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.