Monday, November 30, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, is offering a limited number of $25 industry rush tickets to performances during the run through February 21, 2016. Tickets can be purchased day-of-show at the box office with valid ID (Limit 2 per person). For more information visit

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan & Jeff, is offering $25 industry rush tickets to performances during the run through January 3, 2016. Tickets can be purchased day-of-show at the box office with valid ID (Limit 2 per person). For more information visit

It’s a Wonderful Santaland Miracle Nut Cracking Christmas Story… Jews Welcome - Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets through December 27 available at the door for all performances

HoliDaze- Step Up Productions at the Athenaeum Theater Chicago, 2936 N. Southport, is offering $15 tickets for all industry professionals. Designated Industry Night is Monday, December 7th. 8pm show. Use code: SPIND to claim your tickets. You are more than welcome to bring your headshot and resume as well.

Fulfillment - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Bryon, is offering $20 industry tickets on Thursday, December 10 at 8pm. Use code SPANK to receive the discount. Available online at or by calling the Box Office at 773.409.4125. This production does include violence, nudity, and sexual content.

Twist Your Dickens - The Second City at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, is offering $15 tickets for select performances using promo code INDUSTRY* at Available for the following performances: Friday, December 4 at 8pm, Sunday, December 6 at 7pm, Thursday, December 10 at 7:30pm, Sunday, December 13 at 7pm, Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30pm and Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30pm.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

About Face Theatre Offering Special Holiday Rental Rate During December

About Face Theatre is offering a special holiday rate of $10/hr for any space rental during the month of December. This does not apply to any space currently reserved. To inquire about availability, please contact Biz Wells at

Richard Cotovsky to Receive 2015 Corona Award

Eclipse Theatre Company will present its Seventh Annual Corona Award to Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. Artistic Director Richard Cotovsky on December 15, 2015. The Corona Award honors an individual who has played an important role in supporting and nurturing the growth of the Chicago theatre community as well as small- to medium-sized Chicago theatre such as Eclipse.

Actor and playwright Jon Steinhagen will host the evening. Guest speakers slated to appear include Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. Producing Director Carlo Garcia, Mary-Arrchie ensemble member Rudy Galvan, Stage Left Theatre’s Artistic Director Vance Smith, A Red Orchid Theatre founder Guy Van Swearingen, A Red Orchid’s award-winning playwright and ensemble member Brett Neveu, and award-winning actor and director David Cromer, among others to be announced.

The Seventh Annual Corona Awards will be held on Tuesday, December 15, at the Athenaeum Mainstage Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. An assortment of light appetizers and cash bar will be offered during the evening as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and are available at 312-869-4870 and

The Corona Award derives its name from the outer atmosphere of the sun most easily seen during a total eclipse, and the Latin root of the word means crown. Past Corona Award recipients include Chicago casting director Jane Alderman, TimeLine Theatre Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman, former Steppenwolf Associate Artistic Director Erica Daniels, Goodman Theatre Associate Producer Steve Scott, Goodman Artistic Associate Chuck Smith, and League of Chicago Theatres Executive Director Deb Clapp.

2016 Saints Grants Program

The Saints would like to inform theater, dance, and music organizations of the opening of their 2016 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 $7,500 will be considered for projects covering the performance year from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.

The Grant guidelines, application facsimile and FAQ page can now be accessed on the Saints website at in the Grants tab on the left. The actual Grant application will be available by the end of December 2015. Online applications will be accepted between January 1, 2016 and February 29, 2016. This year, the Saints will award $125,000 in Grants.

Monday, November 23, 2015

DCASE Accepting Proposals for 2016 Lake FX Summit + Expo

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is accepting proposals for high quality professional development programming and creative services exhibitors for the 2016 Lake FX Summit + Expo, taking place May 13-15, 2016. Please pass the word to interested colleagues, and please consider proposing a Lake FX program yourself. See our sizzle reel with 2015 highlights, read details below. Deadline extended to December 14, 2015!

Lake FX 2016 will connect, inform and inspire emerging and established producers working in film, music, dance, design, theater, fashion, literary, culinary and the visual arts. The region’s largest FREE conference for artists and creative entrepreneurs, Lake FX will welcome thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations for inspiring keynotes by industry leaders, over 80 informative panel discussions & workshops, networking opportunities as well as performer showcases, an artisan market and resource expo.

The 2016 theme, “I’m In!” invites and challenges all participants to engage their careers and their creative communities.

Application for Lake FX Program Proposals:
Lake FX programs address professional development as well as topical issues and concerns for creative professionals. They can be formatted as Workshops, Panels, Labs, Conversations, Mentor/Coaching, Presentations or How-Tos, but they should focus on professional development and best practices for creative businesses, individuals and/or organizations. Suggested topics include marketing, planning, business development, space/housing, web/technology, branding, finance/fundraising, community-building, sourcing, as well as personal and organizational development. Proposals may address specific creative industries – such as Film, Music, Dance, Design, Literary, Theater, Fashion, Culinary or Visual Arts – in any multi-combination or with a general cross-discipline perspective. Please specify whether your program is Introductory or Advanced level and whether it is 60 or 90 minutes. All Lake FX program presenters are offered a complimentary Expo Exhibitor Booth.

Application for Lake FX Expo Exhibitors:
The Lake FX Expo is the resource fair for local and national businesses and organizations to communicate their services, information, space, equipment or other resources to creative artists and entrepreneurs. Past Expo Exhibitors include funders, professional associations, service organizations, chambers of commerce, space providers, recording studios, schools, attorneys and other professional services. The Lake FX Expo takes place in the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday and Saturday, May 13–14, 10am–5pm, and Exhibitors must be present throughout the entire event. The 2016 Expo Exhibitor Fees are $500 for for-profits and $150 for non-profits, but confirmed Lake FX Program Presenters receive a complimentary Expo Exhibitor Booth.

Please note: This call is not for food vendors, art displays or other goods. This call is only for Exhibitors looking to showcase their resources/services. There will be a separate procedure for Marketplace vendors.

All applications must be received by December 7. Presenters and Exhibitors will be notified in January, 2016.


Industry Ticket Offers

Agamemnon - Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis Ave, is offering $10 rush tickets starting one hour before performances to industry professionals for all remaining performances through December 6. BEST AVAILABILITY Thanksgiving Weekend! Just bring proof to the box office and enjoy show!

Burning Bluebeard - The Hypocrites present The Ruffians' production at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. is offering $18 industry tickets to any performance November 27 through January 10 when you use code industry18. Buy online at

Domesticated - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted is offering $30 Tickets to the following evening performances: Previews: Dec 3,4, & 9 and Regular Run: Dec 15, 16, 18, & 20.  Use code 22745 online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

The Lisbon Traviata - Eclipse Theatre at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets to performances on November 27th, 28th and 29th. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office with code word INDUSTRY. For more details, call 773-935-6875 or visit

No More Sad Things - Sideshow Theatre at Victory Garden's Richard Christian Theatre, 2433 N Lincoln Ave, is offering $5 off tickets ($15-$20 tickets) to any performance between November 27th and December 20th with the code INDUSTRY.

Treasure Island - Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave. is offering $20 industry tickets to the following performances: Dec. 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. Use code INDUSTRY to receive the discount. Available online at or by calling the Box Office at 312.337.0665.

The Brown Paper Box Co Accepting Director Proposals

The Brown Paper Box Co. is accepting director proposals for its Winter 2017 play. All proposals due January 31st, 2016. For more information, visit

Congo Square Theatre: Owning Our Worth Series - Opportunity

Monday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Black Ensemble Theatre, 4450 N. Clark St. 
Join us for the first of four events during the 2015/2016 season, exploring - Opportunity - from the perspective of women of color as administrators, performers, playwrights and directors in the American Theater Landscape.

Moderator: Award-winning Playwright Lydia R. Diamond
Jackie Taylor – Founder and Executive Director, Black Ensemble Theater
Kristiana Colon - Playwright/Actor/Activist
Sandra Delgado - Founding Ensemble member, Collaboraction
Ilesa Duncan - Artistic Director, Pegasus Theatre Chicago

This event is free with RSVP, space is limited with first come, first served access. Click here to RSVP

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Annual Self-Employment in the Arts Conference

February 26th & 27th, 2016
LOCATION: Hilton Hotel - Lisle, Illinois (Chicago suburb)

The Annual Conference is geared towards emerging visual, performing, literary, and media artists. Activities include keynote presentations, artist-led sessions, panel discussions, one-on-one mentoring sessions, round table discussions, and workshops. There are also performances, a juried college art competition, improved idea pitch competition for artists, and late night activity rooms. For educators, there are also sessions and opportunities to share best practices. 

The event is held each year at the end of February and starts around 1 PM on Friday and concludes around 4 PM on Saturday.

For rates, registration, hotel, and scholarship information please click here.

Industry Ticket Offers

Burning Bluebeard - The Hypocrites present The Ruffians' production at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets to any preview performance November 19, 20 & 21 at 8pm when you use code industry10. Buy online at

December Chicago Green Theater Alliance Meeting and Happy Hour

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 3 - 4:30PM
Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln
RSVP today for the the next meeting of the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance! All of the CGTA committees will meet at this time, we'll gather as a full group to hear a guest presenter and report out on projects, and hang out for a happy hour after the meeting to celebrate the successful first year of the CGTA!
Click here to RSVP for the meeting

Marketing and Microbrews

Wednesday, December 9 at 6 - 8PM
Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Join marketing staff from other Chicago area theatre companies to share and discuss some of the National Arts Marketing Project Conference takeaways! Don't miss out on this opportunity for informal networking and a chance to discuss topics of interest with the group.
This event is FREE for League members. Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Spartan Theatre Company is Seeking Script Submissions

Spartan Theatre Company is seeking play submissions for our upcoming staged reading series taking place May through June at the Chicago Cultural Center. We will produce five scripts over five weeks with the goal of selecting one to develop into a full production at the Chicago Fringe Festival 2016. We are interested in one-acts featuring small casts that can be performed in under one hour. All scripts will be given equal consideration but we are particularly interested in projects that can feature women and actors of color. Email submissions to Andy Monson at

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Season of Concern World AIDS Day Campaign

Season of Concern is currently working with several theatres coordinating audience solicitation campaigns commemorating World AIDS Day, December 1, 2015.

Season of Concern is the Chicagoland theatre community’s fundraising effort that provides direct relief for those living with HIV/AIDS and other debilitating illnesses or injuries. A majority of the funds used to provide this relief is collected during the holidays. The theatre community has suffered such tremendous loss as of late, and this organization helps those in our community who are in need.

If your theatre company would like to participate in a holiday/World AIDS Day campaign or if you have any questions about the assistance provided by Season of Concern, please contact Scott Duff (Director of Communications and Fundraising Events) at 312-332-0518 or

Affordable Health Care Info and Enrollment

Learn about Affordable Care Act and get a free Flu Shot
Thursday, November 19, 4–7:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 5th Floor


Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events encourage you to get A­ffordable or Free Health Coverage through the A­ffordable Care Act (OBAMACARE) and get a free flu shot.

At this free event, people can learn about the Affordable Care Act, meet with a state-certified Enrollment Navigator to sign up for insurance, get a free flu shot and connect with a range of health organizations and services including Health and Disability Advocates, MusiCares, and more. The info session will feature Renata Marinaro, LMSW, National Director of Health Services, The Actors Fund.

Navigators will:
Walk you through the new plans, new prices, and new options
Help you estimate your self-employed or variable income
Give you guidelines for qualifying for free or low-cost insurance



Chicago Theater Intern Networking Event

Monday, December 14, 2015, 6 - 8PM
Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. 
The Chicago Theatre Intern Networking Event is the only event of its kind to help interns and apprentices make new professional connections and learn from the experience of artists and administrators who are working in the city.Learn what makes Chicago unique from other theatre communities and how can you thrive here and succeed. Breakout groups include: Artistic/Casting, Development/Special Events, Education/Outreach, Literary Management/Dramaturgy, Marketing/PR, Production Management, Stage Management, Theatre Management and Technical/Design. Refreshments will be provided. This event is FREE but space is limited! Click here to RSVP.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans - Emerald City Theatre at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N Lincoln Ave, is offering 2 for 1 industry tickets to Thanksgiving weekend performances on November 27th, 28th and 29th. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online with the code LEAGUE. For tickets or more information,visit

New Kid - Adventure Stage Chicago, 1012 N Noble, has $10 industry tickets available for the remaining three performances:, Nov 14, 21 @ 4pm, Nov 20 @ 7pm. Use the code INDUSTRY at the box office or at

Angina Pectoris - ShPieL Performing Identity at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. is offering $12 industry tickets to any performance November 19 - January 3, 2016. Tickets at or call the Theater Wit Box Office at 773.975.8150 and use code INDUSTRY.

Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn – Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $25 industry tickets for the November 21 performance . Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.

Spill - TimeLine Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering half-price industry tickets to any Wednesday at 7:30 pm or Saturday at 8 pm performance during the run, plus Tuesday 12/15 at 7:30 pm. 50% OFF regular-price tickets with code INDUSTRY50.

Fallen Angels –Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, is offering $15 industry tickets to any Preview performance and any Friday performance through January 10. Please mention the code INDUSTRY when reserving tickets by phone or walk-up. Call 773.404.7336 or visit for more information.

That's Weird, Grandma: The Holiday Special - Barrel of Monkeys at the Neo Futurist Theatre, 5153 N Ashland, has $10 industry tickets available for November performances - Mondays at 8PM through November 30. Purchase tickets at using the code INDUSTRY.

Artemisia Calls For Female-Driven Plays - Deadline Extended to January 15, 2016

Artemisia, A Chicago produces an exciting line-up of feminist plays each and every fall. From open submissions from local, national and international playwrights, six plays are staged as readings by Chicago’s outstanding pool of professional talent. Playwrights get a great opportunity to further develop their work, and to have their play selected by Artemisia’s audience for full production during an upcoming theatre season. The deadline for submission is extended to January 15, 2016. Visit for full submission guidelines and to submit your play.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

foolsFURY Factory festival Seeking Applications

Every other year foolsFURY produces the FURY Factory festival of ensemble theater – an electrifying gathering of collaborative theater makers from around the country. Events include performances of stellar new works, our Raw Materials works in progress series, workshops, multidisciplinary convenings and conversations, and countless opportunities to rub elbows and cross pollinate with artists and audiences members alike.

Great theater is a nexus of many art forms, coming together to create a single, singular experience. Past FURY Factory performances have included a huge spectrum of disciplines, from experimental theater to Shakespeare, dance theater to circus, solo shows to puppetry. We are particularly interested in shows that must be experienced LIVE - works of theater that focus on the elements that make live theater unique.

There is some basic information about the festival HERE, and more detailed information on applying HERE.

The application deadline is coming up fast - November 15

Eclipse and Northlight Theatres Host Special Events with Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally comes to Chicago! Eclipse Theatre and Northlight Theatre are proud to host a weekend with the legendary award-winning playwright on November 13th and 14th.

 On Friday November 13th at 7:30pm, Terrence McNally will be part of a post-show discussion for Eclipse Theatre's production of The Lisbon Traviata moderated by Artistic Director Nathaniel Swift at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Chicago. For tickets and info, visit or call 773-935-6875.

 On Saturday November 14th at 11am, Northlight Theatre Artistic Director B.J. Jones will moderate a discussion and book signing with Mr. McNally at Bookends and Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave. Evanston. Mr. McNally will sign his latest book "Selected Works: A Memoir in Plays." This event is free and open to the public, however early arrival is highly recommended. For more information, please call 224-999-7722 or visit

Rental Space and Co-Productions Available at Cornservatory

Corn Productions, or the Cornservatory, is located at 4210 N. Lincoln avenue and has availability for February and March for rentals or rehearsals. We also are happy to co-produce with another theatre.

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 or visit our website at

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Legendary Reception: David Rabe

In addition to the Gift Theatre extending Good for Otto, the National Veterans Art Museum (4041 N. Milwaukee) will host “A Legendary Reception: David Rabe,” a special one-night event on Monday, November 9, 6:30 - 9:00pm featuring a rare and intimate conversation with director Michael Patrick Thornton, Theatre and Dance critic of the Chicago Sun-Times Hedy Weiss, and American theater legend David Rabe about his work and an exploration behind the scenes of The Gift's acclaimed world premiere of Good for Otto. Individual tickets are $100 and can be reserved at or by calling 773-283-7071.  Cocktails will be served throughout the evening.

Originally scheduled to close November 22, Good for Otto, will continue performances December 3- December 20, 2015. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Please consult The Gift’s website at or call the box office at 773-283-7071 for the most current schedule and ticket availability.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Industry Ticket Offers

The Family Dynamic  a suspenseful night of theater & poetry - Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N Lincoln Ave offering $12 industry tickets to our performances November 14 and 15. Use code DYNAMIC when purchasing tickets online at and (773) 404-7336.

You Can't Take It With You - Northlight Theatre, 9501 SKokie Blvd. is offering $15 Industry Tickets. Available in person only starting 2 hours before performances 11/6-12/13. Must provide proof of industry. Limit 2 tickets per Industry ID (self + guest). Subject to availability. Excludes Premium seats and opening night 11/13.

The Lisbon Traviata - Eclipse Theatre at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets to all previews on November 5th, 6th and 7th at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office with code word INDUSTRY. For more details, call 773-935-6875 or visit

Mamma Mia! - Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, is offering $30 industry tickets to performances November 10 & 11. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online with the code INDUSTRY. For tickets or more information visit

Ain't Misbehavin' - Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering a limited number of $15 tickets to the Industry Performance on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. 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. Offer valid for one ticket. Not applicable with other offers or discounts. Theatre Fees may apply. For more information go to

Scenes from Life: Cuba! - Chicago Jazz Philharmonic at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, is offering $15 industry tickets for the November 13 performance . Use code INDUSTRY. Tickets available online at or at the box office at 50 E Congress Pkwy.