Thursday, January 30, 2014

ITA Casting Rep Notice

PLEASE join ITA as a Casting Rep and help to spread the word. They have chosen your 300 actors…. Now they just need YOU!!!

If you can't personally attend, please send a representative from your theatre. We want your company to be represented in this, the only statewide audition of this kind in Illinois.

The ITA will conduct its 35th Annual Statewide Non-Equtiy Professional Auditions on Saturday, February 8th, and Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Theatre and Music (1044 W. Harrison St. in Chicago). Saturday's auditions will focus on musical theatre and Sunday's on non-musical theatre. This year we hope to see more than 300 actors over the two days --This is a WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW LOTS OF TALENT IN A COMFORTABLE SETTING! PLEASE JOIN US!

Casting Representative Information, including on-line registration is available by clicking here (

This year's audition format will be comprised of the following:

Audition Schedule: Saturday auditions focus on musical theatre. Sunday auditions focus on non-musical theatre only.

Dance Audition: Saturday auditions will include a dance audition which allows musical performers a chance to showcase this aspect of their talent, and give musical theatre representatives a chance to better evaluate all of the performer's skills.

Audition Times and Format: The actor's audition time limit will be one and one-half (1 ½) minutes to conform with the standard in large general auditions, and to allow more actors to be seen. Actors may use the audition time in a way that best showcases individual talents. Musical theatre performers are to both sing and perform a portion of a monologue. Non-musical theatre performers are encouraged, though not required, to present two (2) contrasting pieces showcasing their range.

Theatre companies from throughout the state and beyond are invited to send casting representatives to this event. Inquiries may be made by phoning Executive Director Aimee-Lynn Newlan at 312-265-5922, or by visiting


We will serve you breakfast and lunch on both days. Coffee/tea and snacks will be a plenty! You will also receive a binder full of all auditionees headshots/resumes.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Industry Ticket Offers

The How and the Why - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets during previews 1/28, 1/29, 1/31, 2/1, 2/5 at 8 pm and 2/2 at 2 pm., and $22 tickets 2/8 at 4 pm & 8 pm, 2/9 at 2 pm, 2/12 at 7:30 pm, 2/13 at 7:30 pm, 2/14 at 8 pm, 2/15 at 4 pm & 8 pm, and 2/16 at 2 pm. Buy online or call the TimeLine Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 and use the code INDUSTRY when ordering. Box Office hours are TUE - FRI 12-5 pm. Visit for more information.

DarkRoom 2014 - 20% Theatre Company is offering $5 tickets for this week's The Dark Room featuring Thing 100 by Samantha Beach and directed by Charlie McGrath and Outside Agitators by Laura Nessler and directed by Amy Buckler. Performance are at Mrs. Murphy's Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln Ave) Wednesday- Saturday at 7:30pm. Tickets can be reserved by emailing the box office at

Rasheeda Speaking - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5775 N. Ridge Ave, is offering $15 industry tickets for the following performances: 1/22, 1/23, 1/29, 1/30, all shows at 8pm. Buy online at or via email to Use the code INDUSTRY when ordering.

The Luck of the Irish - Next Theatre Company, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL - is offering $15 industry tickets during Thursday at 7:30 performances of the run. The show runs until February 23rd. Buy online or call the Next Theatre Box Office at 847-475-1875 Ext. 2 and use the code INDUSTRY when ordering. Visit for more information.

Contemporary Choreographers -The Joffrey Ballet performing at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering 50% off industry tickets on 2/15 matinee, 2/20 and 2/21, 2/22 matinee. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 800.982.2787, use code INDUSTRY.

Tribes - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago, is offering $25 tickets to newly added performances Tuesday, February 11 through Thursday, February 13. Use code “15776” online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

The Pitchfork Disney - Interrobang Theatre Project, in residence at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport Ave, is offering $10 industry tickets (with proof) for previews 2/6 and 2/7 at 8pm; performances 2/12, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 at 8pm; and matinees 2/9, 2/15, 2/16, 2/22 (special understudy performance), 2/23, 3/1 at 3pm. Buy online at or by calling the box office at 773-935-6875. Use the code CHOCOLATE when ordering. Visit for more information.

Sweet Phoebe - Runcible Theatre, The Frontier 1106 W Thorndale, is offering industry tickets for $10 through March 8. Call 312 369 0590 and mention this offer, or visit

From White Plains -- Broken Nose Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering a limited number of $15 industry tickets for the community opening performance Saturday, February 1st, at 7:30 PM. $15 industry tickets are also available for all Thursday and Sunday performances through February 16th. Tickets can be purchased by calling at 773-404-7336, or in person at the Greenhouse Box Office. Visit for more information on BNT and the show.

Macbeth - Polarity Ensemble Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln, is offering $10 industry tickets throughout the entire performance run February 1st through March 2nd (Thursdays, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 and Sunday at 2:00). Tickets can be redeemed with the promo code "showpros" and can be purchased online or by calling the Greenhouse box office at 773-404-7336. Visit for more information.

The Magical Exploding Boy and the Invisible Circle - The Actors Gymnasium, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, is offering $10 tickets to their Feb 21st show. To purchase tickets and for more information click here and when it comes time to pay, use the code INDUSTRYNIGHT. In case you can't make it on the 21st or would like to come back again, there is also have a 10% off INDUSTRY code for every other show February 15th through March 23rd.

Raven Theatre [WORKING TITLE] Fall 2014: The American Workplace

Chicago-area playwrights are now invited to submit scripts to [WORKING TITLE] Fall 2014 for a workshop presentation at Raven Theatre in November. Please note: The workshop is only open to playwrights who live within a 50-mile radius of Chicago's city limits.

[WORKING TITLE] Fall 2014 seeks scripts that explore the contemporary American workplace. The story can occur anyplace that Americans earn a living -- a corporate headquarters, a basement start-up, a county courtroom, a designer boutique, a delivery truck, a laptop at Starbucks, a customer service desk, NASA headquarters, a tollbooth?

Submission guidelines
Plays must explore the contemporary American workplace in a significant way.
Chicago-area playwrights only.
Unproduced plays only; however previous readings and developmental workshops are acceptable.
Full-length only; no musicals or adaptations.
Submit full scripts (word doc or pdf) plus a brief synopsis, character breakdown and contact information to
Submission deadline: February 28, 2014
Please include your LAST NAME and PLAY TITLE in the subject line of the email.
Playwrights must be available to attend several weeks of rehearsal at Raven Theatre.

For further information, please contact Susan Lieberman at and check

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

ADA 101: The ADA & Cultural Spaces

Please join us for Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC)'s Kick-Off Program . . .
ADA 101: The ADA & Cultural Spaces
Date: Monday, January 27, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo, Judy Keller Education Center , 2150 N. Cannon Drive Chicago, Illinois 60614
Registration Required: . If you encounter difficulties using this online registration, please RSVP to
Description: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became federal law more than 20 years ago, but not all cultural organizations are aware of its implications, or about the recent changes in 2010. Join us for a brief ADA introduction geared towards beginners, especially focusing on how the law relates to cultural organizations like yours. To help make the topic more approachable, a panel of local cultural administrators will practically discuss how different-sized cultural organizations--representing a variety of budgets and facilities--have approached different aspects of the law.

Submit your own ADA questions prior to the session to Submit questions by January 25. All questions will remain anonymous.
Facilitator: Robin Jones, Director, Great Lakes ADA Center
Panel members include: Christena Gunther, Elmhurst Historical Museum; Evan Hatfield, Steppenwolf Theatre; Lynn Walsh, Chicago Children's Museum and more To Be Announced

Accommodations and Accessibility Information:
• The event space is accessible to wheelchair-users and visitors who need to avoid stairs.
• Open Captioning and Assistive Listening Devices will be available.
• For further accessibility information or to request additional accommodations, please contact or call Lynn Walsh at 312-464-7679. We kindly request 2 weeks notice for other accommodations.

Lincoln Park Zoo is located off Lake Shore Drive at the Fullerton Parkway exit, just minutes north of downtown Chicago. From I-94, exit at either Fullerton Parkway or North Avenue and go east. CTA bus routes 151 or 156 both serve the zoo; for schedules, contact the RTA/CTA at 312-836-7000. Visit the CTA/RTA Travel Information Center.
Parking The zoo’s parking lot entrance is located at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive (2400 North Cannon Drive, Chicago IL 60614). Parking fees are collected at the lot exit.
Rates: 0–30 minutes—No charge 30 minutes or more—$20 flat rate

Friday, January 10, 2014

An Ideal Theater Book Reading with Todd London

Todd London, artistic director of New Dramatists, will discuss his new book, An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art, a wide-ranging documentary history of the American theatre movement as told by the visionaries who goaded it into being, in a collection of over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches. Joining him for readings from the book will be Henry Godinez (resident artistic associate, Goodman Theatre; co-founder, Teatro Vista), Martha Lavey (artistic director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Derrick Sanders (founder, Congo Square Theatre), Chay Yew (artistic director, Victory Gardens Theater) and more.

A Reading with Todd London
Friday, January 31 at 4:00 PM
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Please RSVP to Steppenwolf Audience Services at (312) 335-1650 or by emailing

Industry Ticket Offer

Hospitality Suite - Citadel Theatre Company, 300 S Waukegan Rd in Lake Forest, is offering free industry tickets to previews for shows February 3, 4, 5, & 6 at 7:30 pm, $10 industry rate tickets for Opening Night, February 7th at 8pm, and $10 industry rate tickets for Thursday performances at 8pm on Feb. 13, 20, 27, and March 6. For $10 tickets call 847.735.8554 or visit and use code "Industry10." For free preview tickets please call ahead at 847.735.8554.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Links Hall Seeking Performance Applications for Thaw

Links Hall, a facility that supports new, innovative work by individual dancers, musicians, and performance artists, is looking for dancers, actors, and performance artists to submit performance applications for their annual fundraiser, Thaw, held this year at the Dank Haus on April 3rd. Last year over 700 people attended Thaw and for participating artists, it is an opportunity to be seen and heard by a large audience, to make a professional connection with Links, and to connect with other artists for a good cause. Click here to Apply.

Here is some information about last year's Thaw event:

Applications for the Chicago Home Theater Festival 2014 are Open

Applications for Chicago Home Theater Festival 2014 are officially open! We are looking for locals who wish to participate and share their work throughout the month of May as we collectively reroute Chicago’s artistic map.

Our process is simple; our artists & hosts are matched based on shared interest and availability. If you are interested in this year's festival, please fill out our short application at our website- Here are a few ways anyone can get involved:
1. Hosts open up their homes to a small audience for one evening of conversation, performance, and video. Previous hosts have shared meals or stories relating to their personal history or home. Typically the evening does not last past 11PM.
2. Artists share an existing project, excerpt, or work-in-progress once, or develop an original site-specific/ site-responsive work within a host's home. Artists working in performance and/or video, including short films, comedy, dance, theater, puppetry, documentary, storytelling, etc.
3. Volunteers assist with key production values within production coordination, tour guides, social media, photo, video, or audio documentation. College credit may be available if applicable.

Last year was a wonderful success even with zero budget and little time to plan. Our successes even raised over $3,000 to directly pay our artists and hosts last year. Thankfully, we were awarded a grant from the Propeller Fund / Andy Warhol Foundation to jump start the process. This year we are intentionally building on lessons learned from 2013 and emphasizing a couple of key elements as we re-imagine who art is for, by, and where it happens. Here are a few of our intentions for this year:
• Chicago Home Theater Festival 2014 features 18 home venues in May 2014 (exact dates TBD)
• Explore a geographically unique range of neighborhoods with equal distribution within north, west, and south sides
• Reach out to varied home spaces including studios, apartments, houses, senior homes, youth homes, women's shelters, etc.
• CHTF hosts an incredibly diverse spectrum of people, disciplines, neighborhoods, practices, and cultural identities
• Hosts & artists can collaborate to develop original, site-responsive work about a specific neighborhood, home, and locale
• The application deadline is January 31st, 2014

Like us on Facebook for updates and sneak peeks on this year's festival. If you have any questions, please forward them to Consider sharing this call to your friends, colleagues, mentors. This festival spans the city and we wish to include an eclectic range of individuals, neighborhoods, communities, art, and cultures.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Industry Ticket Offers

ComedySportz - 929 W. Belmont Ave., is offering a FREE industry night – Tonight only, Thursday January 2. FREE TICKETS for any industry member to their 8pm performance. A 7pm reception will kick off the evening to meet n' greet with other theaters, and get 2014 started off right! All theater members, staff, and artists are welcome to attend. RSVP's not necessary, but appreciated: e-mail

If you don't pay attention to me, I WON’T PAY ATTENTION TO YOU (on being an actor in the attention economy)

If you don't pay attention to me, I WON’T PAY ATTENTION TO YOU (on being an actor in the attention economy)
A workshop with Sarah Lewis of Lewis Forever
January 11 and 12 from 12-4pm both days
Sarah Lewis is a Berlin-based performer, director, curator and educator. Her present work focuses on knowledge dissemination through theatrical forms. Throughout this free 2 day performative discussion, participant-actors will use method acting techniques to observe, reflect, and enact how we construct and disseminate identity in the digital age. Open to performers and non-performers. Reserve here!

This workshop is part of DCASE’s OnEdge series - a new FREE series will spotlight experimental dance, theater, and genre-defying performances and workshops from national and international artists and companies. See the whole program here.

Remy Bumppo Rehearsal Space Available starting February 6.

Remy Bumppo's rehearsal space at 3717 N Ravenswood has availability starting February 6. 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.