Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

River North Dance Chicago - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $25 industry tickets for the October 3 performance. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy. For more information go to http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/shows/rndc-fall/.

Gem of the Ocean - Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis Ave, is offering $10 rush tickets starting one hour before performances to industry professionals for this Saturday, Oct 3rd at 8pm.

Porchlight Revisits… - Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave., is offering a limited number of $15 tickets to their Porchlight Revisits… series for Babes in Arms, Tuesday, Oct. 6 - Thursday, Oct. 8 at Stage 773. Call and mention IndustryBabes at 773.327.5252 or stop at the box office to purchase your ticket. Proof of theatre industry affiliation required at box office when claiming tickets. For more information go to porchlightmusictheatre.org.

Scream, Queen, Scream! - Hell in a Handbag at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark, is offering $12 industry tickets for the Oct. 14 Wednesday performance of Scream, Queen, Scream! Use code word 'industry' online http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1392091 or call 1-800-838-3006. Tickets at the door may be limited so advanced purchase is recommended. Curtain is 7pm, the doors open at 6:30pm

Sucker Punch - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, is offering a limited number of $15 (reg. $20-$45) Industry tickets for performances through October 18. Discounted tickets are available using promo code INDUSTRY online at Victorygardens.org or by calling 773-871-3000.

Sylvia - Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering half-off industry tickets for the U.S. premiere of Joffrey’s Sylvia October 14-25. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at Joffrey.org/Sylvia. Valid for Thursday and Friday performances only. Offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets.  

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lecoq Master Class with Norman Taylor

Chicago, October 2015

MTS lands in the Windy City! We are excited to announce our first workshop in Chicago, given by Master Teacher Norman Taylor who taught alongside Jacques Lecoq for 20 years.

Widely regarded as one of the finest international ambassadors of Lecoq’s pedagogy, Norman has given master classes in over 30 countries at some of the world's most prestigious theater conservatories, and is currently on the faculty of the École Internationale de Théâtre Lassaad in Brussels.

'The Art of Movement at the Service of the Actor' is an exploration into the inherently physical nature of theater and the dramatic potential of the world around us. It will explore three fundamental components of Jacques Lecoq's approach to artistic training: the analysis of movement, physical storytelling and the actor-as-creator. Working from short stories by Chekhov and Poe, the workshop will culminate in the collective creation of original physical theater pieces. This workshop offers the actor a unique opportunity to develop a heightened sense of their body in performance with one of the world’s greatest teachers of physical theater.

Workshop dates: October 9th, 10th and 11th, 10am - 5pm
 Location: Columbia College
More information click here
To apply click here 

Receive a 25% discount by mentioning the League. Write 'LCT' in the discount code box at the bottom of the Apply page.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

February/March Space Availability at Cornservatory

Corn Productions, or the Cornservatory, is located at 4210 N. Lincoln avenue and has availability for February and March for a full production rental.

Corn is easily accessible by the Brown Line and there is ample parking in the neighborhoods. Our main-stage space seats up to 60 persons.

For a tour or more information, please contact Lindsay Bartlett, the Rentals Manager, at cornservatoryrentals@gmail.com. or visit our website at cornservatory.org.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Making Homes for the Arts in Sacred Places in Bronzeville

Partners for Sacred Places and Audience Architects Invite You to Learn About
Making Homes for the Arts in Sacred Places in Bronzeville!*

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Maggie Daley Park (Field House) 
333 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601 

Interested in...
 • artistic space and connecting to a new community?
• the arts acting as a catalyst for community development?
• learning how sacred places and artists can work together in Bronzeville?

Be a part of bringing artists and arts organizations who need space together with sacred places that are open to space sharing with artists.
 *This event is part of a larger project funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Click here to register for the event.

 The Making Homes for the Arts in Sacred Places program matches artists and arts organizations in need of space with sacred places that have space to share!

Audience Architects is a dance leadership organization whose mission is to build & engage dance audiences in Chicago and advocate for Chicago dance. We are a non-profit organization and exist to provide Chicago dance companies with increased visibility, expansive resources, & additional forums to showcase & share their talents.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

Hollywood’s Greatest Song Hits - Light Opera Works at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets on October 2 and 9 at 8 p.m., and October 3, 7, 8 and 10 at 2 p.m. For tickets call 847-920-5360 or visit www.LightOperaWorks.com and use code "film." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $15 industry tickets for performance September 26-27. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

On Stage With… Branden James - Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $15 industry tickets for the performance on September 24. Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution - City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, would like to offer a $15 industry discount for performances - Fridays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 3PM from October 2 through November 12. Also 2 Thursdays Nov 5 & 12 at 7:30PM. No Saturdays. Purchase tickets at www.citylit.org or at Brown Paper Tickets using the code INDUSTRY.

Side Show - Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, is offering a limited number of $20 tickets on Thursday, Sept. 24 - Sunday, Sept. 27. Call and mention PMTINDUSTRYTHURS (Thursday only) or PMTINDUSTRY (All Other Nights) at 773.327.5252 or stop at the box office to purchase your ticket. Proof of theatre industry affiliation required at box office when claiming tickets. For more information go to porchlightmusictheatre.org.

American Idiot - The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. is offering $18 industry tickets to any performance now through October 25, subject to availability, when you use code industry18. Buy online at www.the-hypocrites.com.

Goblin Market- Black Button Eyes Productions at Collaboraction Theatre, 1579 N Milwaukee Ave in Chicago, is offering $15 industry tickets for the Friday October 2 at 7:30 pm, Saturday October 3 at 7:30 pm, Sunday October 4 at 2:00 pm, and Tuesday October 6 at 7:30 pm performances. Use promo code COMEBUY when purchasing tickets online at goblinmarketchicago.brownpapertickets.com, or present proof of industry affiliation at the door.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

DCASE Individual Artist Grants Workshops start September 23

The Individual Artists Program will be awarding grants to Chicago-based artists over 18 years of age, at all career levels, working across numerous disciplines and across both traditional fine arts and for-profit creative industries. Artists can apply for grants up to $5,000 to support the creation of artistic work or up to $2,500 to support professional development opportunities.

NEW THIS YEAR: Before applying, ALL applicants must attend one of the application assistance workshops at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Please register now to secure your spot at one of the upcoming workshops:
• Wednesday, September 23, 3- 5pm CST, in the 5th Floor Washington Room
• Thursday, September 24, 9-11am CST, in the 5th Floor Garland Room
• Thursday, September 24, 2-4pm CST, in the 5th Floor Garland Room
• Friday, September 25, 11am-1pm CST, in the 5th Floor Washington Room
• Monday, September 28, 2-4pm CST, in the 5th Floor Washington Room
• Tuesday, September 29, 9-11am CST, in the 5th Floor Washington Room
• Tuesday, September 29, 4-6pm CST, in the 5th Floor Washington Room
• Tuesday, October 6, 3-5pm CST, in the 5th Floor Garland Room

Applications open Monday, October 5, 2015
Applications due 5pm, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

To apply for an Individual Artists Program grant and learn more about cultural grants, please visit www.ChicagoCulturalGrants.org.

Free Wine Glasses from EcoSet Consulting

EcoSet Consulting has a few hundred glass wine glasses that will be available on Monday, September 28th. If you can pick up near the Grant Park area and can take them all, please send me a note to Amy at donations@ecosetconsulting.com and she can give you the contact information. These were used once but a quick wash and good as new!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Route 66 Theatre Test Drive New Play Development Workshop

Route 66 Theatre Company is now accepting submissions for our 2nd annual new play developmental workshop: Test Drive.

Our annual workshop awards one playwright with a developmental workshop of their play. The workshop is focused on the playwright and what they need to move their script toward being production-ready. A workshop curator, two dramaturg mentors, and a panel of special guest directors, artistic directors, and literary managers will provide support, criticism, ideas, and suggestions. If you’re a playwright looking for an experience that will help develop your draft into the play you envision, read on.

Literary Manager Frances Limoncelli – workshop curator
Artistic Director Stef Tovar – workshop producer
Emily Woods – workshop intern
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 12th or after 300 plays have been submitted (whichever comes 1st)
WORKSHOP DATES: March 4th through March 21st, 2016 (Exact workshop dates subject to adjustment depending on artists’ schedules.)

1.Read all the information below.
2.Complete the application found at this link: http://bit.ly/route66workshop.
3.Email a full draft of your play to submissions@route66theatre.org. Pdfs preferred. Please include your last name and the play title in the subject line.

Route 66 Theatre is interested in finding small cast contemporary American plays. We respond to plays that are emotionally grounded; that have heart. Our aesthetic embodies the feeling of the famous highway for which we are named: a road with stops in every small town, where real people live and work and love. Route 66 is for those who take the time to engage in authentic American experiences over the speed of the superhighway. o Please submit plays that fit with the above description. o Plays submitted should be full-length drafts in need of development. o Playwrights of color and female playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit. o Playwrights must be available during the dates of the workshop to attend rehearsals and meetings in Chicago, IL.

A wholly process-oriented, writer-focused, experience that includes:
 o $300 stipend
o Two dramaturg mentors
o A cast of professional actors and Limoncelli as director
o Rehearsal space
 o Feedback from dramaturg mentors, Limoncelli, and Tovar
o Time to write between readings and rehearsals so the project can move forward several steps during the workshop
o A reading for an audience and a panel of special guest directors, artistic directors, and literary managers
o Additional feedback from the panel of special guest directors, artistic directors, and literary managers
 PLEASE NOTE: Route 66 will receive the right of first refusal to produce the winning play within an agreed upon time period.

o All applications will be reviewed. Plays that do not fall within the submission guidelines will not move forward in the process.
o All plays that fall within the submission guidelines will be assigned to one of our team of readers. A minimum of 15 pages will be read and discussed. Another cut will be made.
 o The remaining plays will be read in their entirety by one of our team of readers. Another cut will be made.
 o The remaining plays will be read by at least one more reader and/or the Literary Manager. The finalists will be determined.
o Finalists will be read by Route 66 Theatre’s Literary Manager and Artistic Director. A few finalists may be asked for a Skype or in-person interview the week before the winner is announced.
o The winner is announced on January 4th, 2016.

Sometimes a playwright can only get so far working alone. They know their draft has possibilities, but they crave professional actors to read it out loud, brainy dramatists to bounce ideas off of, and experienced directors, writers, and artistic directors to discuss it with. And TIME! They crave the TIME to digest and incorporate the results of those experiences into their play. In our opinion, too many developmental workshops focus on the culminating performance instead of the development of the work: energy is spent on nabbing a “name” to read the lead role or time is spent staging music stand choreography. This is usually a well-intentioned attempt to give the play a favorable showing for the invited industry members in the audience. That can be of great help for a polished play that’s ready for a backer’s audition, showcase, or premiere…but it’s not so developmental. The Route 66 Developmental Workshop will be focused on supporting the writing process. You’ll be given resources, guidance, and freedom to experiment. Writing time is incorporated into the schedule so that you can try new ideas and incorporate feedback that strikes a chord with you. It’s our goal to give you everything you need so you can leave with a draft that is several steps further along than the one you came in with. In our efforts to provide support, we will be careful not to coddle. We believe most artists are excited by a productive, forthright process. We find that even tough feedback, given respectfully and constructively, is usually welcome to the artist who stands to benefit from it. We are also committed to the idea that our support not be misconstrued as directive. The mentor team will provide expert advice from several different points of view, but the creative decisions are the playwright’s alone. If you’re passionate in your artistry, idealistic in your vision, excited by collaboration, open to feedback, and energetically in pursuit of an experience designed to help your play evolve…then come play with us.

 Frances Limoncelli & Stef Tovar

ROUTE 66 MISSION: Route 66 Theatre Company introduces, develops, produces, and exports new work for the stage. The road begins with our new play development process and reaches west, where our World and Chicago Premiere shows are given an advocate for further regional productions along the road less traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Industry Ticket Offers

How the World Began - Rivendell Theatre, 5779 North Ridge Ave. is offering $15 Industry Tickets Thursdays and Fridays September 17-18 and September 24-25 at 8PM. Must provide proof of industry when picking up tickets. Limit 2 tickets per Industry ID (self + guest). Subject to availability. Call 773.334.7728 or vist Rivendelltheatre.org & use box-office code: INDUSTRY.

We Gotta Bingo – Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont in Chicago, is offering 50% off Tickets to ANY Friday performances in September and October. Use code ‘LEAGUE’ at checkout at www.WeGottaBingo.com or by calling 312-391-0404 and mentioning this code. Offer valid through this Sunday, September 20th.

Direct from Death Row the Scottsboro Boys– Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $15 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru November 14. Additional Industry performances Wednesday 9/16 and Monday 9/21. 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.

The Revel - The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St. $10 Same-day discount Industry tickets available via phone (after 12pm) and walk up (one hour to curtain) for any show with tickets available. Now through Oct 25. 773-769-3832. More info at http://thehousetheatre.com/.

Unspeakable: A Dramatic Fantasia Inspired by the Life of Comedian Richard Pryor - Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut, Broadway In Chicago will offer industry rush tickets to all performances beginning October 6. Tickets will only be available for purchase with a valid ID at the Broadway Playhouse box office on the day of the performance and will cost $25 per ticket. There will be a limit of 2 tickets per valid ID. For more information visit BroadwayInChicago.com.

The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story - First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Hall, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St, Oak Brook, is offering $10 tickets to industry professionals for Weds. evenings at 8 PM on Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21. Tickets are on an "as available" basis and may be purchased no sooner than 48 hours in advance and must be paid for at the time they are ordered. When picking up tickets, buyer must bring a union card, a headshot/resume, tech resume, or business card indicating employment in the theater business. Price is good for the theater professional only, not guests. Tickets may be purchased by calling 630-986-8067.

Millennials - The Joffrey Ballet at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, is offering half-off industry tickets to performances September 16-20 with the code INDUSTRY. For more information visit http://www.joffrey.org/millennials.

John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering 2-for-1 industry tickets to the following performances: Previews: Sept 17-20, Regular Run evenings: Sept 30, Oct 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 11.   Use code 22162 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.

Washer/Dryer - Rasaka Theatre at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago is offering $15 industry performances for Thursday September 17th and Friday September 18th at 8pm. Please provide proof of industry or mention this offer at the Box Office. For more information, visit rasakatheatre.com or call 773-871-3000.

The Rainmaker - American Blues Theater at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets to a special industry night performance on Monday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Use code word "Industry10" for discount.

Improv/Sketch Teams Needed for Corn's Sketch Fest

Do you have a sketch idea you are dying to try out? Or how about an improv team you want to put together. Corn Productions is hosting a FULL MONTH of Sketch and Improv Comedy and wants new teams and ideas to showcase. Available weekends are November 6 & 7th, November 27th & 28th. We also have some Tuesday or Thursday nights available if you want to take the off-night track. Please email cornservatoryrentals@gmail.com for more information and pricing options.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

The Producers and Victor/Victoria - NightBlue Performing Arts Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering industry night tickets for their upcoming productions being produced in repertory. Tickets available at the door or by phone at (773)327-5252. A headshot and resume must be submitted to receive the industry ticket price of $12.00 "Victor/Victoria' industry nights are Tuesday September 8 at 7:30 PM and Friday September 11 at 8:00 PM.  "The Producers" industry nights are Wednesday September 9 at 7:30 PM and Thursday September 10 at 7:30 PM

Side Show - Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering $15 tickets to the Industry Night performance on Monday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 pm. Call and mention PMTINDUSTRY at 773.327.5252 or stop at the box office to purchase your ticket. Proof of theatre industry affiliation required at box office when claiming tickets. For more information go to porchlightmusictheatre.org.

Funnyman - Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd. is offering $15 Industry Tickets available in person only starting 2 hours before performances September 11 - October 18. Must provide proof of industry. Limit 2 tickets per Industry ID (self + guest). Subject to availability. Excludes Premium seats and Opening.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

One State Together in the Arts Conference September 28 - 29

At the biennial One State Together in the Arts Conference, we’ll explore how artists, community builders, and social entrepreneurs are engaging in creative activity to promote positive change on personal, community, and global levels. Join us on September 28 & 29 to learn how we can collectively communicate the real impact and value of the arts. Register now: http://onestateillinois.com/ #OneStateIL

The Saints offer $35 memberships to new members 35 and under

We want to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Saints Organization's newest membership initiative. In honor of our 35th Anniversary, we are offering a $35 membership for those 35 years of age. The Saints would love to attract younger folk to join us in our mission of assisting the most vibrant performing arts scene in the country.

We would appreciate your spreading the word to your family, friends, business associates and fellow performing arts community enthusiasts. Please feel free to twitter, tweet or sing, the announcement of this fabulous opportunity to see great theatre, dance and music performances for free while providing a valuable service to the performing arts community. This would be a great gift for those who have run out of unusual ideas for birthdays, graduations, Grandparents Day, anniversaries, etc. so please spread the word. Be the first Grandparent, Parent and young adult to usher together as a result of this unique opportunity.

Just a reminder that those 16 and older are eligible to join our one of a kind organization. The $35 Membership for those 35 years of age and younger in honor of our 35th Anniversary is good through May 31, 2016. It is a most affordable way to experience the best that Metro Chicago offers in dance, music and theatre.

Join the Saints

With Saintly Regards--
Trudy Meltzer Saints Director and Membership Chair

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Columbia College Chicago Theatre students featured in International Arts Festival Sept. 9-13

The NEW NOW Festival 2015, sponsored by the European League of Institutes for the Arts (ELIA), will feature the work of students from the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department. These current and recently graduated Theatre students from Chicago are the only American artists selected for this prestigious, competitive juried showcase of cutting-edge performance, which runs September 9-13 in Amsterdam at the historic Westergasfabriek Culture Park.

Performing in front of an international audience of artists, arts educators and arts journalists, the Room | 916 Collective, an ensemble of Columbia College Chicago students and alumni, will showcase two different performance pieces: United States of Amnesia, performed live at the festival; and The Wonderers and Other Stories, which will be showcased in video as part of the NEW NOW Festival's online component.

"We're excited to be taking the work ethic and aesthetic of Chicago theatre and sharing it with the international arts community," said Jeff Ginsberg, Coordinator of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department's Acting Program, who facilitated the student projects and submitted them for consideration by ELIA.

The European League of Institutes of the Arts is the primary independent network organization for higher arts education in Europe. The NEW NOW Festival offers “an innovative international platform for talented graduating artists (or those who have recently graduated)–coming out of Higher Arts Education Institutions and Universities across Europe and beyond–to present themselves to a wider international audience within a professional arts context. The Festival features the most excellent new artists now entering the professional arts arenas and is an international showcase for emerging creative talent.”

For more information and to view the student presentations and performances, please visit the festival website: www.elia-artschools.org/festival. For more information, please contact John Green, Chair of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department (jgreen@colum.edu, 312-369-6160), or Jeff Ginsberg, Coordinator of the Theatre Department's Acting Program (jginsberg@colum.edu, 312-369-6128).

About the Work: 
United States of Amnesia was created for the Spring 2014 Chicago Home Theater Festival, which sponsors transformative art presentations in individuals’ homes and nontraditional performance spaces. The work was originally presented in the home of Chicago professor and activist William Ayers. Taking inspiration from his life and activism, the piece was created as a response to growing up in an uncertain American society, examining “what it means to be, among other things; a servant, a child, a soldier, a consumer, and an intellectual in an increasingly violent, paranoid and uncertain American society.” The performance incorporated dance, improv, Plastique work, and original writing. The ensemble included Columbia College Chicago students Hannah Burt, Travis Coe, Will Green, Will Greenburg, Charlie Haumersen, Emma Ladji, Rachel Minkoff, and Dior Stephens.

The Wonderers and Other Stories was a collaboration facilitated by Matthew Glassman and Hannah Jarrell, artists from the Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts, during a January 2015 residency at the Columbia College Theatre Department. Created by Room| 916 Collective, and utilizing Double Edge’s pedagogy of physical theatre training and research, The Wonderers and Other Stories mixed circus and spectacle, vaudeville and clowning, live music and poetic narrative to transport the viewer into the colorful, vibrant world of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her contemporaries. Images, text, music, and dance coalesced in a 30-minute pageant vibrating with sound, color, movement and magic inspired by Latin American Magic Realism. The performers included Hannah Burt, Travis Coe, Will Green, Will Greenburg, Charlie Haumersen, Sarah Cohen, Rafael Hernandez-Roulet, Leslie Keller, and Sean Marburger. The production team included set designer Allison Kozik, lighting designer Michael Joseph, costume designers Meagan Beattieand Benjamin Will, and sound designer Jacob Brown. All are Columbia College students or alumni.