Behind the ‘Line

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Plans, lessons, and next steps

Go Back to Our Future! You can now watch TimeLine’s 2021 virtual gala on demand via the link in this post. If our recent virtual gala Step Into TimeLine: Back to Our Future made one thing certain, it’s that we all—TimeLine artists, staff, and audience—can’t wait to share the experience of live theatre again as soon as we can. We can’t wait to laugh with you, cry with you, discuss with you, and feel that ...
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Designing TimeLine

Throughout this pandemic pause, TimeLine’s staff has been hard at work on the design phase for our future new home at 5033–5035 North Broadway Avenue in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. And for many of us, the fact that this phase aligned with the pause has been ...
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Announcing new Artistic Producer of Innovative Partnerships

Today we’re excited to announce that Tiffany Fulson has been promoted to the newly created full-time position of Artistic Producer of Innovative Partnerships, effective immediately. Tiffany Fulson In this new position within the Living History Education Program, Tiffany will play a pivotal role in growing ...
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Experience the gratitude

She say when each of her boys came of age, she take ‘em to Old Hickory Lake.  Then say, ‘Pick a rock.’ And none of them know why, but she just tell ‘em, ‘Pick a rock, boy.’ And they did. And she say, ‘That’s your ...
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Surveying the experts: YOU

Earlier this year, when hopes about rapidly containing the pandemic were high, we updated our subscribers and audience members to let everyone know about our prospective plans. We didn’t have shows or dates to announce, but rather a promise and a commitment to our values:  ...
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Living History in a time of ‘squares’

Since 2006, TimeLine has been bringing its mission to Chicago Public Schools via the Living History Education Program. Over six to 13 in-classroom sessions, students are empowered to explore the connections between their own lives, TimeLine’s plays, and history. The plays in our season are the inspiration, the study guide, and the lodestone for the curriculum. And most Living History residencies culminate with a field trip to the theatre to see a students-only matinee, followed ...
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Everyone’s history

If you explored our newest Strategic Plan in September’s Behind the ‘Line post, you saw that one of our Primary Excellence Goals (PEG) is “Everyone’s History.” While this PEG has been a formal part of our strategic plans since 2017, diversity, inclusion, and community-focused programming ...
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Dear TimeLine, What Does Voting Mean To You?

In honor of this year’s presidential election, we reached out to TimeLine company, associate artists, board, and staff to ask about their views on voting. We asked them three questions: What was your first memory involving voting? What can you remember about the first time ...
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Your CAMPAIGNS, INC. Reading List

Looking for your next read? Complement our Campaigns, Inc. public programs with this book list, curated and described by playwright Will Allan. The Lie Factory Jill Lepore “The Lie Factory is the piece that started it all for me. A filmmaker friend of mine, Gregory ...
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Your RELENTLESS Watch List

Looking for your next binge watch? Complement our Relentless public programs with this recommended media list, curated by playwright Tyla Abercrumbie and compiled with commentary by dramaturg Katie Jacobsen.  Beah Richards: A Black Woman Speaks on White Womanhood Actress, poet, and political activist Beah Richards ...
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