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Chicago Insider Spotlight: Meet Amelia Bell

November 10, 2016 by CJ Schwartz
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Welcome to our Chicago Insider Spotlight, where we profile Chicago residents & TodayTix aficionados about why they love Chicago theater. Think of it like consulting your cool, knowledgeable friend about everything to see and do in Chicago. Read on to learn more about the most memorable theatergoing experiences in Chicago, where to take out-of-towners, and some thoughts on “Hamilton.”

Meet Amelia Bell: Amelia is a Music and Movement Teaching Artist and Actor. She lives in Lakeview East where she moved after graduating from Northwestern University.

Amelia Bell

Why do you love theater in Chicago?

I think that Chicago theaters tend to choose timely and thoughtful stories to tell. I love Chicago’s emphasis on new work and Chicago premieres. Most of all I love the community of people. I find that both the artists and the audience members I encounter are incredibly warm and have really insightful and interesting things to say about the work.

If you had family in town, which theater company would you take them to see a show at and why?

Places like Steppenwolf and Goodman or Broadway in Chicago are always fun to take people to because of their ‘wow factor’. However, my favorite place to bring new people is Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind with the Neo-Futurists. It’s different from anything anyone has seen. It’s high energy and interactive. There are parts that are serious and parts that are laugh-out-loud hilarious. I’ve never taken anyone there without having them leave having a lot to say about what they’ve just seen. Plus, if the show is sold out, you get pizza!

Can you tell us about a recent theater experience you had that inspired you?

Earlier this fall I was lucky enough to have a week where I saw four incredible productions in a row. First, You on the Moors Now at the Hypocrites, then Hand to God at Victory Gardens, next was City of Conversation at Northlight, and finally Life Sucks at Lookingglass. Each one was just as impressive as the next and they were diverse in terms of experience. It was incredible to see the caliber of art that was happening in such different ways all over the Chicagoland area. It made me so grateful to be in a community where I have access to all of these different kind of shows. I left that last show feeling reinvigorated about what theater can do and be.

Are there any shows you’re particularly looking forward to this season?

I’m still excited to see In the Heights with Porchlight at Stage 773. I know it’s been playing for over a month now, but I’m lucky it got one final extension so that I can make it! I also really want to see Betrayal at Raven Theatre, Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera with Underscore Theatre, as well as Ragtime at Griffin Theatre next year.

OK, last serious question, which Schuyler Sister are you?

I think I’m probably Eliza. I’m a hopeless romantic and I’m very trusting. I wouldn’t be surprised if my friends called me Peggy though.

Thanks so much to Amelia for sharing her passion for Chicago theater. Do you want to be featured in one of our Insider Spotlights? Tweet at us or let us know on Facebook why you love Chicago theater.