Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dance Workshops at Highland Park Players

Fresh off her performance in Hairspray at The Paramount Theatre, Annie Jo Ermel returns to Highland Park Players to teach 8 dance workshops in May.

Who: Boys, Girls and Adults ages 15 and Older
What: The workshop series will focus on flexibility, strength and balance while maintaining a high level of performance quality through the execution of choreography. The classes are not taught linear which means you can jump in at any point of any class. Basic jazz and tap knowledge recommended but not necessary. Jazz shoes and tap shoes are required.
When: TAP: May 5 and 12 from 7:00 pm-8:00pm
JAZZ: May 2, 5, 9, 12, 16 and 23 from 8:15pm-9:30pm
Classes will start promptly at the scheduled time so please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of each class.
Where: Dance Studio at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road in Highland Park
Tuition: $15 per class, per person; Payment can be made online or in person. If you pay by credit card, tuition may be pre-purchased online with a $2 service fee.
Additional: Jazz shoes and tap shoes are required. Ballet shoes or dance sneakers are acceptable, but not recommended. Bringing your own water bottle is highly recommended
About the instructor: Annie Jo Ermel is a Chicagoland performer, educator, and Broadway World nominated choreographer. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, has studied on scholarship with the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project of Chicago, and is an instructor of all ages at Driven2Dance in Glenview, specializing in tap, jazz, and musical theatre. Recent performing credits include Anything Goes at the Marriott, White Christmas at Drury Lane, and Hairspray at The Paramount. Annie Jo has choreographed over 50 musicals on various Chicagoland stages including Northbrook Theatre, Music on Stage, Up and Coming Theatre, Big Deal Productions, Caruso Middle School, and Oakton Community College. With Highland Park Players, she has served as choreographer for the TYA productions of Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Best Choreography at AACTF 2009), Snoopy, and Aladdin Jr., associate choreographer on A Chorus Line, and onstage as Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Kim McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, and Victoria in CATS. Annie Jo is a high energy artist who believes that a bold, polished, engaging finished product is best achieved through a collaborative, committed, and positive environment and process. She looks forward to bringing to life the electrifying story of Billy Elliott!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Industry Ticket Offers

A Splintered Soul - Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, is offering FREE industry tickets for performances on April 28, 29, 30 and May 1. Please email to reserve your tickets.

Cinderella – The Joffrey Ballet, 50 East Congress, is offering 40% off industry tickets to May 13, 19 and 20 performances. Use code INDUSTRY to buy online or call 800.982.2787.

Ulysses - The Plagiarists at the Berger Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660, are offering a limited number of $10 industry tickets for closing weekend, April 28, 29 and 30 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00pm). There are a limited number of parking spaces directly across from the theater also available for purchase. Email for more information and to reserve tickets and parking.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Casting Notice: Town Hall Conversation at Victory Gardens

April 26 | Thursday | 9:00 p.m.
Town Hall Conversation
From open letters on Facebook to demanding diversity and inclusion casting initiatives, Chicago artists and artistic leaders are speaking out. What is the temperature of race and casting in Chicago today? At its core, what is casting? Join us for this timely town hall conversation as we are joined by artists, artistic leaders, and casting directors as we discuss and brainstorm actionable ways to close the racial gap of the American theater landscape.

Morgan Greene (Reporter, Chicago Tribune)

Monty Cole (Freelance Director; Artistic Programs Manager, Victory Gardens Theater)
Emjoy Gavino (Founder and Producer, The Chicago Inclusion Project)
Bear Bellinger (Performer, Activist)
Adam Belcuore (Producer and Director of Casting, Goodman Theater)
Sandra Delgado (Actor, Playwright and member of the Alliance of Latino Theater Artists in Chicago)

Public Programs are free and open to the public and do not require an RSVP. Come to one or come to all. We’d love to have you!

Arts & Innovation Series Presents: Survival of the Nimblest

Survival of the Nimblest: Arts Organizations, Artists, and Disruption
Wed, May 4 / 5pm registration, 5:30pm lecture
Chicago Innovation Exchange Theater / Free, RSVP recommended

As part of the Arts & Innovation series presented by the Logan Center and the Chicago Innovation Exchange, Elizabeth W. Scott, J.D. '94, offers an overview of the cultural and consumer trends that are upending what cultural organizations have long taken for granted. Focusing on the role of digital content in today's "attention economy" and "participation economy" she will discuss the creative and business opportunities presented in this fast-changing landscape.

Scott has held roles as Chief Media and Digital Officer at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and VP of Programming and Business Affairs at Major League Baseball. She currently serves as Industry Advisor at Dunch Arts, and is spearheading the summer launch of nRapt, a performing arts subscription streaming service, as its Acting CEO. Follow her @_MediaMaestro and read her full bio here.

 Presented by the Logan Center and the Chicago Innovation Exchange.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Industry Ticket Offers

This - Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618, is offering $15 Industry tickets for performances on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, June 15th- August 28th. Discounted tickets are available online with code "INDUSTRY" or by calling 773-891-8985.

Connected - Collaboraction, 1579 N Milwaukee, Flat Iron Arts Building, 3rd floor in The Pentagon at Collaboraction Studios. $10 Industry tickets on Mondays, May 16th and May 23rd. Visit for tickets.

Even Longer and Farther Away - The New Colony at The Den Theatre, 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, is offering 2-for-1 tickets for performances this weekend (Thurs 4/21- Sun 4/24). Code is HUNDREDMILES.

Mosque Alert - Silk Road Rising at the historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington, is offering $10 Industry tickets for Thursday, May 5th at 7:30pm and Friday, May 6th at 8pm. You can buy tickets online at (no processing fees to buy online).

Chimerica - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave., is offering $15 industry tickets to all previews May 3 - 11. Use code INDUSTRY15 to buy online or call 773.281.8463 x26.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Industry Ticket Offers

The Producers - Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613, is offering a limited number of $15 Industry tickets on Friday, April 15th at 8pm and Friday, April 22nd at 8pm. Discounted tickets are available online with code "INDUSTRY" or by calling 773-325-1700.

Ulysses - The Plagiarists at the Berger Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660, are offering a limited number of $10 industry tickets for the following performances: April 9, 14, 15 and 16 (Thursdays. Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm). There are a limited number of parking spaces directly across from the theater available for purchase. Email for more information and to reserve tickets and parking.

Bullets Over Broadway – The PrivateBank Theatre (18 W. Monroe) is offering $30 industry tickets to Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances through April 24, 2016. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, by calling 800-775-200 or at using offer code INDUSTRY before selecting seats when ordering.

Kill Floor - American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron is offering $20 industry tickets on Thursday, April 21st and 28th at 8pm. Code is 20INDUSTRY.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Industry Ticket Offers

Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train - Eclipse Theatre Company at The Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport, is offering $10 industry tickets to all preview performances (April 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30pm) in addition to April 21 and 22 at 7:30pm. Please mention code INDUSTRY at the Box Office. For more information, please call 773-935-6875 or visit

Dreamgirls - Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, is offering $15 tickets to its Industry Night on Monday, April 11 at 7:30 pm. at Stage 773. Call and mention PMTINDUSTRY at 773.327.5252 or stop at the box office to purchase your ticket. For more information go to Proof of industry necessary to claim ticket, subject to availability, cannot be combined with other discounted tickets, max of 1 ticket per order.

Sight Unseen - Adventure Stage Chicago, 1012 N Noble, has $10 industry tickets available for the remaining three performances:, April 9, 16 @4pm, April 15 @ 7pm. Use the code INDUSTRY at the box office or at

Mitera - Strangeloop Theatre at the North Mansion at Berger Park, 6219 N. Sheridan, is offering $10 to all performances (April 11-May 14) with code MIRO. Buy online at, or by calling 312-772-6275.

Taylor Mac’s A 24 Decade History of Popular Music 1956-1986 - MCA Stage, 220 E. Chicago Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets valid Tuesday April 12th . To purchase mention code LOCT and call the MCA box office 312.397.4010 or purchase online.  Limited two tickets per purchase and subject to availability.