Thursday, March 29, 2018

Art as Activism

Stage 773 located at 1225 W. Belmont, presents an all-new, quarterly Artists Professional Development Series, beginning on Monday, April 2. Hosted by the Young Professionals Board of Stage 773, these events will be an open forum for art enthusiasts and the public alike to discuss a range of topics dealing with the theater community. Throughout the series, topics will include diversity and inclusion, educating all levels of artists in the business of art making, exploring new ways of enhancing Chicago theater, providing the tools needed to make integration the goal at Stage 773 and the community it serves, and focusing on important issues that not only affect the art community, but the entire city.

The inaugural event on Monday, April 2 will begin with a networking session in the Stage 773 lobby at 5:30 pm, followed by an open panel discussion about diversity, inclusion, and the strategies needed to create an open dialogue within the theater community. The panel will feature a selection of Chicago powerhouse artists and art professionals leading the discourse, including Daryl Brooks, Associate Director at Black Ensemble Theater; Becca Browne, Artistic Development and Group Sales Manager at Victory Gardens; Shelby Jo at The iO Theater; and more to be announced. To finish off the evening, guests will have an opportunity to further the discussion during an interactive Q&A session. Other new panelist: David Cerda Artistic Director and founder of Hell in a Handbag, and Dina Nina Martinez, nationally acclaimed standup comedian, actor and speaker.

The quarterly events are free to the public, and will take place on Monday evenings. More information is available online at, by phone 773.327.5252, and in person at the Stage 773 box office, located at 1225 W Belmont.

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