Virtual Seminar Series
May 30Aug 22, 2020
Free for all


Learn from Chicago artists and local arts leaders in these FREE Saturday seminars designed to aid those whose ability to work has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All events will be recorded and shared here afterwards, so if you cannot make a seminar, don’t worry!

How It Works

Each seminar will be conducted over Zoom on a Saturday from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Register for your preferred seminar(s) by clicking the corresponding date on the calendar at right (full seminar details are below). One day prior to your seminar date, we’ll send you information on accessing the Zoom meeting to the email address you registered with.


Lili-Anne Brown
Victory Gardens Resident Director
JC Clementz
Steppenwolf Theatre Casting Director and Artistic Producer
Emjoy Gavino
The Gift Theatre Company Casting Director & Associate Artistic Director
Dave Kresl
Recording Engineer
Bob Mason
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Associate/Casting Director
David Turrentine
Enrolled Agent and Actor

Seminar Schedule and Details

Instructor: David Turrentine, Chicago Actor 

This workshop is designed to teach artists how to keep track of income and expenses and save money on their taxes. The workshop will include the following:

-An in-depth discussion of tax-deductible expenses for artists.
-An examination of wage vs. independent contractor income and expenses (W-2s and 1099s).
-Basic bookkeeping techniques and tips on how to run a “one-person business.”
-An overview of the “Qualified Performing Artist” area of the tax code with its special rules for lower-income performing artists.
-Valuable hints on how to deal with “self-employment” income.
-A demonstration of how to include arts related business expenses on your tax return to significantly reduce your taxes.
-A discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of various types of business entities such as LLCs and corporations.
-An overview of the tax law changes for 2018 as they specifically relate to artists.

Instructor: Dave Kresl, Recording Engineer 


Dave Kresl has worked as a recording engineer in the Chicago advertising community for over twenty years. Through the recording and mixing of thousands of spots for television radio and internet, he can help you with the process of preparing great sounding auditions.


  • Lili-Anne Brown, Victory Gardens Theater Resident Director
  • JC Clementz, Steppenwolf Theatre Casting Director and Artistic Producer
  • Emjoy Gavino, Casting Director/Associate Artistic Director of The Gift Theatre Company
  • Bob Mason, Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Associate/Casting Director


Learn how to set yourself up for a successful Zoom audition, from creating your audition space to adjusting your performance for maximum digital impact. Questions encouraged!