Episode 25 – DIY Theatre

Artist as Producer: This week on Spiel Chicago, we discuss DIY Theatre!  This is a special panel episode, with guests Savannah Reich, Denise Serna, Olivia Lilley and Katherine Lamb, each bringing a unique perspective on DIY theatre, theatre institutions, sustainability and how to get started putting your own work into the world.



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Here’s what our guests are up to now and where you can catch their work:

Olivia Lilley’s devised theatre dance piece with choreographer Kelly Anderson, IN SARAH’S SHADOW: THE ELEONORE DUSE STORY runs from now through to December 30th at The Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston in Chicago. Shows are at 8pm on December 15th, 16th, 29th, and 30th.  For tickets, visit Pop Magic Productions on Facebook.

Savannah is now living in Philadelphia and teaching playwriting to kids with Philly Young Playwrights. Her show HATCHET LADY, which Olivia directed in the first production, is now playing to sold out houses at Walking Shadow Theater Company in Minneapolis.

Denise Serna is directing SPARK with 20% Theatre Company, opening January 22nd, 2018.  She is also producing a Salon Series with Olivia called HOME SET.  Each HOME SET will give 3 artists space to showcase their works-in-progress, lesser practiced skills, and interests in a casual atmosphere.  Follow Pop Magic Productions for more info.

Katherine Lamb would like you to join Dandelion Theatre on Tuesday, December 12, for The Make Ready, their on-going reading series for playwrights seeking actors and audiences. It’s a night of brand-new, short work from Chicago playwrights, brought to life through cold readings. Sign up to be a reader starts at 6:30pm. Readings start at 7pm.  Hosted at The Galway Arms in Lincoln Park.

If you have any questions, comments or rants about DIY theatre, we would love to hear from you.  Hit us up at @SpielChicago on Twitter, Spiel_Chicago on Instagram or find us on Facebook.  Have a beautiful new year, and we’ll see you at the theatre!

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