Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Industry Ticket Offer

John Lahr and Martha Lavey in Conversation (A One Night Only Event)- On October 13 at 7pm, Artistic Director Martha Lavey engages in conversation with The New Yorker former Senior Drama Critic John Lahr about his latest book, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh. Industry comp tickets are available- use code 18410 online at steppenwolf.org or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Industry Ticket Offer

American Ballet Theatre’s “All-American Celebration” - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $25 industry tickets for the Oct 3 evening and Oct 4 matinee performances. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org, by calling (800) 982-2787, or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy. 

Industry Ticket Offer

Cole Porter’s Greatest Hits - Light Opera Works at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets on October 3 at 8 p.m., and October 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. For tickets call 847-920-5360 or visit www.LightOperaWorks.com and use code "champagne." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Free Glassware, Display Items, and more

EcoSet Consulting has an event they are working on that will have some great items leftover that are available for donation this coming Monday, September 29 near the Grant Park area. This is your chance to help create a “zero waste” environment and you can save beautiful pieces for free in the process.
  • 500-750 bar rags 
  • Libby brand wine glasses (2,000 – 5,000) 
  • Rocks/Collins glassware (2,000) 
The quantities are estimates but just know there is a lot to giveaway! Note: Everything is new but used for the event so would have to be washed.

You must be able to pick up near the Grant Park area on Monday.

In addition, they have a few display items still up for grabs. Check out all the items from the Craigslist ad. Display items available this Monday as well. We will deliver the display items but the glasses and rags are a pick up only.

Contact Amy at 808-330-0099 this weekend if you are interested. She will put you in touch with someone to coordinate pick-up on Monday afternoon, Sept 29.

Industry Ticket Offer

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street- Porchlight Music Theatre is offering $15 tickets to its Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Industry Night, Monday, Oct 6 at 7:30 pm. at Stage 773. Call and mention INDUSTRY at 773.327.5252 or stop at the box office to purchase your ticket. For more information go to porchlightmusictheatre.org

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Industry Ticket Offer

Rest- Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets to Rest performances 9/12 - 10/12.  Tickets are available over the phone at (773) 871-3000 and online at VictoryGardens.org.  Use code "INDUSTRY" when checking out.

Crain’s NEW Holiday Culture Preview

Crain’s NEW Holiday Culture Preview

In an effort to expand its cultural coverage, we are excited to announce that Crain’s is launching a NEW quarterly Cultural Preview section this holiday season. It will be multiple pages leading off the ‘Business of Life’ section in the November 3 issue, with full preview features as well as seasonal listings with call-out sidebars for highlighted events. To make it more accessible to the cultural community, pricing is at half their regular ‘Business of Life’ rate. Although it is not yet part of the League’s Co-op Program, you can contact Laura Toerner at Crain’s Chicago Business (312-649-5375 or ltoerner@crain.com) for ad rates and more information.

Apollo Theater Studio Available for Rent

The Apollo Theater Studio, a 50-seat black box space, currently has openings for smaller scale productions, or improv/sketch shows in the winter and spring of 2015.  The Apollo Studio can offer black box intimacy while providing the Apollo’s professional, full-service, theater support in one of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods.

Competitive Daily, Weekly, Daytime, and Off-Night rental packages are available and include the following;
  • Lighting Package including ETC SmartFade 12/24 Controller, 24 ETC SmartPack dimmers, and ample lighting instruments from Apollo inventory.
  • Sound Package including Yamaha EMX62M Powered Mixer, 2 AS108 Speakers, Compact Disk and Mini Disk Player
  • A projector and screen for multimedia opportunities (extra weekly fee)
  • Full-Service, 7 day/week Box Office Support using Ticketmaster Sales system.
  • Exposure through The League of Chicago Theaters
  • Convenient access to CTA Brown, Red, and Purple Lines and bus service.
For Rates and Additional Information, please contact Tara Attea at tara@apollochicago.com or 773-935-9336.

Industry Ticket Offer

Outside Agitators- presented by 20% Theatre, playing at 3502 N. Elston Ave, is offering Industry Tickets for the whole run of the show (September 25th - October 19th) Email boxoffice@twentypercentchicago.com for more information and to reserve. Tickets are $15.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

News From The Arts Work Fund

The Arts Work Fund recently evaluated the impact of its grants. 

Lessons for funders: Continuous access to capacity building grants produced benefits beyond the bounds of any one grant or project; led to thoughtfully planned and paced projects; and produced greater clarity of purpose.

Lessons for small arts organizations: The most successful capacity building projects were backed by clarity of purpose, the organization’s leaders, and well-managed, high-quality consulting services; unexpected distractions and unclear or unrealistic expectations were most often a project’s undoing; and the type of deliverable, more than the type of project, governed the longer-term value of capacity building projects.

Lessons for consultants: staff capacity is a real but not homogenous challenge, one that needs frequent discussion before and during a consulting engagement; and most grantees got better at working with consultants with time and practice.

To read the full report, click here.

The Arts Work Fund is implementing the following changes to improve their grantmaking: 
(effective October 1, 2014) 
  • The Fund will add 10 percent to each grant to support the organizational costs associated with the capacity building project. 
  • To be more responsive to projects as they emerge, there will no longer be specific grant deadlines. Applications will be accepted at any time throughout the year, with grant decisions made on a quarterly basis. 
  • We will move to the grant application system used by our fiscal agent,The Chicago Community Trust. You will still access the application from the Arts Work Fund website. This change does not preclude you from applying separately to The Trust, or the other funders that are members of the Arts Work Fund collaborative. 


DCASE Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Millennium Park Presents Program


Application Deadline: Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 5:00 PM CST

In just its 10th year, Millennium Park has become Chicago’s most visited destination for free programming, attracting over 40 million visitors to date. In 2013 alone, there were 4.75 million visitors. Reflecting the role that the park has come to play as a critical cultural asset and gateway, Millennium Park Presents (“MP Presents”) strives to offer the most outstanding artistic programs free of charge to residents and visitors. These offerings aim to promote the City’s premier and iconic professional arts organizations and cultural institutions, connecting arts audiences to the rich traditions and diverse communities that make the City of Chicago great.

DCASE is currently seeking proposals from applicants seeking to participate in next season’s MP Presents series taking place from June-September 2015 in the City’s internationally acclaimed Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Click here to learn more about the program guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Please contact Matt Nielson, Deputy Commissioner, Cultural Planning and Operations for DCASE, at matt.nielson@cityofchicago.org with questions about this program.

Industry Ticket Offer

Let Me Down Easy and Mercy Strain - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St, is offering $25 industry tickets to Let Me Down Easy and Mercy Strain. This offer is valid for any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday evening performance of either show. Please mention the code INDUSTRY when reserving tickets by phone or walk-up. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) required when picking up tickets. Call 773-409-4125 or visit www.atcweb.org for more information.

Friday, September 19, 2014

News From Redtwist Theatre

New & Young Theatre Companies!
Redtwist invites exciting young guest companies to submit proposals for productions "in association with" Redtwist Theatre, to be performed at the Redtwist space. Show times would be Sat 3pm, and Sun & Mon 7:30pm for a 6-week run (18 performances total). The Jeff Committee would judge the show for potential nominations and awards. The financial terms are mutually beneficial to the guest company and Redtwist. 

Please send your proposal and a PDF of the script to Redtwist Artistic Director, Michael Colucci: michael@redtwist.org. Several slots remain for the 14-15 season.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Memorial Celebration for Molly Glynn

Friends and family of Molly Glynn will be holding a Memorial Celebration on Monday, October 6, at 7:30pm at the NorthShore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd. The celebration is an event for the theatre community with a cash bar. Additional details about the event will be announced at a later date.

Cameras and video will not be permitted. The event is not recommended for children.  

Industry Ticket Offer

Miracles in the Fall- Polarity Ensemble Theatre is offering $15 industry tickets every Thursday and Sunday for the remainder of the run for Miracles in the Fall at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Industry performances are September 18, 25, October 2 at 8:00 and September 21, 28, October 5 at 3:00. Tickets can be redeemed by calling the Greenhouse box office at 773-404-7336 or in person at the Greenhouse Theater Center.  Visit www.petheatre.com for more information.    

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Remy Bumppo Rehearsal Space Available NOW!

Remy Bumppo's rehearsal space at 3717 N Ravenswood has availability right now!  Rates vary from $11 - $16 per hour, depending on hours scheduled per week.  Approximately 800 sq ft, close to Addison Brown Line. Contact Danielle Whaley at dwhaley@remybumppo.org or 773-244-8119.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Industry Ticket Offer

The Birds- Hell in a Handbag Productions is offering $21 industry tickets for Hitchock, parody/homage/deconstruction, The Birds at Berger Park Thursday, Sept. 25, 7:30pm and Saturday, Oct. 18, 3pm online, by phone or at the door with code word 'industry'. Please bring h/s or resume. Limited availablility! Go to handbagproductions.org for more details.

Industry Ticket Offer

Mnemonic- Red Tape Theatre at the DCASE Storefront Theater, 66 E Randolph St in Chicago, is offering $5 OFF tickets for Industry members to all Friday-Sunday performances through October 5, 2014. Use promo code INDUSTRY when purchasing tickets online at www.redtapetheatre.org, or present proof of industry affiliation at the door.

Industry Ticket Offer

The Second City's Deep Cuts - UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave, is offering $15 industry tickets to theatre industry professionals for all performances of The Second City's Deep Cuts. Offer available by phone at 312-662-4562 and mentioning the code: INDUSTRY. The show runs Sundays at 7pm September 14 through October 12, 2014. http://upcomedyclub.com/show.cfm?cart&id=333605

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Industry Ticket Offer

Miracles in the Fall- Polarity Ensemble Theatre is offering $15 industry tickets this entire weekend (9/11-9/14) at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 and Sunday at 3:00. Tickets can be redeemed by calling the Greenhouse box office at 773-404-7336 or in person at the Greenhouse Theater Center.  Visit www.petheatre.com for more information.    

Industry Ticket Offer

The Commons of Pensacola- Northlight Theatre is offering $15 tickets to theatre industry professionals for performances of The Commons of Pensacola September 12-21 (excluding 9/19). Offer available by phone or walk-up, must mention the code INDUSTRY to reserve. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) required upon ticket pickup. 

Industry Ticket Offer

Stories in Motion- Joffrey Ballet is offering industry tickets for the Stories in Motion program. To redeem, visit joffrey.org/stories and enter promo code INDUSTRY.

Industry Ticket Offer

The Night Alive- Steppenwolf Theatre if offering $20 Tickets to performances September 18 through October 5. Use code “18249”online at steppenwolf.org or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability. 

Industry Ticket Offer

The Whaleship Essex - Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, is offering $15 industry tickets for THE WHALESHIP ESSEX on Thursdays 9/11 - 10/9, pending availability. For tickets, call 773-975-8150 or stop by the Theater Wit box office. Visit www.shatteredglobe.org for more information.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Industry Ticket Offer

THE COWARD - Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont is offering $15 industry tickets for THE COWARD on Thursdays 9/11, 9/18 and 9/25. For tickets call 773-875-9150 and use the code "gooesberry." Visit stagelefttheatre.com for more information.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dimming of the Lights

On Thursday September 11, 2014 at 7:30pm, Chicago theatres will dim the lights on their marquees for one minute to honor all the members of our community we have recently lost.

If you have a marquee, please join. If you don’t have a marquee, perhaps you can consider dimming the house or lobby lights for one minute.

The dimming is being organized by Jason Epperson of the Greenhouse Theater Center.


To my magnificent community of Chicago theatre:

There is not a single person in our community who is not grieving our terrible losses today.  Not one of you hasn’t been touched in some way by the remarkable lives taken from us too soon.

It happens; we lose someone, a friend, a colleague, a loved one.  The wider our circle the more loss we risk and in Chicago theatre we have a large and loving family.  But so many, so fast?  It is unimaginable and nearly impossible to bear.  But bear it we must.  “When you are going through hell, keep going.”  It seems trite but it’s the only thing.

To the families and friends of Roy, Sati, Joel, Trinity, Molly and Bernie you have the deepest condolences of thousands of colleagues and audience members who cherished these stars of Chicago theatre.  We join you in your grief and I hope there is some comfort in that.

I hope that this community will be strong for each other and for the families of our fallen comrades.  I hope we will honor them every day in our work.  Roy Leonard’s family included this in his obituary “in lieu of flowers be kind to each other.”  Joe Foust, husband of Molly Glynn posted on Facebook “Love hard people, love hard.”  May this horrible time always remind us to love hard and be kind.  Please take care of yourselves and be safe.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Industry Ticket Offer

Methtacular! - About Face Theatre at Theatre Wit, 1229 W Belmont, is offering $20 Industry Tickets to all remaining performances of METHTACULAR! Show runs through Sept 28. Seats subject to availability. Use promo code INDMETH1 when purchasing tickets. Visit www.aboutfacetheatre.org for tickets and info.

Space Availability at Profiles Theatre

Profiles Theatre has an opening in their Alley Stage at an incredible price for mid-November through February. Prime time and off or late night available. 65 seats, lights, sound and tech included. Call 773-549-1815 for more information.

Industry Ticket Offer

All My Sons – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $10 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru November 15. Offer available by phone or walk-up, must mention the code INDUSTRY to reserve. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) required upon ticket pickup.

News from The Ruckus


The Ruckus is proud to announce the appointment of Derek Van Barham, formerly the literary manager of the company, to the position of artistic director, and Catherine Bullard, formerly the company manager, to the position of executive director. Barham succeeds Allison Shoemaker, now the director of marketing and publicity, and Bullard succeeds Martin Kettling, who remains on the company's board. They also welcome seven new artistic associates: Brooke Allen, Scottie Caldwell, Julie Cowden, Charlotte Mae Ellison, Neal Starbird, Mitch Vermeersch, and Christine Vrem-Ydstie.  


On September 13 The Ruckus is hosting a networking event for playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, producers, and other artists: Theatre Speed-Dating. The event, which is totally free and utterly devoid of romance, is designed to get people talking about their projects, passions, and possible future collaborations. And there's a treat at the end: if you meet everyone on your list, you get a shot, courtesy of Rogers Park Social. Click here for more info, pre-register here, and email allison@ruckustheater.org with questions.

Space Rental Available at The Royal George Theatre

The Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, has space available for performances, prime time and off night, special events, rehearsals, classes, room rentals and more. The Cabaret seats 193, The Gallery seats 50. For further information or viewing appointment, contact Joe at 312-988-9105

Industry Ticket Offer

Season on the Line - The House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St, Chicago. Half-Price Advance Industry tickets are available Sundays and Mondays at 7pm Sept 28 - Oct 26 with code "IMakeArt" and $10 Industry Same-Day tickets are available for all performances Sept. 12 - Oct. 26 pending availability during the day by phone and at walk-up. Visit http://thehousetheatre.com/boxoffice/specialoffers for more information.

Industry Ticket Offer

The Magic Parlour - The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street is offering $15 industry same-day tickets for all performances pending availability during the day by phone and at walk-up at Potter's Lounge. Visit http://thehousetheatre.com/boxoffice/specialoffers for more information.

Industry Ticket Offer

Rest- Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets to Rest performances 9/12 - 9/18. Tickets are available over the phone at (773) 871-3000 and online at VictoryGardens.org. Use code "INDUSTRY" when checking out.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Behind The Scenes Look at The Commons of Pensacola at Northlight Theatre

Join Northlight Theatre Artistic Director BJ Jones Friday, September 5th at noon for behind-the-scenes insight into The Commons of Pensacola while it is still in rehearsal. FREE but RSVP is required. Please call 847.679.9501 x3605 to RSVP.

Industry Ticket Offer

SEASON PASS - Choose Your Own Adventure - The Plagiarists at The Frontier Storefront, 1106 W Thorndale, Chicago, IL 60660, are offering a limited number of $10 industry tickets for their exclusive preview on Wednesday, September 10th at 7:30pm. Email reservations@theplagiarists.org for more information and to reserve.