Are You Listening or Waiting to Talk?

| 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

| 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

| 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.

| 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

| 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

| 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

| 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

| 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!

| 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!

| 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

| 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 […]

A Night Full of Regrets

| Feb 11, 2015
A Night Full of Regrets

Everyone has regrets – those moments we wish had never happened, the things we’ve said we immediately want to take back. But when do we get the chance to share those regrets? Last night at our Sadness Show, we gave people that chance. Amidst the ironically sad stories being told and songs being sung, we […]

Turning Tragedy into Comedy

| Feb 3, 2015
Turning Tragedy into Comedy

Alex Kumin, Pivot Arts performer and stand up comedian, discusses comedy as a way of coping with sadness with Pivot Arts Assistant Producer, Meg Sutter. MS: Let’s start with the basics. How did you get into stand up comedy? AK: A few years ago a friend of mine suggested I take an improv class over at Second […]

Mixing the Comic with the Morbid

| Nov 17, 2014
Mixing the Comic with the Morbid

Vanessa Valliere, Pivot Arts performer and clown artist, talks about what influences her work with Pivot Arts Director, Julieanne Ehre. JE: So, let’s get right to it.  Your work involves a lot of dolls.  Where did that inspiration come from? VV: The first professional solo show I ever made was actually inspired by a very 50s looking […]

Community Connection

| Oct 14, 2014
Community Connection

This is a thrilling yet challenging time for the performing arts. As new media forms from streaming to TiVo threaten to keep audiences at home with their screens, performing arts presenters need to ask how to stay relevant in an increasingly competitive entertainment field. However, it is this very challenge that is pushing organizations to […]