Season 14

Work with us

We’re always looking to work with new talented actors, stage managers, and designers. If you’d like to work with us, you’re welcome to send a resume (and, in the case of actors, a headshot) to artistic@prometheantheatre.org to be considered for Season 14 productions and potential new play development readings/workshops. Please title all submissions with your first and last name.

In the community

In 2019 our audiences helped us “share the love” with three great organizations. When you’re looking around for charitable giving opportunities, we hope you’ll consider donating to them again. We strongly encourage you to support any worthy cause that helps make the world a better place!

  • Women & Children First Bookstore’s Women’s Voices Fund | This organization ensures that events featuring women writers, fostering discussion of feminist issues and culture, and nurturing children’s delight in books will continue to play a vital role in Chicago’s intellectual, literary, and political life. (We supported this organization with post-show collections during our production of Blue Stockings 9/13/19 through 10/13/19.)
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention | AFSP is the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope by raising awareness, funding scientific research and providing resources and aid to those affected by suicide. (We supported this organization with post-show collections during our production of Mad Beat Hip & Gone 4/27/19 through 6/1/19.)
  • Howard Brown Health | Since 1974, Howard Brown Health has been doing amazing and important work, offering health and social services to the LGBTQ community here in Chicago. From pediatrics to geriatrics, they deliver expert care to the LGBTQ community and its allies – regardless of ability to pay. (We supported this organization with post-show collections during our production of Gross Indecency 2/15/19 through 3/23/19.)

Education

Interested in hosting a workshop?

Promethean had the opportunity to partner with the Chicago Public Library’s Teen Volume Reader’s Theatre Troupe. Through monthly rehearsals and performances, ensemble members served as mentors to the teens, helping them explore and better understand the world of theatre. We worked with library staff to plan rehearsal agendas, direct scenes excerpted from teen literature, and lead exercises aimed at improving theatrical skills.

From that experience we were able to build a portfolio of workshops for kids and adults, which give the students a chance to shake off their inhibitions and be themselves on stage.

Reader's Theatre Residencies and Workshops
  • Appropriate for grades: 4-12
  • Residency would run for 5-8 weeks
  • Number of students: 10-30
  • Activities involved: Warm-ups, diction and voice training, script reading, character selection and interpretation, movement workshop, posture and physicality training.
  • Scripts can be chosen by teacher to align with curriculum
  • Outcomes: Students become familiar with the process of preparation and rehearsing, and develop skills in speaking, reading fluency, taking direction, story making, scripting, gesture, and emotional learning in a safe, supportive environment
  • Culminating performance for parents/peers
Shakespeare Workshops
  • Appropriate for grades: K-8
  • Number of students: 10-30
  • Activities involved: Developing choral readings of sonnets or monologues, brief staging of large scenes with many characters, short reenactments of entire plays
  • Outcomes: Students become familiar with Shakespeare and language-focused scripts.  Speaking skills, reading fluency, story making, improvisation, and emotional learning are all addressed and strengthened
Reader's Theatre Teacher Training (Professional Development)
  • Group size: up to 12 teachers, ideally suited for entire-department training
  • For teachers interested in developing Reader’s Theatre skills
  • Activities involved: 3 sessions covering script selection, movement and gesture, projection, warm-ups, posture, diction, and character creation
  • Outcomes: Teachers become well-versed in Reader’s Theatre and its applications in the classroom. Empowers teachers to start and maintain a Reader’s Theatre program

Events

Thanks to everyone who joined Promethean Theatre Ensemble for a staged reading of An Uncertain Hour by Nicholas Patricca. Directed by Cecilie Keenan.

When confronted with extinction by the terrible killing machine of Nazi Auschwitz, when Primo Levi very much wanted to give up and die, his identity as a Jew and the immortal words of Dante came to his rescue, calling him to the life of a poet −− a maker of words necessary for life.

Presented by agreement with the Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, Il, London, England, Melbourne, Australia

Sunday, July 21, 2019 – 6:00pm
The Lincoln Loft | 3036 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60657

Thanks to everyone who joined Promethean Theatre Ensemble for a staged reading of An Uncertain Hour by Nicholas Patricca. Directed by Cecilie Keenan.

When confronted with extinction by the terrible killing machine of Nazi Auschwitz, when Primo Levi very much wanted to give up and die, his identity as a Jew and the immortal words of Dante came to his rescue, calling him to the life of a poet −− a maker of words necessary for life.

Presented by agreement with the Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, Il, London, England, Melbourne, Australia

Sunday, July 21, 2019 – 6:00pm
The Lincoln Loft | 3036 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60657

Thanks for coming to Promethean Theatre Ensemble’s 14th season kickoff event! It was a fundraiser. It was a party. It was a blast. Please plan to come next year. Special thanks to our generous donors who made the evening possible.

Sunday, August 11, 2019 – 7:00pm
The Den Theatre | 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Thanks for coming to Promethean Theatre Ensemble’s 14th season kickoff event! It was a fundraiser. It was a party. It was a blast. Please plan to come next year. Special thanks to our generous donors who made the evening possible.

Sunday, August 11, 2019 – 7:00pm
The Den Theatre | 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60622