logo The League of Chicago Theatres announces plans for Chicago’s celebration of World Theatre Day, featuring a panel about international work being done in Chicago and at the storefront level.  This year’s event, Storefront and Center, will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Owen Theatre at The Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn Street in Chicago.

In honor of World Theatre Day, the League will explore the importance of global dialogues and building and maintaining connections abroad by focusing on international work—specifically from European countries—being done in Chicago at the storefront level. Patrizia Lombardi Acerra, Artistic Director of Premiere Theatre and Performance and the International Voices Project; Bergen Anderson, Managing Artistic Director of Akvavit Theatre; Beata Pilch, Artistic Director of Trap Door; and Jacqueline Stone, Artistic Director of TUTA will discuss the unique opportunities and challenges faced in sourcing, producing and performing international work. From building relationships with artists, to translating new work, to planning an international tour, they will speak as to why exploring these works, cultures, and traditions are important to them and the greater Chicago community. This event will be moderated by Kris Vire, Theater Editor ofTime Out Chicago.

In 2009, Chicago was the first city in the United States to plan a World Theatre Day celebration, leading the way for US engagement in this international event.  Now an annual tradition, World Theatre Day is an opportunity for Chicago theatre artists—and the city that loves them—to examine what it means to be art-makers and thought-leaders in a city ever-evolving as a global citizen.

Chicago’s World Theatre Day event will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in the Owen Theatre at The Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn Street.  This event is free and open to the public.  For additional information visit or RSVP

About the Panelists

Patrizia Lombardi Acerra is a Chicago-based stage director, devisor, and producer. She is the founding Artistic Director of Premiere Theatre & Performance, and creator of the International Voices Project. From 2000-2002, she resided in Rome, Italy, working with The English Theatre of Rome. Locally, she has directed for and collaborated with Silk Road Theatre Project, Clock Productions, Moving Dock Theatre Company, Rasaka Theatre and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Bergen Anderson was raised in Iowa, lived in Sweden, was schooled in Minnesota, and now calls Chicago home. She is the Managing Artistic Director of Akvavit Theatre. As an actor she has worked with a number of theatres in Chicago including: Steep Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Stage Left, Raven, and Steppenwolf

Beata Pilch founded Chicago’s Trap Door Theatre in 1990 and still presides as Artistic Director. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting from the United States International University and a Master’s Degree in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts. Beata was most recently granted an artist residency from Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, where she spent three months networking with artists, directors, and playwrights for future collaborations at Trap Door.

Jacqueline Stone is a co-founder and the current Artistic Director of TUTA. As an actress, she has appeared in numerous TUTA productions. Stone is a faculty member at The Second City, TUTA, Columbia College, and serves as the Education Director for Emerald City Theatre Company. This spring, Stone will direct the US premiere of The Silent Language by Serbian playwright Miodrag Stanisavljevic at TUTA.

About Chicago theatre

Chicago theatre is the leader in the U.S. with more than 250 theatres throughout Chicagoland, comprising a rich and varied community ranging from storefront, non-union theaters to the most renowned resident theatres in the country, including 5 that have been honored with Regional Tony Awards, and the largest touring Broadway organization in the nation. Chicago’s theatres serve 5 million audience members annually and have a combined budget of more than $250 million. Chicago produces and/or presents more world premieres annually than any other city in the nation. In 2009-10 alone, Chicago theatre companies produced more than 130 world premiere productions and adaptations. Each year, Chicago theatres send new work to resident theatres across the country, to Broadway, and around the world.

About the League of Chicago Theatres

The League of Chicago Theatres is an alliance of theatres which leverages its collective strength to promote, support, and advocate for Chicago’s theatre industry locally, nationally, and internationally. The League of Chicago Theatres Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the art of theatre in the Chicago area through audience development and support services for theatres and theatre professionals.

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