Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

A Shayna Maidel - TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. is offering 50% OFF tickets with Industry Nights on Wednesdays at 7:30pm and Saturday at 8pm with code INDUSTRY50. For tickets or more information visit

Master Class - TimeLine Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.,is offering 50% OFF tickets with Industry Nights on Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 4pm with code INDUSTRY50. For tickets or more information visit

The Inextinguishable Symphony – The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is offering $10 industry tickets to the December 6-11 performances of Nielsen’s The Inextinguishable Symphony & Strauss’ Four Last Songs. Use promo code SHARE at or call Patron Services at 312-294-3000.

The Nutcracker – The Joffrey Ballet, 50 East Congress, is offering 30% off industry tickets to December 7, 14, 21 and 28 7pm performances. Use code INDY30 to buy online. Restrictions apply.

Pippin - Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 North Southport Avenue, is offering $20 tickets on Wednesday, December 5th and Wednesday, December 12th at 7:30pm. Members of the theater community are invited to join us for $20 and may reserve tickets in person at the Mercury box office with their resume/headshot. Tickets are subject to availability, discount may not be applied to any previously purchased tickets.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Bayless Family Foundation Grant Announcement

The Bayless Family Foundation will soon be accepting applications for its new "Stepping Stone" grants, which aims to bolster the bottom lines of promising Chicago theater companies.

The grant application can be found here.

Formed in 2017, the Bayless Family Foundation supports established Chicago theater organizations with a vision for institutional and artistic growth. It launched with an initial round of grants totaling $170,000 awarded to 17 theater companies in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune coverage)

The inaugural Stepping Stone grant will award selected Chicago theater companies with up to $150,000 over three years. Foundation executive director Kevin Sullivan says the intent of the grant "is to build the capacity of the awarded organization."

The foundation is accepting grant proposals beginning Nov. 26. The deadline to apply is Dec. 28. It should be noted that these grants are highly competitive, and we expect more qualified applicants than can be supported.

As noted in the applications, here's what we want to know: If you were to receive our grant, how would you use the award money in your yearly budget to remove a barrier and sustain the vitality of the organization?

Answers should be limited to 1000 words — that will help focus your answer and allow us to review all applications in a timely manner. With your submitted application, we will ask a few short questions and ask you to submit a few supporting documents, and those contacted in January will be asked for more information before the award is allocated.

Interested in applying for a Stepping Stone grant? Here's who's eligible:
• Theater companies registered as 501(c)3 organization that present theatre in the Chicago area.
• Theater companies that have produced a season of work for a minimum of five consecutive years.
• Theater companies with an annual budget of at least $250,000.

For those unable to submit online, please contact Executive Director Kevin Sullivan for more information by calling (312) 661-1434 x 125 or emailing BaylessFamilyFoundation(at)gmail(dot)com

Collaboraction seeking submissions for The Light at Chicago Youth Theater Festival

Collaboraction is seeking submissions of short plays, devised theatre, dance, spoken word and performance from throughout the Chicagoland area for our upcoming youth festival, THE LIGHT. We are looking for young people, under the age of 21, to submit work that not only exposes the talent and power of Chicago’s young artists, but also uses the festival as a platform for art as activism. Pieces must be 5 minutes (minimum) to 7 minutes (maximum) in length. All work must be original. Selected pieces receive full production and design support and stipends for artists.

With THE LIGHT Youth Festival we will provide a safe space where young artists can showcase performances and art that has a message and purpose with a focus on bold creativity, authentic voice and social justice.

Performance Dates
July 11th - 14th 2019, with tour dates TBD
at the Pentagon Theatre for Social Justice
at Collaboraction Studios - 1579 North Milwaukee Ave in Chicago

Submission Deadline: January 31st, 2019
Pieces will be selected and awarded festival slots by March 2019.


Announcing the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ current ArtsSpace Programs

ArtsSpace Program – Chicago Cultural Center
Year-round performance and presenting opportunities for non-profit arts organizations at the Chicago Cultural Center. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and must be submitted at least 120 days prior to the event date. Selected organizations will have the venue rental fee waived, but will incur operational costs for their programs. Application open year-round. To apply please visit:

ArtsSpace Program - Jay Pritzker Pavilion
A new opportunity for arts organizations to apply to bring a performance, program or event to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Selected organizations will have the venue rental fee waived, but must support production costs, which can range $4,000-$20,000. The application is now open for events taking place June – October 2019. The application deadline is December 12, 2018. Please download the guideline packet (PDF) to review before beginning your application. Use the following link to apply:

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Arts Alliance Illinois AMP Series on December 10

Space Availability at the Greenhouse Theater Center

90 Day Policy 
The Greenhouse Theater Center is proud to announce a new policy that will help further its mission to "Help Grow Chicago Theater" : A new “90 Day Program”. If there is an open space within 90 days of a schedule event, Greenhouse will rent that space for limited run or one night only events. 
Contact Nick for rates and availability at -

Looking for a Long Running show 
The Greenhouse Theater Center is looking to Produce, Co-Produce, or Rent the 195 Seat Down Main Proscenium Theater for a potential Long Term, Open Ended Run. 
 Contact William Spatz –

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

Miss Saigon- Broadway In Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, is offering a buy one ticket, get one free offer for November 21 (matinee + evening) and November 23 (matinee + evening) performances. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online with offer code INDUSTRY. For tickets or more information visit

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs - Eclipse Theatre at The Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. is offering $10 industry tickets for all previews on November 15th, 16th and 17th at 7:30pm. In addition, $15 industry tickets for November 23rd, 24th and 25th. Please mention INDUSTRY at the Box Office. For more information, visit or call the Athenaeum Box Office at 773-935-6875.

Mansfield Park - Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, is offering $15 Industry Rush Tickets for all performances. May be purchased in person only, 2 hours before performance. Must provide proof of industry. Limit 2 tickets per Industry ID. Excludes Premium section and Opening Night. To check availability call our box office at 847.673.6300

The Adventures of Robin Hood - Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble is offering $10 industry tickets for all three performances November 23 (11am & 3pm) and 24 (4pm). Tickets are available at the Box Office; please mention INDUSTRY. For more information, visit

110 in the Shade - BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit,1229 W Blemont Ave, is offering half price industry tickets for Industry Night on Monday, December 10th at 8:00pm. Use offer code INDUSTRY at the Box Office. For more information, visit or call the Theater Wit Box Office at 773.975.8150.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Space Availability at The Salon at Collaboraction

The Pentagon at Collaboraction Studios (capacity of up to 70) is available in April and May of 2019. It is a black box with flexible seating, lighting, and sound capabilities. Collaboraction is located on the third floor of the Flatiron Arts Building at 1579 North Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. All performance spaces are wheelchair accessible.

For more information, visit:

For inquiries please email Stephanie Murphy at

Monday, November 12, 2018

Price Arts Center seeking donated Christmas Trees

Pride Arts Center is looking for donated Christmas trees of all kinds. Color and size - all are welcome. Drop off can happen most days after 10 am, or in the evening prior to showtimes. The trees are for our holiday production of BARNEY THE ELF, and we would be happy to trade trees for tickets! Let us know at with TREES in the subject line. Pride Arts Center is at 4139 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

20% Theatre Company Will Close its Doors

It is with a heavy heart that, after 15 years of production, 20% Theatre Company Chicago will close its doors on December 31st, 2018. We are so grateful to have been a part of this incredible Chicago theatre community and for all of the work we have been able to produce, including 12 Snapshots Play Festivals, 8 Dark Room Play Writing Workshops, 25 mainstage productions, and countless staged readings. 20% Theatre has had the privilege of working with nearly 1,000 different theatre artists, including over 200 playwrights, in fulfillment of our mission to create opportunities for women’s voices and perspectives to be amplified on stage. We have been honored to be a part of the journey for so many burgeoning artists on their way to greater achievements. In the 15 year history of 20% Theatre Company Chicago, we worked to increase the percentage of differently represented voices on stage. Our members are still fighting for equality of representation, but now in new and equally important ways away from the theatre. We are proud to have been a part of such important work and are encouraged by the continuation of this work by others in our shared community. We see you. We support you. We are excited to see what comes next. From all of us at 20% Theatre, thank you.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Industry Ticket Offers

Plainclothes - Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee. Performances for this World Premiere dark comedy begin November 9, and All Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can, allowing you to set your own ticket price! Buy yours online here.

A Steadfast Tin Soldier - Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave. is offering $20 industry tickets to select performances November 20 at 7:30PM, November 21 at 2PM and 7:30PM and November 25 at 7:30PM. Use code INDUSTRY to access $20 tickets (in all sections) for the performances listed above. Available online at or by calling the Box Office at 312.337.0665. Tickets are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Familiar - Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, is offering $15 industry tickets for shows Nov. 15 – Dec. 2 Good for Zones A-C and Pit Seats Use code INDUSTRY15 online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. Tickets must be reserved at least one hour before performance. Subject to availability.

Ate9 Dance Company/Visceral Dance Chicago/Deeply Rooted Dance Theater — Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Ida B Wells Dr, is offering select $25 industry tickets for Ate9/Visceral/Deeply rooted on Friday, November 16 at 7:30PM. Use promo code INDUSTRY online at or by call 312.341.2300. Limit 2 tickets; subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Call for Proposals for 2019 Night Out in the Parks Season

The Chicago Park District’s Call for Proposals for the 2019 Night Out in the Parks season is now LIVE! Click here to submit your 2019 NOITP Project proposal by December 14, 2018.

As you may know, in 2013, the Chicago Park District, with support from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, launched a series of cultural events and programs in over 230 parks citywide. Over the past six years, Night Out in the Parks has grown and expanded to over 1,200 cultural events in neighborhood parks across Chicago. Projects vary from music, dance and theater performances to community workshops, nature-based programs, site specific projects, festivals, and more.

Each year, we invite Chicago based artists and organizations to submit their best ideas for the Night Out in the Parks free public citywide event initiative. This year, in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the League of Chicago Theatres, we’ll place a special focus on theater projects, as 2019 is the Year of Chicago Theatre! In celebration of this initiative we’re committed to producing theater in every corner of the city, all 77 community areas and all 50 wards! We define theater inclusively to not only include plays and musicals but also devised, experimental and interdisciplinary performance such as puppetry, circus, dance and opera.

We look forward to hearing from you and encourage you to also spread the word and share this opportunity with other qualified local artists and organizations you feel might be a good fit for this program.

With appreciation, Night Out in the Parks Program Review Committee

Friday, November 2, 2018

Sing her Song of Life: A Prayer for Ntozake

Court Theatre has linked with FRESHH Inc Theater Company to create an opportunity and space for our communal prayers for Ntozake Shange's ascension to ancestor. We wish to honor and preserve her work as well as celebrate her contributions to our lives through her literary genius. We all are forever indebted to Ntozake Shange for her relentless commitment to make Black women ALIVE, with stories of joy, pain, and of SO MUCH LOVE on stages, on screen, in poems and in books. She brought us out to know ourselves, she sang Our songs. Without the warrior writer woman Ntozake Shange fearlessly forging the way, many of the spaces for women writers of color would not exist. For this, we are grateful. Join Court Theatre Wednesday November 7th from 5:30p - 6:30p as we celebrate the life and art of Ntozake Shange. There will be a synchronized communal reading coordinated with theaters in different cities. The text for the reading will be available so individuals can participate wherever they may be located.