Season 14

In the community

When you’re looking around for charitable giving opportunities, we hope you’ll consider donating to these worthwhile organizations. We’re aware that they represent only a small fraction of the good work that’s happening all around us, every day. We strongly encourage you to support any worthy cause that helps make the world a better place!

Promethean Theatre Ensemble is honored to draw your attention to:

  • Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation | CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. CAASE’s work  includes prevention education, policy reform, community engagement, and offering free legal services to survivors of sexual harm. (We supported this organization with post-show collections during our production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession 2/28/20 through the show’s unanticipated early closing on 3/13/20. We regret that the COVID-19 crisis prevented us from continuing to draw live audience members’ attention to the efforts of CAASE.)

In 2019 our audiences helped us “share the love” with these three great non-profits:

  • 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

Free Tickets for Chicago Public School Students

Discounts to Promethean shows are always available for students, seniors and active military. And if you’re a Chicago Public School teacher, please email our box office at boxoffice@prometheantheatre.org for information about our FREE ticket offer for CPS students. We want to see your students – and you – at the theatre!

Events

UPCOMING EVENT (Postponed)

The “Martinis That Matter” event hosted by the good folks at Marty’s Martini Bar at 1511 W. Balmoral in Chicago, originally scheduled for April 5th, is postponed until further notice. We look forward to hanging out with you all soon, to enjoy an adult beverage or two and laugh about that crazy time COVID-19 threw all our plans into a blender. Special thanks to Marty’s for their commitment to hosting some of our coolest fundraising events to benefit the artists who create our work, subsidize discounted tickets for students and seniors, as well as help sponsor free Promethean theatre admissions for Chicago Public School students. We’ll be looking for you when this is all over!

UPCOMING EVENT (postponed)

The “Martinis That Matter” event hosted by the good folks at Marty’s Martini Bar at 1511 W. Balmoral in Chicago, originally scheduled for April 5th, is postponed until further notice. We look forward to hanging out with you all soon, to enjoy an adult beverage or two and laugh about that crazy time COVID-19 threw all our plans into a blender. Special thanks to Marty’s for their commitment to hosting some of our coolest fundraising events to benefit the artists who create our work, subsidize discounted tickets for students and seniors, as well as help sponsor free Promethean theatre admissions for Chicago Public School students. We’ll be looking for you when this is all over!

PAST EVENT

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.

PAST EVENT

Thanks to everyone who joined Promethean Theatre Ensemble for a staged reading of An Uncertain Hour by Nicholas Patricca. Directed by Cecilie Keenan. Sunday, July 21, 2019 – 6:00pm | The Lincoln Loft | 3036 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60657

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.