Monday, February 27, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

That's Weird, Grandma: Rise of the Rock Spectacular - Barrel of Monkeys at The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N Ashland Ave. is offering $6 tickets for performances (Sundays at 2pm and Mondays at 8pm, March 5 - March 27) with code INDUSTRY. More show information and tickets at

Picnic - American Theater Company, 1909 W Byron St, is offering $10 industry tickets to preview performances on March 17-19 using the code HYMNS. Purchase tickets here or by calling the box office at 773.409.4125.

The Columnist - American Blues Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. is offering $15 industry tickets on Monday, March 6 @ 7:30pm. For tickets call (773) 327-5252 or visit and use promo code "LIGHT."

Squeeze My Cans - Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering a special benefit performance on Monday, March 13 at 7:30PM for the Human Rights Campaign. As a member of the theatre industry, we want to invite you to join us for a terrific show and to support the HRC, and afterwards join us for a talkback followed by a complimentary beer and wine reception. Buy tickets online.

The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard - Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. $10 Industry tickets available now through March 31st. Tickets available 1 hour before the show, in person only. Feel free to call the box office at 773-753-4472 day of to check availability. Must show proof of industry at purchase. 1 ticket per industry member only.

A Wonder In My Soul - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $15 tickets to the 3/15-3/19 performances using promo code INDUSTRY at *Not valid on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Expires 3/19/17.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Seeking Applications for the 6th Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival

Funny ladies around the world are officially invited to apply for the 6th annual Chicago Women’s Funny Festival June 15 – 18. Founded by Stage 773 Director of Theatre Management Jill Valentine and co-producer Liz McArthur, The Chicago Women’s Funny Festival features all comedic art forms including stand up, sketch, solo, vaudeville, improvisational, musical and more. The event packs over 80 shows, featuring over 500 performers from over 160 groups into four funny-filled days. Applications for participation may be sent in through April 15 by visiting

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Henry V - Babes With Blades Theatre Company's at City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. Beginning Thursday, March 2nd, $10 industry tickets are available for all performances using the code DAUPHIN. Show opens Monday, February 27th and runs through Saturday, April 1st. For more information:

Roomies:  Stories of Living Together - A Live Show Presented by Israel Story and The New Israel Fund at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets for League members for the one-night-only performance on February 28 at 7:30 p.m. using the code LEAGUE. For tickets and more information visit or call 773.404.7336.

Good People - Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at The Playhouse Theatre at McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd, is offering an industry discount for performances through 3/9. Use promo code INDUSTRY for $10 tickets. Purchase online at or by calling the box office at 630-942-4000.

The Scullery Maid - Idle Muse Theatre Company at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway Street, is offering $10 Industry Tickets on March 23rd, March 30 and April 6 at 8pm. Tickets available at and at the door. Select "Industry". Tickets subject to availability.

Thodos Dance Chicago - Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering $25 industry tickets on Saturday, March 11 at 7:30PM. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at or call 312.341.2300. Limit of 2 tickets.

Spamilton - Royal George Theatre Center, 1641 N. Halsted is offering $20 standard ticket with the code INDSTR. Offer valid for performances Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 5pm from March 3rd – March 16th, 2017. Not available for Sunday, March 12th. Two tickets per order, limited availability.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Summer Theater Rental Availability with Pride Films and Plays

The Broadway, an 85 seat house in Pride Arts Center, is opening from May 29 to June 18. 85 seats. Email for more information.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Development and Education Opportunities for Chicago Playwrights

After four years of producing plays in Chicago, Step Up Productions is reforming as Step Up Chicago Playwrights. In its new form, Step Up will dedicate itself to supporting new Chicago plays through paid residencies and commissions. Through its Chi Wrights education initiative, Step Up also hopes to foster a new, more diverse generation of Chicago playwrights. Founding Director Elizabeth Antonucci will continue to work with the company in an advisory role, while Brad Akin will step into the new role of Executive Director.

Beginning March 1, Chicago playwrights will be able to apply for a Neighborhood Residency from Step Up. Selected playwrights will be paired with one of Chicago’s neighborhoods and provided with connections to a diversity of communities in the area. Through sharing, participation, and observation, resident playwrights will have the opportunity to build a relationship with some of the dynamic communities that make Chicago unique. Executive Director Brad Akin believes that the opportunity will be incredibly useful for many of Chicago’s playwrights. “Playwrights aren’t just talented at writing stories,” says Akin. “They’re also talented at seeing stories in the people and places around them. This residency will help a playwright to see their own neighborhood in a new light, or to see another neighborhood for the first time.”

A key component in building the relationship between playwright and neighborhood is the Chi Wrights program, Step Up’s new education initiative. Built into each Neighborhood Residency will be play literacy classes and workshops that allow the resident playwright to share their knowledge and experience with interested neighbors. Whether it’s an introduction to playwriting for high school students or a master class for playwrights eager to improve their work, the Chi Wrights program allows resident playwrights to give back to the host neighborhood. It also allows Step Up to foster the next generation of Chicago playwrights.

“We want to develop plays, but we also want to develop connections between our theatre community and our neighborhoods,” says Akin. “Those aren’t two separate goals: we believe that meaningful Chicago plays will spring from meaningful relationships between playwrights and communities.” Playwrights who have completed a Neighborhood Residency will be eligible to apply for a Chicago Works Commission from Step Up. This commission will provide an $8,000.00 fee and support for workshops and readings.

For Founding Director Elizabeth Antonucci, building relationships between artists and neighbors has always been an important part of the organization’s mission. “It’s important that the stories we tell connect to our audiences in a way that has impact,” she says. While changing Step Up from a production model to a development model has brought a number of changes, that focus on connection has remained constant. “It was always a challenge to find plays that would connect to our Chicago neighbors. Now we’re building those connections into the plays themselves.”


Monday, February 13, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Quest - The Actors Gymnasium, 927 Noyes St. Evanston, is offering $10 tickets to evening shows on February 17 & 18 with code INDUSTRYNIGHT. Snap up your tickets here. There is a 10% off INDUSTRY code for every other performance February 11 - March 19.

The Illusionists – Broadway In Chicago at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, are offering $29 industry tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday performances February 21-22. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online with offer code INDUSTRY. For tickets or more information visit

Friday, February 10, 2017

Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project February 27 at Black Ensemble Theatre

Black Ensemble Theater proudly announces a special, one-night-only event to screen Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project (LLCVP), which features interviews with BE Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor. The event will be held at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, on Monday, February 27, 2017, with a reception at 6pm and film screening and panel discussion at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Following the screening, Tyronne Stoudemire, Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion for Hyatt Hotels Corporation and board chair of Black Ensemble Theater, will moderate a panel discussion with Angelique Power, President of the Field Foundation and co-founder of Project Enrich, Elena Chang, Associate Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Gus Schulenburg, Director of Communications and Community Engagement of TCG, and Teresa Eyring, Executive Director of TCG. Additional panelists to be announced. The distinguished panel will address the importance of the arts as it relates to healing the racial divide and dismantling racism.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, created the Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project (LLCVP) over a two-year period. Working with video production company MOPED, and with support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, TCG filmed a series of interviews chronicling the stories of founding leaders of theatres of color, including Black Ensemble Theater’s Jackie Taylor. Screening events will be held in the leaders’ communities to further celebrate their legacies and galvanize support for their enduring impact.

The interviews in the film reveal how these leaders were inspired to create opportunities lacking for artists of color; to challenge appropriation and misrepresentation through staging the full richness and complexity of racial, ethnic and cultural identities; to gain political power and creative autonomy; and to contribute their unique aesthetic and social perspectives to our culture. The LLCVP will serve as a roadmap for future theatre leaders and raise broader cultural awareness of the impact of theatres of color.

In addition to Jackie Taylor, other leaders featured in the video project include: Lou Bellamy, Penumbra Theatre, St Paul, MN; Tisa Chang, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, New York, NY; Frank Chin, Asian American Theater Company, San Francisco, CA; Miriam Colón, Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, New York, NY; Woodie King, Jr., New Federal Theatre, New York, NY; Muriel Miguel, Spiderwoman Theater, New York, NY; Luis Valdez, El Teatro Campesino, San Juan Baptista, CA; and Douglas Turner Ward, Negro Ensemble Company, New York, NY.

The screening series will be led by Elena Chang, TCG’s associate director of equity, diversity & inclusion, and August Schulenburg, TCG’s director of communications & community engagement, and will roll-out over an 18-month period in the leaders’ communities.

Submissions for the Second Annual PEACEBOOK Festival are officially open!

After a successful 2016 PEACEBOOK, bringing together over 250 Chicago artists to Englewood, Austin, and Uptown and creating 21 works about Peace in Chicago, we are delighted to be opening submissions for our second annual festival.

After a successful 2016 PEACEBOOK brought together over 250 Chicago Artists to create 21 works about

CALLING WRITERS, DEVISERS, RHYMERS, DANCERS, DIRECTORS, ACTORS & PARTNERS WITH VISIONS OF PEACE IN CHICAGO. We are accepting submissions for artistic pieces that are 7 minutes or less. In total, Collaboraction is creating 21 short works, 7 minutes or less, for the festival, with 7 pieces performing at each location, in a multidisciplinary festival atmosphere on the South, West, and North sides of Chicago this fall:

PEACEBOOK Neighborhood 1; Sept. 28, 29 and 30
PEACEBOOK Neighborhood 2; Oct. 19, 20 and 21
PEACEBOOK Neighborhood 3; Nov. 2, 3 and 4
(Specific Neighborhoods TBA)


For any questions, email or visit

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Motherhood in Theatre Forum

When: February 25, 2017 (Saturday)
Where: Vagabond School of the Arts, 4001 N Ravenswood Ave #504
Time: 10:30AM-12:30PM
Tickets: FREE (but please RSVP for you and any children who will be playing in our childcare via the “child” ticket option)
What: A forum to begin conversation on the obstacles, struggles, and solutions for motherhood in the theater. From social stigma to structure/schedules to sanity and opportunities, we will touch on common topics and also have time to share what we’ve experienced, all in all, to create a community here that will lead to productive change.
We hope you can join us!
Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Performance Space Available at Rivendell Theatre beginning June through July 9, 2017

Intimate fifty-seat theatre comes with full lighting package and sound equipment, beautiful exposed brick lobby, dressing rooms, air conditioning and heat, WiFi, and wheelchair accessibility. Close to Red line stop at Bryn Mawr and Clark street bus and free parking available at Senn High School.
Location: 5779 North Ridge Avenue in Edgewater
Availability: Beginning June 1, 2017 through July 9th
Contact: Steve Mistec at / 847-477-8445
For more information, visit Rivendell Theatre on Chicago SpaceFinder

Monday, February 6, 2017

Industry Ticket Offers

Game Changers – The Joffrey Ballet, 50 East Congress, is offering 50% off industry tickets to February 17, 23, and 24 performances. Use code IND50 to buy online.

A Disappearing Number - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering $19 Industry tickets on all Thursday and Friday nights during the run, plus the two Tuesday performances (March 7 and March 28). Industry friends can get half-price tickets to those performances with code INDUSTRY50. Available in-person, online or by calling the Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6, subject to availability.

The Second City's Legendary Laughs - UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor Piper's Alley. Please call our Box Office 312-662-4562 with the code: INDUSTRY for $10 tickets to any show in February. Thursdays at 7pm February 9, 16 and 23, 2017. Limit 2 per order. Subject to availability.

At the Table -- Broken Nose Theatre at Berger Park Coach House (6205 N. Sheridan). Previews begin this Friday, and the show officially runs from February 12 - March 11. All Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can, so set your own ticket price now at

The Assembled Parties – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $18 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru March 25. 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.

Monster - Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering $10 tickets to performances February 17-18. Use code SYA online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

The Nether- A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N Wells St, is offering $15 Industry Tickets for ALL THURSDAY performances through the run (1/26-3/12). Use the code: VIRTUAL online at or by calling the box office at (312)943-8722.

Artistic Director/Leadership Action Assembly

Monday, March 6, 6-8PM
Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Theater Wit is looking to get a group of some (all?) of Chicago's artistic directors (or nearest leadership equivalent in some companies) for a community meeting to talk about what response people are planning in response to the current administration changes. The hope is to focus this conversation on programming and artistic director goals, independent as much as is possible from managing director goals. i.e., not the generalized problems of finance or the American Theater, but a conversation that would start from a question like "what are you looking to do today that you weren't planning on doing on November 7th?"
Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pride Films and Plays Seeks Late Night Shows

Pride Arts Center and Pride Films and Plays seeks comedy, improv, or other late night shows which are diverse and progressive. Late night space is available in both the 60 seat Bueana and 85 seat Broadway theaters. Send note of interest with LATE NIGHT in the subject line to

Spring Rehearsal and Meeting Space Availability at American Blues Theater

American Blues Theater has meeting and rehearsal space available April/May 2017. The 700sqft room is perfect for rehearsals, meetings, auditions, or photo shoots. It is located near the Damen Brown Line and Metra Ravenswood stops with access to ample street parking. Space includes a small kitchenette, chairs, tables, and is climate-controlled. Rates start at $10/hour. For questions and booking information, please contact

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Saints Performing Arts Grants - There's still time to apply!

The Saints invite and encourage theater, dance, and music 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, 2017 through May 31, 2018.

This year, the Saints will award more than $120,000 in Grant funds.

The Saints Grant Guidelines & FAQ and a live application form are now available at Online applications will be accepted through February 28, 2017.

Announcing the 2017 CityArts Grant Program

Application OPENS: Monday, January 16, 2017
Application DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 28, 5:00PM CST

The mission of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is to enrich Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. To support this mission, DCASE provides more than $1.7 million a year in direct funding for Chicago’s arts community through its Cultural Grants Program. The CityArts program provides general operating support to Chicago-based, arts and culture-focused, non-profit organizations with budgets under $2 million. Grants are made across six funding categories:

•Make, Create, Produce, Present Art
•Provide High-Quality Arts Education Opportunities
•Elevate Cultural Assets
•Support Capacity Building for the Sector
•Engage Communities
•Foster Innovation

A final application assistance workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 11am- 1pm . To attend, please go to to RSVP.
For detailed grant guidelines, timeline information, eligibility, and to apply, please visit:

Season of Concern presents the Spring 2017 AIDS Quilt Project

Please contact Frank Farrell at Season of Concern ASAP if interested in hanging a panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at your theater location for the months of March and April 2017. These 12 ft. X 12 ft. panels are ones made in memory of Chicago area theatre professionals who we lost to AIDS. Each panel includes 8 separate 3 ft. by 6 ft. panels (the size of a grave) in memory of 8 people who lost their lives due to AIDS.

Although Season of Concern always welcomes donations, this Spring 2017 AIDS Quilt Project’s focus is about awareness as theatre professionals in Chicago unite in remembrance of those we lost as we display their beautiful quilt panels at Chicago’s many theater, library and business locations. Quilt panels will be delivered to theater locations and there will be no expense asked from any theater that participates.
• All displays must be indoors
• Display area should be regularly monitored and be able to be locked when display hosts or building security is unavailable to monitor the area
• Quilt must be hung; it may not be laid out on the floor
• The area where the Quilt will be hung should measure at least 12 ft. by 12 ft.
• Nearby the panel should be a description posted of the panel

Are you interested? Contact Frank Farrell at or at (312) 332-0518 ASAP to get the ball rolling

Chicago Children's Theatre The Station Arts Community Open House