theatre Alliance E-Waste Drive

Chicago Green Theatre Alliance E-Waste Drive
Thursday, May 28, 10:30AM - 2PM
Steppenwolf Theatre's Parking Lot
1650 N. Halsted, Chicago

Time to clean out that old electronic stuff in the back hall closet!

Accepted Items: Computer towers or servers, Desktop Computers, Laptops/Notebooks, Computer parts, E-Book Readers, Fax machines, MP3 players, Game consoles, LCD flat monitors, Printers, Inkjet and Laser Toner Cartridges, Digital & Video cameras, Cell phones/House phones, GPS systems, wires, Assorted electronic and sound cords/cables, Radar Detectors, Routers & Modems, Small electronic handheld devices, Small appliances

Not Accepted: CRT monitors, TVs, and Hazardous Waste cannot be collected at this time.

Download the E-Waste Drive Flyer and share it at your organization!

2015 Michael Merritt Awards And Design Exposition

The 22nd Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration will take place on Monday, May 4th, at Loyola University Chicago. 5:00pm-10:00pm

Announcing a brand new annual award: The Emerging Technical Collaborator Award. This award celebrates a passionate and skillful early career professional who goes about their work in a particularly collaborative manner. We know that it is hard to launch a career in this profession so we are thrilled to announce that this award comes with a $2000 prize. Last year we unveiled the The Robert Christen Award for Excellence in Technical Collaboration, this award recognizes an outstanding technical professional whose career as a collaborator in the realization of theatrical design has been significant and sustained. We see the pair as a compliment to the Merritt and Maggio design awards. There are so many amazing Scenic Painters, Production Managers, Technical Directors, Costume Shop Managers, Master Electricians, Carpenters, Programmers, Drapers, Cutters, Riggers, Sound Supervisors, Properties Masters, Stage Managers… that are long overdue for public celebration. We are thrilled to be launching a new era in which we celebrate these key members of theatrical collaborative team. Both awards are made possible by the generosity of Founding Sponsor Chicago Flyhouse.

The Michael Merritt Awards And Endowment Fund Honor The Memory Of A Brilliant Designer And Inspirational Teacher. The Michael Merritt Award, A 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.

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

7:00-8:00 p.m.
A discussion moderated by Hedy Weiss featuring the award recipients exploring current issues of interest to professional and student designers.

8:15-8:45 p.m.
Presentation of The Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, our four academic prize recipients, the Prizes for Best Exhibit and The Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration. Additionally, this year features a brand new annual award honoring a backstage technician.

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

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lumber For Sale

20% Theatre is selling a surplus of lumber from their most recent build of Target Behavior. Lumber ranges from full 2x4s (some of which have been lighting painted with greywash) and some halved 2x4s. There are also some 1x2s.

If you would like to view the lumber or purchase it, please contact Lindsay Bartlett All of it can be purchased for $75, total. Must be able to pick up at Prop Thtr (3502 N. Elston Ave) prior to May 17th.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2015 Annual Saints Grant Presentations and Celebration

All Awardees, Saints Members, Family, Colleagues, Friends, Bloggers, Media

Please join the Saints for their Gala Presentation!
with Emcees—The Dueling Critics Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman

6:00 pm—Networking (Cash Bar)
7:00 pm—Presentation of Certificates Over $115,000 in Grants made possible by Saints Members
Light Refreshments to Follow

Mark your calendar now for this free event!
Monday, May 11, 2015
Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Avenue
Free street and paid parking lot