Theatre Directing Archive

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty and students are joining forces for Martyr, the new show at Chicago’s acclaimed storefront Steep Theatre. This important new production marks the U.S. premiere of a controversial drama by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg...
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty and alumni are bringing two new plays to Chicago stages this month. Susan Padveen, coordinator of the Theatre Department’s BFA program in Theatre Directing, is staging the world premiere of Anna in the...
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumnus Aaron Henrickson (BA, Theatre/Directing, 2009) is directing the professional world premiere of Badfic Love, opening April 6 at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. Presented by Strange Bedfellows Theatre, this comedy by...
The Los Angeles premiere of Sons of the Prophet, directed by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumnus Michael Matthews, has been extended through April 26 at the Blank Theatre in Hollywood. The dark comedy by Stephen Karam, winner of...
Sheldon Patinkin (August 27, 1935-September 21, 2014)
An archival video of “A Celebration of the Life of Sheldon Patinkin” is available for viewing at the Columbia College Chicago web page for the Sheldon Patinkin Endowed Award. The memorial tribute to Patinkin–longtime chair of the Columbia College Chicago...
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member and Joseph Jefferson Award-winning director Jonathan Berry will stage American Blues Theatre‘s upcoming production of Side Man, Warren Leight’s Tony Award-winning drama about the splintered marriage of a jazz trumpeter and his alcoholic wife....
Jackalope Theatre Company, a collective founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni, has announced a new initiative to “cultivate bold new theatre in Chicago,” according to an announcement. The Pioneer Series, hosted in Jackalope’s newly upgraded...
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumna Anna D. Shapiro‘s latest Broadway directing effort–the premiere of Fish in the Dark, written by and starring Larry (Curb Your Enthusiasm) David–opens tonight (Thursday, March 5). Anna told USA Today that “I totally panicked” when...
Michael Ryczek
Columbia College Theatre Department academic manager and directing teacher Michael Ryczek is directing a fully staged workshop of Chicago playwright Susan Lieberman’s Netta at Ninety, running Monday-Wednesday, February 23-25, at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, Chicago. The workshop is part of...
Jackalope Theatre, one of Chicago’s “must-watch” young ensembles, begins performances of its next production, Four, on Thursday, February 19, at Broadway Armory Park, at 5917 N. Broadway in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. The cast includes Columbia College student Michael Kurowski and...