Monday, November 17, 2003

Ford Models bought Aria Talent, creating city's biggest talent agency:
When Ford Models' bookers tried to woo away her models last April, Aria co-owner Marie Anderson picked up the phone and called Ford's COO in New York. That led to a discussion over breakfast about Ford buying Aria, a deal concluded in September.
Now known as Ford Models and Aria Talent, the consolidated company is the city's largest talent agency. Owner is new Ford COO, John Caplan, who runs Ford Worldwide. Sale price was not disclosed.
The merger has created a company of 20 employees, six from Ford, located in Aria's 5,000-sq. ft. loft space in the West Loop. Aria Talent books adults and children for TV/film and Ford books all fashion assignments, hair, make-up and clothing stylists
(from ReelChicago).

Solo performance Opportunity:
Single File, Chicago's annual festival featuring solo shows from around the world, announces a call for submissions through December 31, 2003. Fest is in March, 2004. For more info and to download a submission form, go to
This is all I know about this, caveat actor.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

A vote to bring Metormix reviewers to small theatres:
'For a month or so, metromix has been sending out the "Low Dough Diners" a team to review cheap eateries in the city.
Now they are asking what should be the focus of their next reader review team. One of the options on the poll is "Affordable/offbeat theater productions."
It seems like an easy grassroots move to get all theatre people to click over and vote for theater in this online poll. If it results in a reader review team covering theater, that's great weekly coverage for our smaller venues!
Here's the link!'
This may be a small way to bring small theatres in Chicago some more press.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Math as Improv?:
Doing mathematics can often feel like the creative process of a theatre improvisation. You set up a tableau with conditions for collisions of ideas and let the thing run. Very often it gets nowhere - but sometimes there is a dynamic created that clicks. Like the rules of a theatre game, the conditions push you in extraordinary unexpected directions that too much freedom would stifle
(from Guardian Unlimited).

Not really an acting opportunity per se, but interesting:
Renowned comedy publisher National Lampoon recently acquired Lorne Michaels' Burly Bear Network to create National Lampoon Networks. We are producing a new program with a working title of 'National Lampoon's Comedic Film Academy.' The program features the comedic short films, stand-up and sketch comedy from the best up and coming writer, comedians and directors.
We would like to extend an invitiation to all to submit your films, skecthes and/or stand-up acts. Short films may be 30-seconds to 8-minutes in length. Films can be of any nature (animation, film, digital, etc) as long as they have a comedic sensibility. We are happy to view your films on Beta, BetaSP or miniDV (prefered).
Send your submission to:
National Lampoon Networks
ATTN: J. Healey
254 W. 54th St., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10019
We do NOT accept walk-ins and drop-offs. Should your film be selected, we will contact you. The program reaches 5-millions homes. This is a terrific exposure opportunity for your film, act or ideas.
This is all I know about this, caveat actor.

Saturday, November 08, 2003

Wagon Wheel Theatre Casting Emergency:
Wagon Wheel Theatre is seeking three non-Equity women for their upcoming production of Annie. Rehearsals begin Monday, November 17. Show opens Friday, November 28 and closes Sunday, December 14. Pay is $1000, and housing is provided. The theatre is in Warsaw, Indiana, which is about 2 hours outside Chicago. It's a great place to work.
So if you are interested in being considered or want to recommend someone else, please email me ASAP at or, if you prefer, feel free to email the Artistic Director (Roy Hine) at
This is all I know about this job, caveat actor.

Monday, November 03, 2003

Rehearsal/Performance Space:
1900 sf space for not-for-profit group above neighborhood church. Long-term or special events. Near Belmont and Broadway. Rent negotiable. New heating/ air conditioning. 312-372-1052, Paul
This is all I know about this, caveat actor (or rather producer).

Chicago Community Cinema, a networking event for independent film in Chicago, meets tomorrow night at 6:00 PM at Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn St. (Yahoo map).