LOOKING BACK, GOING FORWARD: Reflections on 2016 and Hopes for 2017

Stephanie Diaz, The Chicago Inclusion Project casting associate discusses this past year's brightest moments and her wishes for the new year. Listen, kids, there’s no doubt that 2016 was a world-class shitshow. But even I can admit there were some real bright spots, and here are some of mine, in the order in which they occurred to me: 1. Casting for Will Davis at ATC. My God, what a gratifying process for any casting director who champions inclusivity. The experience of having a gifted, accomplished director so willing to truly consider each and every actor you bring before them is, sadly, all-too-uncommon (or has been in my experience). The result of this collaboration is two tremendous, e

LOOKING BACK, GOING FORWARD: Reflections on 2016 and Hopes for 2017

Jeff Trainor, The Chicago Inclusion Project program coordinator, offers his favorite moments in theater this past year and his wishes for the next... In No Particular Order: 1) 100 Hauntings / Free Street Theater An incredible play about Ghosts, Mental illness, Chicago's City Structure, and the effect we have on each other. 2) Octagon / Jackalope Theater Company Damn, this show was incredible. The rhythm and intensity alone was enough to draw an audience member but then the performances, writing, and direction were so strong, you couldn't help leaving the theater feeling charged. 3) You On The Moors Now / The Hypocrites The Hypocrites brought together an incredible group of actor's and desi

LOOKING BACK, GOING FORWARD: Reflections on 2016 and Hopes for 2017

Business manager of The Chicago Inclusion Project, Elana Elyce offers her favorite things that happened in Chicago theater this year as well as her wishes for next year... So long 2016! Many people are so pissed at you!! You weren’t all bad. You showed promising signs of growing in Inclusion in the Arts. Here are some of my fondest reflections: 1. United Flight 232 directed by Vanessa Stalling with The House Theatre of Chicago- I lived and breathed this project for several months. I still live the experience every day. ​2. How We Got On directed by Jess McLeod with Haven Theatre Company- this small cast of four toes the line a bit regarding Inclusion, but showcasing three young people who

Administrator Life

If you’ve seen any of The Avenger movies that have come out in the last couple of years you’re familiar with the character of Hawkeye. If not, then let me paint you a picture. In a crime fighting team involving a literal super soldier, a Norse God, an ex assassin who was trained by the KGB, Robert Downey Jr, and The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye has a bow and arrow. He has no real super powers and we rarely see him in hand-to-hand combat. Hawkeye isn’t exactly the most memorable person on the team. Sure, he’s really good at what he does, but doesn’t Thor make him a little superfluous? Do The Avengers really need him? When people ask me what I do in theatre I tell them, “I’m a young casting profes

LOOKING FORWARD: Shows We're Excited To See

Continuing our support of productions that embrace inclusion for artists and audiences, below are shows that you can buy tickets to this week that we feel are moving our community in the right direction. Let your wallet do the talking. Buy tickets to shows that celebrate inclusion.​ Then write to producers and tell them you want to see more of it. Decision makers are led by numbers and this is one way we can all make a difference. A Red Orchid Theatre presents The Haven Place Written by Levi Holloway Directed by Steven Wilson Seven kids must travel across a country unmade by the Elder Gods in a 1988 Winnebago SuperChief Motorhome to find what may be the last safe pocket of Humanity: a small

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