DirectorsLabChicago, in partnership with Haven and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, are the recipients of a $5,000 grant from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) to support a series directing master classes to be presented free of charge in different Chicago neighborhoods throughout the 2019-20 season. The grant is one of 17 projects receiving a total of $320,000 in sector-building funds from DCASE as part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre initiative.
Comments Haven Associate Artistic Director Josh Sobel, “Haven constantly looks for ways to invest in the development of next generation artists. This past fall, we added another layer to our pursuit of this goal when we welcomed master director Howard Shalwitz to lead a thought-provoking and insightful masterclass for our community's early-career directors. With this generous grant Haven looks forward to building upon that foundation to provide a season's-worth of directing masterclasses, to be held for free across Chicago's many neighborhoods over the course of our 2019-20 season. These classes will be led by a wide variety of this city's and industry's most innovative, imaginative and passionate artists – including long-time Sarah Ruhl collaborator Jessica Thebus – and will explore the immediate and evolving styles, trends and techniques of directing live performance. We are grateful for this opportunity to expand our haven for the growth and development of our next creative leaders.”
This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, with Year of Chicago Theatre funding from BMO Harris Bank and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
2019 Year of Chicago Theatre:
The 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre is presented by the City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. Home to a community of creators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s always a seat waiting for you at one of our 200+ theatres. Book your next show today at ChicagoPlays.com.
DirectorsLabChicago offers environments in which emerging and established stage directors from Chicago and around the world are able to consider, challenge, and engage in both the traditional and contemporary aspects of their craft while creating opportunities for educating the public in the art of stage direction. Now entering its 15th year, DirectorsLabChicago has launched a new series of collaborations in addition to our week-long summer Lab. Our goal is to provide additional resources for local directors, spark fresh conversation, and begin to bridge the gap between theatre companies and freelance directors, designers, and playwrights.
NEXT GENERATION. NEW CANON. SOCIAL PROFIT.
We exist to be a Haven for The Future. We achieve this through championing the next generation of playwrights, directors and actors by producing and promoting plays and performances that are staking their claim as the immediate future of this art form, and by investing in those at the very beginning of their professional journeys. Through this inspiration, we seek to ignite in each audience member a hope for the Future - the Future of theatre and performance, the Future of each other, the Future of our community.
About the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society:
SDC is the theatrical union that unites, empowers, and protects professional Stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the United States. Our mission is to foster a national community of professional stage Directors and Choreographers by protecting the rights, health and livelihoods of all our Members; to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities, while educating the current and future generations about the role of Directors and Choreographers; and to provide effective administrative, negotiating and contractual support.
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