Who is The Hawk Chicago?
Emily Schmidt - Founder/Head Editor
Emily Schmidt is a playwright and freelance grant writer based in Chicago. She earned her Masters in English from Loyola University and recently completed Goodman Theater's Criticism in a Changing America. She previously served as the head writer for Acid Reflux Comedy from 2010-2013.
Additional Writers (an incomplete list)
The Hawk Chicago is not affiliated with any producing organization. The freelance artists who write for our site are free to create with any organization of their choice. The Hawk Chicago works adamantly to avoid critical bias, and no artist with connections to a company has ever reviewed one of their own productions.
What are the Chicago Theatre Awards?
The Chicago Theatre Awards were established in 2017 to encourage our artistic community to nominate and reward each other for an amazing season of productions. This platform allows a wide array of voices within the community to have a say in awarding the individuals and companies they felt shined in the previous season. There is no small committee or pay-to-play organization deciding the quality of our art. The Hawk Chicago has no say in the nominees or winners of any category, though our freelance writers were encouraged to submit individual ballots.
The Hawk Chicago reviews are featured on TheatreinChicago's Review Round-Up and TheStageReview.