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A new executive director for Raven Theatre

Raven Theatre has a new executive director. Brian Pastor, who’s served as managing director at City Lit Theatre the past nine years, will take over the job at Raven beginning July 1.

'Melancholy Play': An unfashionable emotion takes center stage

If, like me, you frequently find yourself afflicted by melancholy — which we'll define here as a mild but persistent form of sadness of vague or indeterminate cause — then I think you will very much like the current show at the Piven Theatre in Evanston, Sarah Ruhl and Todd Almond's "Melancholy...

Martha Plimpton’s A is For Rocks ‘Broadway Acts for Women’ at 54 Below

Broadway luminaries Patti LuPone, Lena Hall, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson added their voices to the growing chorus of people advocating for women’s reproductive rights on May 3 at 54 Below. Hosted by Martha Plimpton and her advocacy nonprofit...Show More Summary

Erin Myers, a warm-hearted Chicago actress, dies at 41

When Sean Graney staged his 12-hour epic "All Our Tragic" for the company known as The Hypocrites last fall, he knew that the audience would need a few warm and funny guides through the darkness of Greek tragedy. So he settled on a chorus of three women and he cast the actress Erin Myers in the...

Introducing Backstage University’s Unlimited 30-Day Class Pass!

Backstage University is proud to introduce a new way to save on casting workshops, agent seminars, webinars, networking events, and more! Buy a Backstage University Unlimited Class Pass, and sign up for unlimited classes and workshops...Show More Summary

L.A. Now Casting ‘One Day of Freedom’ and Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for the film “One Day of Freedom.” “One Day of Freedom” is casting 11 roles, and this gig is paid! Submissions are being sought from the Los Angeles area, and production will begin July 25. For more details, check out the casting notice for “One Day of Freedom” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Los Angeles audition listings!

Texas Now Casting ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ and Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for the TV series “From Dusk Till Dawn.” “From Dusk Till Dawn” is based on the hit action-horror franchise of the same name. The series will explore and expand on the characters and story from the original...Show More Summary

Review: New Works (Joffrey Ballet of Chicago)

Due to the NFL draft, Joffrey was moved to the Cadillac Palace rather than the Auditorium. However, the Joffrey Ballet would be compelling in a church basement. Whatever the venue, their performances are not to be missed, and New Works is no exception. The quartet of ballets are positively majestic in both style and execution. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

'Rituals' takes over the Storefront Theater

Restless minds produce a restless work in "Rituals of Abundance for Lean Times #14: Curious Reinventions," as Margi Cole and the Dance COLEctive join the Peter Carpenter Performance Project in Carpenter's 14th dance-theater investigation of politics, society and psychology.

'A Streetcar Named Desire' is ballet that tells a story

"Why the hell is this not yet a ballet?" choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa asked herself the first time she read Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire."

7 Chances to Get Cast

Look into these seven opportunities to audition so you can book a job and have a reason to drink celebratory margaritas on Cinco de Mayo! But let’s be real… it’s not like you NEED a reason to drink margaritas. But having one would be nice. “THE LONG NIGHT”Producers are casting male and female stand-ins out of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La. Show More Summary

Spend Your NYC Summer Nights with Rooftop Film Club

Rooftop Film Club, the UK’s leading outdoor cinema experience, will bring its screening series to New York City this summer. From June 3 to September 30, movie lovers can enjoy state-of-the-art screenings of “The Goonies,” “Ghostbusters,”...Show More Summary

'Side Man': Memories of a jazzman father — and the price paid

At one crucial moment in playwright Warren Leight's "Side Man," a deeply affectionate tribute to the journeyman jazzman and the price he pays for his passion, we see a musician watching Elvis Presley on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and having an unpleasant premonition. "That kid," he says, "will do to...

#PackThePalace at the 2015 Urban Arts Festival

Urban Arts Partnership (UAP), New York City’s biggest and fastest-growing arts education organization, will presents its annual Urban Arts Festival on Wednesday, May 13. Celebrating the creativity of students, teachers, and parents who...Show More Summary

Now Casting ‘A Haunting’ and Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for the TV series “A Haunting.” “A Haunting” is an anthology series previewing stories told by the victims. This paid gig is seeking actors to shoot in Virginia, but submissions are being sought worldwide. For more details, check out the casting notice for “A Haunting” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!

HBO Picks Up 'Brothers in Atlanta'

HBO has greenlit the comedy pilot “Brothers in Atlanta,” about two best friends, Langston (Diallo Riddle) and Moose (Bashir Salahuddin), who try to navigate—but usually stumble—their way through the entertainment scene in Atlanta. The pilot will film in Atlanta this spring and the cast will include Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith. Show More Summary

When father's not coming home: Absent parents in 'Mad Men' and on stage

As AMC's "Mad Men" approaches its final three episodes, it's already clear that the series auteur Matthew Weiner is honing in on the anguish of, and the anguish caused by, absent parents.

One injured in fire at Writers Theatre in Glencoe

One person was injured and the construction site of the new Writers Theatre in Glencoe was damaged during a fire Thursday afternoon, officials said.

New musical stays true to Jane Austen's 'Sense'

On the faces of it, Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" is a story of sisterly bonding and the difficulty for any smart young woman to find a suitable man whose reality bears at least some passing similarity to his florid verbiage...

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