Collaboraction Dives into Theater’s Gender Parity Problem

Collaboraction Dives into Theater’s Gender Parity Problem

Gender parity in theater is hardly a new conversation, but the creation of Not In Our House and the Chicago Reader exposé on Profiles Theatre brought the issue to the forefront of the Chicago community last year

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EMPRESS ARCHER, an unorthodox dance-making experience

EMPRESS ARCHER, an unorthodox dance-making experience

Ariel Freedman and Meredith Webster are an odd couple and beautiful pair. They are renowned dancers, working with the top dance companies and best choreographers in the world.

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15 Years of Making Bedford Falls ‘WONDERFUL’

15 Years of Making Bedford Falls ‘WONDERFUL’

An inside look at what makes American Blues Theater’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO! keep ringing after 15 years.

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Dandelion – Making Theatre to Attract a Company

Dandelion – Making Theatre to Attract a Company

Consider the dandelion.
There’s the daffy, yellowy, flowery kind, that sprouts up in fields or from cracks in the curbside, and that children hold beneath their chin to see if they like butter (if the color reflects onto your skin, you do.)

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Ron OJ Parson—”People Need to Create…the Process Is All of Us Creating.”

Ron OJ Parson—”People Need to Create…the Process Is All of Us Creating.”

By Kyle Whalen A Monday afternoon. I am foolishly running late, stuck in traffic at the time I’m supposed to call director Ron OJ Parson and interview him. At a stoplight, I ring him to confess I’ll be late. He picks up, a laugh already in his voice, and asks...

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Bri Sudia – Crafting Her Own Path in Chicago Theater

Bri Sudia – Crafting Her Own Path in Chicago Theater

“I wasn’t really going to be an actor,” Bri Sudia insists. When I got a chance to interview her over the phone, she was fresh from rehearsal, stretching out after a long day at the Goodman, where she stars as Ruth Sherwood in the Mary Zimmerman-directed WONDERFUL TOWN.

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Albany Park Theatre Project and Third Rail Projects – Developing LEARNING CURVE

Albany Park Theatre Project and Third Rail Projects – Developing LEARNING CURVE

LEARNING CURVE, an immersive, original show about Chicago public schools, seems a natural fit for Albany Park Theatre Project. But why now?

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Jacqueline Stone and the Future of Emerald City Theatre

Jacqueline Stone and the Future of Emerald City Theatre

If you were to ask Jacqueline Stone, the new artistic director of Emerald City Theatre, why she makes theatre for young audiences, she would likely tell you about a deep-set sense of civic and artistic responsibility.

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Spiel Chicago Episode Six: Burlesque Part 2.3

Spiel Chicago Episode Six: Burlesque Part 2.3

This week we bring you part two of our interview with three local burlesque producers.

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Spiel Chicago Episode Five: Sindy Castro

Spiel Chicago Episode Five: Sindy Castro

This week, Smyra interviewed with Sindy Castro, actress and arts educator here in Chicago.

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