A Director’s Journey (or You’re An Artist of Color) with Mikael Burke

by Bri Schwartz Photo by Michael Brosilow In my three years here at The Theatre School at DePaul University, I have worked on shows about topics as broad as trauma and heartache and as niche as beastiality and basketball. Never have I worked on something that talks about something as close to me as race.... Continue Reading →

Letter from the Editors

Hello my fellow Grapplers, We are incredibly honored and excited to be serving as your two Editors-in-Chief for the 2017-2018. The Grappler is an incredible organization with members dedicated to our mission of grappling with current events in theatre and beyond. In our current socio-political sphere, what more could a student organization could ask for?... Continue Reading →

Bad and Nasty = Bust

By Bri Schwartz, Event Coordinator Graphic by Klaire Brezinski “Real artists are always waiting for a revolution. When that day comes, they will be the ones who speak for the masses.” When a 14 year old Bri heard this come out of her theatre teacher’s mouth, she was inspired. She made it her goal to do... Continue Reading →

Diversify, Defy, or Die

Graphic by Danielle Szabo By Daniella Mazzio, Staff Writer Members from all across The Theatre School community gathered in the Fullerton lobby on February 11th to attend the event announcing the 2016-2017 season. While every season’s announcement has always brought its fair share of buzz, this was the first time a celebration was held to... Continue Reading →


On April 7th, The Grappler challenged The Theatre School and greater Chicago theatre communities to come together to discuss the creation, criticism and responsibilities of making modern art. The Grappler is a student led publication interested in bringing the practice of dramaturgy and criticism in Chicago into the present moment. This is Modern Art asked... Continue Reading →


The Grappler's Winter Quarter Arts Issue Forum: Reimagining the Classics held on Thursday, February 19th at 5pm in TTS Room 301.   Kathy Ferolito (Theatre Arts, '17) hosted 3 amazing panelists as they discussed what it means to reimagine classic theatre. The panelists included:   Sean Graney: Artistic Director of The Hypocrites. Lavina Jadhwani: MFA Directing 2015; Director of S3: The Duchess of Malfi.... Continue Reading →

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