Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dream Theatre Company Moving Sale

Dream Theatre Company is moving, and we can't take all of our stuff with us to our new home. So we're selling off costumes, props, set pieces, and other items for the theatrically inclined. Everything from creepy vintage toys to tuxedo shirts to an unused(!) toilet and a piano is up for grabs.

Please come visit us at 556 W. 18th St. on Saturday May 10 between noon and five to score some bargains for your future shows!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Industry Ticket Offers

Brahman/i - About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising, Pierce Hall at the Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington, St., are offering special $10 industry tickets for our FINAL week of performances, May 1 - 4. Use code INDUSTRY online or by sending an email to

Ruined - Eclipse Theatre at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2396 N. Southport is offering $10 industry nights for Thursday May 1st and Friday May 2nd. 7:30pm curtain. Mention code INDUSTRY at the Box Office. For more info, visit

Lost in Yonkers - Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd. is offering $15 tickets to theatre industry professionals for performances May 7-10 excluding opening May 9. 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.

Emma - Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, announces $15 industry tickets for all Thursdays in the run May 1, 8, 15 and 22. $15 and your resume and head shot get you a ticket. Call the Box Office at: 773. 327.5252.

Hair – American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron, is offering $25 industry tickets for all Wednesday & Thursday performances between May 1 and June 29. Available in advance over the phone or the day of in-person at the box office starting at 7pm. Proof of industry required to pick up tickets. For more information, call audience services at 773-409-4125

Tollbooth: A Clown Show - First Floor Theater, performing at the Humboldt Park Field House, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave. is offering $10 tickets to theatre industry professionals for performances May 1 - May 18. Offer available online at with the code SPECTRALCHECKPOINT or at the box office beginning an hour prior to curtain.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DirectorsLabChicago 2014 Application Now Available Online

Now in its tenth year, DirectorsLabChicago offers environments in which emerging and established stage directors from all over the world are able to consider, challenge, and engage in both the traditional and contemporary aspects of their craft. This year's theme is: Investigating Adaptation and Devised Work. The Lab will take place from September 14 through September 19, 2014 at the Chicago Cultural Center and several off-site locations.

Applications must be emailed no later than Monday, May 12, 2014. 

To learn more about DirectorsLabChicago or to download an application, visit our website at

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Industry Ticket Offers

Ruined - Eclipse Theatre at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, is offering $8 industry tickets to all previews on April 17th, 18th at 7:30PM and April 19th at 2:00PM. There will also be $10 industry tickets to performances on April 24th and 25th at 7:30PM. Mention "INDUSTRY" at the Box Office. For more info, visit

Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England - Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. is offering  $15 industry tickets for a special performance on Monday, May 5 at 7:30pm. Must bring headshot and resume for industry discount.

Avenue Q - Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613, is offering a limited number of $15 Industry tickets on Thursday, April 24th at 7:30pm. Discounted tickets are available with code "INDUSTRY" when you call 773-325-1700 or visit

Anton in Show Business- 20% Theatre Company at Zoo Studios, 4001 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60618 are offering Pay What You Can Previews on April 24th and April 25th. The shows begin at 8:00pm. Email for more information and to reserve. Pay What You Can is a CASH ONLY offer at the door.

L'Imbecile - Babes With Blades Theatre Company at the Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N Ridge Ave in Chicago, is offering a limited number of $10 industry tickets for Saturday 4pm performances (4/26, 5/3, and 5/10). Call 773-904-0391 and mention this offer, or use codeword INDUSTRY online at

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NET/TEN Travel Grants

NET/TEN Travel Grants support activities to initiate new relationships or further develop existing relationships.

Activities may take place in U.S. or internationally
Awarded twice a year
Grants range from $300 to $2,000
Travel Grants are intended to initiate and strengthen relationships, removing the barriers of distance and travel. Funds may be used for applicant travel or to bring in a guest. Eligible expenses include: travel costs, housing, per diem, artist fees, etc. Activities may include (but are not limited to) observerships, shared rehearsals, planning, training, and/or other exploration. Artistic, administrative, and technical/production-based projects are welcome.

Travel Grants do not support production costs, tours, or equipment purchase. Funds may not be used to support professional development activities, such as conferences, or for attendance at pre-existing public workshops, trainings, or similar events.

Join us for an online information session on Tuesday, March 25th at 11am PT/2pm ET.

NET welcomes your questions at any time prior to submitting an application, or throughout the review process. Please contact program staff at:

NOTE: These grants were formerly known as NET/TEN Seed Gran

Art Meets Science At The Theater Flash Play Festival Accepting Submissions

Art Meets Science At The Theater Flash Play Festival featuring Prince Rupert's Drop examines and celebrates the dramatic relationship often over-looked in the art-begets-science relationship, that is it focuses on an experience. The festival was created for playwrights to actively look at and develop the form of the four-minute flash play per the festival's guidelines; to create plays: short, one-act, and full-length involving science and its cousins sci-fi, horror, and fantasy: to encourage the production of said genres, to protect and support the professional creation of these plays with workshops; to promote the genres. DEADLINE MAY 31st @midnight. For more information visit

Monday, April 7, 2014

Industry Ticket Offers

War Song - The Plagiarists at the Berger Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660, are offering a limited number of $10 industry tickets for the following performances: April 10,11,12 and 17,18,19 (Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm). Email for more information and to reserve.

Dorian – The House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division is offering advance half-price industry tickets for ALL performances with the code IMAKEART. Call 773-769-3832 or online at $10 same-day Industry/Student tickets are also available every show pending day-of availability. Call the box office or walkup. Additionally $15 tickets are being offered to Chicago theatre ensembles for a special performance on Sunday, April 27 at 7 p.m. with drinks and dancing after the show. Use code IMAKEART for discount.

In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story – Lookingglass Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works at 821 N. Michigan Ave, is offering exclusive $15 industry tickets on Wednesday, April 16 and Friday, April 18 at 7:30pm. Discounted tickets are available with code INDUSTRY when you call 312.337.0665 or visit Discount and seating are subject to availability.

Progressive - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.,  is offering $25 industry tickets on Friday, April 25. Progressive is an experience unlike any other! For one night the Biograph is transformed for an evening of musical performances, tasty food, three open bars, and specially curated performances inspired by shows in our upcoming 40th anniversary season. It's a party like no other and we want you to come! All proceeds benefit Victory Gardens commitment to American playwrights and producing new American plays. Call the Box Office at (773) 871-3000 and use code "PAINTING LIGHT" to get the $25 industry discount. Festive Cocktail Attire.

Juno - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering $15 tickets to previews April 23 - 30 and $22 industry tickets to these select performances: Sat. 5/3 at 4 pm & 8 pm, Sun 5/4 at 2 pm, Wed. 5/7 at 7:30 pm, Thu. 5/8 at 7:30 pm, Fri. 5/9 at 8 pm, Sat. 5/10 at 4 pm & 8 pm, and Sun. 5/11 at 2 pm. For tickets call the Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 and use code INDUSTRY when ordering.

Romeo & Juliet - The Joffrey Ballet performing at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering 50% off industry tickets* on 5/3 matinee, 5/8 evening and 5/10 matinee. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 800.982.2787, use code INDUSTRY. *Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets. Restrictions apply.

Spark – Adventure Stage Chicago in the Vittum Theater at 1012 Noble, is offering exclusive $10 industry tickets on Friday, April 18 at 7:30pm and Saturday, April 19 at 4:30pm. Discounted tickets are available with code INDUSTRY when you call 773.342.4141 or visit Discount and seating are subject to availability.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Ticket Broker Bill

Please submit a slip of support for HB3958 which is coming up for a committee meeting on Monday, April 7, 2014.  The bill forces ticket brokers to disclose that they are brokers and let patrons know the name and contact information for the theatre.  This bill will prevent brokers from masking their sites as a theatre box office and will prevent patrons from buying tickets that are exorbitantly priced or counterfeit.

The instructions look cumbersome, but it only takes 5 minutes.

How to Submit a Slip of Support for HB3958

- Go to

- Go to GA Dashboard

- Select the House tab

- Select Committee Hearings

- Select the Month tab at the top

- Scroll down the list to the "Business and Occupational Licenses Committee"
- Click on the icon to the right

- The bill is HB3958 - Stephanie Kifowit is the sponsor
- Click on the "Create Witness Slip" icon to the right

- Fill in your personal/organization information

- Under section III Position, select Proponent

- You also have the option to file a written testimony. Please consider taking this action. This will help the committee understand the issues that many patrons and venues are facing.

- If you would like to submit written testimony, please fax to to the Committee Clerk at 217-557-2165. Be sure to include HB3958 Business and Occupational license committee.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Call for Submissions for City Lit Art of Adaptation Festival

Invitation for Submissions - $500 Cash Prize!
City Lit Theater Company seeks submissions to The Art of Adaptation, its annual festival of stage adaptations of non-dramatic literature.

The festival will take place June 13th, 14th and 15th at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. We anticipate it will consist of 6 to 10 adaptations presented in various combinations over the course of the weekend. A panel of judges will view all performances and award a $500 cash prize to the adaptor of the piece judged the best of the festival.

All pieces must be between 5 and 20 minutes.
2. It must be an adaptation of non-dramatic material—a short story, an essay, a memoir, poetry, an excerpt from a novel, a video game, what have you; but not material from a play.
3. Each adaptor is responsible for whatever royalties might be due on your piece, as well as for your own rehearsal process. City Lit will not provide rehearsal space prior to tech rehearsal, nor will it provide services of a director or any actors for any piece.
4. All pieces will be performed on the same simple unit set with the same simple light plot. A stock of furniture will be provided. If your piece requires furniture beyond the provided stock, it is your responsibility.
5. City Lit will provide performance space, backstage and front-of-house crew, publicity, programs, tickets and the $500 cash prize.

To submit a proposal for entry into the festival, send a .pdf copy of your adaptation script, to Katy Nielsen at

Proposals must be submitted no later than May 2nd.

Goodman Theatre hosts Prop Giveaway for Chicago Theatre Community

For the first time in seven years, the Goodman gives away select prop pieces and costumes from its past productions to directors, designers, actors and theater artisans working in the Chicago performing arts community. Every item is offered completely free of charge on Saturday, April 5 starting at 9am (until supplies last) at the Goodman Scene Shop (363 W. Pershing Road). Previews are not available prior to the sale. All items must be taken immediately. For more information, call 312.443.3819 ext. 103.

Stand-out items include Chita Rivera’s sedan chair from The Visit (1990/1991); a shoe shine bench from Hughie (2004/2005); the chandelier from Turn of the Century (2008/2009); the chaise from The Seagull (2010/2011); the pouf from Stage Kiss (2010/2011) two train seats from Pullman Porter Blues (2013/2014); and many more.

Porchlight Music Theatre Tap Classes


8-week Session: Tuesdays, April 1 – May 20, 2014
Buy the full 8-week session in advance and save! Or buy per class and enjoy the flexibility!

FOOTWERK (BEGINNING TAP) NEW! Tuesdays, 10am – 11am
8 weeks, $80 ($10/class)
OR $12 per class “drop in”

SOLE TO SOUL (INTERMEDIATE TAP) Tuesdays, 11am – 12:30pm
8 weeks, $96 ($12/class)
OR $15 per class “drop in”

TAPPIN’ IN (ADVANCED TAP) Tuesdays, 12:30pm – 2pm
8 weeks, $96 ($12/class)
OR $15 per class “drop in”

All classes take place in the Porchlight Rehearsal Studio at 4200 W Diversey Ave. Parking available on the street or in the adjacent lot.


Northlight Theatre Offering Dialects for the Actor Class

Join us on Saturday, April 5 for this very special Master Class offering. Register by Thursday, April 3!
with TOM JONES & LOST IN YONKERS dialect coach, Eva Breneman
Saturday, April 5 from 12pm-1:30pm
From voiceover techniques to those elusive foreign accents, explore the possibilities with Chicago's most sought-after dialect coach! Express yourself convincingly in the dialect of your choice! We will explore three dialects and then immediately start to apply them using both scripts and improvisation. We will begin with one of the “old standbys”: Standard British. Other dialects to be taught will be one of these possibilities: Cockney, Irish, Italian, Indian, French, Scottish, New York, American South, New England, Australian, German. Master Class: $20. Add a $12 student ticket to the April 5 CHAPATTI matinee at 2:30pm.

Open to students grades 8 and up,
including college students and young professionals!

REGISTER by Thursday, April 3
By contacting:
Amanda Dunne Acevedo,
Director of Education

About the Artist
EVA BRENEMAN is a freelance dialect, voice and monologue coach based in Chicago. Eva received her MA from The Central School of Speech and Drama, London, and her BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has coached projects at a wide variety of venues in the Chicago and regional theatre. The range of dialects and languages she has taught goes from Australian and Bosnian to Rwandan and Zaghawan. Eva has taught dialects and text work at DePaul University, voice and speech at Loyola University, Shakespeare and voice at Roosevelt University, voice and scene work at North Park University, and voice and speech at Lake Forest College.

Rehearsal Space Availability

Pride Films and Plays has a small rehearsal space on Wilson and Clark available for rehearsals starting May 26. $30 per night. Piano, Fridge, Microwave. 20 x 20 so great for smaller rehearsals or classes. Great parking and public transportation via Clark Street Bus and Wilson Red Line.

Summer and Fall Space Availability at Theater Wit

Theater Wit has fall and discounted summer availability for 2014 and space starting mid-may 2015. Only four slots remaining for the 2014/15 season. Email with inquiries.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Industry Ticket Offers

Moses(es) - Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. $10 industry tickets are available on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 8:00PM ONLY. To purchase tickets, please call the Box Office at 312.369.8330 and mention promotion code INDUSTRY. Limit one per person. Visit for more information.

The Way West - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering $15 tickets to performances April 3 through April 20. Excludes Saturday nights. Use code “16307” online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.