Festival Kick-Off Party

by | Mar 30, 2016
Festival Kick-Off Party

Join Pivot Arts for a sneak peek of this year’s Festival at the official Preview Party on Wednesday, April 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Andersonville’s hottest new restaurant, Cantina 1910 (located at 5025 N. Clark St. in Chicago). Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door and include Cantina’s authentic Mexican farm-to-table […]

Marketing Manager Position

by | Feb 23, 2016
Marketing Manager Position

We are hiring a Marketing Manager (MM) who will oversee the Pivot Arts Festival’s digital marketing strategy, distribution of print materials, and box office. This is a part-time, independent contractor position from March 21 – June 12. The MM should be skilled with social media platforms, able to make basic website updates in WordPress, and […]

Are You Listening or Waiting to Talk?

by | 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

by | 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

by | 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.

by | 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

by | 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

by | 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 […]

Early Bird Gets the Worm

by | May 12, 2015
Early Bird Gets the Worm

Are you planning on coming to some of our events during our opening weekend? Well now you can see them for even less! For a limited time only, we are offering a $5 Off Discount for shows on May 29th-May 31st! This means you could see a show for as little as $5! Check out […]

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

by | 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 […]