Sunday, October 26, 2014

Script Analysis Workshop - November 15, 2014

Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre will host a Script Analysis Workshop on November 15, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Unity Lutheran Church, located at 1212 W. Balmoral in Chicago.  Taught by Founding Artistic Director, Julie Proudfoot, this workshop focuses on creating a direct emotional connection between the theatre artist and the play.  A system of analysis will be taught and discussed and exciting exercises used to identify the play’s core elements, action, themes, environment, genre and style.  This workshop is geared for actors, writers, directors and designers.  Equally effective for recent college graduates and seasoned theatre professionals, this workshop inspires any theatre artist to make bold, creative choices that will enhance their success.  A long time story analyst with HBO Films, instructor Julie Proudfoot creates a positive, supportive and exciting atmosphere that puts a whole new spin on story.

“This is an inspiring way for theatre artists to make a great creative connection with the play’s action.  I promise you will never read a play the same again,” said Artemisia’s Founding Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot.

For more information and to register visit

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sponsor Artemisia's American Premiere of Belfast Girls!

Support Artemisia's American premiere of Belfast Girls set to open May 16, 2015, at the Den Theatre in Chicago.  All sponsorship levels include naming opportunities for you and your business in all event marketing and collateral, which can include onsite signage, presence on website, social media and email marketing and possible live event presentation. For more information email Julie Proudfoot, Artemisia's Founding Artistic Director at 

Belfast Girls, by Jaki McCarrick, tells the amazing story of five young women, who, at the height of the Irish Famine in 1850, seek passage on a ship to Australia hopeful they will find a fresh start in a new land.  None of these women are quite who they seem to be at first – all have secrets of one kind or another – and when the greatest of these is uncovered, all hell breaks loose on the ship. En route to Australia, the women develop close and combative relationships and through the adventures, secrets and dark history they share, they discover that their beloved homeland of Ireland deported them as “undesirables.”  The “Belfast Girls” prevail and land in Australia bound by their shared passion to create a new life together. 

About the playwright:  Jaki McCarrick is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and Middlesex University, London. Her first play, The Mushroom Pickers, won the 2005 Scottish Drama Association's National Playwriting Competition and premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in London in May 2006 and in New York in February 2009. Her play, Leopoldville, won the 2010 Papatango New Writing Award and was staged in April 2010 at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London to critical acclaim. Her most recent play, Belfast Girls was developed at the National Theatre Studio (London) in 2012 and received a staged reading by Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre in September 2013.  Belfast Girls was shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and will be published to worldwide release in the spring of 2015, simultaneously with Artemisia’s American premiere of the play.

To learn more about Jaki McCarrick and her incredible work visit:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2014 Fall Festival Panels

Gender Parity & Our Role as Artists
5-6:00 pm
Sept 20 & 27
Free Admission
Holy Covenant UMC, 925 W. Diversey

Two panel discussions have been added to Artemisia's 4th Annual Fall Festival.  On Sept 20th a distinguished panel will address Gender Parity in Chicago Theatre.  Fueled by this year's Tony awards, the topic of opportunities for women as leading and creative artists will focus the discussion. On Sept 27th theatre professionals and scholars will discuss the Role of Artists in the Characterization of Women.  Lend your voice to these energizing conversations, which will be moderated by Julie Proudfoot, Artemisia's Artistic Director.

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Join the Dialogue!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall Festival 2015 Play Submissions

Artemisia’s annual Fall Festival began in 2011 and remains the core event of our season. From open submissions from international playwrights, six plays are selected to be staged as readings.  From those six plays, the fall festival audience will choose by vote which play will be fully produced during Artemisia’s next theatre season.  We consider all submissions based on the following guidelines – please read the information below carefully before submitting.
Submission Guidelines  
Plays must be full length and be carried by a woman. We require a leading, female protagonist. Artemisia produces plays that empower women.  Due to the number of submissions we receive, submission is limited to ONE play per writer.  If you submit more than one play, your submissions will NOT be considered.  Full-length is defined by a playing time of 90 minutes or more.  The submission window for Artemisia’s 2015 Fall Festival opens August 15, 2014, and and closes January 15, 2015, at midnight. Artemisia limits submissions to the first five hundred plays received and reserves the right to close the submission window PRIOR TO JANUARY 15TH if FIVE HUNDRED submissions have been received.  Published plays and one-acts DO NOT meet Artemisia’s guidelines and will NOT be accepted.  We are unable to accept snail mail submissions.  Please submit your play as a single file PDF attachment (no other format will be accepted) to  We have recently changed our submission guidelines.  The email given above is the only email where submissions will be accepted.  The volume of scripts submitted hampers our ability to comment individually on each work, so we do not offer criticism or feedback on the plays we receive.
Please note:  A one-time $10.00 administrative fee per submission is now required.  If you meet ALL of the above guidelines - submit your play as follows:
  1. Pay the $10 fee by using the above link on this page.
  2. Email with 2015 Fall Festival Submission in the subject line, your Paypal receipt number in the body of the email and your play attached as a single-file PDF.  

Friday, August 1, 2014

2014 Fall Festival Fundraiser!

Join all of Artemisia's special guests Friday, August 22nd from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster, Chicago, to raise a glass and raise the funds to support Artemisia's 4th Annual Fall Festival.

RSVP NOW at and if you're unable to attend, make your generous donation by clicking HERE or sending a check to Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre, 27 N. Wacker, Suite 435, Chicago, IL  60606.

This year's festival puts six women writers and six women directors at the helm to create female-centered theatre that will thrill, challenge, enlighten and entertain.  

So if you have been waiting to make a donation, come to our August 22nd Fundraiser and celebrate with us!  
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$25 Minimum Donation at the Door
Beer, Wine, & Great Fun!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Artemisia Seeks Board Members

Artemisia's Board of Directors is expanding in the areas of Finance and Recruitment and Development.  If you are interested in serving on Artemisia's volunteer Board of Directors, please email your statement of interest and resume to Julie Proudfoot at  Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre is a 501 c 3 organization.  Board membership is without remuneration.

Job Description - Finance
Attend all board meetings
Ensure the safety and accuracy of all board records
Maintain knowledge of the organization and personal commitment to its goals and objectives
Actively and effectively fundraise for the organization
Understand financial accounting for nonprofit organizations and create an effective recordkeeping system for the organization
Manage the board's review of and action related to the board's financial responsibilities
Work with the artistic director to ensure that appropriate financial reports are filed and made available to the board on a timely basis
Work with Executive Director to present the annual budget to the board for approval

Job Description - Recruitment & Development
Attend all board meetings
Lead fundraising strategy and effort for organization
Lead recruiting efforts in seeking new board members
Carry out special assignments as requested by the board president
Participate as a vital part of board governance
Attend events
Network for the organization
Recruit volunteers      
Maintain knowledge of the organization and personal commitment to its goals and objectives

Monday, June 30, 2014

Support Artemisia's 2014 Fall Festival!

Our 2014 Fall Festival features six plays, all written and directed by women. This reflects Artemisia’s mission to create an equal voice for women in theatre. We need all of our supporters to make a donation by September 1st. Will you help support our 2014 Fall Festival by making a tax-deductible gift right now?

Artemisia’s Fall Festival is our core event and admission is free. That means your donation makes our 2014 Fall Festival possible.  Every dollar you donate goes directly to fund six staged readings of women-driven plays. From these plays, our audience will choose the one Artemisia fully produces next season.

Make your tax-deductible gift today and receive an acknowledgement letter of your tax-deductible gift and special invitation to our Fall Festival events. Help create an equal voice for women in theatre. Donate Today!

Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre, is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.