Processing Pandemic Grief for Theater Artists

The global pandemic has led to specific and significant losses for folks involved with theater. We’ve been deprived of our artform and the community it fosters, leaving us financially unstable, isolated, and confused. Many of us grieve what’s been lost in our creative lives, our collaborations with other artists, and the potential development of our careers that never got to unfold. We at Red Theater know those feelings well. After some serious hibernation and a lot of transformation, we felt a need to foster a space of healing for our fellow theater …

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Coming Back Stronger: Using the Shutdown to Rebuild Audience Loyalty

Thursday, February 18, at 11:00 a.m. PST, hosted by Arts Reach Presenters: Michael Mael & Karen Freeman Led by The Advisory Board for the Arts’ Michael Mael & Karen Freeman, this session will offer: • Practical steps for attracting and retaining new loyal audiences at this moment • Data to back up these recommendations and create a path to move forward • Tangible tools to help your organization effectively market to, communicate with and engage audiences during this extended pandemic period Research from past downturns and crises shows that audiences typically don’t …

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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:

Building Our Tables, Producers of Color Panels & Masterclass Series

Building Our Tables is a progressive POC led organization with a mission to build the producing capacity of artists of color through knowledge sharing to demystify the role of producer. This series is co-produced by Olivia Lilley and Riti Sachdeva and sponsored by Prop Thtr & The National New Play Network. The first panel is this Monday October 19th from 6:30pm – 8pm CST. A second panel will be Saturday October 24th, featuring Alice De Cuyna of Chicago’s Physical Theatre festival. This event centers POC, so all Chicago POC theatre artists are …

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Arts Reach New Ways Forward

Constituents of League Of Chicago Theatres are entitled to a FREE 30-day trial to Arts Reach New Ways Forward, a combination of webinars, roundtables, one-on-one consultations, special reports and a Video Resource Center designed to help arts professionals navigate uncertain times and be fully prepared for the future opportunities that await. This month, the sessions focus on monetizing on-line content, best practices for communicating with your patrons during a crisis, and planning for the new, post-pandemic world. See program details at

Congo Square Industry Training Institute: Audition for the Stage

Two Day Course Instructor: Ann Joseph Douglas Monday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 28, 6-8PM CST Cost: $100 This Acting class is dedicated to artists looking to strengthen their theatre audition techniques. The actor will learn how to deepen their audition process in order to capture the eyes of Casting Directors. – General Audition Technique/Shakespeare Monologues Register

Learning Lab: Crafting a Thoughtful Fundraising Approach During COVID-19

Arts and Business Council of Chicago September 16, 2020 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Everyone can fundraise – even you! Although our environments have been reshaped by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the important calls for social justice by the Black Lives Matter movement, arts and cultural organizations can still find success by developing thoughtful strategies with donor cultivation at top of mind. Whether it’s a full annual plan or a shorter-term initiative, the current moment has taught the nonprofit sector that we must be ready to meet future challenges. Building …

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