DirectorsLabChicago welcomes new Managing Director

DirectorsLabChicago is pleased to announce the newest addition to our steering committee, Anna Trachtman. Anna is a freelance director, producer, and arts advocate, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Nonprofit Management at DePaul. She joins DLC as Managing Director effective immediately, and is already hard at work in the planning of our 2017 Lab, Director–Audience: Engaging and Challenging a Distracted World.

DirectorsLabChicago announces new Artistic Director

DirectorsLabChicago is both saddened and excited today as we announce a change in leadership and a move into our next chapter. Our Artistic Director and co-founder, Elizabeth Margolius, has announced her decision to no longer lead the Chicago-based artist service organization she founded twelve years ago. She and the board have chosen DLC staffer and long-time local theater director Wm. Bullion as her replacement.

Day 26: Who owns the words?

The debate over playwright’s rights and intents versus director’s artistic vision and license is not going to be settled anytime soon. If ever.

Like so many things, it’s an incredibly nuanced conversation with excellent arguments to be made in favor of several different approaches. We could probably start this 30-day countdown over and spend the entire month sharing on this topic alone, and still not cover all the angles.

Day 22: Adventure Stage Chicago on conscious engagement with a bilingual audience

Adventure Stage Chicago, resident in and extension of the Northwestern Settlement on Chicago’s west side, serves a population for which English is predominantly not the first language. Over the past several years, they’ve developed and refined a way to actively engage this audience with their heroic stories about young people: they supertitle them all in Spanish.

Day 21: On learning new languages in a civically engaged theatre-making process

As a theatre maker, I’ve always sought out unconventional opportunities. Whether that’s staging a giant spectacle with 30 young people wearing rabbit masks on the rooftop of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (happened) or re-imagining a Japanese folktale in someone’s living room in an unfamiliar part of the city (also happened), I enjoy the challenge and the satisfaction that comes from doing something that requires a kind of translation.