Category: Events

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 […]

Youth in Storycatchers Theatre Programs Share Stories with the Illinois Supreme Court

On Monday, March 14, 2016, members of three Storycatchers Theatre programs for court-involved youth performed in chambers for the Supreme Court of Illinois. Participants in the Fabulous Females, Firewriters, and Changing Voices programs presented scenes and songs from recent productions in the Courtroom of the Supreme Court building in Springfield. According to Artistic Director Meade […]

Harrowing Journey Leads to Understanding

The Fabulous Females Ensemble performed its newest original one-act musical during the first week of November. Blackout. Flashback. Another Memory presented the story of Cinnamon and Naomi as they leave an extended incarceration and attempt to resolve the two dilemmas that dominate their young lives: how to be a leader when it is so much easier […]

Youth Overcome Betrayal; ask for Help in …Super Power

Many new youth joined the cast of the 2015 Teens Together Summer Touring Ensemble last June. The 15-member ensemble and two teaching artists performed 29 shows in ten different locations. In order to engage audiences more intimately, Storycatchers staged all performances in-the-round, presenting a new challenge for the young actors which the Ensemble met with […]

Firewriters Ensemble Scores BIG With Easy Targets

The Firewriters Ensemble at Illinois Youth Center-Chicago (IYC-Chicago) had an outstanding turnout of 85 audience members for their winter musical Easy Targets on Sunday, February 22, 2015. In addition to the twelve IYC-Chicago residents, the Ensemble also included Apprentice Teaching Actors Kateri Halbleib and Maushea House from the Teens Together Ensemble, as well as IYC […]