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Chicago Dramatists- Branching Out

In Author: Gwydhar Bratton, Entrepreneurial Tool Box, Theater/Film, Writing on October 2, 2009 at 9:33 am

If you’ve always wanted to try screenwriting but never felt like you knew where to start, now is your opportunity! The Chicago Dramatists, an organization that supports playwrights and their creative process, is now offering a course on screenwriting. The listing for the course reads something like this:

SCREENWRITING FUNDAMENTALS – The Art & Science of the Screenplay

Like any medium, screenwriting has its own rhythm and flow, challenges and rewards. This course is designed for beginning-to-intermediate writers to learn the art and science of writing cinematically. Topics covered will include Structure, Character, Plot, Dialogue, Genre-Busting, The Genius of Rewriting, Formatting the Page, The Cost of Marketing, Math vs. Jazz, Studio vs. Indie, Contracts, and How to Be a Professional. Class time will entail lecture, discussion, DVD examples, and in-class writing projects. And because screenwriting is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor, there will be one-on-one time geared for your particular project.

Piqued your interest? Just think of the possibilities! I hear through the grapevine that this course still has a few slots available, but they won’t last long. After all, Chicago is home to one of the largest film schools in the world, which means that every year more and more filmmakers are emerging in search of high quality scripts to produce and yours could be one of them.

In fact, while I’m at it I might as well mention that Blue Damen Pictures is going to be seeking a writer to help us put together a script for a 10 minute short film that we have a concept for. We are working on a series of short films called “The Insomniac Chronicles” that will eventually be put together to create a feature length film. The award winning short “The Visionary” (which just screened at Elgin Film Festival) is the first film that we produced in this series but we hope to do many more.

So get your pencils ready and jump in to the exciting world of screenwriting! For more information about the Chicago Dramatists course you can visit their website at:

A Visionary at The Sideshow

In Author: Gwydhar Bratton, Current Events, ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on September 4, 2009 at 12:16 am

Save this date:

Friday, September 11, 2009, 7:15 pm

You’ll be glad that you did and here’s why: Back when I was studying theatre in college we used to say “If you want to be famous then go to New York, but if you want to work, go to Chicago”. Chicago is home to dozens of boutique theatre companies that you may never have heard of, but if you haven’t heard of the Sideshow Theatre Company you’re truly missing out. Their motto says it best: “Familiar Stories. Unorthodox Methods. Perpetually Curious”, but their work really proves the point. Their current show “Ekphrasis: Cave Walls to Soup Cans” is a wonderfully creative and slightly condensed journey through the history of western art, on a mission to understand exactly where it comes from and what drives our desire to create.


This show is a hoot, and it’s not too late to still see it. Running through September 20th there are still a number of performances available but if you need a little something extra for incentive to make the trip all the way into the city then you’ll want to come out on Friday September 11th, at 7:15 when the Sideshow Theatre company and Blue Damen Pictures will be doing a special double feature of “Ekphrasis” (the play) and “The Visionary” (the film).

This sounds like a pretty good deal but it gets better: tickets for “Ekphrasis” are normally $15 each and can be purchased in advance at On September 11th, not only will you get two shows for the price of one you can ALSO get a discount if you are part of the theatre or film industry by bringing two copies of your resume to the screening itself.

So remember:

“Ekphrasis: Cave Walls to Soup Cans” and “The Visionary”

Friday, September 11, 2009 7:15 PM

Viaduct Theatre 3111 N Western Avenue, Chicago, IL

Admission: $15

The Building of Community at ETA

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on March 20, 2009 at 8:55 am

imageThis week has been an exciting week of collaboration and community building at ETA. Catalyst Ranch Ranch Czarina, Eva Niewiadoski and her sidekick, Bobbie Soeder offered to design our video series set. We all met at Bower Cowin‘s photography studio, here in Chicago, on Tuesday evening to paint and decorate. Photographer Peter Rossi, from PDR Productions, painted the walls, I steamed the drapes, while Eva and Bobbie decided how to give our ETA set that Catalyst Ranch creative, fun feel.

p1000632 Thursday evening, Bower, Peter and Joe Amenta, all professional photographers, worked together to set up the cameras and contributed their time and talents to shooting the first two interviews for the ETA Video Resource Library Center– which will feature Brian O’Hern from The Model Citizens Big Band and juggler, and new blogger, Dharmesh Bhagat.

Gwydhar Bratton, from Blue Damen Pictures, will be assisting us with the editing of each video we shoot for the library. We have at least 5 more interviews scheduled to shoot the first week of April. eta-video-set-designed-by-catalyst-ranch1

Creativity For A Cause

In Creativity and Innovation, Current Events, ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS on March 14, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Tired of Bad News?
Does your imagination need a jump-start to re-engage
the positive energy you have to bring to your life and work?

Bring your co-workers and friends to an evening of creativity and play at
Catalyst Ranch, 656 W. Randolph, Suite 3W, Chicago, Thursday May 14th, 6:00-8:00pm.

c4ac-badge-q21The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble and Arts At Large will serenade you while you paint and draw to classical music and jazz to get your creativity flowing. In this action packed evening you will create artwork in teams, experience making music as an ensemble, learn the artful stress reduction techniques of juggling, and reflect on an original new short film produced by Blue Damen Pictures called The Visionary.

Need another reason to come out for an evening of play?

How about investing in your creativity to support a great cause? A portion of the proceeds from this event will support Child’s Play Touring Theater.

Child’s Play Touring Theater is the premiere theatre company in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing works written by children. Combining the important, imaginative writings of children with the craftsmanship of professional theater artists and educators, Child’s Play creates a unique stage where children’s voices can be heard, examined and treasured.

The imaginations of our children, and the confidence their creative expression brings, will give them the strength and vision to lead our future world. Come learn the benefits of child’s play in action in this innovative fun night of creativity.

Bring an object from home or work that fits in the palm of your hand that you are willing to part with! Snacks and beverages included. $25.00 per person:

The New Bite-Size Arts Ensemble Logo- Animated!

In The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble on December 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm

The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble, albeit in its infancy as a Chicago based ensemble, is a concept I developed to bring the meaning of entrepreneurship alive to artists, arts students and recent graduates. As a result of an education system that currently teaches us mostly the art of preparing for “performance,” the purpose of the ensemble is to take the unique talents of each participant and create a performance that reflects what each of the participants creativity can offer the corporate and community at large. As part of the show each participant also will create an hour long workshop that is fee based to offer corporations or the community as creativity training.

The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble offers a group of artists customized performance oriented entrepreneurial training, or a school a new inexpensive entrance into teaching entrepreneurship. By learning how to bridge the gap into entrepreneurship, this ensemble offers a way to start testing your entrepreneurial concepts through marketing to the community at large. It can lead to helping you develop your own niche small business model–one that uniquely is your own.

If you live in Chicago check out our site at We are looking for more artists to join us. Our website however is about to be rebuilt to reflect not only the training program offerings but also our upcoming concerts.

The Chicago Bite-Size Arts Ensemble has been going through some changes already- to be expected. Some artists found it too big of a stretch to evolve and have moved on and others are working on accomplishing their business models. While entrepreneurship may not be for everyone, it certainly creates opportunities for artists to think in new ways about how to thrive using their art form.

We are currently begining to plan a series of performances jointly for 2009 with Blue Damen Pictures that will include several shorts from a featured film they are working on. I hope you like our new animated logo. It was created by Jillian Solarczyk.