Getting Out of Our Own Way: Embracing Vulnerability

Getting Out of Our Own Way: Embracing Vulnerability

In order to use our gifts we have to be both willing and able to allow ourselves to be seen. For most of us, showing the world what we consider to be our least attractive traits is damn hard.

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What’s With Those Reviews?

What’s With Those Reviews?

When we started planning the new PerformInk, it was very clear to us that not only did we want to critique work, we wanted to examine work that isn’t getting reviewed often. To serve the underserved. We want to be considering children’s theater, burlesque, sketch comedy, magic—if it’s performed in front of an audience, we’ll try to send a critic to it.

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

American Blues Theatre’s LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS plays till June 26th

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Women’s Voices in Storefront Theater

Women’s Voices in Storefront Theater

Are we creating a culture where men working in the arts are encouraged to dream and build things and women working in the arts are encouraged to straighten up the house and make sure the electric bill is paid on time?

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VIDEO: Jane Lynch’s Jaw-Dropping Anti-Commencement Speech is a Must-See for Artists

VIDEO: Jane Lynch’s Jaw-Dropping Anti-Commencement Speech is a Must-See for Artists

Jane Lynch, native Chicago funnywoman known for Christopher Guest’s films and Glee, delivered an incredibly profound commencement speech at Columbia College Chicago on Saturday, speaking truths about careers, life, and art that fly in the face of the typical advice often bestowed on new graduates. “See belief systems for what they are—soul killers, and crushers of the creative spirit,” Lynch says, along with “goals plus nothing to achieve equals peace” and “giving back—don’t do it.” Watch the full speech, full of too many great nuggets of wisdom to list, below:

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EVITA

EVITA

The Marriott Theatre’s EVITA playing through June 5th.

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Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls

Porchlight Music Theatre’s DREAMGIRLS plays till May 22nd

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Storefront’s Collective Impact

Storefront’s Collective Impact

“I know that the work of arts service organizations and advocacy groups is hard and often thankless, but untangle faster please.”

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Rent

Rent

Theo Ubique‘s RENT plays through May 15th, 2016.

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Capacity Building: Are We There Yet? Or Exactly How Big Are We Supposed to Be?

Capacity Building: Are We There Yet? Or Exactly How Big Are We Supposed to Be?

I would like to argue that, perhaps, one version of success is that we are doing less.

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