Monday, August 21, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Shockheaded Peter - Black Button Eyes Productions at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, is offering $15 Industry tickets (contingent on seat availability) to the following performances: Thursday, August 24 at 7:30 pm; Friday, August 25 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, August 27 at 2 pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code “SNIPSNIP,” by calling 773-935-6875, or by presenting proof of industry affiliation at the box office.

The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier - Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont is offering a limited number of $20 tickets to the world premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.. Use the code INDUSTRY at www.albertcashierthemusical.com to order tickets.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Shockheaded Peter - Black Button Eyes Productions at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, is offering $15 Industry tickets (contingent on seat availability) to the following performances: Thursday, August 17 at 7:30 pm; Friday, August 18 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, August 20 at 7:30 pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code “SNIPSNIP,” by calling 773-935-6875, or by presenting proof of industry affiliation at the box office.

In the Wake – The Comrades at the Greenhouse Theatre, 2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, are offering an industry Night on Monday, August 21 at 8pm and industry tickets are $7.00. No headshot or resume needed. Can purchase in person, online, or by phone. For more info visit www.the-comrades.com.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Turnkey Performance Venue with Liquor License Available for Lease

The venue space at 1919 N Milwaukee Ave (Gorilla Tango) is looking for a new master lease holder. Max legal capacity 88 seats, with storage/rehearsal room, and full basement for storage, etc. We are currently taking applications from individuals and companies who would like to take over the operations of the space. This is not a weekly rental; this is a full annual NNN lease (likely 5 years + options). If your group is looking to run its own venue, this would be the time to chat about it. The space is totally turnkey, licensed, and has all equipment required to be up and running immediately.

If you or your group would like to speak more about this, please reach out to info@zyqu.com - more info can be provided in a follow up email as well as a request for information regarding your proposed use, etc.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Financial Assistance Available to Entertainment Technology Professionals from Behind the Scenes Foundation

Behind the Scenes is a charity that provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate dependent family, who are seriously ill or injured. Grants may be used for basic living expenses such as rent or mortgage, utilities and transportation; medical expenses such as doctor’s visit, medications and physical therapy; or for funeral expenses. Funds are available to anyone who has earned their living for at least five years in the industry—whether behind the curtain or behind the camera, or for one of the companies who manufacture or supply products and services to the industry. Behind the Scenes brings help and hope in times of need.
www.btshelp.org

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Gypsy – Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets on August 19 and 25 at 8pm, and August 20, 23 and 24 at 2pm. For tickets call 847-920-5360 or visit www.MusicTheaterWorks.com and use coupon code "rose." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Prime Time Availability at Rivendell Theatre

Rivendell Theatre currently has prime-time availability their performance space during the following six-week slots: • October 30 – December 17, 2017
• February 19 – April 1, 2018
• May 28 – July 8, 2018
Rivendell’s lovely and intimate 50 seat flexible space is centrally located at 5779 North Ridge Avenue (at Glenwood avenue) in the heart of Chicago’s vibrant Edgewater neighborhood, the theatre is nearby several restaurants, bars and retail stores. Free parking is also available less than a block away at Senn High School and we are easily accessible by the Red Line (Bryn Mawr Stop) as well as the Clark and Broadway buses.

For a list of provided equipment and amenities, please see our Chicago Spaces listing: https://chicago.spacefinder.org/spaces/6435

Rates: $1000 per week - Prime-time performance spots available Thursday-Sunday.

Notes: Fully ADA Compliant, Flexible Arrangement, A/C, Centrally Located, Beautiful Lobby Space, Wi-fi Accessible

For further information or viewing contact Tara Mallen, Artistic Director – tara@rivendelltheatre.org or call 773.334.7728

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Other Theatre Seeks Play Submissions

Chicago's Other Theatre is currently seeking 30-minute world premiere plays for OTHER WAYS TO RESIST, its spring festival of new works. Open to both local and out-of-town candidates, the company is seeking new works exploring the performance of activism, protest in a social media space and acts of unconventional resistance.

Comments Artistic Director Carin Silkatis, “In a social and political climate of increasing polarization and extremity, Other Theatre is exploring the ways in which resistance can oppress and unwittingly recycle the tactics and structures of the very things it seeks to demolish. Peripherally, we are also interested in the ways in which people are fighting oppression that are less conventional and may not readily be labeled as political action.”

Scripts and inquiries should be sent to totcmanagingdirector@gmail.com, along with a current resume. The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 18, 2017.

Directed Nick Thornton, OTHER WAYS TO RESIST will play April 14 – May 13, 2018 at Other Theatre’s resident home, The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. For additional information, please visit www.TheOtherTheatreCompany.com.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

26 - Pride Arts Center Buena Theater, 4147 N. Broadway, is offering a $5.00 ticket to all industry professionals for performances through September 23 when they use the code 26INDUSTRY online.

Megastasis - Eclipse Theatre Company at The Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport is offering $15 industry tickets to all remaining performances now through August 20th. Use code INDUSTRY. Performances are Thurs - Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 2pm. Tickets subject to availability. For more info, call the box office at 773-935-6875 or visit eclipsetheatre.com.

Shockheaded Peter - Black Button Eyes Productions at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, is offering $15 Industry tickets (contingent on seat availability) to the following performances: Friday, August 11 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, August 12 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, August 13 at 7:30 pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code “SNIPSNIP,” by calling 773-935-6875, or by presenting proof of industry affiliation at the box office.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Space Availability at Theater Wit

Theater Wit has discounted availability for a single fall production in Theater 2 from October 9th, 2017 through November 12th, 2017. Contact rental@theaterwit.org directly for special rates. Next available rental window begins June 11, 2018.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Machinal - Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln, is offering an industry discount for $15 tickets to all performances through September 24. To redeem, select the ticketing type "Industry" from the drop down after you've selected your seats. Seats can be purchased online at greenhousetheater.org/machinal or by calling the box office at 773-404-7336. Does not include opening night performance.

The Audience - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave., is offering $15 industry tickets to preview performances August 16 - 23. For reservations call 773.281.8463 x6 or buy online and use code INDUSTRY15. Tickets subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Limit 4 discounted tickets per order. May not be combined with other offers. Valid only for dates listed; offer expires 8/23/17.

The Food Show - The Neo-Futurists at 3031 N. Rockwell street. 2-for-1 industry tickets will be offered August 3rd, 4th, and 5th as well as August 10th,11th, and 12th. For tickets call #773-878-4557 or visit www.neofuturists.org and use the code "Industry". Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Moby Dick - Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave. is offering $20 Tickets to Select Performances on, Sunday, July 30 at 7:30PM, Sunday, August 6 at 7:30PM, Sunday, August 13 at 7:30PM, Sunday, August 20 at 7:30PM and Sunday, August 27 at 7:30PM. Use code INDUSTRY to access $20 tickets (in all sections) for the performances listed above. Available online at lookingglasstheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 312.337.0665. Tickets are subject to availability.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Chicago DanzTheatre Ensemble Seeking Short Play Submissions

Chicago DanzTheartre Ensemble (CDE) is seeking submission of short plays (10-15 minutes) to initiate our 17th season of performance! Read all information below and submit your proposal to info@danztheatre.org.

General Information:
CDE’s mission is to marry drama, dance/movement, music, and multimedia to create radical change within the world (also known as “performance with a purpose”). In October of this year, CDE kicks off their 17th season with a playwright festival. This is not your average festival. True to their danztheatre style, CDE wants October’s festival to also reflect this multidisciplinary approach. CDE is seeking playwrights to submit danztheatre style works to be produced and performed in October’s playwright festival.

Additional Information:
Accepted playwrights are the producers. CDE expects playwrights to take charge in the development of their works. As the Producer of the festival, CDE will try their best to assist where possible. Accepted playwrights are encouraged to enlist their own director, choreographer and performers. If this is not possible, CDE will assist as possible in this process. CDE will host an open call audition for directors, choreographers, performers (movers and actors) to assist those accepted playwrights needing help to cast their shows. More details about this open-call audition will be shared after the proposal process. CDE affiliated Ensemble members may also be available to perform. We envision a process of collaboration between dramatic and dance personnel. Smaller cast size is encouraged, but this is not an imperative. The space will be arranged as a thrust. We recommend minimal use of set, props, and costumes. If these are necessary, CDE will allow the Artist access to their props and costumes. If there is something you wish to use, CDE will establish terms with that Artist for use of renting costumes and/or props. We have no fly-space, alternate universe portals, mountain peaks, or icebergs. CDE will provide technical services for lighting and sound. CDE will manage publicity and promotion. Promotional materials will be made available to playwrights and performers for their use. While CDE will manage the publicity and promotion of the festival, CDE expects playwrights and their casts to promote their works. CDE will provide up to 10 hours of rehearsal space to each group. Use of space dependent on availability of the space. CDE will offer two comp tickets to each author and performer.

To Submit: Attach, in PDF or Word format to info@danztheatre.org:
-Your play
-A statement of your vision of incorporating movement/dance/music into the production.
-If you need assistance in finding directors, choreographers, or performers.
-If the play is accepted, we will ask for a short blurb about the play and a brief bio of the author (each 50 words or fewer) for playbill and publicity purposes.
Boogie down and break legs!

Important Dates and Location:
Submission deadline: August 18, 2017.
Acceptance Notification: August 25, 2017.
Open-Call Audition: August 30, 2017; 6-9pm
CDE Annual Soiree October 14, 2017; 7 - 11 pm
*Not mandatory, but an opportunity to meet the company
 Tech rehearsals: Sunday, October 15; 5-10pm Tuesday October 17; 6-11pm Wednesday October 18; 6-11pm *Not all casts will be called on each evening
 No Scheduled Dress rehearsal
Performance Dates: October 20, 21, 27, 28
Call for Performers 7:00pm Performance begins 8:00pm. Each play will receive 2 or 4 Performances.

 Performance Venue: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble Auditorium Ebenezer Lutheran Church 1650 W. Foster Ave. Chicago, IL *This space is not handicapped accessible.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Space Availability at the Royal George Theatre Center

The Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, has space available for performances, rehearsals, classes and more. The 50 seat Gallery Theatre space is available for prime time 3 – 6 week rentals November through February and beyond. Great price and location, right across the street from Steppenwolf. For further information or viewing appointment, contact Joe at 312-988-9105.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Disney’s Aladdin - Broadway In Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Broadway In Chicago and Disney’s Aladdin are offer a $39 rear orchestra ticket or a $69 front orchestra ticket for Tuesday, Wednesday (matinee + evening), Thursday and Friday evening performances through August 18. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online with offer code INDUSTRY. For tickets or more information visit BroadwayInChicago.com.

Beauty's Daughter - American Blues Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering a limited number of discounted Industry tickets for the July 24 performance. Tickets are $10 with code LIGHT, and can be purchased online at AmericanBluesTheater.com or by calling the Box Office at (773) 327-5252.

They're Playing Our Song - Brown Paper Box Co. at Rivendell Theatre (5779 N. Ridge). A limited number of $16 tickets (fees included) are available for every performance with code GERSCH17. Show runs Saturday, July 22 - Sunday, August 20. Tickets available here.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Space Availability at Redtwist Theatre

• Performing space available at reasonable rates for simply-staged shows
• $400 per week for 6 weeks (3 performances per week, 18 total)
 • Perf times are Sat @ 3pm, Wed & Sun @ 7:30pm
• No cost for 10 days of rehearsal/tech
 • Guest Company keeps 100% of box office revenue
• Early bird discounts are available
• GC slot #1--Wed, Sep 20 to Sun, Oct 29
 • GC slot #2--Wed, Nov 29 to Sun, Jan 14
• GC slot #3--Wed, Feb 14 to Sun, Mar 25
• GC slot #4--Wed, Apr 25 to Sun, Jun 03
 • GC slot #5--Wed, Jul 11 to Sun, Aug 19
 • Contact Michael Colucci via email or phone: michael@redtwist.org or 773-728-7529

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The 2017 return of the Chicago Theater (un)Conference!


The Chicago Theater (un)Conference is a community-generated gathering of Chicago artists and administrators to focus on issues facing our community today and our ideas for tomorrow. The conference lasts three days, starting with an evening gathering on Friday, August 18th and full day session schedules on both Saturday 8/19 and Sunday 8/20.

Your conference fee includes lunches, coffee and snack service both days, as well as the opening party and bar. All sessions are held at Theater Wit at 1229 W Belmont.

We are currently building the conference schedule. If you are interested in seeing certain topics discussed or running one of your own, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ctuc2017. (Speakers receive a 50% refund toward your conference admission if you want to also attend the rest of the weekend.)

$49 early-bird reservations are available at http://bit.ly/2un4ckS.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Looking for a flexible, affordable spot to produce a Holiday Show?

Collaboraction Studios has availability in two spaces, The Pentagon (70 seats) and The Vault (80 seats), for select dates in November, December, and January. Collaboraction Studios is perfect for small to-mid-sized theatre companies looking for a rooted space in an accessible and prime location. Located in the historic Flatiron Arts Building at 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, Collaboraction Studios is just off the Damen Blue Line stop and accessible by the 72, 50, and 56 buses. Being one of our Resident Companies comes with discounted rental rates and further benefits.

Please email taylor@collaboraction.org for more details or to schedule a tour.

Industry Ticket Offers

An Octoroon – Definition Theatre Company, 2433 N Lincoln Ave , is offering $20 industry tickets to preview performances (July 21 - July 23) and Thursday and Sunday performances (July 27-August 13) by using the code INDUSTRY when checking out at this site: definitiontheatre.org/an-octoroon.

Megastasis - Eclipse Theatre Company at The Athenaeum (2936 N. Southport Ave. Chicago). $10 industry tickets for all previews on July 13th, 14th and 15th at 7:30pm in addition to Thursday July 20th and Friday July 21st. Mention Code INDUSTRY at the Box Office. For tickets and info, call 773-935-6875 or visit eclipsetheatre.com.

Moby Dick - Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan, is offering $20 tickets to select performances Sunday, July 16 at 7:30PM and Sunday, July 23 at 7:30PM. Use code INDUSTRY for $20 tickets. Winner of four Jeff Awards, including Best Production, and fresh off a national tour, the critically-acclaimed Moby Dick returns to the Lookingglass stage in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of revenge, obsession, and destiny. www.lookingglasstheatre.org.

Cornservatory Summer/Fall Production Rental Availability

Corn Productions has availability for a full production rental from August 21st - September 24th. Availability for MainStage Curtain (between 7p - 8p) Wednesday - Saturday and Sunday matinees (if applicable). If you are interested in a tour or rental rates, please contact Lindsay at cornservatoryrentals@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Chicago Theater Bike Ride on 9/9; Benefit on 7/31

Third Annual Chicago Theater Bike Ride Celebrates Theater Community at Foster Beach on 9/9/17
12-Mile Lakeshore Event Benefits The Actors Fund and The Chicago Emergency Aid Fund
- Benefit at Four Moon on July 31, 5-8 p.m., featuring Bike Raffle!-

WHAT: The Third Annual Chicago Theater Bike Ride: Love Hard, a 501(c)(3) organization, will benefit The Actors Fund, a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment (www.actorsfund.org), and The Emergency Aid Fund, which has assisted community members with funeral and apartment fire expenses with proceeds from the first two Rides.

The Ride was created in September 2014 to memorialize Molly Glynn, actor and mother of two, with a mission to support fellow artists in times of greatest need.

This year, the Ride has dropped “Memorial” from its name. “It was a bit of a mouthful,” said organizer Carmen Roman. “We will continue to honor all those who have come before while helping the survivors of a death or catastrophic event. We are here for our artistic community.” Families and friends are encouraged to ride together. In 2017, the Ride celebrates the lives and contributions of Jane Alderman, Freeman Coffey, Terry Domschke, Derek Dziak, Dan Frick, Glenne Headly, Xavier Joy, Richard Kordos, Linda Rae “K.D.” Kweskin, Martha Lavey, Libby Adler Mages, Jacqueline Mohrlein, Patrick O’Gara, Alice Carol Perry, Ruth Ratny, Samuel G. Roberson, Jr., Joe Slowik, Fred Spector, Robert Elliott Towns, Andrea Urban, Alison C. Vesely, Lori Brown Wessely, Jen Gehr Whitten, and Howard Witt.

Organizers seek rider sponsorships, which include logo placement on the website, T-shirts and the race day banner: http://www.lovehardbikeride.org/sponsors.html

WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2017. Ceremony at 11 a.m., first ride wave at 12 noon. Community potluck barbeque at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: This year’s event will be held at Foster Beach, 5200 N. Lake Shore Drive at the Lake. The 12-mile bike ride starts at Foster Beach, takes a short loop up to Osterman Beach and then south to the turn-around at North Avenue Beach, ending back at Foster Beach.

ALSO LIST: The Ride will host a benefit at Four Moon Tavern, 1847 W. Roscoe in Chicago, on Monday, July 31, 2017, 5-8 p.m. to kick off our season and help pay for the up-front expense of the ride. Four Moon generously donates a portion of food and drink sales and raffle tickets will be sold for prizes including a bike, theater tickets, bike gear and other items.

GOAL: The 2017 fundraising goal is $15,000 and 200 riders. The ride has increased donations, ridership and gifts each successive year.

REGISTER/ http://www.lovehardbikeride.org/donate.html

DONATE: Suggested minimum ride donation is $25 Donations of any amount are encouraged even if not participating in the bike ride

TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships Program

To assist applicants on their Fox Fellowship application, TCG will be holding information sessions in June and July. The sessions will happen via teleconference and webchat and are free to attend. The sessions will be held: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 2pm-3pm ET and Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 2pm-3pm ET.

Description
A fellowship for actors that supports their artistic and professional growth in collaboration with a TCG Member theatre. Grants will be awarded in each of the following two categories:

Exceptional Merit
$15,000 (with an additional $10,000 available to relieve student loan debt) supports actors who are established in their careers as working professionals with 10 years or more of professional experience. Those with less experience are still eligible to apply but must recognize that they are competing with actors who have demonstrated a sustained dedication to their careers. Funds will support actors who are evaluating the current state of their career and envisioning what their career could be as they continue to grow in their artistry.

Distinguished Achievement
$25,000 supports actors with 20 years or more of experience who have amassed a substantial body of work. Recipients are awarded grants to allow them to look for opportunities for continued growth and sustain the longevity of their careers. Recipients will use these resources to adapt to the physical changes as an actor later in their career and changes to casting.

The goals of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships are:
To further an actor's artistic and professional development.
To deepen and enrich his/her relationship with a not-for-profit theatre.
Ensure his/her continued professional commitment to live theatre.
To encourage actors to work outside their comfort zone.

The Host Theatre will receive $7,500 to be applied to costs associated with the actor’s residency activities.

The downloadable guidelines and online application forms are our website: https://www.tcg.org/Grants/GrantsAtAGlance/FoxFoundationResidentActorFellowship.aspx

Registration for the info session can be found here: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/qynigurpi7ew&eom

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pride Art Center Seeks Resident Theatre Companies

Pride Arts Center seeks theatre companies that are interested in becoming PAC residents for the 2017/18 season. We have two available spaces (85 and 50 seat theaters), and hope to find partners interested in producing two or more productions.

We are also interested in producing more work on off-nights and late-nights, and are open to inquiries about those options.

Email prideartscenter@gmail.com to continue discussion on specific availability, and to give us a sense of what you are interested in producing.

Industry Ticket Offers

The God of Isaac -- Grippo Stage Company at Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, is offering $10 tickets to Industry members for Tuesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Must provide proof of industry. Limit 2 tickets per industry ID. Cash only at the box office at the time of performance. Advance sales online at thegodofisaac.brownpapertickets.com. Use Code INDUSTRY. BPT will add their service charges to your purchase.

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical - Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613, is offering a limited number of $15 Industry tickets on Friday, July 28th at 8pm and Friday, August 4th at 8pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code "INDUSTRY" or by calling 773-325-1700.

As You Like It - First Folio Theatre under the stars on the grounds of the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook is offering $10 tickets to industry professionals on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 8:15PM from July 12 - August 17. Picnics welcome. Lawn seating.Tickets can be purchased upon arrival and do not need to be reserved ahead. Buyer must bring a union card, a headshot/resume, tech resume, or business card indicating employment in the theater business. Price is good for the theater professional only, not guests. Tickets may be purchased by calling 630-986-8067.

Nautilina – The Agency Theater Collective at The Den Theater, 1333 N Milwaukee Ave., is offering $18 industry tickets to all performances of the Reader Recommended world premiere play by Brian Foster. Performances run thru July 16th. Use the code INDUSTRY when checking out at http://thedentheatre.com/shows/.

Gathering in memory of K.D. Kweskin

Please join in a gathering in loving memory of K.D. Kweskin, a publicist, ardent supporter of and dear friend to the Chicago theater community:
6 p.m. Tuesday, July 18
Furama Restaurant, 4936 N. Broadway, Chicago
Dim sum and beverages will be served
John Mills will be inviting everyone to share memories of K.D.
Please RSVP to myrna_petlicki@sbcglobal.net by July 16.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Hir – Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering $15 industry tickets to performances on June 29-July 14 by using the code INDUSTRY when checking out at this site: steppenwolf.org

At the Table –  Broken Nose Theatre at the Den Theatre, 1333 N Milwaukee Ave., remounts their hit show following its Jeff Award-winning, sold out run this past Winter. Performances run June 29 - July 28, and all tickets are Pay-What-You-Can. Set your own ticket price here.

King Liz –  Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W Irving Park Road, is offering $15 House seats to industry members on the following dates: Friday, June 23rd at 8PM and Wednesday, June 28th at 7:30PM. Call 773.891.8985 for tickets. Please be prepared to show proof of industry affiliation at will call.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rental Space Availability at Pride Arts Center

The Buena Theater (50 seats) at Pride Arts Center is available for rent December 4th through February 16th.

The Broadway Theater (85 seats) at Pride Arts Center is available for rent September 4th through November 17th.

For more details, please email prideartschicago@gmail.com, call 800-737-0984, or visit prideartscenter.com.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

The King and I –  Broadway In Chicago at The Oriental Theatre is offering a buy one, get one ticket for June 14, June 15, June 20 and June 21 performances. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online with offer code INDUSTRY. For tickets or more information visit BroadwayInChicago.com.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cornservatory Summer/Fall Production Rental Availability

Corn Productions has availability for a full production rental from August 21st - September 24th. Shows would be Wednesday - Sunday at any time. If you are interested in a tour or rental rates, please contact Lindsay at cornservatoryrentals@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Giordano Dance Chicago - Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering $15 industry tickets for Giordano Dance Chicago on Saturday, June 10 at 7:30PM. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or by calling 312.341.2300. Limit 2 tickets.

T. - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron Ave.,  is hosting an Industry Night on Thursday, June 8. $15 Industry Tickets can be purchased here.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Saints Award $121,000 to Metro Chicago Performing Arts Companies

The Saints, Volunteers for the Performing Arts, have announced that they are awarding more than $121,000 in grants to 26 performing arts groups in the Chicago metropolitan area for 2017. The grants, ranging in amounts from $900 to $7,500, were awarded to archival, dance, music and theater organizations for 2017-18 projects. Over the last two decades, the Saints have given over $935,000 to nearly 250 companies and venues.

The 2017 grants are funding: archiving performances, the commission of new work, enhancement of performance space, costumes & props, ADA access, and the purchase of various kinds of technical equipment. Awardees, expressing their cultural and ethnic diversity, addressing underrepresented or physically challenged audiences and their dedication to the creative, span the metro Chicago area.

The all-volunteer grant commission evaluated nearly 170 proposals totaling almost one million dollars in monetary requests. Funding for the grants comes almost exclusively from the annual dues and donations of the over 2,300 members of The Saints. All donations are welcomed.

The Saints 4th Annual Grant Awards Presentation and Celebration will be held at the Athenaeum on Monday June 12. The doors will open at 6 pm for networking and a cash bar. At 7pm, we will begin the award presentation with Dueling Critics - Kelly Kleiman and Jonathan Abarbanel, as emcees. The public is cordially invited to attend this free event. RSVP to grants@saintschicago.org.

Announcing The Writer's Studio at Chicago Dramatists

Chicago Dramatists proudly announces The Writer’s Studio, an umbrella for all of our public programming at our Center for New Play Development.

The Writer's Studio is a reworking of the developmental programs and classes that Chicago Dramatists offers, to increase accessibility for all of the artists in our city. In our history of play development, playwrights could engage with Chicago Dramatists in one of three ways: by applying for our Residency program, taking classes, or paying a membership fee to participate in our development programs. The Writer’s Studio now allows any writer --- from the novice to the seasoned professional --- the opportunity to engage in all levels of our public programming. Chicago Dramatists is already seeing a wider range in the ages of our program participants and greater ethnic diversity as a direct result of our efforts to expand our mission of accessible art to the community. Our MEH Lewis Fund scholarships make it possible for us to include writers who could not previously afford to partake in our programming. We have also expanded our services to give writers more access to actors and industry gatekeepers.

The following Writer’s Studio programs are now available to anyone:
Script Review: If a writer from anywhere in the world would like feedback from a professional writer or dramaturg, they may send in their script and receive a 2-3 page critique in 3 weeks. Plays, screenplays, and TV pilots are welcome.

Table Readings: An opportunity for a writer to hear their script read aloud with professional actors, and a director or dramaturg leading the post-reading discussion. A limited number of table readings are available; a link to the application form is on our website.

First Draft Reading Series: One of our most popular programs is the Tuesday night reading series of scripts read by fellow writers. First Drafters convene, cast one another in their plays, read them cold, and a playwriting professional leads a talkback with the group. There are 42 First Draft readings per year. Joining the First Draft rolling membership guarantees the participant at least one reading per year.

Classes: The classes at Chicago Dramatists are the backbone of our organization, cultivating new writers, and providing a space for more experienced writers to hone their skills or branch out into screenwriting, TV writing, solo show writing, etc. Public Programs Director Mia McCullough is dedicated to providing a varied and eclectic array of offerings. By autumn, Chicago Dramatists plans to offer on-line classes as well.

Writers’ Groups: Our new writers’ groups offer dramatic writers a space to meet with fellow writers in a similar place in their career, workshop their scripts, and meet industry professionals.

Please visit our website www.chicagodramatists.org to for further details and pricing.

Wireless Mics Available for Rental from BrightSide Theatre

Need a few wireless mics for an upcoming production you have planned? Contact BrightSide Theatre for a quote!
We have the following available for rental from June 26 - October 29, 2017 & November 20, 2017 - March 4, 2018.
12 Shure QLXD4 Receivers
12 Shure QLXD1 bodypack transmitters with Countryman B3 microphones.
**Racked in groups of 4 systems...
info@brightsidetheatre.com or 630-447-8497

Williams Street Repertory Now Accepting Submissions for 2017-18 LAB New Play Reading Series

Williams Street Repertory, a professional theatre company located in the northwest suburb of Crystal Lake, is excited to announce they are now accepting submissions for their 2017 – 2018 LAB new play reading series!

“Writing can be a lonely, isolated endeavor. But plays are meant to be seen and heard,” explains founding artistic director, Richard Kuranda. “It’s imperative for the playwright to send their work out into the world. The collaboration that results from the meeting of playwright, director and actors is an essential step in the journey of any play and the growth of the playwright. LAB Series provides its playwrights with the opportunity to hear their voice (and their play) in the early stages of development. It’s an incredibly brave moment when a new work of art takes a breath in front of an audience for the first time.”

WSRep’s LAB Series is dedicated to showcasing new scripts and fostering new talent as well as giving the audience an artist’s perspective of the play-on-the-page. The goal of the series is to offer a public forum (free of charge), bringing audiences and theatre artists together to share and discuss a wide range of exciting work. Each reading is followed by a talkback and discussion.

This submission request is for new work and unproduced scripts only. If you are interested in submitting your script for consideration, please email the following materials to lab@wsrep.org:

1. A personal statement or letter of introduction (1-page max, please. Please include any specific questions you may have for your script that you would like addressed in the talkback.)
2. Two digital copies of your script in PDF format (one copy that includes your name and one copy with your name redacted).
3. A brief biography (150 words or less).
4. A jpeg picture or headshot and resume if you have one.
5. A simple list of any scheduling conflicts you may have already forecasted for 2017-2018.
The deadline for submission is June 16, 2017. For more information on WSRep’s LAB Series, visit wsrep.org/play-with-us.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Parade – Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL, 60022, is offering $20 tickets to all performances now through July 2. Use code INDUSTRY online at writerstheatre.org or call the Box Office at 847-242-6000.Subject to availability. One discounted ticket per industry proof.

The Mystery of Love & Sex – Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL, 60022, is offering $20 tickets to all performances now through July 2. Use code INDUSTRY online at writerstheatre.org or call the Box Office at 847-242-6000.Subject to availability. One discounted ticket per industry proof.

Johnny 10 Beers' Daughter - Something Marvelous at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., is offering a limited number of $15 tickets to the world premiere through June 18 . Use the code 10BEERS at http://www.somethingmarvelous.org/johnny-ten-beers-daughter/ to order tickets.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Collaboraction Studios Offering Discounted Production Space for July and August

Collaboraction Studios is offering summer discounts on affordable and flexible production space in Wicker Park's historic Flatiron Arts Building for July and August. The Pentagon (70 seats) and the Vault (80 seats) are currently available. Collaboraction Studios is perfect for small- to mid-sized theatre companies looking for a rooted space in the heart of an arts community. This space is ideal for productions, film shoots, visual arts galleries, rehearsals, classes and special events. Located at 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Collaboraction Studios is just off the Damen Blue Line Stop and easily accessible by the 72, 50 and 56 buses.

Contact info@collaboraction.org for more details or to schedule a walkthrough.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

King Liz - Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W Irving Park Road, is offering $15 House seats to industry members on the following dates: June 8th at 7:30pm, June 11th at 3pm, June 14th at 7:30pm, and June 16th at 8pm. Call 773.891.8985 for tickets. Please be prepared to show proof of industry affiliation at will call.

Candide – Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets on June 3 and 9 at 8pm, and June 4 and 7 at 2pm. For tickets call 847-920-5360 or visit www.MusicTheaterWorks.com and use coupon code "world." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Little Miss Sunshine - Chicago Theatre Workshop at the Edge Theater, 5451 N Broadway, is offering $5 General Admission seats to industry members on the following date: May 25th at 7:30pm. Email Chicagotheatreworkshop@gmail.com for tickets. Limit two per RSVP. Please be prepared to show proof of industry affiliation at will call.

Pass Over - Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 W. Halsted, is offering $15 tickets to performances June 1—June 16. Use code 32396 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.

Great Expectations - Remy Bumppo Theatre and Silk Road Rising at the historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington, is offering $10 Industry Nights Friday, May 26th at 8pm and Saturday, May 27th at 8pm.  To purchase tickets, please visit this link which has the discount code preloaded: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/962576/prm/INDUSTRY.  There's no processing fee to buy online. Two tickets per order. This offer is for industry folks only; headshot & resume required to pick up tickets.

Paradise Blue - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering 50% off industry tickets to Friday and Saturday 8PM performances through July 23. For tickets buy online or call the Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 and use code INDUSTRY50.

Harvey - Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave, is offering $10 Industry ADVANCED purchase tickets for Wednesday, June 7th at 2:30pm. Tickets may be purchased online at tickets.CourtTheatre.org using coupon "HARVEYIND". All other performances may only be purchased in person and starting 1 hour before each performance. Must provide proof of industry. Limit 1 ticket per Industry member. To check availability on all performances or purchase advanced Industry ticket for the Wednesday, June 7th at 2:30pm call our box office at 773-753-4472. Don't forget, FREE PARKING TOO!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Space Availability at About Face Theatre

About Face Theatre's facility at 5252 N Broadway features three distinct (and distinctive!) rehearsal rooms available for rent for rehearsals, auditions, classes, planning meetings and more!

All spaces offer wifi, individually controlled heat and air, use of our tables and chairs as available, and access to our shared kitchen area. We are also located right above a newly renovated coffee shop and near several other restaurants and grocery stores for snack and dinner breaks.

We offer affordable rates for evenings and weekends along with a special super discounted rate for daytime rentals.

More information and photos at http://aboutfacetheatre.com/support-us/space-rentals/. Contact alana@aboutfacetheatre.org.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Dylan Brody's Driving Hollywood - Apollo Studio Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave, Lower Level, is offering complimentary industry tickets for Wednesday May 17th through Saturday May 20th at 8pm. Use promo code INDUSTRY when calling 773.935.6100. http://www.apollochicago.com/shows/dylan-brodys-driving-hollywood/

Relativity - Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, is offering $15 Industry Rush Tickets for all performances. May be purchased in person only, 2 hours before performance.  Must provide proof of industry. Limit 2 tickets per Industry ID. Excludes Premium section and Opening Night. To check availability call our box office at 847.673.6300

Passage - The Actors Gymnasium at Noyes Cultural Center, 927 Noyes St. in Evanston, is offering $15 tickets to performances June 3-4 for League members using the code LCT15.

Johnny 10 Beers' Daughter - Something Marvelous at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., is offering a limited number of $10 tickets to the world premiere for the Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m., Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 28 at 3 p.m. performances. Use the code MEMORIAL at http://www.somethingmarvelous.org/johnny-ten-beers-daughter/ to order tickets.

26 - Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, is offering $8.00 industry tickets to the entire run which is every Friday at 11:00PM May 26th-July 14th by using the code INDUSTRY26 when checking out at this site: http://www.prideartschicago.com/late-night-at-pac.html.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

DirectorsLabChicago Announces 2017 Lab

Twelfth annual Lab explores the director–audience relationship
Artistic Director Wm Bullion is pleased to announce the 2017 DirectorsLabChicago to be held Sunday, August 20, through Friday, August 26, 2017, primarily at Victory Gardens Theater on Chicago’s north side. The theme for this year’s Lab is Director¬—Audience: Engaging and Challenging a Distracted World.

DirectorsLabChicago offers this week-long Lab each summer as its flagship program. Now in its thirteenth year, the Lab has hosted 170 U.S.-based and 38 international directors, exploring themes such as The Language of the Stage, The Power of Myth and Ritual and The Kinetics of Directing. Previous presenters have included Robert Falls (Goodman Theatre), Martha Lavey (Steppenwolf), Leon Ingulsrud (SITI Company), Anne Cattaneo (Lincoln Center Theater), Chay Yew (Victory Gardens), and many more.

The Lab gathers directors from all over the world for a week of in-depth investigation of a single topic from multiple angles. It is geared toward professional directors in early- to mid-career stages, who are selected through a rigorous application process. As in years past, the Lab will consist of workshops and panel discussions with master artists, peer-led workshops, and visits to various Chicago productions.

DirectorsLabChicago was founded in 2005 by stage directors Elizabeth Margolius and Karin Shook as a result of their experience at the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York. The artist service organization is very generously supported by the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, as well as by Victory Gardens Theater, our primary host for the 2017 Lab.

More information about this year’s theme, including details about eligibility and the application process, are available at directorslabchicago.com/this-years-lab. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Questions about the Lab may be directed to Bullion at billy@directorslabchicago.com. Learn more about DirectorsLabChicago at directorslabchicago.com and facebook.com/DirectorsLabChicago.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Time Stands Still - AstonRep Theatre Company at the Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street is offering $10 industry tickets to any performance through June 11th. Please email info@astonrep.com or call 773-828-9129 to reserve your tickets and mention INDUSTRY. Walk-up industry tickets also available. www.astonrep.com.

Great Expectations - Remy Bumppo Theatre Company and Silk Road Rising at the historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington, $10 industry tickets to all preview performances May 11 - 20. To purchase tickets, please visit this link which has the discount code preloaded: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/962576/prm/INDUSTRY.  There's no processing fee to buy online. Two tickets per order. This offer is for industry folks only; headshot & resume required to pick up tickets.

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg’s Red Giselle- Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering $25 industry tickets on Friday, May 19 at 7:30PM. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or by calling 312.341.2300.

Call For Artists - Fall 2017 Sponsored Artist Program

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR FALL 2017 SPONSORED ARTISTS AT HIGH CONCEPT LABS
Ten individuals or ensembles will receive support from August 15 through December 15, 2017

High Concept Labs (HCL) announces a call for artists and collectives to take part in its Sponsored Artist Program during HCL’s Fall 2017 Season, August 15 through December 15, 2017. HCL is an arts service organization dedicated to supporting working artists and engaging the Chicago community with arts and culture. HCL fulfills its mission through the Sponsored Artist Program. The Fall 2017 Sponsored Artist Application is due by 11:59 PM CST on Thursday, June 15, 2016. Applications may be accessed at highconceptlabs.org/sap.

HCL’s Sponsored Artist Program is designed to promote the growth of artists and their work through the donation of customizable, no-cost support services including:
• Rehearsal, workshop, and performance space
• Administrative and production assistance
• Communications and design support
• Audience development and media outreach
• Artistic consultation
• Photo and video documentation (when available)
• Strategic networking for partnerships, funding, and creative collaborators
• Teaching and workshop opportunities
• Participation in HCL Artist Critique sessions
• and more

Projects are chosen twice a year and last for a period of four months. Each season is curated to represent emerging and established artists from a range of artistic disciplines. We sponsor three paths of development based on different intentions for the end-result of the project.
• Incubation – projects that require services to support the long-term development of a body of work and are not geared toward a public showing.
• Workshop – projects that are geared toward a workshop-showing of work after a period of incubation. The purpose of the showing is to gauge the development of the work and see how it changes in the presence of an invited audience.
• Exhibition/Performance – HCL acts as a producing partner to present a formal exhibition or performance for the public (may or may not also include a period of incubation and/or workshop).

Successful applicants will be emerging or established artists or collectives with a history of successful work (need not be in same discipline as application project) and with clear goals for their Sponsorship. Accepted artists will be chosen to represent an array of artistic practices and will be chosen by HCL’s Staff and Artistic Advisory Council.

highconceptlabs.org/sap

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Rental Space Availability at Pride Arts Center

The Broadway (85 seats) at Pride Arts Center is available for rent Aug 14 to Oct 8 and then again Nov 20 to Jan 1. Find details at prideartscenter.com.

Season of Concern announces new Biscotto-Miller Award

The Season of Concern Board of Directors proudly announces the new Biscotto-Miller Award.

The Biscotto-Miller Award, named in memory of Stage Manager Tommy Biscotto and Actor J. Pat Miller, salutes and honors theatre companies who organize and conduct audience collections for Season of Concern.

The first Biscotto-Miller Award will be presented, to Lifeline Theatre, on June 5, 2017, at the 2017 Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony, which will take place at The Athenaeum Theatre, located at 2036 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago.

Through the Biscotto-Miller Fund and The Actors Fund, Season of Concern provides funds to underwrite grants to members of the Chicago-area theatre community who are unable to work due to illness or injury. These grants are made to actors, directors, administrators, playwrights, dancers, designers, technicians without regard to union status. If you know of anyone who needs assistance, please contact: Season of Concern, Frank Farrell - 312-332-0518 or The Actors Fund, Steven Haught - 312-372-0989.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Conversation with Ben Cameron


Monday, May 22 at 1PM
Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
Join us on Monday, May 22 at 1:00 PM at Victory Gardens Theater for a conversation with Ben Cameron, President of the Jerome Foundation, located in Minneapolis and New York, supporting emerging artists and the organizations that support them. Previously Ben served as the program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Foundation and Executive Director at Theatre Communications Group. He is an inspirational thought leader in our field and is a frequent speaker on theatre and the arts throughout the country. Ben will speak on some of the issues that are affecting our work and how we can address them in an environment that is constantly shifting and in which we are trying to address new and evolving realities. Ben’s talk will be followed by a Q &A. This event is free and open to all, please share with your theatre's staff and board.
Click here to RSVP.

Industry Ticket Offers

T. - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron, is offering $10 industry preview tickets to Thursday, May 18 - Sunday, May 21 performances with code OLYMPIC. Tickets can be purchased here!

Lady X The Musical - Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark, is offering $15 industry tickets online or at the door with code word 'industryrate' (one word) for the run of the show through June 10. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2820165.

Queen - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets to the May 4 7:30pm performance using promo code HIVE at http://victorygardens.org/our-season/queen/.

Not About Nightingales – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $18 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru June 4. 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.

3C, by David Adjmi - A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N Wells St, is offering $15 Industry tickets to all Thursday performances through June 4th. Use the code: DISCO at checkout. For tickets: call (312)943-8722 or www.aredorchidtheatre.org.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Redtwist Guest Company Project

REDTWIST GUEST COMPANY PROJECT
 • Performing space available at reasonable rates
 • $500 per week for 6 weeks (no cost for 10 days of rehearsal/tech)
• Guest Company keeps 100% of box office revenue
 • 3 performances per week for 6 weeks
 • Perf times are Sat @ 3pm, Wed & Sun @ 7:30pm
 • 18 performances total, which is the minimum for Jeff eligibility
• Contact Michael Colucci via email or phone: michael@redtwist.org or 773-728-7529

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2017 Michael Merritt Awards And Design Exposition

The 24th Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration will take place on Monday, May 15th, 2017 at Loyola University Chicago. 5:00pm-10:00pm

Legendary Broadway and Film Costume Designer Ann Roth (The Nance, The Book of Mormon, The English Patient, Midnight Cowboy) will receive the 2017 Merritt Award. Set Designer Courtney O'Neil, Charge Scenic Artist CoCo Ree Lemery, and Production Stage Manager Narda E. Alcorn will receive major awards in addition to student and exhibition prizes.

The Michael Merritt Awards and Endowment Fund honors the memory of a brilliant designer and inspirational teacher. This 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.

The Merritt Awards thanks the theatre community for its ongoing support and Loyola University Department of Fine and Performing Arts for hosting. We hope the theatre professionals, students and the public will join us for this exciting celebration of our collaborative art form.

Tickets
Student - $ 5.00
General Admission - $ 20.00
Book tickets online at merrittawards.com
General Public is welcome.
Food, wine and beer are included in the ticket price. Funds go to support the awards endowment fund.

Schedule:
THEATRE DESIGN EXPOSITION
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.

DIALOGUE WITH THE DESIGNERS
7:00-8:00 p.m.
A panel discussion featuring the award recipients exploring current issues of interest to theatre professionals and students.

AWARDS PRESENTATION AND CELEBRATION
8:15-8:45 p.m.
Presentation of prizes for best student and professional exhibits, four academic prizes, The Emerging Technical Collaborator Award, The Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, The Robert Christen Award for Excellence in Technical Collaboration, and The Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration.

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

The Firebirds Take the Field - Rivendell Theatre, 5779 North Ridge Ave. is offering a limited number of $20 Industry Tickets at all 8PM performances Thursday April 27 through Saturday May 6th. 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 Rivendelltheatre.org & use box-office code: INDUSTRY.

Force Continuum - Eclipse Theatre at Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport is offering $15 industry tickets for all performances through May 21st. Performances are Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 2pm. Use Code INDUSTRY at the Box Office. For tickets and info, call 773-935-6875 or visit eclipsetheatre.com.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rehearsal Space Availability with The Hypocrites

The Hypocrites have rehearsal space availability starting now through the summer. Discounted rates of $10 per hour are available for your rehearsal, workshop, or classes. Please e-mail pat@the-hypocrites.com for more information.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Underscore Theatre Company Accepting Submissions for the 4th annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival



Underscore Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions for its 4th annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, set for February 2018 (venue to be announced). Applications can be submitted through May 15, 2017 at www.cmtf.org.

CMFT 4 will include a number of new development opportunities for participants, including feedback from a panel of local playwrights, composers and judges, as well as networking events with theatre professionals from across the country. The Festival will also coincide with Chicago’s popular Chicago Theatre Week, allowing more audiences to enjoy the line-up of new works.

Since its inception in 2014, the CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL has brought 35 new musical to Chicago stages. The festival provides much-needed artistic resources for emerging composer/lyricist teams to have their work supported, explored and most importantly – performed!

Greenhouse Theater Center Accepting Submissions for The Trellis Residency Initiative



Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to announce THE TRELLIS RESIDENCY INITIATIVE, a new professional development program for young Chicago-area playwrights, devisors and creators to cultivate and present new works. Six candidates under 30 will be chosen through an open submission process to participate in a comprehensive one-month residency, culminating in a public showing at the Greenhouse. Artists will be paired with professional mentors, including some of Chicago’s most celebrated mid-career directors, playwrights and dramaturgs. They will also receive access to writing and rehearsal space, production resources, and staffing for their final presentation.

THE TRELLIS RESIDENCY INITIATIVE submissions for the 2017-18 season are currently being accepted through Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at greenhousetheatre.org/trellis. Residencies and performances will begin in September 2017.

Space Availability at Theater Wit

Theater Wit has special discount primetime rates available for June-August 2017 as low as $1400. Contact jeremy@theaterwit.org for details.

Theater Wit is taking applications for 2017/18 season slots. Limited Fall, spring slots still available. Visit https://www.theaterwit.org/space for details

Monday, April 17, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

That's Weird, Grandma: I Still Know What You Did Last Spring - Barrel of Monkeys at The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N Ashland Ave. is offering $6 tickets for performances (Mondays at 8pm, April 24 - May 22) with code INDUSTRY. More show information and tickets at barrelofmonkeys.org.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey (enter on Marshfield) is offering $7 industry tickets with headshot and resume on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29 at 8 p.m., For information visit saintsebastianplayers.org.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Impact/React: Inclusion Strategies in Chicago Theatres


Monday, May 1, 6:45 - 9PM
Merle Reskin Rehearsal Space, 1624 N. Halsted
IMPACT/REACT is a symposium in which leaders from various Chicago theatres and theatre service organizations will engage in conversations about inclusion strategies through a series of speakers, group discussions, and tabling organizations.

Participating collectives include The Yard, ALTA (The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists), League of Chicago Theaters, YEPP (Youth Empowerment Performance Project) and more!

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a networking mixer with food and drinks during the final hour.

Presented by the 2016-17 Steppenwolf Multicultural Fellows: Gabe Alaniz, Fatima Sowe, Lucas Garcia, and Ligia Sandoval.

Click here to RSVP on the Facebook event.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Available Rental Space at The Factory Theater

Theater Space:
The stage is a ¾ thrust with a house of 72 seats. The space’s amenities also include: a well-furnished dressing room, two back stage bathrooms, sizable booth, excellent AC/Heat, rentable parking lot, Bauhaus-decorated lobby, and its steps off of the Red Line. We’ve hosted full productions, burlesque performances, summer camps, late nights, and parties. There are still a few free dates in 2017 open for rent, and we are also looking ahead to 2018.

Rehearsal Space:
The Substation is an adjoining store front space that is minimally furnished to comfortably accommodate rehearsals, workshops, classes, parties, meetings, or any other purpose for an open space. This space is newly available for Bookings, and we are excited to see how we can evolve it to better accommodate our renters and their events. Rentals are available immediately.

For more details you can look us up on Chicago Space Finder at http://chicagospaces.fracturedatlas.org/spaces/13545?from_search=1
If you are interested in either space, please contact the Booking Manager at rentals@thefactorytheater.com.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Circle Mirror Transformation - Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr, is offering offering prepaid guaranteed industry tickets for $15 on Sun Apr 16, Thu Apr 20, Fri Apr 21, Sat Apr 22, Sun Apr 23 with the online code industryCMT. You can order online at www.redtwist.org.

Pinocchio - Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station, 100 S. Racine. Use Promo Code INDUSTRY and SAVE 50% on tickets to the following performances: Friday, April 21 at 7PM and Saturday, April 22 at 6PM. Buy tickets online.

Marry Me a Little - Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering a limited number of $15 tickets on Monday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Stage 773. Call and mention PMTINDUSTRY at 773.327.5252 or stop at the box office to purchase your ticket. Proof of theatre industry affiliation required at box office when claiming tickets. For more information go to porchlightmusictheatre.org.

Picnic - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron Ave. is offering $20 industry tickets to Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm PICNIC performances with code PINK. Tickets can be purchased here!

Global Visionaries – The Joffrey Ballet, 50 East Congress, is offering 50% off industry tickets to April 28, May 4 and 5 performances. Use code IND50 to buy online.

Beyond Caring – Lookingglass theatre Company, 821 N. Michigan Ave., is offering $20 Industry tickets for the following performances: Thursday, April 13 at 2PM, Sunday, April 16 at 7:30PM, Saturday, April 22 at 2PM, Sunday, April 23 at 7:30PM, Thursday, April 27 at 2PM, and Sunday, April 30 at 7:30PM. Use code INDUSTRY online at lookingglasstheatre.org or call the box office at 313.337.0665.

Guest Company Slots Available at Redtwist Theatre

Redtwist Guest Company slots are now available for the 17-18 season. Early bird rates are available before June 1. Contact michael@redtwist.org.
GC DATES FOR 17-18 SEASON
• GC slot #1--Wed, Sep 20 to Sun, Oct 29
• GC slot #2--Wed, Nov 29 to Sun, Jan 14
• GC slot #3--Wed, Feb 14 to Sun, Mar 25
• GC slot #4--Wed, Apr 25 to Sun, Jun 03
• GC slot #5--Wed, Jul 11 to Sun, Aug 19

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Space Availability at The Athenaeum Theatre

The Athenaeum Theatre has prime studio performance space available.
Our largest studio theatre – Studio 3 on the third floor is available 5/22 – 7/2 ( for 6 weeks) - Seats 87
Studio One on the lobby level just outside the Curtain Call Club bar is available 7/3 – 8/13 – (for 6 Weeks) – Seats 60
The Athenaeum Theatre is Chicago’s oldest continuously operating off-loop, theatre. We provided competitively priced performance spaces with full box-office support.
Contact Allan Chambers, General Manager – 773-935-6860 ext 301
Allan@Athenaeumtheatre.org to discuss rates.

Business Takes the Stage: Lessons from the Theater Community

Mon, Apr 24 / 6-8pm
Polsky Exchange, Theater, 1452 E 53rd Street
Free; Registration encouraged
As part of the Arts & Innovation Series presented by the Logan Center and the Polsky Exchange, representatives from local non-profit and for-profit Chicago theaters will share their thoughts on their business models. They will discuss arts as a model for collaboration; how to create a space where difficult conversations are had; and the ability to create community and co-create with audiences both inside and outside of the theater. Panelists will include David Schmitz of Steppenwolf Theatre, Kelly Leonard from Second City, and Les Coney, Mesirow Financial and Life Trustee of Goodman Theatre. Frank Sennett, Director of Digital Strategy and Custom Media at Crain's Chicago Business, will serve as moderator.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

The? Unicorn? Hour? - The Neo-Futurists at The Neo-Futurarium,5153 N. Ashland are offering Half-Price industry tickets April 4/13, 4/14 and 4/16 with pay-what-you-can previews 4/6, 4/7 & 4/8. For tickets call #773-878-4557 or visit www.neofuturists.org and use the code "Industry". Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Force Continuum - Eclipse Theatre Company at The Athenaeum (2936 N. Southport Ave. Chicago) is offering $10 industry tickets for all previews on April 13th, 14th and 15th at 7:30pm in addition to Thursday April 20th and Friday the 21st at 7:30pm. Mention Code INDUSTRY at the Box Office. For tickets and info, call 773-935-6875 or visit eclipsetheatre.com.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

FREE Contemporary Lacquer Look Display Unit




FREE Contemporary Lacquer look display Unit (would be great in a lobby for head shots or poster of season or upcoming promotional material) Black with red and silver accents Comes in two pieces 8 feet tall, 6’2” wide, 15” deep with added lip (10” wide 40” long and 35” tall) Additional plexiglass insert for display materials Needs two people to move with van or truck Contact Jerry at jwilframe@sbcglobal.net. River North area

Friday, March 31, 2017

MaKeathon at Northwestern – Calling all Need Knowers!

Join us for a three-day Makeathon on April 28th-30th at the new Northwestern Kellogg Global Hub! You’ll be paired with makers in one of Northwestern's most exciting and innovative spaces for the experience of a lifetime.

The MaKeathon at Northwestern brings Makers (engineers, designers, innovators and problem solvers) together with Need Knowers (people with a deep understanding of a specific disability challenge, either due to personal life experience or professional choices) to develop extremely affordable solutions for real-life challenges. The products will be designed and built in a 3-day marathon.

Are you a Need Knower with a disability that you would like the maker teams to build a solution to? Check out the attached handout and apply below!

Applications due Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at 11:59pm
To Apply: https://goo.gl/forms/LlZ3RU36adEqR1j22

For more info see http://www.makeathonnu.tomglobal.org/.

The 72 hour event will take place at Kellogg's new Global Hub at Northwestern University between Friday, April 28th-Sunday, April 30th. We will meet at 9:00AM and finish with a closing ceremony at 5:00PM on the last day (April 30th). A Pre-Event will be held on Wednesday, April 12th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chicago Actors Call to Action - The Green Benefit for the Natural Resources Defense Council



Monday, April 17 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave.
A great line up of theatre and musical professionals, to entertain, inform and excite you. Win some amazing prizes in our raffle and find out how you can help keep this planet turning.
Click here to buy tickets

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Battlefield - MCA Stage, 220 E. Chicago, is offering a special industry discount to LOCT members: 20% off tickets on Thursday, April 6. This evening includes a post-show conversation with co-director Marie-Hélène Estienne and cast, and is ASL interpreted. To purchase, mention code DIRECT when you call the MCA box office (312.397.4010) or use code online. Limited to 2 tickets per purchase; discounted tickets are subject to availability.

Mary Poppins - Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613, is offering a limited number of $15 Industry tickets on Friday, March 31st at 7:30pm and Friday, April 14th at 7:30pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code "INDUSTRY" or by calling 773-325-1700.

10 out of 12 - Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., announces an industry night to end all industry nights. In a play about tech for those who have lived through tech. Monday, April 10th at 7:30 pm at for only $15. Additional industry tickets available for many other performances (Thu-Fri and Sundays) for $20-$24. Visit the website to book.

Born Yesterday - Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $15 Industry Nights on Friday nights through April 30. Use Code Word "Industry" when you call the Box Office at 773.404.7336.

Paradise Blue - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering $15 Industry tickets for all previews, April 26 - May 3. Use the code INDUSTRY15 online, over the phone, or at the box office at 773.281.8463 x6. Tickets subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Limit 4 discounted tickets per order. May not be combined with other offers. Valid only for dates listed; offer expires 5/3/17.

Destiny of Desire - Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets to performances 3/29 – 4/16 using promo code INDUSTRY at GoodmanTheatre.org/Destiny.

Six Stories Tall – Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theatre, 1012 N. Noble, is offering $10 industry tickets to performances through April 29. Use code INDUSTRY online at adventurestage.org/tickets, in person, or by calling our Box Office at 773.342.4141.

By the Water - Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, is offering $15 Industry Rush Tickets for all performances. May be purchased in person only, 2 hours before performance. Must provide proof of industry. Limit 2 tickets per Industry ID. Excludes Premium section and Opening Night. To check availability call our box office at 847.673.6300

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Call for Submissions for PEACEBOOK

We are proud to open the Call For Submissions for PEACEBOOK, our city-wide arts and peace festival which showcases 21 world-premiere plays, devised theatre, dance, spoken word and more, of 7 minutes or less, about Peace in Chicago. Each show will perform at a VERY RESPECTED DOWNTOWN THEATRE on August 26th, with stipends for all artists, and then will tour to either Englewood (Sept. 28-30th), Austin (Oct. 19-21st), or Hermosa (Nov. 2-4th). CLICK HERE to see the recap video from last year.

The SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS APRIL 15TH!
Go here to submit today - http://www.collaboraction.org/peacebook2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Vacant Storefront Available Next Door to Redtwist

The vacant space next door to Redtwist might be available for a small theatre company to move in this summer. The size is about 1600 square feet, and after a build-out, it would be a double-storefront configuration similar to Redtwist. It's the same landlord as Redtwist and she is willing to cover the costs of tearing down a few walls to create a theatre space. The rent is reasonable and you might be able to negotiate a few months free rent too. Also, Redtwist needs additional space and would be willing to sub-lease a portion of the space, which would help to pay your monthly rent. Please contact Michael Colucci via email or phone: michael@redtwist.org or 773-728-7529.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Space Availability 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. Rehearsal space is now just $12/hour for April and May. We're a great space for productions, film shoots, visual arts galleries, rehearsals, classes, and special events.

Contact taylor@collaboraction.org for more details or to schedule a walkthrough.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering $25 industry tickets for the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night performances March 22-26. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or call 312.341.2300. Limit of 2 tickets.

Sycamore – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $18 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru April 29. 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.

Linda Vista - Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering $15 tickets to performances March 30—April 16, excluding Saturday Nights Use code 31218 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.

Space Availability at Redtwist Theatre

Redtwist offers space to guest companies at reasonable rates.
• Summer slot still available for a July/August run
• Six week runs only, three performances per week (18 total)
• Perf times are Sat @ 3pm, Wed & Sun @ 7:30pm

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition

Online submissions now being accepted for FULL LENGTH LATINO STAGE PLAYS (In Spanish or English or both!)

Guidelines: http://repertorio.nyc/#/opportunities
Time stamped Deadline: Wednesday, June 15, 2017. (Time stamped)

MISSION: To promote and develop original stage plays that relate to Latino life, culture and history in the United States and to encourage emerging and established Latino playwrights.

2017 marks the end of our competition under the auspices of MetLife. Repertorio is so grateful to have had their support and to have premiered 17 plays, produced over 110 staged readings and awarded over $110,000 in prize money.

We are very proud of our effort to encourage emerging voices and promote works that are relevant to the times we live in and are authentic to the Latinx community at large. Please stay tuned for more information regarding our future endeavors with emerging and established playwrights.

Send all of this information and the requested materials via e-mail to:nuestrasvoces@repertorio.org using the subject line “Nuestras Voces: Title of –Your- Play”.

Send the following information within the body of the e-mail:
*Your full name
* Your e-mail address
*Your cell phone number
*Your mailing address (street address, city, state, zipcode)
*How did you hear about the competition?
*4-6 line synopsis
*4 -6 line description of how your play relates to the Latino / Hispanic American community

Unfortunately, we cannot accept any changes or re-submissions once the script has been submitted.

Send the following as an attachment:
One ELECTRONIC COPY of your script without your name on it-- in one document with numbered pages and a title page that lists the title and year the play was written ONLY.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

UNA Event with Hamilton cast members at Victory Gardens



Chicago Chapter of United Nations Association 
Mon, March 20, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
2433 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Join us for an exclusive panel discussion with select cast members of Chicago's HAMILTON as advocates of human rights, peace, justice, and gender equality. Our panelists will explore the Global Goals and the resonating themes in HAMILTON to empower you to rise up and give the globe a shot.

Time:
5:30-6:30p - Registration and Reception
6:30-7:45p - Panel Discussion
Tickets are $15-25 - Open bar included in ticket price.

Click here for tickets

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Space Availability at Theater Wit

Theater Wit has availability starting early May. Call Jeremy at 773-857-0083 for summer pricing and availability.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

A Jewish Joke - Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets to shows March 16-19. Use code “Industry” for purchasing tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/968240.

Lunar Eclipse - Eclipse Theatre Company at Vagabond School of the Arts, 4001 N. Ravenswood #504, will host Lunar Eclipse, a fundraising and networking mixer. The event will take place Sunday March 19th from 7pm to 9:30pm. Actors and Designers are encouraged to bring headshots and resumes. Food and Drinks will be served. Event will also include music, dancing and more. There is a suggested donation of $25 for non-artists and $15 for artists at the door. For more information, please visit http://eclipsetheatre.com/lunar-eclipse/.

Circus 1903– Broadway In Chicago at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, is offering $29 industry tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances March 21-22. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online with offer code INDUSTRY. For tickets or more information visit BroadwayInChicago.com.

Friday, March 10, 2017

$5 Teen Ticket Initiative Kickoff Meeting



Greetings,

Urban Gateways is reaching out to arts and culture institutions to gain support for a new city-wide initiative that will create unprecedented access for teens to experience Chicago’s performing arts events.

This initiative aims to enable teens to access to available day-of show tickets to performances in venues across the city and surrounding area for only $5. This would help arts organizations connect with younger audiences and fill houses while making high-quality arts experiences more accessible for Chicago youth.

More information about the project can be found here: https://sites.google.com/view/chicagoteentickets/home

To get this program going, we will be having a kick-off meeting on Wednesday, March 15th at 10:30 am at the Chicago Cultural Center for all interested parties and stakeholders, including arts organizations and venues, funders, and community institutions. This gathering will allow us to introduce the concept, show data from teens demonstrating the value of this type of program, and build support as we look to move forward. We sincerely hope that you, or an appropriate representative, can attend on behalf of your organization.

The event invitation is online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-5-teen-ticket-program-kick-off-tickets-31978921816

Finally, as a formality, we are asking interested venues to fill out a brief form so that we may list them as Inaugural Partners of this initiative.

If you have any questions, concerns, or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Urban Gateways Performance Programs Manager, Tarah Durnbaugh (tortiz@urbangateways.org, 312-445-2750).

Inaugural Partner Form can be found here: https://urbangateways.tfaforms.net/24

Thank you.

Eric Delli Bovi
Executive Director

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Collaboraction Studios accepting inquiries for Resident Companies




Collaboraction Studios is opening up our '17-'18 rentals slots and now accepting inquires for Resident Companies for the season in our flexible and affordable studios, The Pentagon (70 seats) and The Vault (80 seats). Collaboraction Studios is perfect for small to-mid-sized theatre companies looking for a rooted space in an accessible and prime location. Located in the historic Flatiron Arts Building at 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, Collaboraction Studios is just off the Damen Blue Line stop and accessible by the 72, 50, and 56 buses.

Being one of our Resident Companies comes with discounted rental rates and further benefits.

Please email taylor@collaboraction.org for more details or to schedule a tour.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

That's Weird, Grandma: Rise of the Rock Spectacular - Barrel of Monkeys at The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N Ashland Ave. is offering $6 tickets for performances (Sundays at 2pm and Mondays at 8pm, March 5 - March 27) with code INDUSTRY. More show information and tickets at barrelofmonkeys.org.

Picnic - American Theater Company, 1909 W Byron St, is offering $10 industry tickets to preview performances on March 17-19 using the code HYMNS. Purchase tickets here or by calling the box office at 773.409.4125.

The Columnist - American Blues Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets on Monday, March 6 @ 7:30pm. For tickets call (773) 327-5252 or visit AmericanBluesTheater.com and use promo code "LIGHT."

Squeeze My Cans - Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering a special benefit performance on Monday, March 13 at 7:30PM for the Human Rights Campaign. As a member of the theatre industry, we want to invite you to join us for a terrific show and to support the HRC, and afterwards join us for a talkback followed by a complimentary beer and wine reception. Buy tickets online.

The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard - Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. $10 Industry tickets available now through March 31st. Tickets available 1 hour before the show, in person only. Feel free to call the box office at 773-753-4472 day of to check availability. Must show proof of industry at purchase. 1 ticket per industry member only.

A Wonder In My Soul - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $15 tickets to the 3/15-3/19 performances using promo code INDUSTRY at http://victorygardens.org/our-season/a-wonder-in-my-soul/. *Not valid on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Expires 3/19/17.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Seeking Applications for the 6th Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival

Funny ladies around the world are officially invited to apply for the 6th annual Chicago Women’s Funny Festival June 15 – 18. Founded by Stage 773 Director of Theatre Management Jill Valentine and co-producer Liz McArthur, The Chicago Women’s Funny Festival features all comedic art forms including stand up, sketch, solo, vaudeville, improvisational, musical and more. The event packs over 80 shows, featuring over 500 performers from over 160 groups into four funny-filled days. Applications for participation may be sent in through April 15 by visiting http://www.chicagowomensfunnyfestival.com/.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Henry V - Babes With Blades Theatre Company's at City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. Beginning Thursday, March 2nd, $10 industry tickets are available for all performances using the code DAUPHIN. Show opens Monday, February 27th and runs through Saturday, April 1st. For more information: http://babeswithblades.org/spring-2017-henry-v/.

Roomies:  Stories of Living Together - A Live Show Presented by Israel Story and The New Israel Fund at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets for League members for the one-night-only performance on February 28 at 7:30 p.m. using the code LEAGUE. For tickets and more information visit israelstory.nif.org or call 773.404.7336.

Good People - Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at The Playhouse Theatre at McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd, is offering an industry discount for performances through 3/9. Use promo code INDUSTRY for $10 tickets. Purchase online at bit.ly/2hty74Z or by calling the box office at 630-942-4000.

The Scullery Maid - Idle Muse Theatre Company at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway Street, is offering $10 Industry Tickets on March 23rd, March 30 and April 6 at 8pm. Tickets available at www.IdleMuse.org and at the door. Select "Industry". Tickets subject to availability.

Thodos Dance Chicago - Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering $25 industry tickets on Saturday, March 11 at 7:30PM. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or call 312.341.2300. Limit of 2 tickets.

Spamilton - Royal George Theatre Center, 1641 N. Halsted is offering $20 standard ticket with the code INDSTR. Offer valid for performances Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 5pm from March 3rd – March 16th, 2017. Not available for Sunday, March 12th. Two tickets per order, limited availability.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Summer Theater Rental Availability with Pride Films and Plays

The Broadway, an 85 seat house in Pride Arts Center, is opening from May 29 to June 18. 85 seats. Email pridefilmsandplays@gmail.com for more information.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Development and Education Opportunities for Chicago Playwrights

After four years of producing plays in Chicago, Step Up Productions is reforming as Step Up Chicago Playwrights. In its new form, Step Up will dedicate itself to supporting new Chicago plays through paid residencies and commissions. Through its Chi Wrights education initiative, Step Up also hopes to foster a new, more diverse generation of Chicago playwrights. Founding Director Elizabeth Antonucci will continue to work with the company in an advisory role, while Brad Akin will step into the new role of Executive Director.

Beginning March 1, Chicago playwrights will be able to apply for a Neighborhood Residency from Step Up. Selected playwrights will be paired with one of Chicago’s neighborhoods and provided with connections to a diversity of communities in the area. Through sharing, participation, and observation, resident playwrights will have the opportunity to build a relationship with some of the dynamic communities that make Chicago unique. Executive Director Brad Akin believes that the opportunity will be incredibly useful for many of Chicago’s playwrights. “Playwrights aren’t just talented at writing stories,” says Akin. “They’re also talented at seeing stories in the people and places around them. This residency will help a playwright to see their own neighborhood in a new light, or to see another neighborhood for the first time.”

A key component in building the relationship between playwright and neighborhood is the Chi Wrights program, Step Up’s new education initiative. Built into each Neighborhood Residency will be play literacy classes and workshops that allow the resident playwright to share their knowledge and experience with interested neighbors. Whether it’s an introduction to playwriting for high school students or a master class for playwrights eager to improve their work, the Chi Wrights program allows resident playwrights to give back to the host neighborhood. It also allows Step Up to foster the next generation of Chicago playwrights.

“We want to develop plays, but we also want to develop connections between our theatre community and our neighborhoods,” says Akin. “Those aren’t two separate goals: we believe that meaningful Chicago plays will spring from meaningful relationships between playwrights and communities.” Playwrights who have completed a Neighborhood Residency will be eligible to apply for a Chicago Works Commission from Step Up. This commission will provide an $8,000.00 fee and support for workshops and readings.

For Founding Director Elizabeth Antonucci, building relationships between artists and neighbors has always been an important part of the organization’s mission. “It’s important that the stories we tell connect to our audiences in a way that has impact,” she says. While changing Step Up from a production model to a development model has brought a number of changes, that focus on connection has remained constant. “It was always a challenge to find plays that would connect to our Chicago neighbors. Now we’re building those connections into the plays themselves.”

Website: www.stepupchicagoplaywrights.com