Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Costume Designer Sought by Silk Road Theatre Project

Silk Road Theatre Project seeks costume designer for future productions.
Please email resume with references to: jamil@srtp.org

Jamil Khoury
Artistic Director
Silk Road Theatre Project
This is all I know about this; caveat actor (or rather designer).

Monday, November 21, 2005


Phantom of the Opera to Become the Longest-Running Broadway Show

On Monday evening, Jan. 9, 2006, Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical The Phantom of the Opera will become the longest-running show in Broadway history.
The performance will be number 7,486 - surpassing the current champion Cats, which held at 7,485 shows and was also written by Webber
(from backstage.com).

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Performing Arts Venue License May Improve Venue Licensing Process

It is about to become a whole lot easier for Chicago's small theaters to do business.
If all goes as planned at City Hall, these spaces, the lifeblood of the local theater scene, will be nurtured and protected by a newly designed Performing Arts Venue license, one designed specifically to ease guidelines for houses containing 500 seats or less. Such venues account for a large percentage of the city's most active and experimental stages
(from Chicago Sun-Times



League Trying an Online Box Office

The League of Chicago Theatres is building an online box office at which patrons of area theaters big and small may buy tickets and get show recommendations tailored to their tastes.
(from Chicago Tribune). Though a late entry in the online ticket sales world, it has real potential. The recommendation feature might take advantage of Long Tail phenomena if done correctly. Other things, like an affiliate program (e.g., like the ones LinkShare.com manages), would also be good moves.


Community Arts Assistance Program Applications Due Dec. 1

Individual artists and small nonprofit arts organizations in all disciplines can apply for grants of up to $1,000 for professional, artistic, and organizational development projects through the Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) for the year 2006.
Individual applicants must be residents of the city of Chicago for at least 6 months prior to the application deadline and not enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or other degree granting program.
Organizations must be incorporated, located in and serving the city of Chicago, have a valid Federal Employer Identification Number, and have acquired, or be in the process of applying for, or seeking funds to apply for 501(c)(3) status.
Applications are distributed by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, 4th floor, and 35 other cultural sites throughout the city.
Deadline is December 1st
More info: www.cityofchicago.org > City Departments > Cultural Affairs > Programs & Services > Community Arts Assistance Program Grants

Friday, November 11, 2005


The Second City Outreach & Diversity presents Casting Call

Minorities Strongly Encouraged to Audition – Part II on Thursday, November 17 from 5-7pm (Donny's Skybox Theatre – 1608 N. Wells, 4th Floor Piper's Alley [google map]) This FREE event spotlights talent agents from Linda Jack, Encore Talent, Salazar Navas, J-Sa-Rah Casting, directors, Second City alum and many more. Hear one on one advice how to get an agent, what agents look for in an audition and strategies from working professionals in the theatre, TV and film industry. For more information on this event, email outreach@secondcity.com. Limited seating.


Quote About Jokes

A joke's a very serious thing.
-Charles Churchill

Monday, November 07, 2005


The Production Cycle: Mine, Ours, Everyone's

Progress from creators to audience:
This three-step progression [from the initial creative impulse to collaboration to public consumption] is getting more and more common.
While this may be a new concept as applied to a business idea/book, I think this might be what every entertainment project goes through:
  1. a script is written or a concept is devised by a writer/s, director/s or other instigator
  2. other talent is associated with the project (e.g., actors, designers, etc.)
  3. the public views/experiences it; possibly re-mountings/remakes or spin-offs are made (often by people who had no role in the project's original incarnation)
I think every production of a play (on stage or screen) after the first one exemplifies this (also works like Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Brecht's Round Heads and Pointed Heads, which re-imagines Measure for Measure, etc.). I'm not sure this is a new idea, at least for actors; it may be a unique articulation of it.

Friday, November 04, 2005


Stage Manager Sought by Stage Left

Stage Left Theatre seeks a Stage Manager for their Winter production of Fellow Travellers, a world premiere by Margaret Lewis and directed by David Schmitz. Light rehearsals (2 evenings/wk) will start in early December, with intensive rehearsals starting mid January and lasting through opening on February 21st. Dec 19 - Jan 1 will be off. Some pay for the position. Interested parties should send resume to resume@dms-productions.com. No phone calls please.
This is all I know about this; caveat actor.

Thursday, November 03, 2005


Quote on Names

In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

I suppose that is why stage names exist.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Job Opprotunity: House Manager for Dept. of Cultural Affairs Theater Sought

We are looking for a House Manager position for DCA (Dept. of Cultural Affairs) Theater. Please see below for full details. The pay is $10.00/hour.

Please send resumes to Amanda Friedberg via email at afriedberg@cityofchicago.org or fax (312) 744-9249.

Job Description:
Storefront Theater, the state-of-the-art 99-seat black box theater locating in the Galley 37 Center for the Arts, is seeking highly motivated individuals with flexible evening and weekend hours to join its House Management team. Under direction of the Theater Coordinator, the House Management staff is responsible for overseeing all daily front of house operations, and performs related duties as required.

Essential Duties:
  • available for rotating evening and weekend hours
  • must work four hours per shift (typically, 6 - 10 pm Thursdays through Saturdays and 1 - 5pm Sundays)
Job responsibilities include:
  • set-up and cleanup of theater lobby
  • light housekeeping duties in the theater
  • ushering of patrons into the theater
  • coordination of reserved and late seating
  • supervision of volunteer ushers
Candidate must also be conscientious of safety and building regulations, and must communicate appropriately with the stage manager and box office manager prior to show time to ensure timeliness of each performance.

Minimum Qualifications:
Training and Experience:
Qualified individual must have excellent customer service skills and some previous experience in theater arts. Applicants must also reside in the City of Chicago. Pay is $10 per hour.
This is all I know about this; caveat actor.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005


The Audition Studio Renovates

Here at The Audition Studio we are very happy to be under construction....after the dust settles our new address will be 10 W. Hubbard Street. You will enter a chic, colorful lobby and take a BRAND NEW (not scary) elevator to our new front door! Our improved space will include 4 great studio spaces, rehabbed offices, a new lobby and much more. We anticipate the work being finished by December 1st.
I'll almost miss the James Bond-esque elevator.