Carolina Migli on Nymph of the River

In Italy, there are male and female rivers.  The River Trebbia is female.  Carolina Migli wants you to know. This week Migli, an international theatre practitioner presents Nymph of the River, a piece about her beloved river which runs near the small town where she grew up in Northern Italy.  It is presented as a…

Episode 21: Transgender Actor Panel

The burgeoning discussion about transgender inclusion in Chicago Theatre is encouraging.  It’s great to see large institutions like Steppenwolf and The Goodman Theatre beginning to have important conversations about trans representation on their stages.  But for the people living this struggle, those conversations can a little, well … basic.   In this episode, Avi Roque…

Feminist Theatre Watch 2017-18

It’s season announcement season!  Chicago Theatres are rolling out their plans for 2017-18.  But how to find shows that might have a chance at passing the Bechdel Test?  Don’t just give up and re-watch Gilmore Girls (again).  Here’s a list of work by and about women and genderqueer folks that we think you’ll love! Catch…

Race and Representation Among Decision-Makers in Chicago Theatre (or How Guerrilla Research is Like Performance Art)

Diversity on Chicago’s stages has been the hot button issue in 2016.  But, as director Lavina Jadhwani observes, “Casting is the symptom, not the root problem. I wish we could focus the conversation more on decision makers (including directors and writers — but also producers, artistic directors, etc).”  The lack of diversity she saw in…

Spiel Chicago Episode 10 – Iris Sowlat

The only question for which Iris Sowlat didn’t have a detailed answer was, “what do you do in your free time?”  Iris is the definition of hustle and in the short time she’s been in Chicago, she worked or interned with Steppenwolf Theatre, American Theatre Company, Stage Left Theatre, Pride Films and Plays and About…

Spiel Chicago Episode 7: The Jades

This week Smyra talks with the Liz Seidt, Caitlin Aase and Teagan Walsh-Davis, the three founding members of The Jades.  The new storefront theatre company is dedicated to “lifting diverse, underrepresented voices and providing a platform for female-identified artists to thrive.”  We discuss the company’s commitment to diverse casting, their personal struggles with internalized sexism…