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Diversity and Variety Propel Chicago’s Goodman Theatre

By Amy Ross Many know it for its annual production of A Christmas Carol, but it is through diversity and variety of that the Goodman Theatre truly propels itself forward after almost 90 years of serving the Chicago theater scene. The largest and oldest non-for-profit theatre in the city, the Goodman combines a largely new

Chicago Theatre Week Returns Bigger and Better

By Amy Ross The third edition of the Chicago Theatre Week will take the city’s art scene by storm next week in its biggest celebration of the local theatre scene yet. With over 100 participating shows, the event begins on Feb. 12 and continues for 10 days, almost doubling the duration of previous years and

Trey McIntyre Project co-founder says patronage is all about ‘that human touch’

By Kathryn Lawson John Michael Schert, dancer, producer, and co-founder of the Trey McIntyre Project, and current Visting Artist and Social Entrepreneur at the University of Chicago Booth School, recently visited our Finance in the Creative Industries course taught by SoC alum Cory Sandrock. He stayed after class last week for a special session with

Chicago Filmmaking Continues Steady Uptick

By Amy Ross Although 2014 was a smaller year for Chicago as a destination for filming Hollywood features, local productions and television series helped maintain the city’s steady uptick of filmmaking. Richard Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office since 1996, estimates that the revenues and total number of shooting days of 2014 would continue

Chicago Dance Company Reaches Out To ‘Dance Citizens’

By Amy Ross By Amy Ross The future sustainability of dance depends as much on nurturing extraordinary artists as it does on cultivating an audience, true “dance citizens.” This is the philosophy behind DanceWorks Chicago, an organization founded in 2007 to provide a laboratory for early career performers while reaching out to the community. On

Chicago Director Uses His Bold Style to Stand Out in the Film Industry

By Amy Ross Chicago film director Jason Knade sees his name as a brand. And as with any brand, success is all about standing out: having a clear identity, consistency and boldness. “As for building brand awareness, my manager and I put a lot of time into my social media presence, and I’m always reaching

Fifth Eyeworks Festival Celebrates the Creativity of Experimental Animators

By Amy Ross Far from the confines of Pixar and DreamWorks, unusual looking characters and unconventional stories will come to life this week at the annual Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. Surreal narratives and abstract animation don’t have it easy in the competitive markets of major studios. However, independent showcases like Eyeworks allow artists to

Northwestern’s Block Museum To Unveil New Exhibit

This is the first in a series of posts about opportunities for Leadership for Creative Enterprises students to learn about Evanston’s arts scene. By Jacob Nelson The start of a new school year means the debut of a new exhibit at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art. This year, Block Museum celebrates Kenyan born artist Wangechi Mutu with a

Northwestern Faculty to Participate in Chicago Humanities Festival

This is the first in a series of posts about opportunities for Leadership for Creative Enterprises students to learn about Chicago’s arts scene. By Jacob Nelson What do Patti Smith, Lena Dunham, Martin Amis and Wallace Shawn have in common? They will all be participating in this fall’s Chicago Humanities Festival, a program that fills the end