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

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

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

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

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Inside The New Colony’s Unique and Effective Devising Process

“Our process can feel mysterious,” says Stephanie Shum, Managing Director, “It can manifest in so many different ways—this crazy musical, this weird comedy, this drama.” With their education programs, The New Colony aims to open up their process.

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Spiel Chicago Episode Four: Burlesque

On this week’s Spiel Chicago, Smyra revisits an interview from 2015 with three burlesque producers.

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Spiel Chicago Episode Three: Eileen Tull
Eileen Tull  Welcome to Spiel Chicago, the podcast taking you behind the scenes of storefront theatre in Chicago.  My name is Smyra Yawn and my guest this week is Eileen Tull, comedian, writer, solo performer, and producer.  I spoke with Eileen after I saw her latest one-woman show Bad... Read more
Broken Nose Theatre: Setting Goals and Carving an Identity

In the Chicago storefront scene, there’s always a new company debuting—and another one disbanding. It’s hard to peg which fresh collectives have begun an exciting trajectory and which will flame out after a handful of shows.

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No Stakes Announces ‘Actor Initiative’

Artistic Director Erin Shea Brady says “we’re opening up a door to actors who want to explore roles outside of their traditional “type”. We want to know – what is the role you want to learn from? Where do you want to go from here? How can this role help you learn the thing you need to learn to get to your next step?”

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5 Years of Chicago Women’s Funny Festival
Photo courtesy of 5’10 Club.  The CHICAGO WOMEN’S FUNNY FESTIVAL returns for its fifth year at Stage 773 in the Lakeview neighborhood. Led by Stage 773 Director of Operations, Jill Valentine, and Chicago actor/comedian Liz McArthur, the festival is a unique opportunity to feature and celebrate female performers in... Read more