Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Lake at Northwestern - April 21, 2014

Two years after its original debut, Artemisia Theatre’s The Lake, written by Founding Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot, will be performed and discussed on April 21 free of charge for Sexual Assault Awareness Week at Northwestern University, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL, 60208, in Harris Hall, Room 107. The performance is at 6:30 PM and directions to the location can be found at,-87.6763261,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x880fd074ebf7e9e7:0x4ddc59f6f0e067ab.
The Lake will be performed as a staged reading, directed by Barbara Zahora and featuring actors Julie Proudfoot, Diane Dorsey and Fred Stone.  Based on personal experiences, Proudfoot depicts growing up with an alcoholic father.  Proudfoot brings light to abusive behavior and domestic violence, a subject where most cases are never reported to the police or displayed in the public eye.

Proudfoot is not alone in growing up in a violent home. Each year, more than 3 million children witness violence in their homes, according to National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).  “His violent behavior dominated our household on and off from the time I was 11,” she says.  

The Lake is a realistic example of domestic violence and its severe impact on interpersonal relationships and society’s tendency to place the blame on the victim. Victims and children who witness violence in their household are at a higher risk for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.  But hope wins out in The Lake, due mainly to the resilient love between mother and child.  An element that Proudfoot believes grounds the play in reality.

“Domestic violence as a personal experience is deeply complex,” Proudfoot says. “It’s often dramatized through a black and white lens, but it is not always a clear-cut issue.”  In collaboration with other women’s groups, Artemisia plans to tour a full production of The Lake to diverse Chicago communities to raise awareness about domestic violence and advocate for long lasting solutions.  

For a map of the Northwestern University Evanston Campus, click here.  Parking at any university lot is free after 4:00 pm weekdays.  For more parking information, click here.  For detailed driving directions, click here.

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The Whiplash is focused on drawing attention to gender inequity in Chicago and beyond. Our mission is to raise awareness of ongoing sexism, street harassment, health and safety in the LGBTQ community, and victim-blaming. We strive to provide resources for those affected, as well as action for prevention. To learn more,

Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre produces female-centered plays that challenge the perception of women.  To learn more and for information on Artemisia’s current season visit

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Artemisia Fundraiser at Nisei - March 20

Belly up to the bar to support Artemisia on March 20th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Nisei Lounge, 3439 N. Sheffield, in Wrigleyville.  Enjoy a one-of-a-kind cocktail mixed by President, Michelle Montroy, Secretary-Treasurer Emiliano Jon Rios and Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot.  All over 21 are welcome and the more the merrier.  Funds raised go directly to support Artemisia's female-centered theatre season in Chicago.  To RSVP please email and please include the names of your guests!  Walk-Ins Welcome!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January 25th Workshop - Script Analysis

Artemisia Workshop – Script Analysis
Taught by Founding Artistic Director, Julie Proudfoot
January 25th, 1-5 pm
Holy Covenant UMC, 925 W. Diversey

Based in Joseph Campbell’s work in mythology, and Stanislavski's play analysis system, this workshop inspires a direct connection between the interpretive artist and the text.  Storytelling is examined as a modern extension of myth; the basic six elements and the historical development of the protagonist will be discussed in depth.  Focused exercises will take participants through a complete process of play analysis, including sub-textual questions, identifying units of action, determining the integral elements of the play’s environment to concept and style statements and understanding the characters’ super-objectives.

Successful actors, directors, playwrights and designers all share a unique ability to understand and relate to the story’s action.  Take an approach to analysis that will fuel your imagination and inspire you to make daring, creative choices that will clarify and illuminate the play for the audience.  Whether you are just beginning your professional career or are an experienced theatre artist, this workshop will give you new tools to crack the mystery of story.

Reserve your spot today at Script Analysis Workshop.  Questions?  Email Julie at for more information.

Endorsements:  "Julie has a keen and unwavering dramaturgical eye grounded in her firm understanding of story.  Working with Julie on revisions of my play, I was pleased to discover that rather than imposing her opinions (i.e. let's fix what's wrong with your play) she was constantly bringing me home to my original intentions.  This was not only refreshing but illuminating to me not only in terms of successfully realizing my story but in how I will approach revising future work."  Tammy Ryan, playwright

"I have known Julie for many years.  I have worked with her as an actor and under her direction.  Her insight and knowledge is invaluable!  She is an actor's director as well as an actor's actor"  Christopher Darga, actor, recurring regular on TV Series, The Middle

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Don't Miss GAMBIT!

Artemisia's World Premiere of GAMBIT is up and running at SIgnal Ensemble Theatre in Chicago, earning wonderful audience response and a great review from Chicago Stage Standard.  Miriam Reuter and Suzanne Petri rock it out in this smart, surprising two-hander about everything from troubled family dynamics, to chess, to S&M to Roe V. Wade.  Click Here for performance dates and times and to purchase tickets.  See you at GAMBIT!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The World Premiere of GAMBIT

Ross Tedford Kendall's smart and uncompromising examination of the relationship between an ambitious US Attorney and her violently rebellious niece won the audience vote at Artemisia's 2012 Fall Festival of Staged Readings.  This world premiere will open for an exclusive, limited run on November 8, 2013, at Signal Ensemble Theatre in Chicago.  Julie Proudfoot will direct Suzanne Petri and Miriam Reuter in this entertaining, insightful two-hander where a masterful game of chess pits generation against generation.  Scandalous secrets, hotly debated legal arguments and a painful family history bring out the best and worst in two unconventional women.  It’s a battle to the end that you don’t want to miss.  

Gambit will preview for the press and invited audience on November 7, 2013, at 8:00 pm, and will run November 8, 2013, through November 24, 2013 at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 Berenice Avenue, Chicago. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. To purchase tickets now, click here. 

For directions or more information about Signal Ensemble Theatre, click here.

Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre produces female-centric entertainment that challenges the perception of women

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Artemisia was incorporated in April of 2011 to produce female-centric entertainment that challenges the perception of women.  Eleven staged readings and one full production later, we continue to seek out plays that are driven by and focused on women.  We maintain an open, no-fee play submission policy and our submissions have increased a hundred-fold since we first began.  Consistent with our mission, women hold 90% of our creative and executive positions.

Be one of the first 50 donors to give $50 or more by July 1, 2013 and you'll receive four free opening night tickets to Artemisia's world premiere production of Gambit, which includes admission to our party with the director, writer, cast and crew.

Click the Paypal Button below to make a secure donation on line or mail a check made payable to Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre, 27 N. Wacker, Suite 435, Chicago, IL, 60606. Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre, is a 501 (c) 3 organization.  Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Artemisia Workshop for Actors - June 1

Secrets to Booking the On-Camera Job from a Hollywood Insider

Considering a move to Los Angeles or want to raise the bar on your on-camera acting career? This 3-hour workshop, taught by a working actor for working actors, gives you the tools you need to make a successful transition from stage to screen.

Know Before You Go : The Inside Scoop on Hollywood 
Facts & Stats, 
Film, Television and Commercial Markets
Know Which One You Are 
    Tools of the Trade 
    Great Headshots, Resumes & Demo Reels 
    Hollywood Agents - Do’s and Don’ts 
    LA Casting Directors – How to make them love you! 
      Booking the Job: Ins and Outs of the Casting Process 
      On Camera Auditions 
      Callbacks & Going to Network 
      On Set 
        Fifty bucks gets you access to vital information that will help you build great marketing tools, prepare yourself for success and create lasting and successful relationships.

        Taught by Julie Proudfoot, Founding Artistic Director of Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre and a SAG-AFTRA and AEA actor. Julie lived in Los Angeles for more than a decade and works as an actor in independent film, national and regional commercials and television and theatre. 

        Saturday, June 1, 2013 – 1:30 to 4:30 PM at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, 925 W. Diversey in Chicago.