Lost Works: What Could Have Been Project Started by Alum

Lost Works: What could Have Been, is an essay featured in Howlround and initiative by KRISTIN IDASZAK (BFA, Theatre Arts, ’09 & Faculty) that endeavors to pay tribute to the work abruptly stopped by the COVED-19 outbreak. She is calling for submissions for varieties of tributes made to the all the work unproduced or half-produced before the shelter-in-place order. Learn more here. Read the Howlround article here. 

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American Theatre and the Chicago Tribune Feature Current Theatre School Students and Faculty for Zoom and Remote Learning Discussion

American Theatre features MADIE DOPPELT (BFA, Playwrighting, ’20), LISA PORTES (Faculty) and REBECCA WILLINGHAM (MFA, Directing, ’22) in discussion of how Zoom will revolutionize today’s college theatre programs.

“Portes remains confident that the theatre community will pull through. “The good news is that we’re creative,” she says. “We’re a creative field that is built on people collaborating together to figure out how to make things—and that’s what we’re doing.””

The Chicago Tribune features ADAM CRAWFORD (BFA, Acting, ’20) KYLE CUNNINGHAM (BFA, Lighting Design, ’20), VICTORIA DEIORIO (FACULTY), COYA PAZ (Faculty), JUSTEN ROSS (BFA, Acting, ’21), KEIMON SHOOK (BFA, Acting, ’21),

“It goes back to this question of, either we think our work matters or it doesn’t. And if we think it matters, it matters now as much as it did last week,” Paz said.

“As artists, it’s our job to mirror the world,” Ross said. “And if we’re not tapped in, we can’t mirror it successfully. So I think this is, if anything, good, because it shows everybody that we’ve got more work to do.”

Read more here and here

Alum Catherine Miller is named Honoree for Windy City Times’ 20th Annual 30 under 30 awards

30 Under 30 Awards Ceremony, Polo Cafe and Catering, 6/26/2019.  CATHERINE MILLER (BFA, Dramaturgy/Criticism, ’14) is an honoree.

“Honorees are 30 years or under as of June 30, and have made substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT community in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other areas. Hundreds of people have been honored by the paper in the more than 10 years since the awards were established.”

“Catherine Miller is a queer non-binary casting director originally from San Diego, California. After Catherine came out, they realized the lack of representation on local stages of non-binary and trans individuals. They began advocating and educating theatre companies about breaking the binary in casting and make audition rooms safe spaces for all. Over the past two years, they’ve been invited to speak on panels and create workshops for Director’s Lab Chicago, The Theatre School at DePaul and Steppenwolf Theatre.

Catherine is a company member at First Floor Theater and most recently has cast for Raven Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, and Red Tape Theatre. They are a nominator for the Kilroy’s List and were featured on New City’s 2019 Players: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago. Catherine holds a BFA in Dramaturgy/Criticism from The Theatre School at DePaul. They also happen to be in the Fly Honey Show!

Did you know? When Catherine was ten, they won an all expense paid trip to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure by entering a contest at Target.”

 

Source: Windy City Times

 

Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from ‘Angels in America’ to ‘Hamilton’ by Chris Jones

CHRIS JONES (Faculty) has a new book out now! RISE UP! Broadway and American Society from ‘Angels in America’ to ‘Hamilton’ is a “lively and readable book [that] tells the story of Broadway’s renaissance from the darkest days of the AIDS crisis, via the disaster that was Spiderman: Turn off the Dark through the unparalleled financial, artistic and political success of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton.”

Penned by one of America’s best-known daily theatre critics and organized chronologically, it is the story of the embrace of risk and substance. In so doing, Chris Jones makes the point that the theatre thrived by finally figuring out how to embrace the bold statement and insert itself into the national conversation – only to find out in 2016 that a hefty sector of the American public had not been listening to what it had to say. Chris Jones was in the theatres when and where it mattered. He takes readers from the moment when Tony Kushner’s angel crashed (quite literally) through the ceiling of prejudice and religious intolerance to the triumph of Hamilton, with the coda of the Broadway cast addressing a new Republican vice-president from the stage. That complex performance – at once indicative of the theatre’s new clout and its inability to fully change American society for the better – is the final scene of the book.

Source: Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from ‘Angels in America’ to ‘Hamilton’: Chris Jones: Methuen Drama

Ensemble-Made Chicago by Coya Paz Brownrigg available now

COYA PAZ BROWNRIGG (Faculty) has a new book out now! Ensemble-Made Chicago, A Guide to Devised Theatre brings together the work of a wide range of Chicago theater companies to share strategies for cocreating theatrical performance as an ensemble.

“Assembled from interviews and firsthand observations, the book is written in a lively and accessible style and will serve as an invaluable guide for students and practitioners alike, as well as an important archive of Chicago’s vibrant ensemble traditions. Readers will find new creative methods to enrich their own practice and push their work in new directions.”

Source: Ensemble-Made Chicago | Northwestern University Press

Regina Garcia featured in AMERICAN THEATRE’s Role Call

The Theatre School’s Head of Scene Design, REGINA GARCIA (Faculty), is featured in the November issue of American Theatre. The issue’s Role Call section names Regina as one of “6 Theatre Workers You Should Know.”

From a Chicago set designer to a scribe in Atlanta, from a Seattle director to an operations manager in New York City, here are some people to have on your radar.

Source: AMERICAN THEATRE | 6 Theatre Workers You Should Know

Judy Greer’s Los Angeles Home featured in Architectural Digest

JUDY GREER (BFA, Acting, ’97) has her Los Angeles home featured in the October issue of Architectural Digest.

“In Los Angeles, actors tend to embrace a certain degree of isolation in their home lives; they tuck away behind manicured hedges, wrought-iron gates, or atop hills. So it’s an unexpected delight to meet Judy Greer—currently starring as Jamie Lee Curtis’s daughter in Halloween, the sequel to the 1978 horror classic—at her comely 1,700-square-foot house nestled in a row of homes in Larchmont Village, Los Angeles’s smallest (and, arguably, sweetest) neighborhood. As Greer opens the door, she eagerly waves to the family across the street as they strap their kids in a stroller.”

The Halloween star opens the doors to her 1,700-square-foot, not-so-hidden hideaway

Source: Judy Greer’s Los Angeles Home Is Perfectly Playful and Practical | Architectural Digest

John C. Reilly profiled in Vulture

JOHN C. REILLY (BFA, Acting, ’87) is profiled in Vulture about his career playing sidekicks. John has four films coming out this year – The Sisters Brothers, Stan & Ollie, Holmes and Watson, and Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet.

John discusses his career path starting with his first film, Casualties of War, just months after finishing at The Theatre School, and his his take on why he has been successful: “I was born to be a vessel for emotion,” he says. “I was born to experience things and have other people watch me experience them so that they can feel whatever it is I’m going through. If you really accept that about yourself, and I have, then when people ask you, ‘What are you really like?’ I can say, ‘I don’t know. I’m the cup.’ What is the cup? The cup is what’s in it, right?”

He says he works best in duos, and he’s in three this fall: Stan & Ollie, Holmes and Watson, and The Sisters Brothers.

Source: John C. Reilly on Working Best in a Duo and His New Films