Thursday, December 19, 2013

Creative Chicago Expo Call for Proposals

The 11th annual Creative Chicago Expo will take place on Friday March 14 and Saturday March 15, 2014, from 10-4pm, at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The Expo connects thousands of creative individuals, businesses and organizations with local and national tools and resources to strengthen their enterprise. Last year over 7,500 attended this free event. Whether an artist, a musician, a fashion designer, an opera company or an artisanal chef, the Expo has something for you.

Vendors and Workshop/Info Session Proposals are sought. Deadline is January 2, 2014.

Use this online application to submit proposal(s) for 2014 Creative Chicago Expo Workshops and Info Sessions and to register to be an Expo Vendor.

Call for Projects for Danse Elargie

n 2010, Boris Charmatz, director of the Musée de la danse, and Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, director of the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, collaborated to devise a brand new type of event: over the course of a weekend, the Danse Élargie competition opens the stage of the Théâtre de la Ville to all generations of artists from a wide range of disciplines, and their most singular desires. The only rule is the maximum length of performance (10 minutes) and the minimum number of performers (no less than 3).

In 2014, with the experience of the first two competitions, and with the renewed sponsorship of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, the Théâtre de la Ville and the Musée de la danse are organizing the 3rd annual Danse Élargie competition, to be held on June 14–15, 2014 at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.

Click here for more information.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

The Normal Heart - TimeLine Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering $20 Industry tickets for Tuesday 12/17 at 7:30 pm at Stage 773 with code INDUSTRY20. (773) 327.5252 or or at the door.

We Three Lizas - About Face Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering half-price Industry tickets with code INDUSTRY. Tickets available at (773) 327.5252 or or at the door.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Vocal Stamina and Speech Workshop

In this 6 week class you will begin to rediscover, or awaken the power of supported breath and speech. Through Fitzmaurice Voicework®, you will be reminded/retaught how to continuously have supported breath which then becomes supported speech. The class will also have RP dialect work, a very useful tool for every actor to have in his/her back pocket.

Conducted over 6 Mondays beginning January 6th and going through February 17th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm this class will be held at The Clare, located at 55 East Pearson, Chicago, 60611 (located behind the Water Tower on Rush at Pearson), easily reached by bus.

The cost of this 6-week class is $250.00. If you have any questions please contact Dead Writers Theatre Collective offices at 773-305-8221. To enroll, please visit the Dead Writers website at and visit the “Classes Offered” page.

The class is strictly limited to 15 and is open to all levels of education and experience.

Kendra Kargenian (Dialect Coach) is thrilled to be working with Dead Writers Theatre Collective again. Kendra has coached voice and dialects for seven years. She is an Assistant Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and has studied all over the world. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in performance, but has turned her sights to the world of voice. Kendra is a the Logistics Director and a founding member of Strange Bedfellows Theatre, here in the city. Previous production credits include: ROOMS: A Rock Romance (Broken Nose Theatre), Tea with Edie and Fitz (Dead Writers Theatre Collective), and Howard Zinn's EMMA (New Suit Theatre).

Monday, December 9, 2013

Industry Ticket Offers

Annie Get Your Gun - Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets on December 21 and 27 at 8 pm, and December 22, 26 and 28 at 2 pm. For tickets call 847-920-5360 or visit and use code "rifle." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol - NightBlue Performing Arts Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering $14 industry tickets with headshot and resume on Thursday December 12th at 7:30pm. Can purchase over the phone 773.327.5252 or in person at the box office prior to the show.

Appropriate- Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering 65% off tickets for Industry Professionals. Tickets are available over the phone at (773) 871-3000 and online at Use code "LEAGUE" when checking out.

Paulus - Silk Road Rising at the Historic Chicago Temple, 77 W Washington, is offering $15 industry tickets all weekend. Thursday, December 12 at 7:30pm, Friday, December 13 at 8:00pm, Saturday, December 14 at 4:00pm and 8:00pm and Sunday, December 15 at 4:00pm. 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.

The Nutcracker-Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering 25% off industry tickets on 12/19, 12/23 eve and 12/24. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 800.982.2787, use code INDUSTRY.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

DCASE Announces 2014 Individual Artist Program

INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS PROGRAM OVERVIEW – Opens December 6, 2013/Closes January 13, 2014 5PM CST
The goal of the Individual Artists Program (IAP) is to discover, nurture and expand Chicago’s practicing artists and creative professionals. Through this grant program, DCASE will award project grants to Chicago-based artists and creative professionals over 18 years of age, at all career levels (emerging, mid-career, mature), and working across numerous disciplines. We will support those working in both the traditional fine arts as well as the for-profit creative industries. Grant sizes typically range from $2,000-$5,000. The Individual Artists Program encompasses support through two different Funding Categories:
• Creation of Artistic Work – Provides project support for practicing artists and creative professionals to develop or create artistic work.
• Professional Development – Supports professional development opportunities, projects and programs related to the career of a practicing artist or creative professional.

To be eligible to apply for the Individual Artists Program grant, applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
• Be a professional artist or creative professional.
• Work within one or more of the following disciplines/areas: Visual, Music (vocal and instrumental), Dance, Theater, Performance Art, Interdisciplinary, Literary, Design (includes Fashion, Industrial, and Costume), Film, Curatorial and Archival; and
• Be at least 18 years old; and • Be a United States citizen or a holder of permanent alien status; and
• Be a resident of the city of Chicago, Illinois.

Questions? Please go to our website at; or e-mail

Arts Work Fund Announces Two Grant Opportunities

There are two grant opportunities available from the Arts Work Fund to support the capacity building needs small arts and cultural organizations

1. Capacity Building grant program

2. Building Capacity in Culturally Diverse Arts Organizations grant program ( for organizations that have no previously received AWF funding)

• A mission primarily focused on presenting, producing, or providing arts programming and/or on serving artists or small arts and cultural organizations
• A three-year operating history after incorporation as an Illinois nonprofit
• At least one paid part-time staff and a minimum of five board members
• Located in and serving Chicago or Cook County
 • Most recently completed fiscal year expenses between $50,000-$800,000

Full details available at

Proposal deadline: January 15, 2014

Questions: call Marcia Festen @ 773-296-2601 or email

The Saints Announce 2014-15 Grants Program

The Saints would like to inform theater, dance, and music organizations of the opening of their 2014 - 2015 Grants Program. The Saints invite and encourage performing arts organizations to apply for this grant assistance to be used for artistic development or production related purposes. Budget requests up to $7500 will be considered for projects covering the performance year from June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015.

The guidelines and application can be accessed by clicking on the tab "Grants" on The Saints website at

Application deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014.

The Two Pence Lab December 8

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

THIS Sunday December 8th, 7:30-9:30pm

Remy Bumppo Rehearsal Space
3717 N. Ravenswood Ave.

By donation, every time