Artists in Conversation:

Sarah Best

Artist Sarah Best on Fiscal Sponsorship

An ambitious project is realized via Links Hall

Realizing my vision was priceless. It was crucial in my transition from an emerging artist to something more.

Julie Ganey

Going Solo: Taking Control of Your Art

Tips on writing and performing your own solo show

You’re an actor, sitting with a bunch of other actors in a theatre lobby waiting for your audition. People are silently studying their sides or mouthing monologues to themselves.

Deb R. Lewis

Tips for Queer Artists in Chicago

No tantrums, return the favor and ask for what you want

Your art may have a lot a meaning for the queer community. This is one kind of success. Just as queer folk don’t devour strictly queer fare, neither should your art feed only the queer set. You will get further, faster, if you have something to say to the broader audience.

Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant

One Part Plant

Using both brains: changing your diet to improve productivity

The gut contains more neurotransmitters than the brain. Food is information, not just calories. When I was feeding my gut with crappy Sour Patch Kids and Big Gulps, I was sending a message to my brain to feel like crap, too. When I started treating my belly with the same care as my brain, powerful productivity changes happened.

The Cast of "Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology"

Singletrack: Victoria Blade

"Let Hope Rise" from the stage production, Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology

I wrote this song the night before an audition for a play addressing crime in Chicago. I was driving home and began to think about what to write. I didn’t know anything about crime in my city, so I began to pray and ask God His perspective on this seemingly hopeless issue.

Roger Lee

Dance & Choreography

On attracting and retaining diverse audiences

“Many professional dance companies in major U.S. cities dream of having more African American audiences for their work. Reality sets in as artistic and administrative staff look out over the crowd and wonder where all the African Americans audiences have gone.

Ryan Singleton

WordPlaySound

Exploring the other side of literature

I want to hear a fire in authors’ voices today. Writers create work not only because it has meaning on a page; the sound of the words has meaning on its own. I want us all to hear their words as writers hear them internally.

Making Theater that Makes Money

Advice from Gorilla Tango Theatre

With a lot of nonprofit theater companies struggling to make ends meet in a tough economy, it seems implausible that anyone in their right mind would start a storefront theater company expecting to make money. Yet Dan Abbate has done just that. He started Gorilla Tango Theatre as a for-profit business in 2006 and sees that model as the future for live theater entertainment.

Shellee Frazee

Profile: Beverly Arts Center Theater

Bringing Professional Theater to the South Side

The Beverly Arts Center (BAC) is in its first professional theater season. Several Chicago theater companies have been invited to perform in the state-of the-art venue on the South Side to round out the season of productions by BAC’s resident company.

Nick Keenan

Function and Form

Getting a website that works for you

Although his design work has made him one of the most sought-after sound designers in the city, Nick Keenan has also become something of a guru for arts organizations looking to expand or improve their web presence.

Greg Sunmark: Voice Acting

Landing paying gigs with your voice

Voiceover work provides a variety of opportunities for actors in commercials, video games, animated movies, corporate videos, and audiobooks. Greg Sunmark discusses how he got his start in the business and provides advice for newcomers. Listen to the audio file to hear Greg’s first audition tape and hear how it compares to his current reel.

Brian Loevner: Good Shows Don’t Have to Close

Building commercial theatre in Chicago

The Chicago Commercial Collective invests in successful productions that grow out of local nonprofit theaters and develops them as commercial properties. According to Brian Loevner–a partner in the new enterprise–the nonprofits, the artists, and the investors all stand to gain from the increased commercial activity in Chicago's theater scene.

Halfway There

Using the mid-year review to assess the state of your art

Well everyone it was a great and extremely hot summer, and unfortunately it’s coming to an end. Your band has played at a music fest or two, you’ve sold some art at a few craft fairs or your film premiered at a film festival, all and all it has been a very busy and very productive summer.

Lacy Katherine Campbell: On Art and Advertising

Balancing art and commerical work

Though surprisingly few actors fulfill the stereotype of waiting tables for a living, it's true that many are not able to support themselves solely from their artistic work. Lacy Campbell reflects on the balance between the art that she's passionate about and the commercial work that allows her to pursue that passion.

This Feels Like Home

Making an Artistic Home in Chicago

Article originally published on the Chicago Cultural Plan blog on August 27, 2012.

Growing up in Jefferson Park, I believed the only place art happened was in large buildings downtown. Grammar school entailed trips to the Art Institute and in high school we were bused to Shakespeare Rep &

Cultivating Arts Partnerships with the Chicago Park District


Opportunities for Artists in Chicago's Parks and How You Can Get Involved

The Chicago Park District offers arts programming in two forms: cultural events and instructional programs. Carol J. Mayer discusses the CPD's Arts Partners in Residence Program as well as other opportunities for artists in Chicago's parks and explains how you can get involved.

Noah Ginex: A World of One's Own

On Chicago's puppetry scene

When CAR Theater Researcher John Carnwath went to the Nasty, Brutish & Short Puppet Cabaret at Links Hall, he was blown away by the variety of performance styles and the creativity, thought, and meticulous preparation that went into each of the ten-minute puppet pieces.

Arts & Culture Promote Economic Development in Low-Wealth Communities

Highlights from The Grantmakers Concerned with Poverty and Arts & Culture Funders Group Panel

As cities and communities make plans for economic development and poverty alleviation in the aftermath of the Great Recession, there is growing interest in how public and private investments in the arts and cultural initiatives can develop human capital, promote economic development, and create vibrant communities, especially in low-wealth areas.

Elizabeth Auman: Patience & Planning

Managing growth beyond your own four walls

TimeLine Theatre Company has a problem: more people want to see their productions than they can accommodate in their current venue. While no one's complaining, it raises a lot of serious questions. How does one continue to grow when space is limited?

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