Are You Listening or Waiting to Talk?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016
Are You Listening or Waiting to Talk?

Yesterday I attended the funeral of my colleague, Jay Michael, who died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 34. I was not a close friend of Jay’s and there was a part of me that felt uncertain whether to attend or not. Ultimately I decided it was important to go. Jay and his company, FLATSChicago, have […]

Pivot@63

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015
Pivot@63

We have a new monthly series beginning Nov. 4, Pivot@63, that’s part live talk show part performance. It’s kind of like the Daily Show but without Jon Stewart. So, in other words, it’s the Daily Show. But different. Tonight’s kick-off has an election theme and is hosted by Sharon Lanza, science-loving cheerleader with punk marching […]

American Values in Edgewater

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015
American Values in Edgewater

An article describing South Carolina residents anxious about the rise of Syrian refugees in their community appeared last week in the New York Times. How many Syrian migrants has the State Department resettled in this area? To date, none. I suppose this could read like a satirical Onion article if it wasn’t so disturbing. A […]

Dear Chicago, I love you.

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015
Dear Chicago, I love you.

About a month ago I was flying back to Chicago from Texas. Coming into O’Hare, the plane did one of those slow curves to the east before heading west and I could see the entire skyline stretched out in front of me. Something in me wanted to beat my fists on that little scratched, oval […]

Why We Do This

Posted by on May 27, 2015
Why We Do This

The Pivot Arts Festival is a celebration of innovative performance. But it’s also something bigger. It’s an opportunity to come together as a community. It’s chance to break out of our daily routine and do something different. After all, how often do you get to take a workshop with a performance poet named Toaster?? It’s […]

You Are Part of a Community

Posted by on May 19, 2015
You Are Part of a Community

Starting May 28 you have an opportunity. Grab it up! This year’s Pivot Arts Festival theme is “Celebrate Community!” and inherent in that idea is that we can come together and celebrate our common humanity, and our differences, through the arts. Edgewater and Uptown, where the Pivot Arts Festival takes place, are special places. I […]

“Yes, And…” Living by Improv’s Golden Rule

Posted by on May 6, 2015
“Yes, And…” Living by Improv’s Golden Rule

One of the most important rules of improv comedy: a person should say yes to what another person has created and then add something to it. It’s an approach that allows for anything to happen. No matter what your fellow actor presents to you, instead of negating it, build upon it! Recently I decided to […]

Welcome to the Festival!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015
Welcome to the Festival!

The Pivot Arts Festival is a ten-day celebration of innovative performance that contributes to the vibrancy of the Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods. The 2015 Festival theme is “Celebrate Community!” with a special focus on bringing people together. This year we have a first-time PARADE on May 30th with large-scale puppets designed by Swift School students […]

The 2015 Pivot Arts Festival!

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015
The 2015 Pivot Arts Festival!

We are thrilled to announce the 3rd annual PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL, featuring dozens of innovative performances throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods will take place May 28 – June 7, 2015. The festival is a celebration of innovative performances in theater, music, dance as well as multi-disciplinary works. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Community!” in […]

Why We Develop New Performance

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015
Why We Develop New Performance

On Monday, February 23rd there will be a free public showing of works being developed in our arts incubator program. The incubator program takes place at Loyola University where professional artists are given time and space to create new performance and students are mentored on each project. Applicants to the program must show that their […]