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January Newsletter

Welcome to the Cloudgate Theatre Newsletter, a monthly series where we feature the artistic work, side hustles, and exciting life updates of our staff and artistic associates. We're biased, obviously, but we think this represents some of the most exciting work happening in Chicago and around the country! Feel free to get in touch with us at if you'd like further details on any of the below projects!


Image by Lauren Buchness

Tara Branham (Artistic Associate) is directing her devised project FAT FOLX with Pop Magic Productions. Part theatrical event, part oral history, and part documentary, this piece will be one of Pop Magic's two Incubator Projects for 2019. She's also directing Artistic Associate Tanuja Jagernauth's workshop production of HOW TO PICK A LOCK (more info below!)

Gregory Geffrard (Artistic Associate) is in rehearsals at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, directing THE COLORED MUSEUM by George C. Wolfe.

Lila Gilbert (General Manager) begins a new position as Labor Coordinator at PRG on January 25. Congratulations on your promotion, Lila!

Kristin Idaszak (Artistic Director) has been selected for the inaugural Confluence Regional Writers Project, a new play initiative from Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. The program, created to support playwrights and the development in the will include an annual Emerging Playwrights Cohort, commissions a brand new play, supported by a weekend retreat, monthly writing sessions, and a workshop and public reading.

Image by Tara Branham

Tanuja Jagernauth (Artistic Associate) is opening a workshop production of her play HOW TO PICK A LOCK at RhinoFest. HTPAL follows Zahra, a professional lockpicker, as she learns that the work of liberation is never solo. This play-in-progress production rehearses between performances, so audience members can come attend multiple times and never see the same play twice! HTPAL performs Wednesdays at 9pm, 1/21 - 2/13 at Prop Thtr.

Anna Wooden is the co-costume designer for THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY at Lifeline Theatre, which begins previews February 15. This satire about shadowy cabal of anarchists is based on the 1908 novel by G.K. Chesteron.


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