Friday, June 26, 2015

Red Carpet Available for Free

Large roll of red commercial grade carpet available for free pick up. Over 12 ft wide x undetermined length This item needs to be picked up before Monday 6/29. First come, first served. You will need a large vehicle and personnel to move the carpet. Please email for more info.'

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

Grand Concourse - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering $15 industry tickets to performances July 2-19, excluding Saturday nights.Use code “21213” or “INDUSTRY” online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters in Concert - Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Dr. Evanston, is offering $20 industry tickets to the one-night only performance on Saturday, June 27 at 8pm. Tickets available at with code “INDUSTRY"

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Russ Tutterow Memorial

On Monday, July 13, friends, acquaintances, and admirers of Russ Tutterow will gather to honor his profound legacy and influence on their personal and professional lives and on the theatre in Chicago and across the country.

The memorial service will take place in the Albert Goodman auditorium at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Street in Chicago. Doors to the theatre will open at 6:00 p.m., and the service will begin promptly at 6:30.

How You Can Participate
Per Russ’s request, the evening will be dedicated to sharing by those (anyone, really) who knew him and felt his influence in their life and/or career. And we’ve created four different ways that people can participate, by:
• Recording and submitting a short video testimonial
• Bringing a memorial artifact for display
• Offering written reflections to be read from the stage
• Sharing a personal memory or story—live

For details, please visit the Chicago Dramatists website Russ Tutterow Memorial page,

Monday, June 22, 2015

Compass Cabaret 55 Film and Panel Event on 6/23

On Tuesday, June 23 at 7pm after the showing of the film COMPASS CABARET 55 (description below) James Sherman, acclaimed playwright of JACOB AND JACK and BEAU JEST and Charna Halpern Artistic Director of IMPROV OLYMPICS will join David Chack, the Artistic Director of the JCC CHICAGO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL and ShPIeL-PERFORMING IDENTITY on a panel with filmmaker Mark Siska to discuss his film, which is part of the festival.

The JCC offers League of Chicago Theatre members FREE admittance to the film and panel event on Tuesday, June 23 at 7pm. Use the Code CC55 at the door.

The film takes a loving and thoughtful look at the incredible Compass Players in Chicago that spawned the careers of Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Sheldon Patinkin, Shelly Berman, Joyce and Byrne Piven, Paul Sills and his mom Viola Spolin, Ed Asner and many more luminaries who then went on to help create Second City, Saturday Night Live, and the American improv/comedy movement today. This movie is an incredible study of the art of improv from the masters and creators of this art form. It is beautifully shot with an incredible soundscape that brings you back to the heyday of the 50s beat gen. It is also great to see Sheldon Patinkin again, whom many of us knew and we miss so dearly.

Date and Time: Tue, June 23, 7pm - Start time of film (80min) - panel to follow

Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

How Much: FREE with code - "CC55"

2016 ABT Blue Ink Playwriting Award Call For Submissions

American Blues Theater is proud to announce the 2016 Blue Ink Playwriting Award competition and seek submissions of new plays. The winning script will be selected by Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and the theater’s award-winning Ensemble. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the Blue Ink Playwriting Award of $1,000 and receive a staged-reading at American Blues Theater in Chicago.

The Blue Ink Playwriting Award was created in 2010 to support new work. Previous winners include Jamie Pachino’s Other Than Honorable (2015) Douglas Post’s Comden Mall Community Activists (2014), Elaine Romero’s Graveyard of Empires (2013), Christina Gorman’s American Myth (2012), and Stephanie Walker’s American Home (2011). In addition we’ve named 2 runners up, 13 finalists, and 31 semi-finalists. American Blues Theater gave out $1,500 in cash prizes in 2015.

Competition rules are available here. Submissions will be accepted by American Blues Theater from July 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015 at 11:59pm. Playwrights may only submit one (1) manuscript each year for consideration.

Please forward this information, and the guidelines, to any playwright that may be eligible and interested in this opportunity.

For more information about American Blues Theater, please visit our website

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

Jake Shimabukuro and The City Lights Orchestra - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $12.50 industry tickets in honor of its 125th Anniversary for the June 24 performance. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

A Work of Art - Chicago Dramatists, Russ Tutterow Theater, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., is offering $18 tickets to industry members for every Thursday throughout the rest of the run through July 19. Visit to reserve tickets and use the code INDUSTRY-ART.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Development and Drinks

Monday, July 20, 6 - 8 p.m.
Sully's House Chicago, 1501 N. Dayton
Join development staff from other Chicago area theatre companies for development and drinks! These informal gatherings encourage networking, resource-sharing, and mentorship between theatre professionals from large and small organizations.
This event is FREE for League members but space is limited. Click Here to RSVP for the event.

Congo Square Theatre presents An Intimate Conversation with Harry Lennix

Honoring Our Own
An Intimate Conversation with Harry Lennix

Please join us as we culminate a successful season of dialogue with an intimate conversation with Chicago entertainment icon, producer, director and actor Harry Lennix. His prolific film and television career includes recent roles in "Man of Steel" and NBC's drama, "The Blacklist", as well as "Ray", "The Matrix: Reloaded", "The Matrix: Revolutions" and others. Harry has also starred in, or directed, many staged productions across the country, and made his Broadway debut in 2007 as the lead character in August Wilson's final play, "Radio Golf", which was nominated for a Tony Award. This special event is moderated by Chicago's own, Sylvia Ewing, who also conducted our intimate conversation with Walter Mosley. Sylvia is back to interview Harry Lennix, and field questions from the audience. Sylvia is a WTTW veteran, an author, and producer.

The Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theatre
78 E. Washington,Chicago

Date: Monday, June 22, 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

This is a FREE Event, but RSVP is required.
Click HERE to reserve, space is limited.
Connect with us during this event using #OwningOurWorth and follow @CongoSquareCHI on Twitter.

 The event is in cooperation with the League of Chicago Theatres and the Joyce Foundation.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Call for Submissions: The City As Studio

The 20th annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM) will take place from October 1 – November 15, 2015. CAM is a program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events that showcases the work of Chicago artists and arts organizations through independently-produced events taking place throughout Chicago. CAM 2015 will be in dialogue with the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Call for Submissions will open: July 13 - 24, 2015
Attend the CAM Meet + Greet on Wednesday, June 17, 4-6pm, Chicago Cultural Center. RSVP Here.

CAM 2015 Prioritizes:
• Experimental, innovative projects with a strong and original artistic/creative vision
• New work (submissions will be accepted for both new and existing projects)
• Increased public access to and participation in high-quality arts (especially underrepresented populations);
• Collaboration (between neighborhoods, genres, demographically, or other)

2015 Theme:
The City as Studio
CAM invites Chicago-based artists, performers, designers, writers, arts and community organizations, and other creatives to look at Chicago, the City as Studio -- a place for production, investigation, innovation, and experimentation – through exhibitions, performances, installations, screenings, tours, festivals, art walks and more. As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is a studio with challenges, rewards and visions for the future. CAM 2015 will celebrate and investigate how artists and creatives who live and work in Chicago draw inspiration from its urban fabric - design, materials, density; its people - young, old, transient and rooted; its history(ies); and its environment - sky, lake, soil.

How to Participate
Submissions will be accepted online at from July 13 – 24, 2015. Events must feature living Chicago artists. Selections will be announced in early August. Approved programs will be listed online and in a print guide distributed city-wide. Up to 18 programs and artists will be featured, receiving additional marketing, technical and financial support up to $1,500.

CAM Event Types
Art Walk / Tour / Festival - Coordinated event(s) featuring work by Chicago artists in multiple spaces in a single neighborhood or a guided tour of work in a single or multiple locations;
Exhibition / Installation - Organized presentation and display of a selection of works in a public location;
Learning / Making - Class, conversation, lab, lecture, panel discussion, demonstration, art-making activity or other educational event;
Open Studio - Public opening of a communal studio or a building housing multiple studios located in Chicago;
Performance / Screening - Music, theater, dance, spoken word, film or other time-based, site-specific event.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

20% Theatre's Annual Yard Sale

20% Theatre company will be holding their annual yard sale on Saturday June 13th from 9am - 5pm and Sunday June 14th from 9am - 5pm at 1342 N. Greenleaf (Greenleaf and Sheridan). This yard sale will be perfect for designers or other theatre companies looking to save some money on props, costumes or set pieces. All proceeds will go to benefit 20% Theatre's 13th Season: Innovators and Invention.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare - First Folio Theatre at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St, Oak Brook is offering $10 industry tickets Weds. and Thurs. evenings at 8:15 PM on July 9 - August 6. Tickets are available at the box office the evening of the performance. Professionals must bring a union card, a headshot/resume, tech resume, or business card indicating employment in the theater business. Tickets may be purchased by calling 630-986-8067.

MIRACLE! - Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. is offering $12 industry rate tickets for Thursday,7:30pm, June 11 and Wednesday, 7pm, June 24. Use code word INDUSTRY online or at the door (as available) with headshot or resume. Go to for location and show details.

Loose Cannon by Ike Holter - Illinois Humanities at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave, is offering FREE tickets to a staged reading of a work in progress by playwright Ike Holter, followed by a Q & A with the artists on June 20 at 2PM. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

The Royal Ballet - Don Quixote - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $25 industry tickets for the following performances: Friday, June 19 at 7:30PM; Saturday, June 20 at 2PM; and Saturday, June 20 at 7:30PM. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Prolegomenon on June 15.

If you are a small, professional arts organization not currently supported by The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, we’d love to meet you. First step, check our guidelines to see if you are eligible: GDDF guidelines.

If you’re a fit, please join us for our upcoming Prolegomenon on Monday, June 15th. A Prolegomenon is a preliminary, introductory discussion. It’s a chance to meet with us face to face and to learn more about our Gen Ops Plus strategy in the Chicago region. We’ll provide an overview of our guidelines, take you through the general operations grant application and review process, and give you a chance to ask questions.

Please RSVP to Clover Morell at or 312.977.2700 by Friday, June 12th. Limited seating is available. For this reason, we can only accommodate one person from each organization. Thanks for your understanding.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Industry Ticket Offer

Brave Face Project - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $20 industry tickets for performances June 26-28. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

Melancholy Play - Piven Theatre Workshop at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., is offering $15 industry tickets for performances through June 21. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or through the box office at 847.866.8049. Playwright Sarah Ruhl to appear for talk backs on June 18, and with Joyce Piven on June 21.

The Project(s) - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron, is offering $20 industry tickets to all Wednesday evening performances for the remainder of the run (June 3rd, 10th, and 17th). Use the discount code FUNFEST when purchasing tickets. Offer available by phone, walk-up or online. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) required upon ticket pickup.

Critical Response Process Workshop with Liz Lerman

Friday, June 12 from 4 - 7 P.M.
Chicago Cultural Center, First Floor Garland, 78 E. Washington
This workshop is FREE to League members, but space is very limited. RSVP to
If you are curious about opening up communication about art-making, and want practice in a process that will inform your creative work and enhance your conversations about artistic works and processes then join us for this special workshop with Liz Lerman. Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process advances the development of artistic works-in-progress through a four-step, facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. In use for over 20 years, the Process has been enthusiastically embraced by artists, educators, and administrators at theater companies, dance centers, orchestras, museums and universities. The Process has opened new awareness and capabilities for deeper dialogue and learning between artists and audiences, teachers and students. Any combination of people who communicate about creative endeavors can benefit from the Critical Response Process. The originator of the process, choreographer Liz Lerman, will introduce the Process and demonstrate its application to real works-in-progress.Through a lively series of exercises she will illuminate its inner workings, core principles, and diverse uses.