Spiel Chicago Episode Fourteen: Erica Vannon

Director Erica Vannon is drawn to the kind of work that makes you “giggle into a bit of horror.”

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Spiel Chicago Episode Thirteen: Avi Roque

SPIEL CHICAGO is a bi-weekly podcast that explores the progressive and thoughtful work of women in Chicago theater.

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Spiel Chicago Episode 12: Not In Our House

In June of 2015, actress Lori Myers heard–for the fourth time in two months–a story from yet another colleague about extreme abuses of power in the Chicago theater community. Frustrated, she posted a now infamous Facebook post asking, “If your friend, sister, daughter, or co-worker was working under a sexual predator—what would you do about it?”

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Race and Representation Among Decision-Makers in Chicago Theater

Diversity on Chicago’s stages has been the hot button issue in 2016. But, as Lavina Jadhwani observes, “Casting is the symptom, not the root problem.”

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Spiel Chicago Episode 11: Kara Tesch

This week, Smyra talks with longtime friend and talented costume craftsperson, Kara Tesch.

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Spiel Chicago Episode Ten: Iris Sowlat

SPIEL CHICAGO is a bi-weekly podcast that explores the progressive and thoughtful work of women in Chicago theatre.

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Spiel Chicago Episode Nine: Olivia Lilley and Anna Hendrix
Pictured: Olivia Lilley and Anna Hendrix Playwright and director Olivia Lilley along with her assistant director Anna Hendrix sit down with Smyra to talk about their new show Mary Shelley Sees The Future, which opened this past weekend at Outer Space Studios.  We talk about the real Mary Shelley’s... Read more
Spiel Chicago Episode Eight: Melissa McNamara
Pictured: Melissa McNamara.  This week Smyra talks with the incredibly multi-talented Melissa McNamara. Melissa is an improviser, movement director, pilates instructor and solo performance artist. We discuss how she found herself on such a diverse path and how she started Mind Art Core Pilates Performance, which has twice won... Read more
Spiel Chicago Episode Seven: The Jades

This week Smyra talks with the Liz Seidt, Caitlin Aase and Teagan Walsh-Davis, the three founding members of The Jades.

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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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