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Alumni awaken audiences with immersive theatre productions

Alumni awaken audiences with immersive theatre productions

September 20, 2019

Met with karaoke sign-up sheets, Hawaiian snacks, live ukulele music, a stage tour and characters smoking real joints on-set, audiences quickly realize “Pakalolo Sweet” is not going to be like other plays. In immersive theatre performances—such as "Southe...

Columbia theatre community honored in 25th annual Black Theatre Alliance Awards

Columbia theatre community honored in 25th annual Black Theatre Alliance Awards

September 20, 2019

Editor's Note: In addition to her nomination for the show "Caroline, or Change," Breanne Jacobs works as a media sales rep for the Chronicle. AnJi White was not aware of the Black Theatre Alliance A...

New department chairs bring  fresh energy to programs

New department chairs bring fresh energy to programs

September 15, 2019

English and Creative Writing, Design and Theatre students should expect to see new faces running their departments this year, as the college begins to fill its empty chair positions. One new face on the Cha...

Columbia professor celebrates Aguijón Theater’s 30th anniversary with illustrated historical book

Columbia professor celebrates Aguijón Theater’s 30th anniversary with illustrated historical book

September 6, 2019

When the Aguijón Theater opened in 1989, it was going against the grain by showing a culture that many people did not know about. “Anything Latino was strange, people didn't know what cilantro ...

Columbia student falls ‘Head Over Heels’ with Go-Go’s musical comedy

Columbia student falls ‘Head Over Heels’ with Go-Go’s musical comedy

July 20, 2019

Caitlin Dobbins, a senior musical theatre major, is no stranger to live performance. Dobbins will take on the understudy role of Pamela—otherwise known as the most beautiful woman in all the land—in the j...

New theatre chair sets the stage for social change

New theatre chair sets the stage for social change

July 1, 2019

When Carin Silkaitis was in high school, her English instructor gave the class a choice for their final exam—they could write an essay, or perform a section of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Adorn...

Chicago to take center stage in 2019

Chicago to take center stage in 2019

By Alexandra Yetter

October 1, 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a year-long focus on local theater, which will include $200,000 in financial grants, promotions and special showcases from the smallest shows to the biggest extravaganzas in the ci...

‘Tootsie’ musical to debut in Chicago

‘Tootsie’ musical to debut in Chicago

August 28, 2018

“Tootsie,” a new comedy musical based on the 1982 film of the same name, premieres in Chicago Sept. 11 and plays for five weeks at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.“Tootsie” tells the story of Mic...

Children can visit ‘Market Street’ for life lessons

Children can visit ‘Market Street’ for life lessons

April 14, 2018

In a single bus ride, children can learn both the importance of appreciating elders and never judging a book by its cover. The hip-hop musical “The Last Stop on Market Street” will be performed at the...

No Crying In the House: How Abuse Falls Through The Cracks and the Masons Who Want to Fix It

No Crying In the House: How Abuse Falls Through The Cracks and the Masons Who Want to Fix It

April 9, 2018

Hollywood is on its heels. With movements such as Me Too and Time’s Up on screens, at award shows and in newspapers, the industry has reached a turning point in its commitment to erase harassment and s...

‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ ready for Broadway

‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ ready for Broadway

March 20, 2018

Trade the glass slipper for a thigh high black leather boot and a pumpkin carriage for a sleek black limo and you have the “Cinderella” of Hollywood Boulevard. Based on the 1990 film of the same name...

Meme-themed feminist’s dream screams into Chicago theater scene

Meme-themed feminist’s dream screams into Chicago theater scene

March 12, 2018

Audiences, prepare to be challenged with the Chicago premiere of “Women Laughing Alone with Salad,” a feminist deconstruction of a popular internet meme put to stage. The play began previews March 9 wit...

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