Fernando Jones: A Life of the Blues

Chicago educator, musician, and Renaissance man

Chicago's own guitarist/playwright/teacher, Fernando Jones, discussing his passion for the blues, including his influences and who he has influenced.

Matt Austin

Venue Exploration: The Perch

The evolution of an alternative art space

The venue has evolved from a dining series to publishing house, alternative exhibition space, and pseudo-residency.

Beth Horner

Creating a Folklore of Our Own

A conversation with Chicago storyteller Beth Horner

Horner speaks with Scott Whitehair about her career and gives advice to new storytellers.

Granted: Adam Rose

An interview with the Lab Artist Award recipient.

Dancer Adam Rose discusses his Lab Artist Award project, "Against Being."

WorkSpace: Ben Madeska

A tour of an artist's creative work space.

Andi Crist interviews local oil painter Ben Madeska about his studio practice.

Maria Gaspar

Granted: Maria Gaspar

An interview the 2014 Maker Grant recipient.

This year’s $1000 award was granted to Maria Gaspar, who is engaged in transdisciplinary practices that individually or collectively mediate or occupy different sites to create ephemeral and permanent scenarios.

Adobe Youth Voices

Adobe Youth Voices: Interview with Media Mentors

Igniting creative confidence in youth and empowering their voices to create with purpose.

Through the support of a local media mentor and an online community of educators from almost one hundred countries, Chicago Public Schools educators have the ability to learn from others, share their knowledge and post student projects for feedback.

Cheri Coons

Remarkable Theater Mentor: Cheri Coons

Theater is by its very nature a community endeavor, and mentoring, therefore, can be a group activity...

Elizabeth Doyle sits down with Cheri Coons to discuss the importance of mentorship in musical theater, including the "mentor food chain," the origin of the actual word in Greek theater and how sharing of both successes and failures can help others in their journey.

Kristina Isabelle

Tips and Tricks: Warm Up

Isabelle outlines and demonstrates a series of stretches to warm up a group before rehearsal or performance.

Scott Whitehair

Tips and Tricks: Guide an Audience

Whitehair explains how, as a performer, you can gently shift the audiences mood to your benefit, especially after following a particularly difficult act.

Timothy Musho

The Edit: Dynamic Cuts

The Art of Editing a Dialogue Scene

Editing at its core has no right or wrong way. However, the key is developing the art of making the cuts and timing dynamic. Filmmaker Timothy Musho talks with us about editing a dialogue scene.

Amalie Drury

Tips and Tricks: Get Paid

Once you turn in your story, they'll likely move on to the next project and won't be thinking about the money you're owed. So be proactive about requesting, filling out and returning payment forms like contracts, W-9s and invoices.

How to get an Agent

Breaking into acting can be difficult, so why not go right to the source to find out how?

A young woman asks an actor how to get into the business, sending the author in search of answers.