Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Jackalope Playwrights Lab

Jackalope Theatre Company is now accepting applications for The Jackalope Playwrights Lab. The Jackalope Playwrights Lab is an eight-week master-class in playwriting facilitated by Jackalope Company Member Calamity West. Calamity is a Chicago-based, award-winning, Kilroys-cited playwright. Her play HINTER recently received its world-premiere at Steep Theatre Company in the winter of 2018. In January 2018 her play ENGINES AND INSTRUMENTS OF FLIGHT: A FANTASIA IN THREE ACTS, originally commissioned at The Goodman Theatre, had its first New York reading at The Roundabout where it continues to be developed. Her newest play IN THE CANYON is currently in development at Jackalope Theatre Company and will be given its first public reading with Sanguine Theatre Company of New York in March 2018. Another of her plays, GREETINGS FROM MOSCOW! A LOVE STORY, is currently in development at TimeLine Theatre Company’s Playwrights Collective. Additional plays by Calamity West include: GIVE IT ALL BACK (2016, Kilroy-cited); ROLLING (2016); IBSEN IS DEAD (2014); THE PEACOCK (2013, Kilroys honorable mention); THE GACY PLAY (2012); and COMMON HATRED (2012). In 2014 Calamity was recipient of the 3Arts Award. She teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago and Webster University. She is a company member of Jackalope Theatre and is represented by The Gersh Agency. This eight-week writing intensive is designed for artists interested in developing new, full-length plays through a workshop development process, and will meet on Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm at The Frontier from July 7th to August 25th.

Cost: $150 payable on or before July 7th.

Applications Due: 11:59pm on June 20th, 2018

To apply: Please send an artistic statement, resume, and 10 page writing sample to

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Budgeting Nuts and Bolts for Artists

When you are an entertainment professional, you may not always earn and spend the same amount of money each month, and it can be tough to keep track of your finances when your income changes.

You’re invited to our workshop, Budgeting Nuts and Bolts, designed especially for performing artists and entertainment professionals who don’t always earn and spend the same way each month,

We will help you identify your financial goals and get specific about how money moves in and out of your life, and lay out strategies to manage your finances.

WHERE: The Actors Fund office, 8 S. Michigan
WHEN: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – 6pm – 8pm
Thursday, June 13, 2018 – 12noon – 2pm
Register for one time slot of your choice at:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies  - Athenaeum Theatre, Studio 1, 2036 N. Southport Ave. - is offering $22 tickets for any performance now through June 17th. Bette takes the stage Thurs., Fri., Sat. at 7:30pm; Sat. & Sun. at 2:00pm. Use code BUMPYNIGHT online at or call the box office at 773.935.6875. Subject to availability.

The Pirates of Penzance – Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson in Evanston, is offering half-price industry tickets on June 9 and 15 at 8pm, and June 10 and 13 at 2pm. For tickets call 847-920-5360 or visit and use coupon code "rum." Tickets must be purchased in advance. No door sales.

Wild Women of Planet Wongo – Not Too Fancy Productions at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. is offering free tickets to their preview shows of this new immersive musical sci-fi spoof, on June 1, 2 and 7th at 8pm. For tickets, please email with your name, performance date, number of tickets requested (4 max) and indicate that you saw this through the league. You will receive an email confirmation and names will be held at the door. Visit for information about this zany immersive experience.

The Opportunities of Extinction - Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., is offering Pay-What-You-Can tickets to all performances June 1-30. Find tickets and info here:

The New Prairie School at the Colvin House - Cory Smith at the Colvin House, 5940 N. Sheridan Road, is offering $5 off tickets with the code "Wright" on Saturday, June 2 at 7pm or Sunday, June 3 at 4pm

The Laramie Project - AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre’s West Stage, 6157 N Clark St, is offering $15 industry tickets for all Thursday evening performances. Show runs June 7 thru July 8. Thursday performances are at 8:00pm. Use code INDUSTRY online at or provide industry proof at the door prior to the performance. Subject to availability.

Giordano Dance Chicago — Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering $25 industry tickets on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30PM. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at or by calling 312.341.2300. Limit 2 tickets. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Inaugural Fellows Program for Artists and Scientists

A Creative Collision between Science and Art at the University of Chicago’s STAGE Lab 
STAGE — Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration — is a laboratory within the University of Chicago’s nascent Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) that is devoted to collaborations among scientists and artists.

STAGE is seeking up to six fellows to work collaboratively on the creation and development of its original multimedia theatrical works inspired by science and technology. This opportunity is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees, preferably within the last two years. Fellows receive a stipend, and while there is no guarantee, typically participate for one to-two years, subject to satisfactory performance and in compliance with University policies.

Ideally, STAGE is looking for people with hybrid interests and skills, i.e., scientists who have had some theatre experience and/or theatre people with experience/a strong interest in science and/or technology. To learn more and apply, visit

Industry Ticket Offers

The Cake - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble , 5779 North Ridge, is offering $20 industry tickets for the following performances: Saturday May 26th at 8PM; Wednesday May 30th at 8PM & Thursday May 31st at 8PM. Use code "buttercream" online at or email Tickets must be reserved at two hours before performance and are subject to availability.

JACK & – MCA Stage, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago, is offering $15 tickets for any performance of Kaneza Schaal’s JACK & May 24-26. Offer available online, by phone (box office: 312-397-4010), or walk-up, and guest must use code JACK15. Can secure up to 4 tickets at this price.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s Don Quixote — Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, is offering $25 industry tickets for Friday, May 18 and $35 tickets on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at or by calling 312.341.2300. Limit 2 tickets.

Mies Julie - Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. is offering $15 Industry tickets for performances May 25th - June 8th. Use the code INDUSTRY online or with the box office. 773-871-3000 or

Suddenly Last Summer – Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street, is offering $15 tickets to theatre industry professionals for any Thursday evening performance thru June 17. Offer available online, by phone or walk-up, must use the code INDUSTRY15 to reserve. Proof of industry (headshot, business card, etc.) required upon ticket pickup.

How I Learned to Drive - The Artistic Home at 1376 W. Grand Ave, Chicago is offering $15 industry tickets on the final weekend of performances through May 20. Go to for tickets and use the code INDUSTRY or email When picking up tickets, buyer must bring a union card, a headshot/resume, tech resume, or business card indicating employment in the theater business.

A Conversation with Rude Mechs (Austin, TX)

June 6 at 6pm
Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn
Tanya Palmer, Director of new play development at Goodman Theatre, interviews the Rude Mechs about their collaborative artistic process and the development of their new production Not Every Mountain, making its Chicago debut at the Pivot Arts Festival June 8 & 9.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

Ladies in Waiting - Theatre Above the Law, 1439 W. Jarvis, for the Mother's Day Matinee, Mom's, with their industry offspring, get in free. use the code GEORGIAPEACH when reserving through our box office. 773-655-7197. Also, $12 industry night with the same code the night of the royal wedding May 19th 8pm show.

Rude Mechs (Austin, TX) present Not Every Mountain - Pivot Arts Festival at The Mundelein Center at Loyola University, 1020 W. Sheridan Rd. is offering $5 industry tickets with the code RUDE online at checkout for performances on June 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.

ThroatPunch - Nothing Without a Company at the Chicago Mosaic School, 1101 W. Granville Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets through June 3 with code “Industry” when you buy online or, just mention you’re Industry at the door!  More info about the show:

To Catch a Fish – TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., is offering HALF-PRICE Industry tickets to performances on Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, through July 1, 2018. Subject to availability. Use code INDUSTRY50 online at or call the Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Space Availability at Strawdog Theatre

Strawdog's beautiful 80 seat flexible black box space has limited rental availability for the 2018-2019 season. Available August 1 - 26, 2018 and March 25-April 27, 2019. Strawdog is located at 1802 W Berenice Ave in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago. The theatre/lobby/backstage are all located on the ground floor, we have a small parking lot (and ample non-permitted street parking in the neighborhood), and are just a five minute walk south of the Irving Park Brownline stop. We also have liquor license and beautiful lobby bar!

To inquire, please contact Managing Director Leah Barish by emailing, or call 773-644-1380. More information: 360 Degree Tour:

Study of diversity and inclusion practices at American non-profit theatres

I'm currently working on my graduate capstone project, the final step in obtaining my master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University’s School of Public Service! I am using this research as an opportunity to identify current diversity and inclusion practices and policies at nonprofit theatres nationally and to make industry recommendations that ensure our theatres remain diverse, accessible, and inclusive spaces for staff, artists, and patrons alike.

As part of research, I am distributing an anonymous, online survey to staff members of nonprofit theatres so they may share information and general opinions about their theatres’ policies and practices (no information can or will be traced back to the specific company). The survey is meant to be completed by individuals who are currently employed as staff members of a nonprofit theatre (meaning the organization is recognized as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS), and who are at least 18 years of age.


Questions? Contact Anna Trachtman

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Space Availability at the Royal George

The Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, has spring/summer slots available for the 50 seat Gallery Theatre, prime time 3 – 6 week rentals. Great price and location, right across the street from Steppenwolf. Ticketing, house staff and bartender included. Also some availability in the 450 seat Mainstage and 190 seat Cabaret for one night events, stand-up comedy, workshops, corporate meetings and more. For further information or viewing appointment, contact Joe at 312-988-9105.