Two years ago, right before COVID-19 threw the theater world (and everything else) into a state of uncertainty, four Chicago costume designers—Theresa Ham, Elsa Hiltner, Bob Kuhn, and Christine Pascual—came together to address pay inequity and other employment issues by creating the advocacy group On Our Team. Growing in part out of the Theatrical Designer […]
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Live theater is back—but COVID questions remain
Spring began so hopefully this past year, with COVID-19 vaccines ramping up and my inbox filling up with announcements of live performances returning in the fall. Back in May, I talked to Deb Clapp, executive director of the League of Chicago Theatres, about what she felt the major concerns facing their members might be as […]
Complaints from the production team of His Shadow have opened a painful discussion for Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater and head Ann Filmer.
At Theater on the Lake, a free Prologue to a free season
Theater on the Lake kicks off its season with a free three-day seminar for the Chicago theater community.
Nearly a year after Profiles, Chicago theater professionals are still learning to talk to each other about abuse
Not in Our House reports back on the first year of its code of conduct, now called the Chicago Theatre Standards.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Gender Breakdown, and nine more stage shows to see now
A black Irish comedy and a look at inequity in the local theater scene are among this week’s best bets.
2016 in theater was wildly convulsive on- and offstage
Controversies over abuse, alleged druggings, and “whitewashing” roiled even as Shakespeare 400 Chicago soared.
Did three interns have to quit Oak Park Festival Theatre to improve working conditions?
A complaint from a group of interns leads to a discussion and change.
‘Unfortunately, I am the villain’: Profiles Theatre artistic director Darrell W. Cox responds to Reader abuse investigation
Profiles Theatre artistic director Darrell W. Cox dismisses allegations of workplace abuse documented by the Reader.
Actors hand out copies of the Reader in front of Profiles Theatre
A rotating group of six or seven people handed out copies of the paper Thursday afternoon.
At Profiles Theatre the drama—and abuse—is real
For more than 20 years, actors and crew members stayed silent about mistreatment they suffered at the acclaimed storefront theater. Now they’re speaking up, hoping to protect workers in non-Equity theaters across the country.