Grant Announcement: Bayless Family Foundation Signal Grant Program

We all know 2020 has irrevocably changed the theatre industry in Chicago. When speaking with theatres this year, we heard that one of the biggest fears coming was the cash flow crisis around the start of a production. We hope to alleviate some of the stress of ticket pre-sales, hiring and paying artists and technicians, and acquiring the materials needed to bring a production to life. We are awarding 12 companies a one-time grant of $25,000 to defray the mounting costs for a live, multi-week production for an in-person audience. For more …

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Webinars: Trauma Informed Arts Education for a Trauma Informed Illinois

Chicago Children’s Theatre and Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience are hosting a series of live webinars called Trauma Informed Arts Education for a Trauma Informed Illinois. TYA artists, early childhood educators and youth mental health experts will discuss, share and learn how to identify children impacted by trauma, and how to use theater and other art forms to address their emotional and learning needs while fostering resilience. This free initiative is made possible by a grant from Illinois Humanities. Theatre artists and administrators are warmly invited to attend. Register:

Grant Announcement: MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

The next application deadline for the MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation is January 19, 2021, 6 pm CDT. Groups with actual expenses of under $150,000 in the most recently completed fiscal year may apply. (The deadline for groups with expenses between $150,000 and $500,000 is May 3, 2021.) This funding program, a partnership between the MacArthur and Driehaus foundations and administered by Driehaus, supports exemplary small and mid-sized cultural organizations in Chicago. It provides general operating grants that help enable groups of all …

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Goodman Theatre Now Accepting Submissions for New BIPOC *Future Labs* Play Series

Calling all bold, imaginative new plays authored by artists of color for Future Labs—Goodman Theatre’s newest artistic program to develop works authored and directed by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI and other artists of color. Designed primarily for Chicago-based writers who have not had a play produced at the Goodman, Future Labs will feature up to nine workshops and presentations, slated to begin early 2021. The new program is curated by the Goodman’s Quenna L. Barrett (Associate Director of Education and Engagement), Jonathan L. Green (Literary and New Works Manager) and Ken-Matt Martin …

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Paramount School of the Arts Announces New TYA play commission for BIPOC writers

TYA TOURING PRODUCTION COMMISSION SUBMISSION Thanks to the support of the NEA’s Arts Work Grant Program, we are proud to announce the commission of a new play with music for young audiences that will tour greater-Aurora area schools. We will spend the winter and spring of 2021 developing the piece with a workshop reading with the hopes to tour the piece during the 2020-2021 school year. DEADLINE TO APPLY: JANUARY 5, 2021 For our inaugural commission, submissions for this award are open only to writers of color. Commissions: One proposal will be …

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