Changing Voices is a supported employment program that engages groups of up to 12 recently released young people to develop and perform a musical addressing the challenges they face upon reentry. Storycatchers coordinates Changing Voices with the Illinois aftercare system as part of an effort to increase likelihood of successful reentry for court-involved youth.
Location: 100 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60612
Download Application: 2017 Changing Voices Application
Touring Schedule: Monday – Thursday
Booking: Contact Eliana Sigel-Epstein to get Changing Voices to your school or program.
Changing Voices presentations include two parts: the presentation of an original one-act musical, followed by guided discussions with the audience that invite audience members to step into the situations faced by characters in the show. There are no right or wrong answers in this process. With guidance from ensemble members, students can safely explore choices and outcomes, with opportunities to determine if the logical consequence of an action is what they would want for themselves. The post-performance role-play should also include at least one school or facility staff member that can demonstrate what a young person in need of guidance can expect to happen in real time.
Each new Changing Voices Ensemble writes and develops an original one-act script inspired by their personal stories. The Changing Voices Ensemble is currently touring STUCK, inspired by stories from the 2015-16 cohort.
In August 2016, Storycatchers was thrilled to announce that the Changing Voices program is one of three winners in Chicago Beyond’s first-ever innovation challenge, GO Innovate. The innovation investment from Chicago Beyond includes a research partnership with the University of Chicago’s Urban Labs to evaluate the impact of the program over a two-year time span. This opportunity will move Storycatchers closer to its long-range vision of a statewide post-release employment network of Changing Voices programs staffed by alumni working alongside Storycatchers teaching artists as critically needed models of peer success.