No Stakes Announces ‘Actor Initiative’

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

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 all...

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Babes With Blades 16/17 Season Explores Women on the Battlefront

Babes With Blades 16/17 Season Explores Women on the Battlefront

THE PROMISE OF A ROSE GARDEN boot camp/first rehearsal. Photo by Elyse Dawson Babes With Blades Theatre Company, the long-standing all-female stage combat focused ensemble, is slated to open their 19th season with THE PROMISE OF A ROSE GARDEN by Dustin Spence, winner of their JOINING SWORD & PEN playwriting competition,...

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Jonathan Berry—The Epitome of a Chicago Director

Jonathan Berry—The Epitome of a Chicago Director

I’d like to take you back to 2008. Eight years ago, 34-year-old director Johnathan Berry had major profiles in both Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Tribune, heralding him as the epitome of a Chicago theater director. Time Out called that upcoming season “A Berry Year,” and for good reason. The soft-voiced, genial craftsman was about to embark on four Chicago premieres, including his first Equity production at Remy Bumppo, The Marriage of Figaro. On the Shore of the Wide World at Griffin would mark the first of several plays by Olivier and Tony Award-winning British playwright Simon Stephens directed by Berry.

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Bring Your Own Theater – Creating with the Community

Bring Your Own Theater – Creating with the Community

Photo: Best Of BYOT (L-R) Lisa VanAusdall, Vinny Greco, Laura Rupert, Rachel Silvert  By Abigail Trabue Bring Your Own Theater (BYOT) is a small group of artists that every month put a show together, comprised of strangers. For 24 hours anyone—artists, construction worker, CEOs, bus drivers, full-time stay-at-home parents—anyone who’s interested...

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Tim Rhoze: 25 Years on Chicago Stages

Tim Rhoze: 25 Years on Chicago Stages

Tim Edward Rhoze began his theatrical career in Michigan. “My dad was involved in theater in Detroit, and he would take me to rehearsals with him. He would have me help him memorize his character’s lines – we bonded in that way – that was really cool.

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