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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Inside The New Colony’s Unique and Effective Devising Process

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

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

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 Dates,...

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Broken Nose Theatre: Setting Goals and Carving an Identity

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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