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Riad Ismat, prolific writer and scholar with 'invaluable' knowledge

Riad Ismat, prolific writer and scholar with ‘invaluable’ knowledge

May 27, 2020

For Sami Hussain Ismat, his father will be remembered as determined and honest, with a love for humor, weekend morning sports games and being among others. Writer, theatre scholar and former adju...

Chicago theatre community journeys ‘over the rainbow’ to connect with audience

May 20, 2020

When Ed Rutherford read a New York Times article about how rich people were preparing for the coronavirus pandemic, he was inspired to produce a show based on this idea. Unable to put on the show in-person...

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Second City students keep laughter alive during pandemic

May 20, 2020

After cracking a joke, junior comedy and performance major Case Lowe waited for laughter and sounds of amusement, but instead received a grid of thumbs-up and clapping emojis from classmates on Zoom. ...

Chicago's first female mayor, Jane Byrne, played by Christine Mary Dunford, is immortalized on the stage in

Chicago’s infamous publicity stunt makes theatrical debut nearly 40 years later

March 14, 2020

Editor's Note: Lookingglass Theatre Company has canceled all remaining performances of "Her Honor Jane Byrne" due to the coronavirus national emergency.    A man selling Chick-O-Sticks and books out of a shopping cart, broken ...

The musical adaptation of the classic holiday film of the same name, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” is returning to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., from Dec. 10 to 15.

Dreaming of a ‘White Christmas’ at the Cadillac Palace

December 11, 2019

The Cadillac Palace Theatre is where the treetops glisten and children listen to hear “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” as part of Broadway in Chicago. The musical adaptation of the classic holi...

ASL interpreters take center stage in Chicago productions

ASL interpreters take center stage in Chicago productions

October 2, 2019

Lights dim, the audience silences, a curtain opens and actors take the stage, but they are not the only ones. American Sign Language interpreters also take their position on theatre stages as the show is abo...

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...

AnJi White (pictured) was nominated for The Ethel Waters Award for Best Actress in an Ensemble for her role in

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...

Elio Leturia, associate professor in the Communication Department, wrote the 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...

Carin Silkaitis—a former associate professor and head of acting in the Theatre Department at North Central College in Naperville—will take on the role of chair in Columbia’s Theatre Department Aug. 16.

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...

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