The Leauge of Chicago Theatres announced The Side Project as the winner of the 2009 Emerging Theatre Award. The award was created in 2007 to encourage, support and promote emerging theaters in Chicago that have demonstrated great ability and promise, artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility in business practices. The side project has been selected by a majority vote of their peers – member companies of the League of Chicago Theatres.
The side project is a non-profit collective of artists that formed in 2000 and is currently producing and operating in its ninth season in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. The company includes playwrights, directors, actors, technicians and designers who also serve as administrative staff. Their home is an intimate 43-seat theatre, located at 1439 W. Jarvis, in the Jarvis Square area of Rogers Park. They primarily focus on producing new works, presenting more than 100 world premieres in their history and 35 new plays this season alone, as well as serving as an incubator for other emerging theater companies through their Visiting Artists Series.
The Side Project will receive a $5,000 prize, marketing consultation and support and an advertising package from the Chicago Tribune and TimeOut Chicago.
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