The Columbia College Chicago Library is hosting a display of pictures, programs, and other materials related to the history of the Getz Theater Center of Columbia College Chicago, home of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department since 1980. Built in 1929, the historic building is located at 72 E. 11th St. in Chicago’s South Loop. Titled “Setting the Stage: The Theatre Building at Columbia College Chicago,” the exhibit, which opens September 10, chronicles the history of the 72 East 11th St. building, from its roots as the home of the Woman’s City Club of Chicago to its recent renovation, including improvements made to performance spaces and classrooms and the creation of a splendid new Courtyard Theater mainstage.
The exhibit is mounted in conjunction with a Columbia College Theatre Alumni Reunion Weekend October 19 and 20, organized by the Columbia College Chicago Office of Development and Alumni Relations in partnership with the Theatre Department. Join us to celebrate the newly renovated Getz Theater Center with alumni, faculty, students, and special guests. The Theatre Reunion Weekend features the opening night of our 2018-19 Mainstage season opener, The Penelopiad by Margaret (The Handmaid’s Tale) Atwood — the first full production in the Courtyard Theater — as well as receptions, industry breakout sessions with distinguished alumni, building tours, and a keynote talk by alum Anna D. Shapiro ’90, HDR ’15, artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre. To register for the Theatre Alumni Reunion, click here.
The exhibit “Setting the Stage: The Theatre Building at Columbia College Chicago” is located on the fifth floor (east side) of the Columbia College Library at 624 S. Michigan, Chicago. It is free and open to the public through October 21.
For more information on the history of the Getz Theater Center of Columbia College Chicago, click here. For more information on the history of the Theatre program at Columbia College Chicago, click here.