About

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Overview

Chicago Commercial Collective is a commercial theatre company focused on producing work of incredible quality and commercial appeal thereby supporting the city’s vital theatre scene.

Our goal is to manifest a thriving mid-sized commercial theatre scene that employs Chicago theatre artists doing what they do best, Chicago theatre. The Collective’s focus will be producing theatre with previous success, building upon the interest already generated from the original production. We make sure these productions then keep their primary production in Chicago giving work to Chicago artists and building upon Chicago tourism.

Through the creation of Chicago Commercial Collective, the company benefits Chicago citizens, artists, and theatre companies. The Collective provides many services to theatre companies and producers. FIND OUT MORE

Chicago Commercial Collective is comprised of Producers Brian Loevner and Aurélia F. Cohen and Associate Producers Benjamin Brownson, Alex Huntsberger, Becky Mock and Keaton Wooden.

Brian Loevner

Brian  is a theatre manager, producer, production manager, and arts educator. From 2004-2013, Brian served as the Managing Director of Chicago Dramatists.  In addition, he was a founder and the Managing Director of Theatre Conspiracy in Washington D.C. for four seasons. In 1998, he co-founded TriArts, Inc., where he created programming partnerships with the Chicago Park District, Gallery 37, and the Department of Aging.  Brian has also produced and production managed over 90 shows with companies such as Famous Door Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Collaboraction, Chicago Dramatists and The Actor’s Gymnasium. Further, he has worked as a business consultant, assisting sole proprietors and small companies in setting up accounting and office systems. He attended Virginia Tech University and George Mason University where he majored in Theatre Arts with a focus on Arts Management.

Aurélia F. Cohen

Aurélia is a theater producer and consultant to non-profit administrators. She received a Master of Fine Arts in theater management from Yale School of Drama. Since her move to Chicago, Aurélia has worked with About Face Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, The Music Theatre Company, OnStage in America, American Theater Company, and Lifeline Theater. While at Yale, she worked as the Managing Director for the Yale Cabaret, producing 20 shows in 28 weeks. Prior to her time at Yale, she was the Technical Archivist at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City. During her time in New York City, Aurélia founded Pig Brooch, an ensemble theatre company. Aurélia is a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.

Benjamin Brownson

Benjamin has been working as a Chicago producer, director, playwright, dramaturg, actor, and arts administrator for over five years.  Since earning his MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago he has worked with a variety of organizations, including Court Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Theatre Seven of Chicago, Waltzing Mechanics, and Broken Nose Theatre, where he is the founding Artistic Director.  BNT highlights include their inaugural hit My First Time, the “surprise musical hit of summer,” (Hedy Weiss) ROOMS a rock romance, and Bechdel Fest, a short play festival featuring 50 artists and an all-female cast.  His play Beautiful Broken received its world premiere with BNT after developmental readings at Chicago Dramatists’, the Greenhouse Theater Center, and the Park Theater in Holland, Michigan.  He served as dramaturg for Mortar Theatre’s Corazon de Manzana and Theatre Seven’s We Live Here, which earned a Jeff Nomination for New Work, and has performed across the country on three national theater tours.  In addition to his role with the Collective, Benjamin is the General Manager of the Greenhouse Theater Center, where he runs the day to day operations and oversees the Trellis Artist Development Program.

Keaton Wooden

Keaton is an Emmy-nominated producer, writer, and director living in Chicago. Studying at Ball State University and the University of Oxford, Wooden was a Rhodes, Fullbright, and Marshall Scholarship nominee before moving to Chicago to produce theater and film. Wooden’s background in science led him to join a ground-breaking writing team to create an original play about the women who built the atomic bomb, the screenplay of the same story was also a finalist for the Sundance Festival’s Alfred P Sloan Commissioning Grant. Wooden’s favorite theater credits include directing”The Promise” in Indiana and remounted at The Side Project Theater as well as “In the Jungle” at the Brown Elephant for AIDS research. He went on to produce “A Map of our Country” for the Samuel French Off Off Broadway festival and Irvine Welsh’s world-premiere adaptation of his famous novel titled “Trainspotting USA.” Film projects include the award-winning web series “Box Boys,” the Emmy-nominated “Vibrations: A Documentary” for PBS, “NightLights” starring Shawna Waldron, and “Calumet” starring Steppenwolf ensemble member Austin Pendleton. Wooden has given presentations on his experience in entertainment and the humanities at the University of Oxford.

Advisory Board

The Collective’s Advisory Board is a group of respected Chicago theatre professionals that give the company guidance and resources for success.

David Schmitz – the Managing Director of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Anthony Moseley –  Executive Artistic Director of COLLABORACTION.

Cathy Nathan – theatrical producer and president of Cathy Nathan Unlimited LLC.