Teacher Update: September and October

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Featured Articles, What Are Our Teachers Up To?

We are proud to staff all of Dream Big's classes with impressive talent!  Not only are our teaching artists skilled in the classroom, but they each have dynamic theater backgrounds and specialized areas of expertise that directly benefit their students.  We invite you to visit this page each month to receive updates on what our teachers are up to professionally in Chicago's theater scene and beyond!


Erin Neal playing Cordelia in King Lear

King Lear

For more information, vist http://www.shakespeareprojectchicago.org.


Andrew Marikis, Host and Co-Producer of Story Club South Side

Story Club SouthsideStory Club South Side is a non-fiction storytelling show that has featured performers mixed in with open-mic participants every third Tuesday of the month.

You can learn more about storytelling in Chicago, Story Club or Story Club South Side here: http://www.storyclubchicago.com.




 Adam Archer in Ruckus and Lethal Action Force

Currently, Adam is performing fun improv shows weekly with his Harold Team, "The Ruckus", at iO Chicago.

The RuckusUpcoming shows: 

  • Monday, September 22 @ 10:30 PM in the The Harold Cabaret - tickets are $5 (FREE for iO students)
  • Tuesday, September 30 @ 08:30 PM in the The Harold Cabaret - tickets are $12 (FREE for iO students)

For more information about "The Ruckus", visit http://ioimprov.com/chicago/io/teams/the-ruckus.

In October, Adam will also be performing in an improvised action movie "The Lethal Action Force" at The Playground Theater.

Upcoming Performances

  • Saturday October 11, 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday October 18, 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday October 25, 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday November 1, 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday November 8, 10:00 p.m.

For more information about "The Lethal Action Force", visit http://www.the-playground.com/group/1694.


Brittny Congleton: Sassafras, Disney and the Living Dead

SassafrasSASSAFRAS: Southern Drinking Variety Show
Fridays at 11pm until October 31st
MCL Chicago at Sheffield & Belmont, right off Belmont Red/Brown Line
MCL is a BYOB theatre!
Tix are $12, $6 for College Students
Check out MCL and our show here: http://www.mclchicago.com/store/p46/SASSAFRAS%3A_A_Southern_Drinkin%27_Variety_Show.html
Like SASSAFRAS! (and/or my all female Southern Musical Sketch Group HEY LADIES) on Facebook for COUPON codes!
Follow all of HEY LADIES shows and events at www.heyladieshey.com


Something fun for the WHOLE family! 
Disney Cabaret: Sidekicks Edition!
Disney Cabaret
Brittny will be hosting and performing this month's DISNEY CABARET!
September 20th  6pm at Gorilla Tango Theatre
Check out the Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/318532198317815/
Tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door!
Buy tix here: https://www.gorillatango.com/cgi-bin/public/gttv2.cgi?location_number=2&show_id=1243


Musical of the Living Dead
Musical of the living dead
Your new favorite Zombie Musical!
October 9th thru November 8th at Stage 773
Brittny performs Thursdays at 7:30, Saturdays at 10:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm!
Buy tickets here: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=2369f4cd088f06cc85996fd2a5b51443


Vahishta Vafadari, Princess of Pure Reason

Vahista will be playing the Princess of Pure Reason in THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster directed by David Catlin. The show is a part of the Chicago Playworks children’s series and is recommended for ages 7 and up. It is about a little boy, Milo, and his adventures through the magical lands of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis. The show runs October 7- November 15 at the historic Merle Reskin Theater in the loop.


For more information, visit http://theatre.depaul.edu/on-stage/productions/2014-2015/Pages/The-Phantom-Tollbooth.aspx.

Jill Olson and her Funny Bones

Jill Olson performs with Funny Bones Improv, and they're having a fundraiser in Andersonville  at Mary's Attic on the September 21st. All proceeds will go to improv performances in hospitals for sick children across Chicago.


For more information and to buy tickets, visit  www.funnybonesimprov.com .

Jill also performs with Storytown improv every Saturday at Stage 773.

the storytown playersWhen: Saturdays at 10:30 am

Where: 1225 w. Belmont Ave.

Price: $10

For more information, visit  www.storytownimprov.com.



Victoria Montalbano, Queen of England

Victoria will be playing the Queen of England in The BFG with Youth Company Chicago and Windy City Music Theatre. Performances are Sundays at 1pm and 3:30pm Oct 12 - Nov 2.TheBFG

THE B.F.G.:  Roald Dahl’s well-loved story of a Big Friendly Giant – the affectionate, inarticulate and well-meaning monster -  who snatches an orphan, Sophie, out of bed and carries her off to the land of the child-eating giants. Soon Sophie and her BFG are thinking up ways to get rid of the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher and the other giants who love to gobble up ‘human beans’….while developing a friendship and meeting an unusual cast of characters along the way – including the Queens of Sweden and England.

RUNNING TIME:  45 minutes

PRE-SHOW ACTIVITIES:  Come early to enjoy fun & educational activities in the lobby designed to immerse you in the world of the play.

Visit http://www.youthcompanychicago.org/box-office/the-bfg-page2stage-fall-2014/ for more information and to buy tickets.

To learn more about our teaching artists, visit our staff page!

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