Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sets, Props & Costumes for sale, some FREE to a good home

Please see attached a list of sets, props and costumes being offered for purchase (best offer). Items highlighted in yellow will be gifted to an organization willing to pick them up at Public Storage @ 3659 S Ashland Avenue by November 6. Interested organization just needs a truck and some helping hands. Contact Jennifer Edgcomb for more details (773-550-8152;

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wigs to Donate to Theatre Companies

50 wigs theatrical and regular to donate to Chicago area theater companies. These wigs were never used, and are various colors and styles. If interested contact Mary Volino at

Monday, October 28, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

Paulus - Silk Road Rising at the Historic Chicago Temple, 77 W Washington, is offering $10 industry tickets for all preview performances (Thursday, November 7 through Friday, November 15) and $15 industry tickets for select performances in the regular run (Saturday, November 16 through Sunday, December 15). 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. A limited number of industry tickets are available per performance.

Wrecks by Neil LaBute - Profiles Theatre is offering a limited amount of $15 industry tickets for Thursdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7 pm through November 17. Industry tickets are available with code INDUSTRY47 when you call the box office at 773-549-1815 or visit to enter the code. Discount and seating are subject to availability.

Elephant Room – MCA Stage, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, Chicago, is offering 2-for-the-price-of-1 tickets for $28 to the matinee performances on Sat Nov 2 and Sun Nov 3. Call 312.397.4010 and use the code ELEPHANT. Visit for more information.

Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up – The New Colony at Collaboraction Room 300 (1579 N Milwaukee Ave), is offering exclusive $10 preview industry tickets for November 1 - 3 at 7:30pm. Industry tickets are available with code POPCORN online. Tickets are subject to availability.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Two Pence Lab on October 27

The Two Pence Lab

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 October 27th , 7:30-9:30pm

WHERE: Remy Bumppo Rehearsal Space, 3717 N. Ravenswood Ave.

HOW MUCH: By donation, every time

Free Masonite

Free masonite available from The Poor Theatre to a good home. Approx fifteen full 4'x8' sheets, some with minor chipping, most with dust or minor spackling. Pickup at Rivendell Theatre at 5779 N Ridge before Saturday at 6:00pm. Contact Jeff Glass at to arrange a pickup.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Chuck Smith to receive the 2013 Corona Award

Chuck Smith, Resident Director at the Goodman Theatre, will receive the 2013 Corona Award for his many contributions to the Chicago Theatre Community. Eclipse Theatre Company will host the 2013 Corona Award presentation on Monday November 11th at the Athenaeum Theatre Mainstage, 2936 N. Southport Ave in Chicago. The Corona Award honors an individual who has played an important role in supporting and nurturing the growth of the Chicago Theatre Community.

Past recipients have included Steve Scott (Goodman Theatre Associate Producer), Erica Daniels (Steppenwolf Theatre Associate Artistic Director), Elizabeth Auman (Timeline Theatre Managing Director), and Jane Alderman (Teacher and Chicago Casting Director). The event will be hosted by Actor and Playwright Jon Steinhagen. Guest speakers at this year's award event will include Aaron Todd Douglas, Runako Jahi, Ron OJ Parson, Sheldon Patinkin, Steve Scott, and Jackie Taylor. Advance

Tickets are $20 and include appetizers with cash bar. Doors open at 6:30pm with the Award Presentation starting at 7:30pm. For additional info and to purchase tickets, please visit or call 773-728-2216.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

Haunting Julia - Eclipse Theatre Company at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, is offering $8 industry tickets for all previews on October 31st, November 1st and 2nd at 7:30pm. $10 industry tickets will be offered for November 7th & 8th at 7:30pm. Mention code INDUSTRY at the Athenaeum Box Office. For more info, visit

The North China Lover – Lookingglass Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works at 821 N. Michigan Ave, is offering exclusive $15 industry tickets on Thursday, October 31 at 7:30pm only. Industry tickets are available for this performance with code HALLOWEEN15 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

Elegy - Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering complimentary industry tickets on Thursday, Oct 31 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at 5 or 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 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.

Compulsion – Next Theatre, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston, is offering exclusive $15 industry tickets on Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m., Saturday, October 26 at 4 and 8 p.m., Thursday, October 31 at 7:30pm, Friday, November 1 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 2 at 4 p.m. Industry tickets are available for these performances with code SILVER when you call 847-475-1875 ext. 2 or visit to purchase tickets. Discount and seating are subject to availability.

Good Thing – The Poor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge, is offering $10 industry tickets for our 8 p.m. previews this Saturday (10/26) and Sunday (10/27), as well as for our opening this Monday (10/28). Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Soundproof Studios Available for Rent at the Athenaeum

The Athenaeum Theatre has 3 soundproof studios approx 8 x10 available for private music and voice lessons. $20/hour, available 7 days a week. For additional information please contact Allan @, 773.935.6860.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Space Availability at JCC Theater in Skokie

Many rental opportunities available at the JCC Theater in Skokie. 250 seat, fully equipped theater with parking. Great for full length productions or one night events. Highly motivated landlord and very open schedule make this a great place for your next production or event. Contact Robert at for information or to set up a time to see the spac. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

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 17, 24, 31 at 7:30pm and Nov. 7 at 7:30pm. Code is "industry" - buy online at or call the box office at 773.327.5252.

Lord of the Flies - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering $10 tickets to performances Saturday, October 19 at 3pm and 7:30pm. Use code “14929” online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Beyond Breakeven: A Workshop on Capitalization

Thursday, November 14, 9AM – Noon (Refreshments will be available)
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 5th Fl Millennium Park Room
This event is FREE for League members but space is limited.

The League of Chicago Theatres is bringing Susan Nelson, a principal at Technical Develop Corp (TDC) into Chicago for a three hour session on Thursday, November 14. This is a not to be missed opportunity to learn what your organization needs to be doing now to sustain its mission tomorrow. Administrative and Artistic Theatre leaders are strongly encouraged to bring with them a key trustee to participate in this honest dialogue about short and long-term financial health. Priority at this limited space session will be given to theaters that are signing up for teams that include an artistic, an administrative and board representative. Whether theatres are dealing with structural deficits, facing cash flow crises, seeking to build working capital or facility reserves, weighing the pros and cons of an endowment drive or recovering from the stresses of a capital campaign; this session will empower attendees with short term actions and long term principles to invest in enduring organizational vitality.

In 2010, Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) undertook a project to better understand the state of capitalization in the not-for-profit arts sector, and partnered with Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and Technical Development Corp (TDC) to develop a workshop for funders and arts leaders.

Susan offers this definition of capitalization in the subsequent study, “Getting Beyond Breakeven”: Capitalization is the accumulation and application of resources in support of the achievement of an organization’s mission and goals over time. A well-capitalized organization has the ability to access the cash necessary to cover its short- and long- term obligations, to weather downturns in the external operating environment, and to take advantage of opportunities to innovate. All capitalization is represented on the organization’s balance sheet, which encapsulates the record of an organization’s financial performance as net assets and measures the magnitude of its assets and liabilities.

Susan (full bio below) has spoken to thousands of nonprofit leaders in an effort to share the research findings from TDC (full bio below) and to help nonprofits apply these findings to their own organizations.

Susan Nelson is a principal at TDC, one of the nation’s oldest providers of management consulting services to the nonprofit sector. In her many years with the firm, she has led a wide range of projects that include mergers, strategic and business planning, facilities planning, new project development plans, organizational and financial assessments, and financial restructuring. She has worked with clients across the country in such areas as arts and culture, community development, education, and youth development.

Ms. Nelson has led several ground breaking initiatives on the capitalization issues that face the arts and cultural sectors that have been sponsored by major funders including the Pew Charitable Trusts, the William Penn Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Grantmakers in the Arts, the Boston Foundation, the Barr Foundation, and the Fidelity Foundation. In addition, she has authored studies on the impact of debt on nonprofits as well as two major reports tracking the health of Boston’s arts and cultural sector.

Ms. Nelson has made recent appearances at the Grantmakers in the Arts’ national meeting, Opera America’s conference and as the plenary speaker at the League of American Orchestras’ annual conference. Ms. Nelson has also served as a Chief Coach for Achieving Excellence, a joint program for nonprofit leaders created by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Ms. Nelson began her career working with Sarah Caldwell at the Opera Company of Boston.

TDC is one of nation’s oldest and largest providers of management consulting services to the nonprofit sector. For over 40 years, TDC has worked exclusively with nonprofit, governmental, educational and philanthropic organizations, providing them with the business and management tools critical to carrying out their missions effectively. TDC possesses a strong track record in facilitating successful, challenging and highly complex assessment, business and strategic planning, and organizational change processes for a wide range of clients. Our consulting teams have worked at the local, regional, and national level with hundreds of organizations. These clients represent the diversity of the nonprofit sector itself, including groups working in the arts, education, community and economic development, health and human services, and the environment. Through this work, we have developed a strong understanding of the unique operating environments relevant to nonprofit organizations and public entities, allowing us to advise our clients and position them most effectively. Located in Boston, TDC has a staff of twenty. Our staff expertise is both deep and broad. We employ people with significant experience in both nonprofits and for profits, as well as recent MBAs. All are highly skilled in organizational planning, data and financial analysis, program development and operational design. All staff work across the sector. TDC firmly believes there are multiple lessons to be learned from sector to sector and, to that end, the firm keeps its staff working on a multiplicity of projects. This ensures that we, as a practice, are constantly bringing a fresh eye to our work and questioning core assumptions. We believe these are critical skills in helping organizations to undertake necessary change.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

The Trip to Bountiful – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. is offering $10 industry tickets every Thursday through November 17 with proof of industry. For reservations call 773.338.2177 and mention this industry offer. Visit for more information.

La Bayad̬re РThe Joffrey Ballet, performing at 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering 50% off industry tickets to performances 10/18, 10/24, 10/25 evening, and 10/19, 10/26 matinee. Tickets are available online and phone. Visit JOFFREY.ORG/LABAYADERE or call 800.982.2787 and use promo code INDUSTRY.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Performance Space Available at Chicago Dramatists beginning Jan. 1, 2014

Intimate theatre features a 20x25 ft. proscenium stage and fixed tiered seating for 77, full lighting and sound equipment, newly renovated lobby, dressing rooms, air conditioning and heat, WiFi, and wheelchair accessibility.
Location: 1105 W. Chicago Avenue at Milwaukee Avenue.
Availability: Beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Prefer 5-8 week rentals.
Rates: $1,350 per week, plus $75 per week for utilities. 2-week deposit required.
Contact: 312-633-0630. For more information, visit our website at

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Remy Bumppo Rehearsal Space available starting October 28.

Remy Bumppo's rehearsal space at 3717 N Ravenswood has availability starting October 28. Rates vary from $11 - $16 per hour, depending on hours scheduled per week. Approximately 800 sq ft, close to Addison Brown Line. Contact Rachel Thomas at or 773-244-8119.