Category: Events

Steppenwolf Brings Show to Youth Inside Three Juvenile Justice Facilities

An interview with Kari Betton, Music Director and Composer, Storycatchers Theatre Conducted by Tory Davidson, Community Engagement Manager, Storycatchers Theatre In March, Steppenwolf Theatre’s young adult production of The Burn toured to the juvenile justice facilities in which Storycatchers works. In addition to watching the performances, youth were involved in workshops with Steppenwolf and Storycatchers teaching artists. This created opportunities for youth […]

From Bullies To Bonding

Written by Meade Palidofsky, Founder and Artistic Director When I direct rehearsals at Warrenville every fall, I am immersed in the adolescent energy and off-stage drama around me. Overhearing a range of comments – from bursts of encouragement to sharper exchanges – I remember that often, the most challenging part of being in a show is […]

The Past Comes Knocking

I have spent a great deal of time lately thinking about what we have accomplished as a company — the multitude of young people who have benefited from our storytelling and team-building process during the last 32, now going on 33, years.

Maestro Muti Returns to IYC-Chicago

“Maestro Muti is very passionate about making the music of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) available to people who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to experience it,” Coordinator of Civic Engagement Programs, James Hall, explains. “We feel strongly that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra should be an orchestra for everyone, regardless of their current situation in life. […]

Dear Sky…The Big Show

The residents at the Illinois Youth Center (IYC) – Warrenville call Storycatchers Theatre’s fall musical the “Big Show” – and for good reason. The production elements are more elaborate than for the other three performances that occur throughout the year at IYC-Warrenville. The actors wear costumes, use props, and perform under traditional stage lighting on […]

Changing Voices Hones Life, Leadership & Communications Skills

The development of communication and leadership skills is one of the primary benefits of participation in a Storycatchers program.  This is particularly true of the Changing Voices post-release employment program, where youth focus on honing life skills as well as job-readiness.  Building on the storytelling and teamwork they learned with Storycatchers inside the Illinois Youth […]