Monday, February 28, 2011

An Audio Tour of Our Landmark Theatre

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proscenium mural
Proscenium Mural
Recently, Columbia College Chicago radio student Mark Munger took a tour of our theatre and interviewed patron services tour guide Joe Bennington, a person Munger described as, "one of the best perform[ers] to make use of the theatre".

Below is the interview feature put together by Munger that discusses some of the many interesting facts about our theatre.

Auditorium Theater_Feature by Mark Munger

Tours of our theatre are available most Mondays at 10:30am and noon and on Thursdays at 10:30am for $10 per person. Tickets are available 30 minutes prior to the start of each tour at our box office or in advance at Group tours are also available. For more information, call 312.431.2389 ext 0.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

American Ballet Theatre Leaps onto Our Stage for Three Engagements over the Next Six Years

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Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky in Giselle. Photo by MIRA.

We're extremely excited to have one of North America's most prestigious ballet companies, American Ballet Theatre back at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University for three engagements over the next six years. Starting next year, American Ballet Theatre will return with five performances of the classic story ballet Giselle between March 22-25, 2012.

“This partnership is a significant boon to the cultural community of Chicago, and also marks a landmark moment in the history of the Auditorium Theatre. American Ballet Theatre is undoubtedly one of the finest dance companies in the world. It is with great pride that we welcome American Ballet Theatre to join the other world class companies that have and continue to grace Chicago’s landmark stage.” - Auditorium Theatre Executive Director Brett Batterson

American Ballet Theatre has performed ten critically acclaimed engagements at the Auditorium Theatre. The company’s engagements were in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994 and 1995.

Monday, February 21, 2011

"The All New Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers" Coming to the Auditorium Theatre, July 6-24!

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Relive your favorite Blues Brothers moments and songs with The All New Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers. The original London cast makes their American debut in a three-week run, July 6-24, 2011.

Tickets go on sale March 1st online via, by calling 800.982.ARTS (2787) or in person at the Auditorium Theatre box office. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Find out more information on the Blues Brothers page on our website.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wanted: Awesome Interns for Summer and Fall (Seven Positions Available)

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This summer marks the one year anniversary of the Auditorium Theatre’s Internship Program, and the exciting program has offered each intern the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a professional environment. The prestigious program allows students to work side by side with Auditorium staff throughout the organization. Interns have worked on projects ranging from researching programming ideas to learning the ins and outs of concession sales during a high profile concert.

“Our Interns have worked in every facet of our business, expanding their knowledge and experience in a way that will certainly benefit them throughout their careers,” says C.J. Dillon one of the internship program coordinators and Director of Operations.

The Auditorium’s Internship program started in three disciplines (Operations, Arts Administration and Creative Engagement) in the summer of 2010 and has now grown to include other areas including Production, Marketing, Sales, Hospitality and most recently Sustainability. When asked about her favorite part of the program, Nicole Losurdo, another internship program coordinator and Director of Creative Engagement responded, “It is seeing these young professionals make connections between the theory they study in class and the real life practical application of those theories.”

Here's what some of our recent interns have said:

Anyone interested in an internship for the summer should read or download the information packet below. Applications are being accepted for the Summer session (deadline is March 1, 2011) and it’s never too late to start thinking about the Fall as positions fill up quickly.

2011 Internship Opportunities

Monday, February 14, 2011

River North Dance Chicago Warms Up the Weekend

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Photo by William Frederking
Congratulations to our friends at River North Dance Chicago for wrapping up a successful Valentine's weekend engagement at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance. With good reviews from Sid Smith for and Zachary Whittenburg for TimeOut Chicago, we wait with bated breath for RNDC's performance during the Miles Davis Festival which will feature a world premiere Simply Miles, co-commissioned by the Auditorium Theatre.

The never-before-seen piece, choreographed by Artistic Director Frank Chaves, takes inspiration from Miles Davis' career, utilizing the vast and varied repertoire to highlight the breadth of Davis' development as a jazz artist.

Tickets are on sale now for River North Dance Chicago on Saturday, April 16 at 8pm. Purchase online via Ticketmaster, by calling 800.982.ARTS (2787) or at our box office (50 E. Congress Pkwy.). Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 312.431.2357.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Matt Lewis Infuses Chicago Loop Alliance's Pop-Up Art Loop Galleries with Miles Davis Music

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As part of the Miles Davis Festival, produced by the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, we've partnered with the Chicago Loop Alliance to bring live music to the CLA's Pop-Up Art Loop Galleries on February 16 and March 16, 2011. Admission is free.


One of the musicians slated to play is vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and arts educator Matt Lewis. A three-time jazz ambassador for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lewis has crossed the globe bringing music awareness, arts education and goodwill on behalf of the Kennedy Center and the United States Department of State. When not on tour, Lewis is well known in the Chicago music scene as a talented headliner and collaborator. Since 2000, he has worked with Ravinia Festival's Music Discovery Program as a resident teaching artist enhancing music education in the classrooms of Chicago Public Schools.

On those two Wednesdays, listen to Matt Lewis and other instrumentalists play a selection of music by Miles Davis and explore unique art at the following Pop-Up Gallery locations from 5-8pm:

205 S. State St. | 220 S. Wabash Ave. | 310 S. Michigan Ave.

View Miles Davis Festival - Pop-Up Gallery Performances in a larger map.

For additional information, visit

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Community United: A Summary of our Too Hot to Handel Education Outreach

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The choral risers, music stands, and instruments have been cleared from the stage – the musicians, soloists, and crew on to different gigs. Yet still, even after Too Hot to Handel’s curtain came down on the evening of January 15 and 16, there is a lasting buzz and lingering glow in the hearts and minds of everyone who experienced and participated in our rousing tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Student Rush Tickets Available to Swan Lake

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Long before Natalie Portman starred the in the infamous Black Swan, Marius Petipa choreographed a ballet about enchantment, love and deception and set it to the stunning music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. For $15, escape this weekend's sub-zero temperatures, and watch as The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings one of the world's most beloved ballets to life!

Swan Lake will take place on Friday, February 4 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, February 5 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

You can get $15 Student Rush tickets one hour before show time at the Auditorium Box Office (located at 50 E. Congress Pkwy). Remember to bring your valid college ID; there's also a limit of two tickets per ID. Student Rush tickets and locations are subject to availability and cannot be reserved in advance.

Sign up for e-mail Student Rush Alerts and be among the first to know when Student Rush becomes available.

* Student Rush tickets are sold at the discretion of the presenter. Policies differ from show to show.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Our "must have" items during a blizzard

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Snow in Chicago
Photo by Oldtasty

With Chicago weathering a blizzard, or as the Twitterverse calls it, #SNOMG) I did a quick poll of the staff to see what they absolutely couldn't live without during this storm. Here's what they said:

  • Amanda, development: Facebok
  • Kevin, development: Homemade grain alcohol
  • Joe, marketing: Goldfish crackers
  • CJ, operations:
    1. Beer
    2. Deck of cards
    3. Beer
    4. Roaring Fire
  • Ben, administration: the Internet
  • Judie, marketing: Old movies. I'm looking forward to watching Roman Holiday!
  • Margaret, finance: Wine
  • Meaghan, marketing: Cheese, books, magazines – and maybe a snuggie. I don’t own one but that would maybe come in handy
  • Sondra, board member: Competitive Scrabble
  • Nicole, sales: Well, I couldn’t survive snowmageddon without my cats.:)
  • Noe, front of house: Electricity! – Without it, no TV, no internet, no cell phone charger, no electric snowblower….
 What do you need to survive?

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