Monday, September 30, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive in Chicago, is offering a limited number of $15 industry tickets for the 7:30pm performance on Saturday October 5, 2013. Call the box office at 312.334.7777 and mention this offer. Visit for more information.

Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead - Pride Films and Plays at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont are offering $10 industry tickets for the following performances: Oct 5, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30pm and Oct 6 and 13 at 3:00pm. Code is "industry" - buy online at or call the box office at 773.327.5252.

Jess Godwin - Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Half price tickets for the Friday, Oct. 4th performance at 7:30pm are available by clicking here: Or call the box office at 773.935.6875 and mention the promo code "JESSRUSH" to avoid the handling fee.

The Last Hand - Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N. Southport Ave. is offering complimentary tickets Friday, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Mention LEAGUE in the subject and include your name, preferred date, phone number and number of tickets in your email to Maximum number of tickets is four. Tickets based on availability.

Smokefall - Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, is offering $10 industry tickets to performances 10/5 – 10/9. Tickets are available online only. Visit and enter promo code INDUSTRY.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Free Materials from EcoSet Consulting

Pick up will be either Monday, September 30th in the afternoon at Millennium Park or we may have limited delivery options on Tuesday. This is your chance to help us create a “zero waste” environment and you can save beautiful pieces for free in the process!

 1) Please look over the attached materials list and indicate the items you are requesting. Please be specific. I will be taking all requests and then hope to have a final recipient list next week. Most of the pieces are 10' long and 10' tall. They are basically 2' wide with some sections having a 3.5' W x 10' H end cap.
2) Tell us how you plan on using the items. We do a recap for the client and like to showcase where these materials went and how they benefitted the local community. It gives a real tangible element and demonstrates why these items are not “trash”.
3) Also indicate your ability to pick up or delivery options. This will help me plan the deconstruction and how the trucks will be loaded.

 Please feel free to pass this on to anyone in your network that you think might be able to use them. I hope to have this all scheduled by early next week so please let me know asap!

Contact: Amy Hammes - Donations Director / / 323-669-0697 EcoSet Donations Line / 323-669-0232 Main Office

Workshops at Gorilla Tango Theatre

Taxes for the Entertainment Industry with David Turrentine
David Turrentine leads this one-night workshop for performing arts professionals. Topics covered will include:
- An in-depth discussion of tax-deductible expenses for actors and other entertainment industry professionals.
- An examination of wage vs. independent contractor income and expenses (W-2s and 1099s).
- Basic bookkeeping techniques and tips on how to run a "one-person business."
- Valuable hints on how to deal with "self-employment" income.
- A demonstration of how to include business expenses on your tax return to significantly reduce your tax liability.

Workshop meets Monday, October 28 from 7-9 pm; followed by open Q&A session for participants. $20 tuition before October 15; $25 after. Registration deadline 10/25.

David Turrentine has been preparing taxes for actors and other self-employed individuals nationwide since 1988. He has been an Enrolled Agent since 1998. Mr. Turrentine received his accounting and tax training at DePaul University, and is an active member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents. He has presented tax workshops at many independent venues and colleges, including Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, Columbia University, Northwestern University, Loyola University, the University of Michigan-Flint, UIC, De Paul University, Chicago Writers Conference, Chicago Acting in Film Meetup, and with the AmeriCorps program. David also sometimes works as an actor, and is a member of Actors Equity Association.

3 Plays. 3 Days: an Intense Writing Intensive with Joe Janes.
In three days, participants will learn how to write improvisationally, ultimately generating three ten-minute plays. Each student will have one of their plays performed in a staged reading on the third day by some of Chicago's finest actors. Some writing experience is recommended. Class size is limited to 7. $150 until 10/20/13; $175 after. Registration deadline is 10/31.

PLEASE NOTE: Class times are Friday 11/8 from 6-9 pm; Saturday 11/9 from 12-6 pm, and Sunday 11/10 from 12-6 pm with the final showcase at 7:30 pm that evening. Tickets to the public reading are $5 and may be purchased at or at the door.

Joe Janes is an Emmy award winning writer who teaches comedy writing at The Second City and Columbia College. He has written for Jellyvision's "You Don't Know Jack" and SNL's "Weekend Update." He has written three books: 365 Sketches, 50 Plays and Seven Deadly Plays. His full-length plays include Metaluna and the Science of the Mind Revue, A Hard Day's Journey Into Night and Always Never. He writes regularly for WNEP Theatre and Robot vs Dinosaur.

Industry Ticket Offers

The North China Lover – Lookingglass Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works at 821 N. Michigan Ave, is offering exclusive $15 industry tickets on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30pm only. Industry tickets are available for this performance with code FIRSTNIGHT when you call 312.337.0665 or visit to purchase tickets. Discount and seating are subject to availability. Performance contains nudity and is intended for mature audiences.

The Binding - Theatre Y, 2649 N. Francisco Ave., is offering $10 industry tickets for all performances, Thursday-Sunday at 7pm from October 3 - November 3. Call 708-209-0183 and request industry tickets. Visit for more information.

The Wheel - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. is offering $20 tickets to performances September 24 through September 29. Excludes Saturday nights. Use code “14559” online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

Gershwin’s Greatest Hits - Light Opera Works at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets on October 4 at 8 p.m., and October 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. For tickets call 847-920-5360 or visit and use code "blue." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Signs of Life - Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering complimentary tickets on Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. For reservations call the box office at 773.871.3000 and mention LEAGUE. Subject to availability.For more information visit

Double Trouble: A Musical Tour de Farce! – Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave., in Chicago, is offering $5 industry tickets for performances 9/27 - 10/6. Call 773-327-5252, go to, or visit the Stage 773 box office in person and use the code "COMEDY." Visit for more information.

Best Musical! - UP Comedy Club at Piper's Alley, 230 W. North Ave In Old Town, is offering half-price industry tickets on October 2 at 8 p.m. and October 9 at 8 p.m. For tickets call 312-662-4562 or visit and use the code "MUSIC". Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Stand-Up Comic Ian Bagg - UP Comedy Club at Piper's Alley, 230 W. North Ave In Old Town, is offering half-price industry tickets on October 3 at 8 p.m. and October 4 at 10:30 p.m. For tickets call 312-662-4562 or visit and use the code "LOCT". Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Stage Director/Visual Artist Exchange

Stage Director/Visual Artist Exchange to be held at Chicago Artists Coalition
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
6pm - 9pm
Chicago Artists Coalition
217 N. Carpenter Street, Chicago
Free Admission
RSVP Required

Cross-disciplinary collaboration makes Chicago’s creative communities thrive. To encourage the contributions these groundbreaking partnerships make to our city’s culture, Chicago Artists Coalition has launched Creative Crossings. This new series of exchanges brings together makers and doers from varied disciplines to promote connections and an understanding of the current needs and concerns of contemporary, practicing artists.

The second installment of the Creative Crossings events will take place on Thursday, October 10th at the Chicago Artists Coalition, and will introduce Chicago’s visual and theater communities. In partnership with DirectorsLabChicago, this cocktail hour networking event will connect artists in these two disciplines who are currently working on projects and actively seeking collaborators in the Chicago area.

To attend, please email with the subject line “CREATIVE CROSSINGS” no later than Monday, October 7th. Due to space limitations, the first 20 visual artists and the first 20 directors to reserve their space will then be forwarded an official RSVP link.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Two Pence Theatre Lab: It's Not a Workshop: It's a Workout

It’s Not A Workshop
It’s A Workout

You Bring:
10 - 15 lines of Shakespeare’s text
Comfy Pants
A Generous Spirit

Two Pence Brings:
A Guided Warmup
Space to Play
Fresh Perspective

NEXT LAB IS: THIS Sunday September 22nd, 7:30-9:30pm

Remy Bumppo Rehearsal Space
3717 N. Ravenswood Ave.

By donation, every time

Every Second and Fourth Sunday, 7:30-9:30pm

WHO: Anyone interested in their inner actor

1. RSVP to or on fb!
2. Show up.

Choose Chicago Partnership Program

If you haven’t considered joining Choose Chicago before, now is the perfect time to get involved.

Choose Chicago is the official sales and marketing organization charged with bringing regional, national and international visitors to Chicago, driving growth of the city’s $12 billion tourism industry and the 128,000 jobs it supports. If you want to increase the power of your marketing and develop strong results by reaching visitors, investing in a Choose Chicago partnership is a must.

Introduced earlier this year, the new customizable Choose Chicago Partnership Program is now available for a limited time only to new partners at a 25% discount. This special opportunity will only be available through November 30, 2013, and is available to all businesses and organizations outside of the accommodations sector.

Choose Chicago’s digital, print and face to face marketing opportunities promote the city to visitors while they are here in Chicago, across the country, and in ten global markets. Visit for more information about partnership packages, marketing channels, events, and more.

By joining now for less than $99 per year, you can be an important voice in the professional community that makes up Chicago’s visitor industry. To join now, click here. When joining please enter the promo code LCT25 during the online registration process to receive your discount.

Questions? Call 312-567-8461 or email

MCA Stage Events in September/October

Following Taylor Mac’s opening of, An Abridged Concert of the History of Political Popular Music, Friday, Sept 27, 2013 he will lead a talk titled:

Taylor Mac’s String Theory, Or Can You ‘Ukelele
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013, 1pm
In the true spirit of Kulia I Ka Lokahi—that’s unity to us mainlanders—Taylor Mac and Lanialoha Lee are your hosts for this show-and-tell for singers, strummers, and music theater fans. Lanialoha is a third generation musician and descendant of the first Polynesians who migrated to the Midwest. Inspired in part by Mac’s theater exploration of political popular music in the US, their interactive talk starts in Hawaii, where string music and ranch songs are said to have been spread by roaming early Spanish cowboys. Lanialoha also demonstrates Kie Kie, the islands’ distinct yodeling, and Ki Ho’alu, slack-key guitar. They may need assistance from the audience, so start practicing.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. Buy tickets online or call MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010

Following Timbre 4’s opening of Tercr Cuerpo (Third Wing) Thursday, Oct 3, 2013, Timbre members will participate in the talk:

Tangueros and Tenements: the business of independent theater
Saturday, Oct 5, 1-3pm
Timbre 4’s home, Buenos Aires, is the nexus of Latin America’s biggest volume of independent theater. This talk brings together Timbre 4 members with Jacob PadrĂ³n, Producer and curator of Garage Rep at Steppenwolf Theater, Beau O’Reilly, founding member of the Curious Theater Branch, and others to swap stories, truths and fiction about the business of making theater in our new economy.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended.
Buy tickets online or call MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Space Availability at the Athenaeum Theatre

Athenaeum Theatre has a four week window available for rent in Studio Two (81 seats) October 7- November 3. 81 seat black box theatre with full service box office, bar, lighting & sound package included. For information contact Allan Chambers 773.935.6860

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Virtually New, Affordable Light Board for Rent

Three year old EMC light board available for rental, short term or long term. Ideal fit for a storefront company committed to high production values on a budget. Easy to use and technically capable board has only been on two productions and rents for $60/week - maybe offer discount with longer term rental. ETC Element Console has the capacity for 250 control channels, has 40 physical channel faders, and can store 10,000 cues. The complete manual is available at: Please contact Managing Artistic Director Brian Golden at if interested in a rental.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

Verdi's Joan of Arc - Chicago Opera Theater at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. Chicago, is offering a 20% discount on tickets by calling our box office at (312)704-8414 and mention code JOANCOT. Available for performances Sept 21, 25 and 27 @ 7:30PM and Sept 29 @ 3:00PM For More information:

The Mountaintop - Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis Ave, is offering $10 rush tickets starting one hour before performances to industry professionals to all performances through October 13th. Offer is subject to rush ticket availability and is limited to one per industry member with proof of industry. Please call the box office the day of the performance to check availability.

Ballet West: Mixed Rep featuring The Lottery, Rubies, pas de deux from Diamonds, and world premiere Presto - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering half-priced industry tickets in Sections IV ($26.50), III ($32.50), and II ($38) on October 6 at 3PM. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at, by calling (800) 982-2787, or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

To Master the Art by William Brown and Doug Frew - Chicago Commercial Collective and TimeLine Theatre at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut, are happy to offer $25 industry tickets to all performances Tuesday - Sunday through October 20. Industry tickets are available at the box office each night, one hour prior to showtime. Please bring business card, headshot or other proof of industry. For more information see our website at

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gorilla Tango Theatre seeking shows for November/December

Gorilla Tango Bucktown (now under new management) is actively seeking shows for Nov/Dec 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.

Network of Ensemble Theatres Travel and Exchange Grants

The guidelines and application dates are now available for the NET/TEN grants.

Travel Grants (formerly Seed Grants) support activities to initiate new relationships or further existing relationships.
-Grants range from $300 to $2,000;
-Activities may take place in U.S. or internationally;
-Awarded twice a year;
-Open to Ensembles, Affliliates, Individuals, Students.

Fall Travel Grants Due - October 16th
Spring Travel Grants Due - April 16th

Build on and deepen existing relationships through shared activity and peer-to-peer learning.
-Grants range from $3,000 to $10,000, and require a 1:1 match;
-Activities must occur in U.S.;
-Awarded once a year;
-Open to Ensembles.

Intent to Apply for Exchange Grants Due - December 18th
Exchange Grants Due - February 5th

Space Availability at the Cornservatory

Cornservatory--located at 4210 N Lincoln Avenue in North Center--has rental opportunities available this fall including prime time (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm) slots in November. Looking for a space for your next production? Email for more information.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

Double Trouble - Porchlight Music Theatre, 1225 W. Belmont is offering $10 industry tickets on Sunday, September 15 - 2pm. Call the Stage 773 box office at 773-327-5252 and use the code PMTINDUSTRY. Offer only valid over the phone or in person. Offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offers or existing orders. Subject to availability. Proof of industry must be presented at time of pick up or purchase.

Sweet Child of Mine - The Neo-Futurists, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. are offering $5 tickets to any performance September 12 - 14 with the code Industry.  For tickets and more information visit

4000 Miles - Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd, is offering $15 tickets for industry professionals for performances Sep 13-22 (excluding Opening). Reserve at 847.673.6300, proof of industry requested upon ticket pickup.

The Last Hand - Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. is offering complimentary tickets on Friday, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. Mention LEAGUE and include your name, preferred date, phone number and number of tickets in your email to Maximum number of tickets is four. Tickets based on availability.

Northanger Abbey - Remy Bumppo Theatre at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln is offering $15 industry tickets are available for all preview performances (Oct. 2 – Oct. 6), all Friday evenings (last one November 8), and Thursday, matinee Oct. 24. Use the codeword Industry at or at 773-404-7336.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Space Available at the Athenaeum Theatre

Athenaeum Theatre has a four week window available for rent in Studio Two (81 seats) October 7- November 3.  81 seat black box theatre with full service box office, bar, lighting & sound package included. For information, contact Jeff DeLong at 773-935-6860 x304.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Celebrating Bernie Sahlins

Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Second City invite you to celebrate the magical life of

Monday, September 30, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Reception following

Location: Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611

To RSVP, click here or call the CST Media Office at 312.667.4968 by Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

Stockyards Theatre Project Seeking Play for Keeps Workshop Participants

Play for Keeps was launched in 2006, Stockyards Theatre Projects’ Play for Keeps continues to fulfill the Stockyards mission to give volume to the voices of women by creating positive, substantial roles in plays for female performers. How the workshop operates?
• The meetings would take place every other week
• The meetings would begin at 4:00pm and run until 6:00pm.
• Each workshop participants can bring in material and have their work read for the group. Followed by helpful, constructive suggestions offered to assist the writer in honing the piece.
• At the end of the workshop there will be a public reading on November 3 at 7:00pm at Unity Lutheran (where the workshop is being held). The reading will include the works that have been created during workshop.

Who can participate?
• Play for Keeps is open to new and experienced writers developing new works. Or if you’ve gotten stuck on a project and would like to move it forward.
Materials needed?
• Pen and paper for in class exercises
• If you want to have material read in the workshop you will need to bring in enough typewritten copies for the actors needed for the piece.

The web page -

WHERE: Unity Lutheran Church  1212 W. Balmoral Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640 (North of Foster and West of Broadway)

SUNDAYS September 15 and 29, October 13 and 27

November 3 at 7:00pm - Staged reading of Play for Keeps material  Unity Lutheran Church in the Community Hall

Space Available for Timeshare or Rental at Collaboraction in the Flat Iron Arts Building

Collaboraction has a new 20x20 studio in the Flat Iron Arts Building in Wicker Park available for rent! Ideally we'd like to partner with a company for a longer-term monthly timeshare, but we also accept short-term rentals. The space is bright and well-lit, perfect for use as an office, classroom, photo studio, or rehearsal space. Free wifi and hvac included with all rentals, and a limited number of items may be stored long-term. For more information, including rental rates, tech specs, and contract details please email us at or call 312-226-9633.

Hubris Productions Costume Sale

Hubris Productions presents Muffy Fishbasket’s Fabulous Frock Sale (and other costume stuff too) Hubris Productions is looking for two other theater companies to join us in cleaning out your costumes and accessories and make some money for your upcoming season
Date October 5th
Place: The Call 1547 W Bryn Mawr (between Clark St & Ashland Ave) Chicago, IL 60660
Time: Load in- 3pm Sale 4-9pm
 Cost: Because this is the first event like this for Hubris Productions there will be no cost to sell at this event. We will charge the people coming to buy 5 dollars to come to the event
Please email if you are interested in being involved

Industry Ticket Offers

The Birds - Hell in a Handbag Productions at the Berger Park Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. is offering a limited amount of $15 industry tickets for their newly added Saturday matinee show, Sept. 14, 3:30pm. Purchase in advance online with code word 'industry'. Bring H/S or resume with you.

Terminus – Interrobang Theatre Project at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport Ave., is offering $10 industry tickets for performances September 12-October 6 (excluding 9/14, 15, and 26). Use the code "INDUSTRY2013" in person at the Athenaeum box office, online at, or by calling 773-935-6875. Proof of industry involvement required to pick up your tickets. Visit for more information.

Fall Concert Series -- Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, is offering $15 industry tickets to performances @ 7:30 pm Sept. 14 & 3:00 pm Sept. 15. Tickets available at or by phone @ 312.337.6543. Use code word, "INDUSTRY."