In a first-of-its-kind event, an international congress of theater scholars and practitioners are set to chronicle the history and chart the future of Chicago theater in “Chicago – Theatre Capital of America: Past. Present. Future.” Programming has now been announced for this May 18-22. 2011 event, presented by the Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago.
The symposium’s historical view dates to the World's Columbian Exposition, but the programming primarily focuses on Off-Loop theatre, the self-renewing movement that began in the 1950s with Compass, Second City and Playwrights Theatre Club, then gathered steam in the '60s until the local theater scene exploded in the 1970s and continues to thrive today.
A full schedule of the symposium programming and events can be found at www.colum.edu/theatresymposium. Online registration for the symposium remains open at the site. Registration is $95 for the four-day event, with a student discounted price of $60. Registration and events are open to the public.