Dominic Missimi

Artistic Director, Dominic Missimi, invites members of the Sarah Siddons Society to join him at three upcoming theatre productions. 

The first theatre offering will be the 2017 Waa-Mu Show, BEYOND BELIEF, on Sunday, April 30th at a matinee performance. This year the brand new musical will follow the journey of Superheroes coming to life on stage.  The 2 p.m. performance will be presented in Cahn Auditorium on the Northwestern University campus. A short discussion about the history of the Waa-Mu Show will be given by Mr. Missimi at 1 p.m. in the theatre’s Burdick Conference Room.  Mr. Missimi directed the show for 17 years.  Tickets are $30.

Next will be the Sarah Siddons Society theatre party to Chicago

Shakespeare Theatre’s SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, directed by award winning Rachel Rockwell, Sunday, May 7th.  In addition to the brilliant adaptation of the award winning film, the theatre outing will include a luncheon at the Riva restaurant. Luncheon will be served at 12 noon with a 2 p.m. curtain. Mr. Missimi will arrange a talk back following the performance with members of the cast. The cost of the performance and luncheon is $125.  This theatre party includes a donation to the Sarah Siddons Scholarship Fund.

SHE LOVES ME will be the third offering at the Marriott Theatre at Lincolnshire at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 8th.  This delightful musical, based on the classic film LITTLE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, is the creation of Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick, an alum of Northwestern University.  Mr. Missimi will arrange a talk back with actors playing the leading roles in the production.  Tickets are $35.00.

Here are the details for securing tickets to these “not to be missed” theatre parties organized by Mr. Missimi:

  • Members will receive an evite to SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and directions for ordering tickets. Check your in-box mid March.

  • For tickets to BEYOND BELIEF and SHE LOVES ME, please contact Dominic Missimi at to reserve your tickets. Checks may be sent directly to him at 1616 Sheridan Road, 3E,  Wilmette,  Illinois60091.  Order tickets to these two productions by April 15th. Make checks payable to Dominic Missimi.

Special thank you to the Schuyler Sisters - Eliza (Ari Asfar), Peggy (Samantha Marie Ware) & Kaitlin Fine (Associate Company Manager of HAMILTON) for joining us at the Sarah Siddons Annual Meeting on December 15th at the Union League of Chicago.

The 2016 Sarah Siddons Award was presented on May 16 to Broadway stars Brian D’Arcy James and Sutton Foster

The 2016 Sarah Siddons Award was presented on May 16 to Broadway stars Brian D’Arcy James and Sutton Foster. Due to illness, Ms. Foster was unable to attend the awards ceremony.  The Sarah Siddons Awards has been given annually to an outstanding actor and has included major stars from theatre and film.  Past recipients have included Helen Hayes, Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Carol Channing, Jessica Tandy, Liza Minelli, Bernadette Peters and Julie Andrews.  More recently the award has been given to Barbara Cook, Audra McDonald, Bebe Neuwirth and Jessie Mueller.

The awards ceremony included performances by two former Sarah Siddons Scholarship winners, composer-lyricist Michael Mahler and Christine Mild.  Mr. James was the 1989 Scholarship winner while an undergrad at Northwestern.  In addition, five of Northwestern’s Music Theatre students sang musical highlights from Mr.

Columbia College featured in New NOW festival in Amsterdam

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department was featured in the NEW NOW Festival 2015,sponsored by the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA). Two devised performance pieces created by Columbia College theatre students and alum was selected for inclusion in the festival, which ran from September 9-13 in Amsterdam. Columbia students and alumni are the only American college students chosen to participate in this prestigious and competitive juried international showcase of cutting-edge performance.

The NEW NOW Festival was presented by the European League of Institutes of Arts at Amsterdam’s historic Westergasfabriek culture park Sept. 9-13. This event was a thrilling opportunity for students and graduates to share their artistic vision with other innovative artists in an international forum — and great exposure for Columbia College and the City of Chicago in front of an international audience of artists, arts educators and arts journalists.

The Columbia College contingent was represented by two performance pieces, both created entirely by the students. One, United States of Amnesia, was performed live in the festival. The other, The Wonderers and Other Stories, was showcased in video as part of the NEW NOW Festival’s online component, and was presented online for viewing by an array of artists, presenters, and arts organizations around the world. The two works were created by the Room | 916 Collective, an ensemble of current and former Columbia College theatre students.


Sarah Siddons Society Introduces Leading Players

The Sarah Siddons Society is introducing LEADING PLAYERS spearheaded by Dominic Missimi, Siddons’ Artistic Director. Leading Players is a new, innovative creative arm of the sixty year old esteemed organization known for raising scholarship monies for talented theatre students at selected Chicagoland colleges and universities.

Leading Players is composed of theatre artists—actors, singers, dancers, directors, choreographers, producers, educators and arts managers. They will become an integral part of the organization serving as performing artists for Sarah Siddons Society events as well as creating a more varied season of theatrical programming for the organization.

Look for more news from LEADING PLAYERS soon!