Comedy Writing and Performance Archive

Congratulations to the alumni and faculty of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department and Columbia College Chicago Music Department who have been nominated for 2022 Joseph Jefferson Awards, Chicago’s top theatre award. The Equity “Jeff Awards” honor excellence in Chicago’s...
Sheldon Patinkin (August 27, 1935-September 21, 2014)
The Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department fondly honors the memory of Sheldon Patinkin – longtime chair of the Theatre Department, noted director and teacher, and cherished friend and mentor to many in the Chicago theatre community — who was born August...
Otherworld Theatre, a company founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni, presents the sci-fi comedy Kitties in Space: The Saga August 5 through September 4. John Enright’s eight-episode spoof, set in a future where humans have...
Abduction, an original science-fiction musical comedy created by Columbia College Chicago alumni T.J. Pieffer ’18 and Brad Kemp ’12, is being presented in a staged reading as a benefit for UNICEF humanitarian support in response to the war in...
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alums are in the cast of Queer Eye: The Musical Parody, beginning June 2 at The Second City comedy theatre’s Up Comedy Club, located at 230 W. North in the Pipers Alley mall in Chicago’s...
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member Anne Libera, director of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Comedy Writing and Performance, will co-moderate a panel on “The History of Chicago Comedy” as part of the first World Comedy Expo,...
Otherworld Theatre, a company founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni, presents the live, immersive “sci-fi noir” production Murder on Horizon March 25 through May 1. Directed by Columbia College alum Tiffany Keane Schaefer ’12, a...
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Ann Delaney ’14, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BFA Program in Musical Theatre Performance, is featured in Bachelor: The Unauthorized Parody Musical, running January 13 through February 13 at the Apollo Theater,...
Columbia College Chicago alumni and faculty figure prominently in NewCity‘s “Players 2022: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago” feature, published January 7, 2022. The publication’s annual listing of movers and shakers in Chicago’s performing arts scene is...
The Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department continues its 2021-2022 Mainstage Season with a new comedy, Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody, running December 1 through 11 in the Courtyard Theatre of the Getz Theatre Center of...