Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fall Performance Space Availability at Rivendell Theatre

Rivendell Theatre currently has prime-time performance space available September 9th through October 20, 2013. Rivendell’s lovely brand new 60 seat flexible space boasts a state of the art sound system and lighting package.

Centrally located at 5779 North Ridge Avenue (at Glenwood avenue) in the heart of Chicago’s vibrant Edgewater neighborhood, the theatre is nearby several restaurants, bars and retail stores. Free parking is also available less than a block away at Senn High School and we are easily accessible by the Red Line (Bryn Mawr Stop) as well as the Clark and Broadway buses.

For a list of provided equipment and amenities, please see our Chicago Spaces listing:

Rates: $950 per week - Prime-time performance spots available Thursday-Sunday.

Notes: Fully ADA Compliant, Flexible Arrangement, A/C, Centrally Located, Beautiful Lobby Space, Wi-fi Accessible

Contact: Tara Mallen, Producing Artistic Director –

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Antique Range Available for Donation

The range is a classic white 4 burner O'Keefe and Merritt 35" Freestanding Range. Has all original knobs (1 is broken but can easily be replaced with parts online) - and worked when house was inspected but we never used it as we chose to refinish the kitchen, so it has been sitting in my garage. Ranges like this one were a staple in 1950's homes – I even saw one just like it at the 50's Prime Time CafĂ© at Disneyworld Hollywood Studios last month (It looked just like my grandmothers kitchen – crazy!)

Pictures are available here:

If interested text or call 708-545-8833 or

Gorilla Tango Seeking Shows for Fall 2013

Gorilla Tango Bucktown (now under new management) is actively seeking shows for Fall 2013. We provide the means to produce your show sustainably as well as the infrastructure you need (audition/rehearsal space, performance space, box office, basic marketing) so that you can focus on your project. Staff on-site every day 10 am - 11 pm; weekend primetime slots available as well as off-night. Contact Gwen at or call 773.598.4549 for more info.

Space Availability at Trap Door Theatre

The Trap Door Theatre is available for rent late nights and prime time! Great Bucktown location! Intimate 45 seat house. Reasonable rates. For information please email or call 773-384-0494.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

The Birds - Hell in a Handbag Productions at Berger Park Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. is offering industry rates for performances on Aug. 15 and 25 with code word 'industry' online or at the door (if available). Bring H/S or resume.

Slowgirl - Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted is offering 2 for 1 industry tickets on Friday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m. Reserve your tickets by visiting or by calling the box office at 312-335-1650 and using code 14302. Please book your tickets prior to 1 hour before performance time. Subject to availability.

Mojada - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets to performances through August 4th . Tickets are available over the phone at (773) 871-3000 and online at Use code "Industry" when checking out.

Cabaret - Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets on August 10, 16 and 24 at 8 pm, and August 14 and 21 at 2 pm. For tickets call 847-920-5360 or visit and use code "waiter." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Office Space Available at the Athenaeum Theatre

The Athenaeum Theatre has two office spaces available for not-for-profit performing arts groups.

Office space #1 is 273 SQF (15 x 18.3 feet) on the second floor of the Athenaeum with a large east facing window.

Office Space #2 is 621 SQF on the first floor directly across the lobby from the Athenaeum's Box Office. This large space includes a smaller, private office that is 10.6 x 12 feet - the main room is 13.9 x 36.

Rent includes heat and electricity. Phone / Internet and A/C units the responsibility of the tenant shared access to a communal xerox machine, kitchenette & bathroom. Use of the buildings conference room is also included.

Call General Manager Jerry Kennedy at 773-935-6860 ext 302 for rates or schedule a tour.

SDC Foundation Observerships

One week left to apply! Deadline is July 31, 2013

Apply to the SDCF Observership Program
25 paid opportunities for productions through June 30, 2014

SDCF Observership Application Materials are available online at
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) Observership Program grants emerging Directors and Choreographers 25 paid opportunities to observe the work of master Directors and Choreographers as they create productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at leading regional theatres across the country.

Only those who apply to the program have access to these opportunities. See full program guidelines for more information on how the program operates.

SDCF Observers have access to the entire rehearsal process, from first rehearsal through previews to opening night. The exact nature of each Observership varies depending on the needs and desires of the master Director or Choreographer. Observers are guaranteed the invaluable opportunity to observe, first-hand, the techniques, disciplines, approaches and insights of master artists as they create new productions and revive classics.

Each Observer receives a grant of a weekly stipend of $200 and a project travel stipend. In a recent survey of our past three seasons of Observers, 100% recommend the program.

To apply, please visit for information, application and guidelines. Please see our new frequently asked questions page if you have any questions. Please note that this program is open to all applicants; there is no union affiliation required for this program.

Denham Fellowship - Apply now for this annual award given to directors, particularly women directors, to further develop their directing skills by providing $2500 in financial support for the Director’s fee for a particular production. Visit (scroll down to Denham Fellowship).

Zelda Fichandler Award - Nominate a director or choreographer making an exceptional contribution to the national arts landscape through theatre work in the central U.S. Past awardees include Jonathan Moscone, Michael Halberstam, Blanka Zizka, and Bill Rauch. Nominations accepted through August 15. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Storefront Audition Workshops

Fall 2013 Storefront Audition Workshops
• Tune up your audition and callback skills!
• Get Multiple perspectives and feedback on your work!
• See what directors see by sitting in on the process!
• Learn about the "Chicago storefront" audition style!

Stage Left Theatre and Theatre Pros invite you to take part in our 2013 Storefront Audition Workshops. This comprehensive 3 day workshop will give you the full storefront audition experience without the pressure of a real make it or break it audition. Learn what things you can do inside and outside the audition room that can get you cast. SLT’s ensemble of artists, along with freelance guest directors/casting directors will advise you how to get in the door, sharpen your general audition monologues, and help you make strong choices in your cold reading callbacks. Choose which day is most appealing to you, or enroll in all three!

To register, email headshot, resume, cover letter, and which days you plan on attending by September13th to If you have time restrictions for the Saturday monologue clinic please note them in your email. Audit prices are for non- participants who would like to watch and learn. Audit prices cannot be bundled for discounts.

Limited Space Available - Register Early to Ensure Your Spot!

The Art of the Submission (Stand alone price $40.00)
Friday, September 20th, 7:00pm-10:00 pm
Learn how to market yourself with everything from your headshot to social media during this round table discussion and private analysis of your headshot, resume and cover letter.
Monologue Madness
(Stand alone price $50.00. Audit only price $20.00)
Saturday, September 21st, Times available 10am-5pm,
Minimum 1-hour commitment
Fine-tune your audition monologues to help land that coveted callback. Go through a mock audition and receive feedback and coaching on your work. Just come in for your session or be "a fly on the wall” and add to your learning experience by observing other audition sessions.
Callback Clinic
(Stand alone price $80.00. Audit only price $20.00)
Sunday, September 22nd, 10am-5pm
Learn some of the reasons you may or may not get the job during our mock cold-reading callbacks in a head to head audition experience that also gives participants the chance to see inside the casting process.

Save money with multiple day pricing
Friday and Saturday
(The Art of Submission and Monologue Madness) $75.00
Friday and Sunday
(The Art of Submission and Callback Clinic) $100.00
Saturday and Sunday
(Monologue Madness and Callback Clinic) $110.00
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
(The Art of Submission, Monologue Madness and Callback Clinic) $115.00

ART is Subjective!..... So why just listen to one person?

Stage Left Theatre Staff will include:
Vance Smith is the Artistic Director at Stage Left Theatre, where he has directed Pygmalion, Farragut North, and Kingsville. As an actor he has worked with Steppenwolf, Timeline, Lifeline, Mary Arrchie, Remy Bumppo, Hypocrites and many others.

Greg Werstler is an ensemble member at Stage Left and the director of creative sales for ComedySportz Chicago. Most recently he directed the world premiere of Mia Mccullough's Impenetrable for Stage Left. Other projects for Stage Left include After Ashley and various Leapfest plays. He has also directed for Eclipse, ComedySportz, Theatre Hikes, Dolphinback and Lakeforest College.

Drew Martin has worked for over 25 years in Chicago theatre as a director and producer, specializing in new works. Most recently, he directed The Fisherman on SLT's mainstage. A Jeff Award-winning director himself, his shows have been nominated eleven times, winning six Jeff Awards for actors' performances. He is a past Artistic Director of Stage Left and current Casting Director.

Katie Horwitz has assistant directed Farragut North, Warped and The Fisherman for SLT as well This past LeapFest she directed The Liar Paradox by Kristin Idaszak. Katie has directed two successful Bikini Shakespeare shows: Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest, and has directed in a number of 10 minute play festivals. Other companies she as assistant directed for include Two Pence Shakespeare, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Indiana Reparatory Theatre.

Guest Directors/ Panelists will include:
Megan Shuchman serves as Education Manager for Steppenwolf Theatre Company. As a director and dramaturge, she has worked with Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, American Theatre Company, 16th Street Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Lifeline Theatre, and Theatre Seven of Chicago and she is a proud company member of 2nd Story. Most recently, Megan directed Our City, Ourselves, an original piece on youth violence created with members of the A Red Orchid youth ensemble. Up next, she will direct Philip Dawkins' 'Miss Marx or the extraordinary side effects of living' at Strawdog.

Hillary Clemens is the Casting Director for The Gift Theatre Company, as well as a Jeff-nominated actor and headshot photographer. Her Chicago acting credits include work with The Gift, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf, Court Theatre, Writers' Theatre, Lookingglass, Lifeline, and Apple Tree, and she has worked regionally with American Players Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, ACT Seattle, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Coterie Theatre, and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and The School at Steppenwolf, and a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

Jess Fike is the executive producer at BAM Studios and works in freelance casting for theater and film. She also worked as a stage manager for 10 years.

Industry Ticket Offers

Invasion! - Silk Road Rising at the Historic Chicago Temple, 77 W Washington, is offering $10 industry tickets for all preview performances (Tuesday, July 30 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30pm; Thursday, August 1 at 7:30pm; and Friday, August 2 and 8pm) and $15 industry tickets for two performances in the regular run (Thursday, August 8 at 7:30pm and Friday, August 9 at 8pm). To purchase tickets, follow this link or call the box office at 312-857-1234 x201 and use the code Industry. The code is good for up to two tickets, and the purchaser must provide a headshot and/or resume when picking up tickets.

Bedroom Farce - Eclipse Theatre at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport is offering $8 industry tickets for July 25, 26, 27 and August 1 at 7:30pm. Be sure to mention code "INDUSTRY" at the box office. For more information, visit

Guerra: A Clown Play - Links Hall at 3111 N. Western is offering $10 industry tickets for July 26, 27and 28 at 7PM. Mention "INDUSTRY" at the box office for discount or enter discount code "INDUSTRY" at

Mojada - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets to performances through the 30th . Tickets are available over the phone at (773) 871-3000 and online at Use code "FAMOUS" when checking out.

Big Lake Big City – Lookingglass Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works at 821 N. Michigan Ave, is offering exclusive $20 industry tickets for Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30pm only. Use code INDUSTRY when calling 312.337.0665 or visit to purchase tickets. Discount and seating are subject to availability. Performance is intended for mature audiences

The Pride - About Face Theatre at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering 50% off industry tickets to performances through July 28. Use promo code HALFPRIDE for discount tickets. Purchase your tickets today!

First Look Repertory of New Work - Steppenwolf Garage Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted, is offering $10 industry tickets.  Reserve your $10 tickets by calling the box office at 312-335-1650 or visiting and using code 14268. Offer Valid for performances July 29 – August 8.

20th Anniversary Bash - A Red Orchid Theatre at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark is offering $15 advance tickets to their benefit on Monday July 29 at 7:30PM (Doors at 6:30PM). Click here to purchase tickets.

InFusion Theatre Seeking New Play Submissions

InFusion Theatre Company is currently seeking submissions for its sixth annual New Play Development Workshop (NPDW 6). InFusion invites playwrights and generative artists to submit pieces that could benefit from a development workshop. We will be presenting a public reading or partial presentation of 3-5 new works at the conclusion of the 4-6 week workshop session in October and November. Scripts and concepts in line with InFusion’s mission and goals are preferred. Ideas that expand upon the idea of putting together a theater artist and an artist/thinker from outside the 'normal' medium of theater is greatly encouraged. Send a cover letter with brief bio and a 20 page sample or a project outline to Jamie at:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Two Pence Lab Workshop

The Two Pence Lab brings you a special Monday night event! Bring your 10-15 lines of Shakespeare, warm up, and play with Shakespeare & Company Director of Education and Master Teacher Kevin Coleman. This is a rare chance to work with Kevin outside of Massachusetts.

Kevin will lead a group warm up, work individually on text, and share some thoughts on working with Shakespeare.

$20 workshop fee
MONDAY, July 22, 7-9:30pm
Place TBA
RSVP via facebook or contact for more details!

Director of Education Shakespeare & Company
 Kevin Coleman has been a founding member of Shakespeare & Company since 1979. For the company Kevin teaches text analysis, acting, scene study, stage combat, clown and directing. As the Director of Shakespeare & Company’s Education Program, he oversees the Directors-in-Residency program. Under Kevin’s leadership, the Shakespeare & Company’s Education Program has developed such programs as: Shakespeare & Young Company, Riotous Youth, Shakespeare in the Courts, and the Fall Festival of Shakespeare. Outside of the Education Program, Kevin has taught and directed at MIT, Harvard, UMass/Boston, Lincoln Center, the Folger Library in Washington, DC., the Stratford Festival in Ontario, and many others. Kevin is the Project Director for the National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare. Shakespeare & Company’s Education Program has been recognized by the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities, the MacArthur Foundation and the GE Foundation as a “Champion of Change” in Arts in Learning.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Industry Ticket Offer

The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash - First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St, Oak Brook is offering $10 industry tickets to Wednesday or Thursday night performances July 31 - Sept. 1. No need to reserve in advance, may be purchased at the box office upon arrival. Professionals must bring a union card, a headshot/resume, tech resume, or business card indicating employment in the theater business. Performances are outdoors.

Belleville - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted is offering FREE tickets to their Explore event on Sunday, August 4 with Cultural Critic Laura Kipnis. (Lobby opens at 5:30PM. Conversation begins at 6:30PM.)   To round out your experience, purchase 2 for 1 tickets to the show at 3pm or 7:30pm. Use code 14128 at the box office or by phone at 312-335-1650.

ROOMS a rock romance -- Broken Nose Theatre is offering a limited number of industry tickets for all Thursday and Sunday performances through August 4th with code INDUSTRY. $15 dollars in advance at, or $20 at the door. Visit for more information on BNT and the show.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hot Tix Block Thirty Seven Grand Opening

Earlier this week, Hot Tix opened its third downtown location, a new ticketing outlet on the first floor of Block Thirty Seven Shops on State! We’re thrilled about the opportunity to reach a wider retail and visitor audience.

The Block Thirty Seven location will be open every day of the week from 10am to 6pm and the grand opening will be Saturday, July 20. We would love for you to join us and to have your theatre partner with us.

How your theatre can participate:
1. Provide 500-1,000 pieces of swag to include in gift bags – such as pens, CDs, buttons, magnets, stickers, etc.
2. Donate a pair of show tickets as a “37 Days at Block Thirty Seven” raffle prize (one winner each day Jul 17 – Aug 22).
3. Promote the Grand Opening on social media. You may use this link: and this hashtag: #hottix37
4. Display your show flyers at all 3 Hot Tix locations – even if you aren’t offering half-price tickets.
5. Increase your visibility by displaying an 11x17 poster at the brand new Block Thirty Seven location for a small weekly fee. Poster space is very limited at this location, but there are 3 positions currently available. First come, first served.
6. Stop by the grand opening on Saturday, July 20 between 10am and 6pm. And bring your friends!

To donate swag or tickets or for more information, please contact To reserve poster space, please email Tickets and swag items may be sent to the League of Chicago Theatres, 17 N. Wabash, Suite 520, Chicago, IL 60602.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Call for Submissions: Raven 2014 New Play Workshop

Dark Laughter: comedies about the seriousness of contemporary American life

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 2014 New Play Workshop. The selected play will receive a workshop presentation in June 2014. Playwrights are invited to submit script samples as follows:

1. Plays must be comedies about contemporary American life. Please no farce, sitcoms or musicals.

2. Submission period: July 15 - September 1, 2013

3. Playwrights must be available to attend several weeks of rehearsal (approximately May-June 2014) at Raven Theatre.

4. Unproduced plays only; however previous readings and developmental workshops are acceptable.

5. Include a 15-page sample only, plus a brief synopsis and character breakdown. We will contact you if we would like to see the full script.

6. Please include your LAST NAME and PLAY TITLE in the subject line.

7. Please email script samples and contact information to between July 15 - September 1, 2013.

For further information, please contact Susan Lieberman at Website:

Monday, July 8, 2013

the side project Basement Sale

THE SIDE PROJECT is holding its bi-annual BASEMENT SALE on Sunday, July 14 from 9-5pm at its space, 1439 W Jarvis Ave. In addition to past props, set pieces and costumes, there are books, CDs, clothes, furniture (tables, chairs, desks, benches) kitchenware, and More! Some tools, electronics, hardware, etc., too. All priced to sell, including some freebies -- Don't miss out!

Performance Space Availability at Red Tape Theatre

Red Tape Theatre currently has prime-time performance space available for August/September and November/December 2013. Red Tape’s industrial performance space, which was carved out of a 1950s-style gymnasium, provides 2,142 square feet of flexible, column-free performance/audience area with a sprung wood floor and 25’ high ceilings. In addition to our award-winning performances, the space has been home to dance, performance art, installation work, concerts, parties, events, readings and rehearsals.

Red Tape Theatre is centrally located at 621 W. Belmont (Belmont and Broadway) in the heart of Lakeview East. The nightlife is vibrant and the theatre is near several restaurants, bars and retail stores. The theatre is accessible by Red Line (Belmont Stop) as well as the Halsted, Belmont, Clark, and Broadway buses.

For a list of provided equipment and amenities, please see our Chicago Spaces listing:

Rates: $5,500 for 5-week slot (load-in to strike). Prime-time performance spots available Thursday-Sunday.

Minimum Commitment: 5 weeks (alternate rates available for non-performance functions – contact for details)

Notes: Sprung-Wood Floor (ideal for movement/dance), High Ceilings, Flexible Arrangement, Centrally Located, Large Lobby Space, Wi-fi Accessible

Contact: Kyle Land, Producing Director –

Industry Ticket Offers

Mojada- Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets to the performance on July 12th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available over the phone at (773) 871-3000 and online at Use code "FAMOUS" when checking out.

Nickel and Dimed- TangleKnot Theatre at Greenhouse Theater Center Downstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets to the performances on Thursday, July 25, Thursday, August 1, and Thursday, August 8 at 8pm. Tickets are available over the phone at (773) 871-3000 and online at Use code INDUSTRY when checking out.

Tartuffe – Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave is offering complimentary tickets to the following performances. Friday, July 19th at 8:00pm. To RSVP click on this Friday, July 19th. RSVP . Saturday, July 20th at 8:00pm. To RSVP click on this Saturday, July 20th RSVP. Sunday, July 21st at 8:00pm To RSVP click on this Sunday, July 21st RSVP. Make sure to mention how many tickets you would like.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Prologue Theatre Co. Seeks New Short Scripts

Prologue Theatre Co. seeks new shorts scripts for our fourth annual Landmark Festival. This year’s theme (to which submitted scripts should be related) is “Scar Tissue" Scripts should be about 10 minutes long and not yet produced in Chicago. Selected scripts will be produced in fall of 2013. Send full script to Whitney Morse, Literary and Casting Director at by July 22nd 2013. Please include a cover letter indicating your level of interest in participating in script development sessions in advance of the festival (note: not being interested/available for script development will not affect a script’s eligibility to be produced as part of the festival). More information about the festival, including detailed information on what kind of plays we’d like to receive, can be found at our website:

The theme for our season is "Scar Tissue." This is a theme that applies in several different ways to the shows we'll be producing this season - so don't feel as though you need to take the prompt literally. Some ways your script could connect:

- the healing over of a wound, making it stronger than it was before
- scars as a visible manifestation of our past
- scars as something you need to push past, as residue keeping you from moving forward
- scars as markers of things that will be forever changed
- scars and the impression of danger they give

Keep in mind that not every wound and scar are visible.

With our festival, we are more interested in the scar and the story of it, than with the wound and how it is dealt. Please avoid the use of gratuitous violence in your scripts. We also strive for a variety of tones, styles, and tempos throughout the festival - comedy is just as welcome as tragedy.

We produce stories from underrepresented voices throughout history. Our relevant and diverse works empower our community to consider where we go from here.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

The Pride - About Face Theatre at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering 2 for 1 tickets to a special industry performance on Monday, July 8. Use promo code INDUSTRYPRIDE to get 2 for 1 tickets. Purchase your tickets today!

Monday, July 1, 2013

2014 Blue Ink Playwriting Award Call for Submissions

American Blues Theater is seeking submissions for its 2014 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the theater’s award-winning Ensemble. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the Blue Ink Playwriting Award of $1,000 and receive a staged reading at American Blues Theater in Chicago.

There is a $5 administrative fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:
1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.
2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted.
3. Playwrights may submit only one (1) manuscript per year.
4. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production will be considered.
5. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
6. American Blues Theater reserves the Right-of-First-Refusal to produce the World-premiere of the winning manuscript for one (1) year beginning on date of the public announcement on February 27, 2014.
7. Plays must be sent as a Word document or pdf file to
8. Send the $5 administrative fee to: American Blues Theater, 1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60610. You may pay online, send a personal or cashier’s check, or cash. You will receive notification of your completed submission—both manuscript and payment—via e-mail.
9. Include your contact information (including address, phone number, and e-mail address) and a brief biography. Submissions for the 2014 competition must be submitted no earlier than July 1, 2013 and no later than September 1, 2013.

American Blues Theater reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

American Blues Theater reserves the right to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.