Joel Ewing (40) has admitted to sexually assaulting a student, now 21, beginning when she was 15 years old and lasting several months. The former student of Senn High School in Edgewater was abused by her theater teacher after receiving several texts of a "romantic nature."
After last year's incredible response, we are so thrilled to bring the Chicago Theatre Awards back for 2018! The CTAs were created to give YOU, the Chicago theatre audience, an opportunity to celebrate the artists working across our great city. Nomination ballots were open to all and accepted from July 6-16, 2018.
Voting concludes at 11:59pm on Friday, August 17. You do not need to submit responses to every category. Only one ballot per email address will be counted.
As with any award, the Chicago Theatre Awards are subjective. They were created to uplift and celebrate the diverse artists working in Chicago. All votes are counted and verified by computer.
After last year's incredible response, we are so thrilled to bring the Chicago Theatre Awards back for a second year! The CTAs were created to give YOU, the Chicago theatre audience, an opportunity to recommend and vote for the artists of your choosing for the past season of theatre in our great city.
Productions that opened between June 1st, 2017, and May 31st, 2018, are eligible. The first round of voting is submission-based and will close on Monday, July 16th. The nominations will be revealed the following week with voting concluding on Tuesday, July 31st. Winners will be announced August 3rd.
You do not need to submit responses to every category. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. As with any award, the Chicago Theatre Awards are subjective. They were created to uplift and celebrate the diverse artists working in Chicago. All votes are counted and verified by computer.
Click here to cast your votes!
In a shocking turn of events, the Chicago Sun-Times has announced that Hedy Weiss' position has been eliminated. Chris Fusco, editor-in-chief of the paper stated Friday: "She’s had a remarkable 33-year career covering the theater and arts scene in Chicago, and we wish her well. The Sun-Times is excited about Chicago’s burgeoning arts community, and we look forward to rolling out new coverage plans in the future.”
Performers and ticket buyers of the inaugural Chicago Ex-Fest found out shortly before showtime on Friday that the entire festival, which was launched to provide a "safe" home for those no longer interested in working with alleged assaulter Brian Posen at Stage 773, had been canceled. EX Fest organizer Matthew Payne made the announcement in a Facebook post:
Hawk writer Ryan Moore celebrates another year with his favorite five productions from 2017. You can also check out Jason Berger's list and Emily Schmidt's list here.
The Hawk Chicago had its biggest year ever in 2017 - we were thrilled to review 75 productions across the city! Here's my list of favorites for the year.
by Jason Berger
2017 was an insane year for everyone, and the Chicago theatre community responded in varying ways. From a surprise horror hit to a gut-wrenching revival, here are my five favorite productions from one of my least favorite years.
Check out the list below for suggestions on the best theatre in Chicago for this weekend! Click the show title for the full review.
This weekend, we recommend productions from TimeLine, Court Theatre, WildClaw and more!
Click the show title for the full review.
our most recent top picks
Blue Man Group ★★★