Pursuit is a laboratory that supports the work of director Kacie Smith and choreographer Ahmad Simmons as well as the creation of new interdisciplinary work in Chicago. We work with a variety of artists in a variety of mediums to to tell stories in innovative ways. While the aesthetics, genre and medium of the projects may vary widely – every piece shares a desire to create something exceptional and push forward its respective form, giving the audience a unique and memorable shared experience.
We are always looking for new projects and to support fellow writers and creators.
THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who came out and partied with us. The Secondary Talent Talent Show was a raucous success and we will be making it an annual event! Get ready for the Second Secondary Talent Talent Show. Worth it just for the name...
Kacie, a Texas native, is a director and writer currently living in Chicago, IL. After graduating with a BFA in Directing from the University of Michigan in 2011, she has set out to create an artistic home in Chicago where she can produce her own work along with like-minded artists interested in exploring the uniqueness of the human experience and pushing the bounds of American theater. Past productions include And Baby Makes Seven by Paula Vogel, Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams, A Life in the Theater by David Mamet, Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl and The Boxer by Chicago playwright Matt Lyle. www.kaciejsmith.com
Ahmad is native of Fort Worth, Texas where he began his training at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. While in Texas, he trained extensively through the Dallas Black Dance Theater, the Debbie Allen Dance Institute and the Dian Clough West Dance Center. Additional training includes the Broadway Theatre Project in Florida and Montreal’s Springboard Danse program. He holds a BFA in Dance from Point Park University, spent 3 years dancing with River North Dance Chicago and is currently touring nationally and internationally as a dancer with Parsons Dance Company.
We are currently accepting submissions for a dramaturg to work for the next year on script development for Lilith - a new script set in 8th century Palestine and present-day Israel. Applicants should send their CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have examples of past research you've prepared for a production that is able to be included - please do. Stipend pay. Start date ASAP. Ability to read Hebrew and/or prior knowledge of the Talmud a bonus but not a requirement.
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