Peering Behind the Curtain of Chicago Theater | Newberry

Peering Behind the Curtain of Chicago Theater

Led by Todd Bauer. Eight sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Wednesdays, June 12 - July 31 

6 - 7:30 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $230
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $253

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Seminar Description

In this discussion-based seminar, we will examine what makes Chicago a leader in American theater by speaking directly with some of the major players in the Chicago theater scene. Each week there will be a different in-class visitor and we will learn from a broad range of actors, directors, playwrights, critics, and other theater artists about their roles in bringing plays to life. Guests will include such legends of the Chicago theater scene as Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Martyna Majok, Chicago Reader critic Albert Williams, actress Annabel Armour, and playwrights Mark Young and Arlene Malinowski.

Eight sessions. E – $230, L – $253

Todd Bauer holds an MA in liberal studies from Northwestern University and is a playwright and director whose work has been staged in Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York.

Materials List


  • Martyna Majok, Cost of Living. Theatre Communications Group, 2018. ISBN: 978-1559365970
  • A course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time. **Please note that you can obtain the electronic copy of the course packet for no additional cost.**

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.