The event features fashions presentations by local designers Borris Powell, JToor and Crystal B. Designs; glass blowing demonstrations; music from DJs Obscene Beats and Patrick Beatman; artisan cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction including exclusive Goodman experiences. Cocktail attire is recommended. Last year's first-ever Scene Soiree drew more than 200 of Chicago's foremost young professionals and raised more than $15,000 towards Goodman Theatre's free six-week summer program, General Theatre Studies for Chicago youth (proceeds from this year's event will also support this program).
Nearly 80 Chicago young people will participate in Goodman Theatre's free six-week summer program, General Theatre Studies (GTS), running July 1 - August 12. Participants aged 14 - 19 learn all elements of theater production as well as critical thinking, literacy and storytelling skills from local theater professionals. This year's theme will focus on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; a significant event in the Civil Rights Movement at which Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s delivered his iconic speech "I Have a Dream." GTS introduces participants to all elements of the creation of theater, both on stage and behind the scenes, using personal history and storytelling techniques.
Now in its 10th year of service, Goodman Theatre's Scenemakers Board has reached its highest level of active participation in the group's history, with its near 40 members contributing more than $75,000 to the Goodman last year. A young professionals auxiliary board of Goodman Theatre, the Scenemakers supports the theater's mission through fundraising, audience development and advocacy--with a particular focus on the Goodman's New Work initiative and education and community engagement. Other events hosted by the Scenemakers include the "Scene Night" series, which brings together young professionals at downtown locations before a Goodman Theatre production, and the annual "Cocktails & __" event in January, at which attendees mix and mingle with Goodman artists in an exclusive behind-the-scenes space. Learn more at GoodmanTheatre.org/Scenemakers.
For tickets to Scene Soiree visit www.goodmantheatre.org/scenesoiree
More Information about Borris Powell:
Borris Powell is the winner of the prestigious 2011 Oscars Designer Challenge and has received numerous accolades in local and national press, including Lucky and Elle. Inspired by the masterful shapes of Christian Dior, Powell started his design career in Chicago in 1997 and has since built a devoted following. His trademark silhouettes blend art and sartorial skill, using surprising textures and classic colors that complement the female form and give a chic nod to high-end city life.