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 August 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.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Chewing On Beckett - May 8, 9, & 10, 2014


Artemisia’s workshop/staged reading of Chewing On Beckett will perform May 8, 9 and 10, 2014, and is a wild, female riff on Waiting For Godot.  Inspired by the discovery that the Beckett Estate prohibits women from performing Beckett’s masterpiece, Chewing On Becketttakes a personal, tragic and hilarious look at the close bond between two women, who find themselves abandoned in a futuristic wasteland.
Written by Ed Proudfoot, Chewing On Beckett was presented as a staged reading during Artemisia’s 2013 Fall Festival.  This production will be directed by Steve Scott, of The Goodman Theatre, and feature actors Julie Proudfoot, Diane Dorsey, Molly Lyons, Karen Vance and Caitlin Hart.  Writer Ed Proudfoot has had two plays produced in Los Angeles and currently works as a story analyst for HBO films.

Homeless and starving, Eloise and Viola await rescue and stave off hopelessness by desperately trying to reconstruct Eloise’s forgotten past as a Beckett Scholar.  Visits from cannibals and an old woman complicate their struggle, which descends into absurdity as Viola and Eloise struggle to survive.

Chewing On Beckett will run May 8, 9, and 10 with performances at 8:00 PM.  On May 10th there is also a matinee performance at 2:00 PM.  All performances are at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, located at 925 W. Diversey in Chicago.  General admission is $10.  Purchase Tickets at
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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.