Columbia College Chicago Alums and Faculty Featured in 30th Annual Rhinoceros Theatre Festival Through Feb. 24

Alumni, former students, and faculty of Columbia College Chicago are featured in the 30th annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival (Rhinofest), running through February 24 at Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston, Chicago. Co-produced by the Curious Theatre Branch and Prop Thtr, the 2019 Rhinofest includes six weeks of new plays, dance, devised works, variety shows, comedy, live podcasting, fresh takes on classic texts, and more. Admission is $15 in advance or pay-what-you-can at the door. Rhinofest is the longest-running multi-arts fringe festival in Chicago.
Participants include:

Jenny Magnus (Photo: Joe Mazza for Brave Lux)

performance artist Jenny Magnus, founding co-Artistic Director of the Curious Theatre Branch and a long-time adjunct faculty member in the Columbia College Chicago Art and Art History Department.

Jonathan Goldthwaite

alumnus Jonathan Goldthwaite ’12, a graduate of Columbia College’s Performing Arts Management BA program who also studied in the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department. Goldthwaite is the director of Infinity Burns, about 17th-century Franciscan monk Giordano Bruno, whose views on an infinite universe brought him into dangerous conflict with the Roman Catholic Church and early astronomers alike. Infinity Burns melds conventional playwriting with ensemble-devised movement work to mirror the convention of the inquisition and the freedom inherent in an infinite universe.

Caleb Walker

Jordan Conrad

alums Caleb Walker ’18, a graduate of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department‘s BA Program in Theatre, and Jordan Conrad, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting. Walker and Conrad perform in a work written by Walker, 11 Empty Frames, about an inexperienced art museum guide who leads the audience through a tour of art and their own experience therein. The guide finds their tour becoming increasingly more personal, and is confronted by those responsible for their strife. Based on a real Boston art museum heist, 11 Empty Frames is a meditation on our relationship with art, the public, and public art.

Wendy Parman

alum Wendy Parman MA ’03, author and performer of Fragments of Heartbreak Reassembled Here. Described as “a cheeky desolation in story, poetry, and song,” the piece reveals how an empty-nesting divorcée journeys out of the dark winter of the soul to rekindle her creative spirit – only to find that she may no longer exist.

Chris Zdenek

Ian Tranberg

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alums Chris Zdenek ’07 and Ian Tranberg ’07, both graduates of the Theatre Department’s Acting program. Zdenek is the author of I’m Not Having Anyone Talk About Me in the Past Tense! and Tranberg is a member of the show’s cast.

For a complete Rhinofest performance schedule, click here. For tickets, click here.