Thursday, June 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: 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.