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19/20 Season Announcement Round-Up

By |2020-05-12T13:36:25-05:00July 26th, 2019|

While we try to make the summer last as long as possible, we are already excited about the treasure trove of shows lined up in BTD's 19/20 season. Below are just a sample of the productions coming our way very [...]

2020 Equity Jeff Nominees in the BTD!

By |2020-09-16T15:56:39-05:00September 16th, 2020|

The 52nd Annual Equity Joseph Jefferson Award nominees were announced earlier this week, celebrating excellence in Chicago theater and hosting both Equity and Non-Equity award ceremonies each year. The Belmont Theater District extends its congratulations to all nominees and would [...]

4 Chicago Theaters That Feature AAPI Stories

By |2021-05-28T12:10:41-05:00May 28th, 2021|

It’s no secret that Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) stories and performers (and all other artists and crew members) are extremely under-represented on American stages. In May, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, but every day [...]

5 BTD Shows to See This Summer

By |2020-05-12T13:42:06-05:00June 13th, 2019|

Things are heating up in the Belmont Theater District! From storytelling to improv to musicals and more, here are just five of many BTD shows to fill your summer nights. For a complete listing of shows playing now and coming [...]

6 Resources Playwrights Need to Know

By |2021-04-15T17:11:20-05:00April 15th, 2021|

April is National Playwriting Month, and it just so happens to be Shakespeare's birthday on the 23rd. But even if you’re not the Bard, every writer needs a great toolkit to maintain their workflow. Whether it’s for visibility, support, or [...]

Final Thoughts on 2020 from the BTD

By |2020-12-21T14:50:30-05:00December 21st, 2020|

(Some responses have been edited for length and clarity. Bold emphasis is BTD’s.) This year started strong with hit shows in the BTD and a very busy Chicago Theatre Week. But unfortunately by mid-March, all live productions in Chicago had [...]

Ringing in the New Year with the BTD

By |2020-12-23T14:12:15-05:00January 4th, 2021|

Happy New Year! We made it out of 2020, where many theater companies learned how to stream shows and pivot to online programming and also reopen with new protocols. We asked the BTD member theaters for their 2021 forecast and what [...]