Shakespeare and SUMA Directors Offer Tour of Chicago

Art and theatre lovers can enjoy delving deep into the Chicago cultural scene this fall as Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) and Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) team up to offer an exclusively curated cultural experience. Trip leaders are USF Artistic Director Brian Vaughn, and SUMA Director Jessica Farling, who combine connections and experiences to offer an immersive Chicago adventure through the lens of performing and visual arts.

Operated by SUU Community on the Go, the Chicago Art & Theatre Tour runs Oct. 15-21 and is a benefit for the Beverley Center for the Arts. The itinerary includes performances of “Hamilton,” “The King’s Speech” and “Bernhardt/Hamlet.” Led by Vaughn will be private backstage tours and actor talkbacks–the unique opportunity to discuss the show with the production team–and orientations and discussions.

“Chicago is a haven for the performing and visual arts and I’m eager to share my own personal love for the city as well as the incredible work that’s happening at these institutions,” Vaughn said.

In the area of visual arts, Farling is set to lead travelers on a Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture Tour to include lunch at the Robie House. Also, to museums including the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, where “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again” is being showcased for a limited time. Orientations and interpretative discussions will highlight the art experiences.

“I’m most excited to share my favorite museum with residents of southern Utah,” said Jessica Farling, SUMA Director/Curator. “I could spend days, even weeks, in the Art Institute of Chicago. It was my first real art museum experience as a teenager and solidified my love of the visual arts.”

In addition to art and theatre, travelers will enjoy Chicago’s nightlife and culinary scene. Experiences include stepping into the nightlife scene with jazz and blues, and indulging in classic Chicago dogs and deep dish pizza.

Trip cost includes hotel, tickets and admission to theatre and art experiences, and select meals. For more information on SUU Community on the Go trips, or to reserve your spot today, visit, call (435) 586-7808 or stop by the office at 136 W. University Blvd, Suite 003, Cedar City, Utah.

Story Courtesy of: SUU Marketing Communication and Melynda Thorpe
Photos courtesy of: SUU Community on the Go. Vaughn Director – “Brian Vaugh, Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Artistic Director”. Jessica Farling – “Southern Utah Museum of Arts Director/Curator”