Gift Theatre Welcomes Nine New Ensemble Members
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

The Gift Theatre's artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton, co-founder William Nedved and associate artistic director Paul D'Addario are proud to announce nine artists have joined the company ensemble: playwrights Will Eno and Laura Marks; directors Marti Lyons and Erica Weiss; and actors Cyd Blakewell, Darci Nalepa, Keith Neagle, Mary Ann Thebus, and Kyle Zornes. Conceived in 1997 by Michael Patrick Thornton and William Nedved, The Gift's mission was to grow and nurture an ensemble while laying roots in an artistically underserved Chicago neighborhood. Today, The Gift Theatre thrives in Jefferson Park as Chicago's most intimate Equity theater and is home to a nationally respected acting ensemble. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at American Blues Theater's YANKEE TAVERN, Opening Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and American Blues Theater, Chicago's second oldest Equity ensemble, are proud to announce the Chicago premiere of Yankee Tavern, by Steven Deitz and directed by Joanie Schultz, February 20 - March 22, 2015 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. (more...)

American Blues Theater's YANKEE TAVERN Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and American Blues Theater, Chicago's second oldest Equity ensemble, present their 2015 productions of Steven Dietz's Yankee Tavern, today, February 20 - March 22, 2015, directed by Joanie Schultz and Warren Leight's Sideman, April 24 - May 24, 2015,directed by Jonathan Berry. All productions take place at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. (more...)

Jackalope Sets Full Cast for LUNACY!; Founding Company Member to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

Jackalope's 7th season concludes with Lunacy!, written by resident playwright Andrew Burden Swanson*, directed by founding company member Gus Menary*, with the full cast and production team announced below. The show runs May 11 - June 20, 2015 at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets are available April 1 via jackalopetheatre.org. The press performance is Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: WE MUST BREATHE at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Victory Gardens Theater hosted We Must Breathe: A Response from Chicago Playwrights and Poets, a special event gathering members of Chicago's artistic community to share their views on discrimination, race and inequality and engage Chicagoans in a discussion about these social issues. We Must Breathe featured performances from poets and playwrights directed by Victory Gardens' Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz, and a forum discussion on the performance topics, moderated by Congo Square Theatre's Artistic Director Samuel Roberson. The event was held last night, December 18, 2014 at 7:00pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

American Blues Theater to Stage YANKEE TAVERN in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and American Blues Theater, Chicago's second oldest Equity ensemble, have announced the Chicago premiere of Yankee Tavern, by Steven Deitz and directed by Joanie Schultz, February 20 - March 22, 2015 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Set for American Blues Theater's YANKEE TAVERN and SIDEMAN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and American Blues Theater, Chicago's second oldest Equity ensemble, are proud to announce the casts for the 2015 productions of Steven Dietz's Yankee Tavern, February 20 - March 22, 2015, directed by Joanie Schultz and Warren Leight's Sideman, April 24 - May 24, 2015,directed by Jonathan Berry. All productions take place at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. (more...)

Guests Announced for Michael Patrick Thornton's Two-Person Improv Show YOU & ME, Starting 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

NATURAL GAS, the five-year-old house improv team of The Gift Theatre, appears Friday nights at Wicker Park's The Den Theatre, performing entirely improvised group sets in addition to their standing Wednesday night set at The Gift in Jefferson Park. Every other week is YOU & ME-a two-person, entirely improvised show featuring ensemble member/The Gift artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton with a special guest from the Chicago arts community. (more...)

Michael Patrick Thornton Returns to The Gift Theatre in THINNER THAN WATER Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

The Gift Theatre Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton announces the Chicago premiere of Thinner Than Water written by Melissa Ross and directed by The Gift ensemble member John Gawlik (2013 Jeff Award winner for When the Rain Stops Falling at Circle Theatre). The production marks Thornton's return to The Gift main stage since ensemble member Andrew Hinderaker's Jeff Nominated Dirty in 2012. Thornton recently appeared in Les Waters' production of Our Town at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Thornton joins guest artists Donna McGough (last seen in Coriolanus with The Hypocrites) and Darci Nalepa (Dirty) and fellow Gift ensemble members Brittany Burch (The Lonesome West), Paul D'Addario (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Gabriel Franken (Broadsword), Lynda Newton (Absolute Hell) and Jay Worthington (Vigils). (more...)

Michael Patrick Thornton Returns to The Gift Theatre in THINNER THAN WATER; Full Casting Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

The Gift Theatre Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton announces the Chicago premiere of Thinner Than Water written by Melissa Ross and directed by The Gift ensemble member John Gawlik (2013 Jeff Award winner for When the Rain Stops Falling at Circle Theatre). The production marks Thornton's return to The Gift main stage since ensemble member Andrew Hinderaker's Jeff Nominated Dirty in 2012. Thornton recently appeared in Les Waters' production of Our Town at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Thornton joins guest artists Donna McGough (last seen in Coriolanus with The Hypocrites) and Darci Nalepa (Dirty) and fellow Gift ensemble members Brittany Burch (The Lonesome West), Paul D'Addario (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Gabriel Franken (Broadsword), Lynda Newton (Absolute Hell) and Jay Worthington (Vigils). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Remy Bumppo's Presentation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2013

Check out production photos from Remy Bumppo's presentation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, the U.S. premiere of an adaptation by Tim Luscombe. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's NEXT UP 2013 - THE INTERNATIONALIST, FAT PIG and THE DRUNKEN CITY
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2013

Performances begin in just five weeks for the third annual Next Up, continuing Steppenwolf Theatre Company's commitment to Chicago's next generation of theater artists. Next Up features three productions presented in rotating repertory, in collaboration with Northwestern University's MFA programs in Direction and Design. Next Up 2013 showcases the work of graduates of those programs with casts of professional Chicago actors-including nine alumni of the School at Steppenwolf: Fat Pig by Neil LaBute, directed by David Prete; The Drunken City by Adam Bock, directed by Johnny Michael DiResta; and The Internationalist by Anne Washburn, directed by Erin Murray. BroadwayWorld has a first look at all three prodcuctions below! (more...)

FAT PIG, THE DRUNKEN CITY and THE INTERNATIONALIST Set for Steppenwolf's NEXT UP, Beg. Today
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2013

Performances begin in just five weeks for the third annual Next Up, continuing Steppenwolf Theatre Company's commitment to Chicago's next generation of theater artists. Next Up features three productions presented in rotating repertory, in collaboration with Northwestern University's MFA programs in Direction and Design. Next Up 2013 showcases the work of graduates of those programs with casts of professional Chicago actors-including nine alumni of the School at Steppenwolf: Fat Pig by Neil LaBute, directed by David Prete; The Drunken City by Adam Bock, directed by Johnny Michael DiResta; and The Internationalist by Anne Washburn, directed by Erin Murray. (more...)

Steppenwolf's NEXT UP 2013 Begins 5/28
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2013

Performances begin in just five weeks for the third annual Next Up, continuing Steppenwolf Theatre Company's commitment to Chicago's next generation of theater artists. Next Up features three productions presented in rotating repertory, in collaboration with Northwestern University's MFA programs in Direction and Design. Next Up 2013 showcases the work of graduates of those programs with casts of professional Chicago actors-including nine alumni of the School at Steppenwolf: Fat Pig by Neil LaBute, directed by David Prete; The Drunken City by Adam Bock, directed by Johnny Michael DiResta; and The Internationalist by Anne Washburn, directed by Erin Murray. (more...)

FAT PIG, THE DRUNKEN CITY and THE INTERNATIONALIST Set for Steppenwolf's NEXT UP, Beg. 5/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2013

Performances begin in just five weeks for the third annual Next Up, continuing Steppenwolf Theatre Company's commitment to Chicago's next generation of theater artists. Next Up features three productions presented in rotating repertory, in collaboration with Northwestern University's MFA programs in Direction and Design. Next Up 2013 showcases the work of graduates of those programs with casts of professional Chicago actors-including nine alumni of the School at Steppenwolf: Fat Pig by Neil LaBute, directed by David Prete; The Drunken City by Adam Bock, directed by Johnny Michael DiResta; and The Internationalist by Anne Washburn, directed by Erin Murray. (more...)

Steppenwolf Announces Casting for NEXT UP 2013
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2013

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced casting for the upcoming third annual Next Up, continuing Steppenwolf's commitment to Chicago's next generation of theater artists. (more...)

The Gift Theatre Premieres Andrew Hinderaker’s DIRTY Tonight, 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2012

The Gift Theatre has announced the world premiere of Dirty by Andrew Hinderaker, the Joseph Jefferson-nominated writer and director of Suicide, Incorporated and I Am Going to Change the World tonight, September 20, 2012. (more...)

The Gift Theatre Premieres Andrew Hinderaker’s DIRTY, Opening 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2012

The Gift Theatre has announced the upcoming world premiere of Dirty by Andrew Hinderaker, the Joseph Jefferson-nominated writer and director of Suicide, Incorporated and I Am Going to Change the World on September 20, 2012. (more...)

Profiles Theatre's REASONS TO BE PRETTY Closes 4/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2011

Profiles Theatre announces the extension of reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute, directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Rick Snyder. Due to box office demand, the production will now close on April 10. (more...)

Profiles Theatre Extends REASONS TO BE PRETTY Through 4/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2011

Profiles Theatre announces the extension of reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute, directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Rick Snyder. Due to box office demand, the production will extend by four weeks, through April 10. (more...)

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