Apr
29
6:00 pm18:00

HI typ/O April Public Salon

Photo Credit: Berger Park Cultural Center Facebook page

Photo Credit: Berger Park Cultural Center Facebook page

HI typ/O loves presenting new work in the intimate and friendly settings of artists' homes, but for our April salon, they are going back to their roots (perhaps literally). The origin point of HI typ/O was a walk through the urban and natural spaces of Prague called Tramps of Our Flora, so returning to a public site preserving nature while the weather allows for it seems timely.

This month's salon will take place in collaboration with Nothing Without a Company theatre company at the historic Berger Park mansion and grounds at 6205 N. Sheridan (just east of the Granville red line stop) on Saturday, April 29th, starting at 6:00pm and lasting until 9:00pm. Nothing Without a Company's mission is to "plant theatre in site-specific and reclaimed environments" and to that end, we are excited to present the following artists at their Park District home:

Ross Anderson
Tsehaye Hébert and William Hayashi
A.J. McClenon
Kevin Sparrow
Adam Webster

We'll be starting outside the South Mansion and traveling a bit around the grounds before returning inside for refreshments and continuing the night's presentations. We can't wait to see you there!

This is a PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN event! 

Nothing Without a Company is a 501c3 non-profit theatre company that believes that shows such as these should be accessible to all. Donations are always accepted.

RSVP HERE


Mar
4
8:00 pm20:00

TL;DR proudly presents: @_socialmedia

  • Berger Park Cultural Center

Berger Park Happenings: 

@_socialmedia

a new series of short plays by TL;DR

TL;DR is a collective of out-there theatre animals seeking to challenge and reflect the way the internet has become more and more vital to all us animals. They have put together a series of short plays created by four of their founding members. Their showcase premieres Saturday, March 4th at Berger Park Cultural Center at 8pm. These plays range from strange to familiar and will leave you breathless. This is a one-time-only performance, so don't miss out! 

This is a Pay-What-You-Can show and seating is limited. First come, first serve! TL;DR will also be live streaming their performance on Facebook.

Half of the proceeds will go directly to TL;DR and half will go to Nothing Without a Company's partnership with Berger Park.

Nothing Without a Company is a 501c3 non-profit theatre company that believes that shows such as these should be accessible to all. Donations are always accepted.

Join us
Saturday, March 4th, 8pm
in the North Mansion at Berger Park
(furthest from Granville)

RSVP here

Feb
22
6:30 pm18:30

Panel Discussion: Site-Specific Directing

  • Berger Park Cultural Center

Panel Discussion: 

Site-Specific Directing

Join us for our next LIVE STREAMED panel discussion on Site-Specific Directing. Tune in to our Facebook page ~7:30pm on Wednesday, February 22nd to watch LIVE from Berger Park Cultural Center. Interact and ask questions from the comfort of your own home! 

Led by Anna Rose Ii-Epstein

With panel guests Rose Freeman, Megan Richards and Emma Couling.

Rose Freeman stage directs, produces, and stage manages theatrical performance in multiple performance mediums. Freeman has created national fine art shows for M Gallery of Fine Art, acted as managing producing director for Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, and production managed a national tour for Feld Entertainment's Monster Jam Monster Truck Show. Freeman stage directs found space work, burlesque, and opera.  Previous productions include Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters, Po'Chop's Black As Eye Wanna Be, Hannah Ii Epstein's Punk Punk, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium, Pippi’s Lost Stockings: a Burlesque Satire, Forest Fantasies with Lingerie Lyrique, and Alice by Micheal Wise. Freeman has been honored to assist and collaborate with great artists such as Elizabeth Margolius, Sean Graney, and Joanie Schultz. Favorite burlesque collaborations include Siren Jinx, Po’Chop, and Mia Divine.  Freeman is a company member of Third Eye Theatre Ensemble, an Artistic Associate with Nothing Without a Company, in on the Directors Lab Chicago Steering Committee, has spoken on the emerging artists panel during the 2011 Chicago Theatre Symposium, and participated in the 2012 Chicago Directors Lab. 

Megan Richards studied theater at Ripon College and began her career as a stage manager for various productions throughout the Chicago area. She has directed many short plays for Bring Your Own Theater Production as well as "No Exit" for Truck Truck theater. She is currently the managing director of Bring Your Own Theater and is in pre-production for Cinderfella by Cassandra Bell studios, which she will be directing.

Emma Couling is a Chicago-based director, podcaster and non-profit administrator. As a director her work has been produced at 20% Theater (Little Women), Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago (Pirates of Penzance), Underscore, Idle Muse, 906, and EDGE of Orion.  Her podcasting can be heard on Dark Night Live, and in Spring of 2017 she will launch a new series of radio plays based on novels by women with 20%. She spends her days working as the Development Manager at Victory Gardens Theater, and when she has the chance she travels home to The Beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan–to help curate and cultivate her family’s walking tour business. In her free time, she plays the piano, hosts conversations advocating for feminism and anti-racism, and rides her bike. Ms. Couling is an avid reader of Jane Austen, a passionate Harry Pot-head and a strident feminist.

Watch now:

Feb
11
8:00 pm20:00

John Michael's Dementia Me

  • Berger Park Cultural Center

Berger Park Happenings: 

John Michael's Dementia Me

Nothing Without a Company is proud to present John Michael's DEMENTIA ME for a one-night-only, pay-what-you can performance!

YOU'RE INVITED... to Jean-Luc’s 90th birthday party! Technically, it’s a surprise party — not because he doesn’t know about the party, but because he doesn’t know it’s his birthday. He has dementia and is in an assisted living center. John Michael, activity planner, started planning this party 20 minutes ago and needs your help with the balloons! DEMENTIA ME takes you inside the deflating mind.

Nothing Without a Company is a 501c3 non-profit theatre company that believes that shows such as these should be accessible to all. Donations are always accepted.

Join us
Saturday, February 11th, 8pm
in the South Mansion at Berger Park on the 3rd floor

Photo credit: Paul Clark

For more information on our friend John Michael, visit johnmichaelplays.com

Feb
4
2:00 pm14:00

Nothing Without the Arts: Free Classes

  • Berger Park Cultural Center

Nothing Without the Arts: Free Classes

MEDITATION & IMPROV and MEDITATION & TAI CHI

Meditation & Tai Chi Class at Berger Park Cultural Center on February 4th, 2017

Meditation & Tai Chi Class at Berger Park Cultural Center on February 4th, 2017

MEDITATION & IMPROV
3pm - 4pm
Lead by Wyn Evans
Improvisation can be taught, thought of, and approached in countless ways. But in it's essence, improvisation is an innate facet of our lived experience. Improvisation is not an object of our doing, but more accurately, the space in which all of our doing unfolds and expands. In this class, we will experientially explore, through improvised guided meditation, scene-work and groupwork, the essence of improvisation. We will discover, together, in our own unique ways, that we are always already improvising, without needing to be taught anything in particular in order for that to be the case. When a group of people comes into resonance with this eternal truth together, the play that emerges is lighthearted, joyful, creative, and synchronistic. There will be time for feedback, questions, and sharing at the end, to support us in continuing our improvisation into our daily lives.
Wyn Evans is an improviser, comedian, musician, writer, meditation facilitator, and human being living and working in Chicago, IL. After many years of intense inner struggle, Wyn realized that life was never going to give him exactly what he thought he wanted, so he tried something radical: he begun to offer unconditional love and service to life, no matter how life looked, felt, or treated him back. His life is a manifestation of that choice to be of service to the awesome potential and infinite grace of every human being. For more information on Wyn and his work, please visit www.wynevans.comwww.patreon.com/wynevans, or facebook.com/wynevans. He looks forward to connecting with you!

MEDITATION & TAI CHI
4pm - 5pm
Lead by Edwin Alvarez
Qi gong and Tai chi go hand in hand though both can stand on their own. Both work with the breath and intention to help build an awareness of the body and a sense of one's space. Qi gong, literally means “Breath work”. It uses standing postures to focus on the movement of one's breath to build awareness in health. Tai chi uses moving postures to build coordination of the breath, and to help direct a unity of movement and awareness. The Qi Gong that will be taught in class is a simple technique to open the imagination as to what the body can be aware of. Normally, we go about our day and completely ignore the subtleties of our flesh. It is only when we are hungry or in pain that we start to give it what it needs. The focus of the exercise will be to open the mind to the inner workings of the body and listen deeply to our inner organs. The Tai chi segment will show us how to move in that awareness in a quick 8 movement form that anybody can use. In order not to be stuck with a surplus of energy, it is good to know how to move it and direct it. Tai chi is a powerhouse of mind/eye/body coordination that people tend to look over.

Nothing Without a Company is a 501c3 non-profit theatre company that believes everyone should be able to take classes such as these for FREE. Donations are always accepted. All donations will go directly to the Chicago Parks District. This is just the first of many classes we will be offering in 2017!

Jan
28
9:30 am09:30

Nothing Without the Arts: Free Classes

  • Berger Park Cultural Center

Nothing Without the Arts: Free Classes

SELF DEFENSE, VIEWPOINTS WORKSHOP & MOVEMENT TO MUSIC

Self Defense Class at Berger Park Cultural Center on January 28th, 2017

Self Defense Class at Berger Park Cultural Center on January 28th, 2017

SELF DEFENSE CLASS
10:30am - 11:30am
Lead by Dayna Eglinton
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to defend yourself no matter your body type, size, or skill level. The class is specifically geared towards the LGBT community, is sensitive to trauma/assault survivors, and body positive, but also open to allies of these communities.
Dayna has been studying Mixed Martial Arts since 2003 and earned her black belt in 2012. MMA incorporates primarily Shidokan Karate, Muy Thai, and American Kickboxing for standing/striking and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for grappling. She is currently working with other LGBT martial artists to assemble a series of free self defense classes in Chicago specifically for our community- keep up with her on Facebook stay in the loop about future classes

VIEWPOINTS WORKSHOP
11:40am - 1pm
Lead by Artistic Associate Whitney Masters
Viewpoints is an acting technique that provides a vocabulary for movement and gesture. Anne Bogart and Tina Landau further developed choreographer Mary Overlie's Viewpoints into the system actors use now. There are the Time Viewpoints- Tempo, Duration, Kinesthetic Response and Repetition and the Space Viewpoints- Shape, Gesture, Architecture, Spatial Relationship and Topography. 
Whitney absolutely loves Viewpoints as a way to connect with the subconscious of a character, but also as a tool for working out mental blocks and fully living inside your body. She has used Viewpoints primarily in her training and professional life to develop new works, warm up for shows and create blocking patterns. This session is open everyone- new or experienced. We will get familiar each Viewpoint and then experiment with them in guided Viewpoints flow. 

MOVEMENT TO MUSIC
1:10pm - 2:30pm
Lead by Matt Pierce
MOVEMENT TO MUSIC is a particular discipline of collaborative abstract movement exploration practiced and evolved at DePaul University’s Theatre School in which the actor practices responding intuitively to impulses internal and external. No experience or training is necessary—just bring yourself and your sweat to the session.
Matt Pierce is a Chicago-based actor and director with an MFA in Acting from DePaul who has directed large-ensemble classical productions featuring devised movement and music sequences at the University of Northampton, England, and most recently “Robin Hood and Marian” for Strawdog Theatre. He is also the host of “Jesus Jones Jeopardy,” a music trivia gameshow podcast.

Nothing Without a Company is a 501c3 non-profit theatre company that believes everyone should be able to take classes such as these for FREE. Donations are always accepted. All donations will go directly to the Chicago Parks District. This is just the first of many classes we will be offering in 2017!

Jan
19
6:00 pm18:00

Panel Discussion: Dramaturgy for Actors

  • Berger Park Cultural Center

Panel Discussion:

DRAMATURGY FOR ACTORS

Dive in with us into the world of dramaturgy. What is the definition of dramaturgy? How does it tie in to acting? 

Led by Kevin Sparrow

With panel guests Kate Morris, Jon Cohen and Taylor Barfield

Watch now:

Oct
19
5:30 pm17:30

Panel Discussion: Site-Specific Playwriting

  • Berger Park Cultural Center

Panel Discussion:

SITE-SPECIFIC PLAYWRITING

Join us for another invigorating discussion with local Chicago artists! What exactly is Site-Specific Playwriting? How does one begin the process of writing Site-Specific Theatre? 

Led by Anna Rose Ii-Epstein

With panel guests Erin Lane, Alejandro Tey and Hannah Ii-Epstein

Watch now:

Sep
21
6:00 pm18:00

Panel Discussion: Politics in Theatre

  • Berger Park Cultural Center

PANEL DISCUSSION:

POLITICS IN THEATRE

Join us for another lively discussion with a number of Chicago artists committed to bringing social and political issues center-stage. How might theatre be used to shape public opinion or get out the vote? What is the future of activism in the arts? 

Led by Kevin Sparrow

With panel guests Misty DeBerry, Jin You, and Jake Fruend

Watch now: 

Aug
17
6:30 pm18:30

Panel Discussion: Self-Producing

  • Berger Park

PANEL DISCUSSION:

SELF PRODUCING

So you wanna put up a play? Great! Now what?

Join us for an deep dive into the world of producing your own work and navigating Chicago's enormous community of artists and spaces.

Led by Anna Rose Ii-Epstein

With panel guests Ross Crean, Rose Freeman, James Rodriguez, Derek Rienzi Van Tassel and Mari DeOleo

Watch now:

Aug
9
6:00 pm18:00

Staged Reading: Bobby Pin Girls by Janey Bell

  • Berger Park

Staged Reading:

BOBBY PIN GIRLS

By Artistic Associate Janey Bell
Directed by Ben Kaye

Join us for a staged reading of this raucous new dramedy and stick around after for a Q&A with the playwright led by Literary Manager Kevin Sparrow.

Presented in association with The Chicago Park District and Berger Park Cultural Center.

 

CAST

Mari DeOleo as Bree

Katie Rooney as Ana

Derek Rienzi Van Tassel as Tim

Shae Boyd as Andy

 

From left to right: Derek Rienzi Van Tassel, Ben Kaye, Janey Bell, Mari DeOleo, Katie Rooney and Shae Boyd

From left to right: Derek Rienzi Van Tassel, Ben Kaye, Janey Bell, Mari DeOleo, Katie Rooney and Shae Boyd