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:

For more info see

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

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, 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.

Go here to submit today -

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: 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 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 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 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!)

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 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.

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:

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

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

Friday, March 10, 2017

$5 Teen Ticket Initiative Kickoff Meeting


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:

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:

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 (, 312-445-2750).

Inaugural Partner Form can be found here:

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 for more details or to schedule a tour.