The Ghost of FDR Isn’t Coming to Save Us

| Sep 9, 2020
The Ghost of FDR Isn’t Coming to Save Us

We need a radical reimagining. And it’s up to us to do it. When I say “us,” I mean you, dear reader, and me. We can wait and hope and vote but this moment calls for more than that. As the visionary theater director, Anne Bogart, likes to ask her students, “What are you going […]

2020 Pivot Arts Festival Announcement

| May 19, 2020
2020 Pivot Arts Festival Announcement

  The 8th Annual PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL A Virtual Celebration of Contemporary Performance This is How We Pivot Virtual Launch on June 5 The Pivot Arts Festival is an annual celebration of unique and adventurous performance works. This year we’re presenting a Virtual Festival with events going live on the festival page starting June 5, […]

Hoop Skirts, Hazmat Suits and Hope

| Mar 20, 2020
Hoop Skirts, Hazmat Suits and Hope

Last week seems like a lifetime ago, right? We were making travel plans, taking our kids to school, eating in restaurants and touching our faces. Maybe some of us are still touching our faces. I get it, it’s hard to stop. As a person who has devoted myself to a life in art and to […]

We’re Hiring!

| Feb 20, 2020
We’re Hiring!

2020 PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL MARKETING MANAGER Pivot Arts is searching for a part-time Marketing Manager (MM) who will oversee Pivot Arts’ festival marketing. The MM manages the company’s digital marketing strategy, distribution of print materials, and box office/patron relations. The MM should be skilled with social media platforms, able to be trained to make basic […]

Announcing 2020 Incubator Artists!

| Feb 13, 2020
Announcing 2020 Incubator Artists!

We are thrilled to announce our 2020 Incubator Artists! The Pivot Arts Incubator Program, in residence at Loyola University, is in its eighth year. The program provides companies, and/or ensembles of artists and collaborators, time and space to develop original, multidisciplinary performance that often blurs the boundaries between music, dance, theater and other disciplines. Seth […]

Our Newest Artistic Associate!!

| Dec 11, 2019
Our Newest Artistic Associate!!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that nationally celebrated playwright and podcast writer, Nancy García Loza, joins Pivot Arts as our newest artistic associate. Nancy has curated and hosted our Live Talk shows and last year’s festival event, Girasol: An Evening of Latinx Performances. She joins us again on January 30th kicking off our first […]

Call for Proposals

| Nov 14, 2019
Call for Proposals

Pivot Arts’ Incubator program is in its seventh year. We develop new performance works that are bold, contemporary, multidisciplinary and unique. Artists receive time and space to rehearse projects in all stages of development — whether you have the gem of an idea or need to further craft a work before it appears before an […]

Meet the Artists: Isaac Gomez and Nancy Garcia Loza

| Jun 3, 2019
Meet the Artists: Isaac Gomez and Nancy Garcia Loza

Isaac Gomez and Nancy Garcia Loza are two of Chicago’s leading artists. In fact, they’ve both been named to Newcity Stage’s 2019 Hall of Fame list. Together they’ve teamed up to curate Girasol at the 2019 Pivot Arts Festival, a one night only celebration featuring all Latinx artists on Friday, June 7. Marketing manager Alexa Erbach spoke with […]

Let’s Talk About Representation

| May 30, 2019
Let’s Talk About Representation

Pivot Arts and About Face Theatre present Discussion with Artists: Intersectionality and Representation on Stage June 8 at 4:30pm immediately following Gilgamesh and Enkidu Edge Theater Off Broadway, 1133 W. Catalpa FREE EVENT! Artistic Director of About Face Theatre, Megan Carney, moderates a discussion with AFT Artistic Associate Sheldon Brown and Gilgamesh artists Ahmed Moneka, Jesse LaVercombe, and director […]

Meet the Artists: “Gilgamesh and Enkidu”

| May 23, 2019
Meet the Artists: “Gilgamesh and Enkidu”

Chicago playwright/director Seth Bockley teams up with musician/actor Ahmed Moneka (U.S. Debut) and Toronto-based actor/writer Jesse LaVercombe for the World Premiere of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. This powerful piece with live Arabic music, runs Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9 as part of the 2019 Pivot Arts Festival. The three artists share their experiences with Marketing […]

A World Premiere and U.S. Debut

| May 15, 2019
A World Premiere and U.S. Debut

Pivot Arts is thrilled to present the World Premiere production of Gilgamesh and Enkidu by Seth Bockley, Jesse LaVercombe, and Ahmed Moneka in his U.S. debut! This original adaptation of the epic story of Gilgamesh is a fusion of physical theater, intimate storytelling and live Arabic style “maqam” music that highlights Moneka’s own exile from […]

Meet the Artist: Erin Kilmurray

| May 11, 2019
Meet the Artist: Erin Kilmurray

Erin Kilmurray’s newest work, Search Party, premieres in the Pivot Arts Festival on June 6, 8 and 9. She discusses the work and her inspirations with Alexa Erbach, Marketing Manager, below. AE: You describe Search Party as “a live dance work that exists somewhere between the dance floor of a nightclub and a sports arena” […]

Meet the Artist: Brittany Harlin

| Apr 29, 2019
Meet the Artist: Brittany Harlin

Brittany Harlin brings her world premiere of Don’t Forget Your Mother June 6 and 8 to the 2019 Pivot Arts Festival. Alexa Erbach, Pivot Arts marketing manager, interviewed Harlin about the piece, its development and the exciting elements involved. AE: You describe Don’t Forget Your Mother as a choreographic memoir dedicated to your mothers on Earth and ancestors […]

Meet the Artist: Ayako Kato

| Apr 22, 2019
Meet the Artist: Ayako Kato

Ayako Kato performs To the Shore: ETHOS Episode I June 1 and 2 at the 2019 Pivot Arts Festival. Alexa Erbach, Pivot Arts marketing manager, interviewed Kato about her new work, which takes the audience on a transformative journey to the beach. AE: Much of your work is influenced by “a Japanese view of nature” and […]

Meet the Artist- Chicago Fringe Opera and BraveSoul Movement

| Apr 17, 2019
Meet the Artist- Chicago Fringe Opera and BraveSoul Movement

The Rosina Project, an electric, modern-day reimagining of Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville, performs as part of Pivot Arts’ 2019 Festival May 31- June 2. Alexa Erbach, Pivot Arts marketing manager, interviewed George Cederquist (Artistic Director, Chicago Fringe Opera) and BRAVEMONK and Kelsa (Co-Founders/Co-Artistic Directors, BraveSoul Movement) about their exciting collaboration. The Project was originally developed in the […]