Modern Silent Cinema – Sarah Fornace

Posted on Jun 12, 2013
Modern Silent Cinema – Sarah Fornace

Manual Cinema is excited about performing at the inaugural Pivot Multi-Arts Festival, and we are beyond excited about performing at Uptown’s Essanay Studios. What better place to present live silent cinema than the former studio of Charlie Chaplin!? Also, we are thrilled to share a bill with the illustrious Theater Oobleck (of whom we at Manual […]

Creating Fiction from History – Devon de Mayo

Posted on Mar 24, 2013
Creating Fiction from History – Devon de Mayo

Devon de Mayo is the associate artistic director of Dog and Pony Theatre Company.  Pivot Arts’ incubator program allowed her company to begin work on a newly devised piece and explore how much they should rely on found text vs. fictionalizing parts of an historic story.  Following is her description of their process (and pictured […]

The Kitchen Sink — Ally Brisbin

Posted on Feb 26, 2013
The Kitchen Sink — Ally Brisbin

My relationship with Pivot Arts began in mid-2012 with Fable Festival. What could have been a short and to-the-point meeting with Julieanne about the logistics of hosting an event, spun into an hour-long dialogue about Edgewater’s arts community and resources available and lacking for residents of our wonderful neighborhood. Julieanne’s passion was contagious and sparked […]

A Space to Breathe and Create – Dan Cox

Posted on Feb 13, 2013
A Space to Breathe and Create – Dan Cox

How could we say no when Julieanne and Katy asked Chicago Opera Vanguard to take part in Pivot Arts’ new incubator program?  We were being offered a week in a rehearsal studio, and the only requirement was to use the time and space however we needed.  No looming opening night, no critics, no predetermined final […]

Ode for Edgewater

Posted on Dec 8, 2012
Ode for Edgewater

Before we produced Fable Festival, I didn’t know much about the Edgewater community.  I had been to a few restaurants, shopped in Andersonville, and attended productions at Berger Park.  But after producing Fable Festival in bars, churches, empty storefronts and other locations, I began to get to know the neighborhood and have come to believe […]