Wednesday, January 16, 2019

We're Moving!

We are currently redesigning our industry website to better serve the Chicago theatre community. As part of the new website redesign we are integrating our blog content within the website and will no longer be using this blogspot address. The new blog can be found at:

Participate in the 2019 5th Annual Remembrance Readings

Remembrance Play Readings is an annual event utilizing the power of theatrical readings of Holocaust plays you or your organization select from the National Jewish Theater Foundation - Holocaust Theater International Initiative Catalog ( We would appreciate your participation to coincide with either International Holocaust Memorial Day (1/27), Yom HaShoah-Holocaust Remembrance Day (5/1 & 5/2) or Kristallnacht-Night of Broken Glass (10/9 & 10/10).

Register here ( for the National Jewish Theater Foundation - Holocaust Theater International Initiative (NJTF HTII) Readings and share this invitation with your constituents to ensure that we increase our outreach and keep the memory of the Holocaust and its lessons alive forever.

Launched in 2015 to honor Yom HaShoah, Remembrance Readings has expanded to include the use of theater presentations to recognize all major Holocaust Remembrance Days.

 For more information about Remembrance Readings contact Justine Shayman Outreach Director:

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Industry Ticket Offers

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - Porchlight Music Theatre, located at 1016 N. Dearborn St., is offering select $20 industry tickets for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Monday, January 28th at 7:30PM. Use code INDUSTRY when purchasing tickets in-person at the box office or over the phone at 773-777-9884. When picking up tickets, please present proof of industry. Limit of 1 per person, not valid on previously purchased tickets.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Space Availability at Victory Gardens Theater

Space available at Victory Gardens Theater in the Richard Christiansen Theater (RCT) for 6 weeks in August/September 2019 and potentially either April / May 2020 or May/June 2020. The RCT rental package includes a fully ADA Compliant House – 109 seats, 20 are flexible; Stage – 37’2″W x 20’0″D x 13’3″H; 14″ deck height; small light package including standard light inventory, light board, cabling; small sound package including microphones, amps, speakers and playback devices; 2 dressing rooms (each seats four); 2 private restrooms; and a house manager. Please email to discuss rates and availability.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Space Availability at the Royal George Theatre Center

The Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, has 2019 slots available for the 50 seat Gallery Theatre, prime time 3 – 6 week rentals. Great price and location, right across the street from Steppenwolf. Ticketing, house staff and bartender included. Also some availability in 190 seat Cabaret for one night events, stand-up comedy, workshops, corporate meetings and more. For further information or viewing appointment, contact Joe at 312-988-9105.

Industry Ticket Offers

All Childish Things - First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Hall, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St, Oak Brook, are offering $15 industry tickets Weds. evenings at 8 PM and Thursday matinees at 3 PM through February 24. Tickets are on an "as available" basis and may be purchased online at with the code INDACT. When picking up tickets, 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 professionals and up to one guest each. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 630-986-8067.

Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah — Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Ida B Wells Dr, is offering select $25 industry tickets for Too Hot to Handel Saturday, January 19 @ 7:30PM and Sunday, January 20 @ 3PM. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at or by call 312.341.2300. Limit 2 tickets; subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets.

Trinity Irish Dance Company Young Professional’s Party — $45 tickets are available to young professionals for Trinity Irish Dance Company on Saturday, February 2 @ 7:30PM. The price includes a seat to the performance + post-show party, which includes two drink tickets and light bites at Kitty O’Shea’s. Click here to purchase! (use promo YOUNGPRO if not automatically applied).

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Merritt Awards seeking recommendations for 2019 Awards

Dear Theatre Professional:

Who are the award worthy-designers and technicians you have been collaborating with recently?

Click here to make a recommendation today!

We need your help to recognize the work of the most talented designers and technical collaborators in our industry! We are now accepting recommendations for the 26th Anniversary Michael Merritt Awards.

The Michael Merritt Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in design and collaboration in an annual design exhibition and ceremony on May 13, 2018 at Columbia College Chicago’s newly renovated Getz Theatre Center.

Award categories include:

Recommendations take just a moment to complete online.
Click here to make a recommendation today!

Don't delay, recommendations are accepted through Tuesday January 15th!

Thank you for helping support excellence in theatrical design and collaboration.

The Merritt Awards Steering Committee

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Saints Announce 2019 Grants Program

The Saints invite and encourage theater, dance, and music organizations to apply for grant assistance to be used for artistic development or production-related purposes. Saints Grant applicants can request funding for but are not limited to: costumes, the commissioning or licensing of works, improvements to applicant-owned premises, community engagement and enrichment projects, or computer and technical items such as sound or lighting needs.

 Budget requests up to $5,000 will be considered for projects covering the performance year from June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020. Requesting organizations must be 501(c)(3) and have been established for a minimum of two years.

 The live Saints Grant application will be available February 1 at Applications will be accepted through March 18, 2019.

 The Grants Guideline & FAQs and Preview Application are now available for your review.

 Direct inquiries to the Saints Grants Commission.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! - American Blues Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets with the code LIGHT on Monday, December 31 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 773.654.3103 or visit

Evil Dead the Musical- Black Button Eyes Productions at The Broadway at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N Broadway Ave, Chicago, IL, is offering a VERY LIMITED number of $15 Industry tickets (General Admission, non-Splatter Zone) to the following performances: previews on Friday, January 11 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, January 12 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, January 13 at 2 pm, and Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code “DEADITE” until the allocated tickets are gone; please bring proof of industry affiliation to the box office when picking up tickets.

That's Weird, Grandma: Star-Studded Stories - Barrel of Monkeys, performing at The Neo-Futurists Theatre (5153 N Ashland), has $12 industry tickets available for all regular performances. Sundays at 3 p.m., January 27-February 17. Purchase tickets at using the code INDUSTRY.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

URTA hosts Women + Theatre Forum in Chicago

URTA will host the Women+ Theatre Forum, bringing together women+ theatre artists for discussion and advice. The event will galvanize the community by offering support and encouragement in a safe environment, surrounded by peers and veteran artists.

URTA’s President, Holly Poe Durbin with UC, Irvine colleague Jane Page, will host the Forum on January 26th from 8pm-9pm at the Palmer House in Chicago, during the URTA Auditions & Interviews (“The URTAs”). While URTA regularly offers continuing education programs for candidates at the URTA Audition & Interviews, this Forum will be inclusive and not restricted to attendees of the URTAs.

“We hope many theatre artists will join us in celebrating 50 years of URTA professional development, and add their voices to the community at the Women+ Theatre Forum,” said Christy Hamilton, URTA’s Managing Director.

Free admission + appetizers being generously sponsored by the Palmer House. Wine and beer available for purchase.

For more information about the URTAs email

The University Resident Theatre Association was founded in 1969 with the mission of supporting excellence in professional training of theatre artists, ensuring the continued renewal of the American theatre. Whether it’s maintaining the highest quality standards for our member universities, helping to match potential students with the MFA program best suited to their needs, facilitating engagement of professional artists at universities, or expanding our offering of continuing education programming to students, faculty and professional artists, URTA is setting the stage for emerging theatre artists, superior theatre training, and professional advancement.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

The Lightning Thief- Broadway In Chicago at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. is offering a buy one ticket, get one free offer for Tuesday, Wednesday matinee and Wednesday evening performances. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online with offer code INDUSTRY. For tickets or more information visit

SnowGirls- The Musical - Hell in a Handbag Productions is of offering $16 industry rate tickets for with code word 'industry handbag' online or at the door through December 30.

Cardboard Piano - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets every night during previews! See the show early and get $15 tickets with code INDUSTRY15 Wednesday, January 9 - Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Buy online or call the Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets or in combination with any other offer. Tickets subject to availability.