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Learning What It Means to Have REAL POWER

Written by Aimee Stahlberg, Strategy and Process Manager Changing Voices “How can I get me some real power?” That’s the ending line of Storycatchers Theatre's current Changing Voices production. After touring for several months, members of the Changing Voices Ensemble...

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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. Where are they now? It is a...

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Monster: Perception & Identity

A dynamic partnership with Steppenwolf Theatre is underway, as Storycatchers Teaching Artists and the Changing Voices Ensemble prepare for the March 2017 tour of  the Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) production of Monster. The play, directed by Hallie Gordon...

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Donors’ Corner

Storycatchers Theatre could not deliver its award-winning programs to court-involved young people without the support of many individual and institutional donors. Right now, the company is poised to make an extraordinary evolutionary leap because of the generosity and...

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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...

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The Revolving Door Evolves

Lamar bounds into the classroom, throwing his arms wide open and grinning ear to ear. “How ya’ll BEEN!!!” Lamar’s excitement  mirrors our own as Storycatchers’ Temporary Lockdown Ensemble at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center begins a new season. A big,...

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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...

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Storycatching: The Dress

Storycatching will be a monthly column by Artistic Director Meade Palidofsky relating stories that have shaped company philosophy, mission and process over the past 30 + years. The Dress Soon we will be hanging the banner for the Sheila Kalish Memorial Theatre in the...

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Standing Ovation for the Final Bow

After 19 successful years, Storycatchers says a fond farewell to the Teens Together Playwriting and Summer Touring Ensemble programs with the company’s decision to focus its programming on court-involved youth. For the program’s final summer, fifteen teens came...

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Changing It Up: Movement, Music, and the Scales of Justice

The Changing Voices Ensemble wrapped up a successful summer of programming, which included touring Chicago with their original musical, STUCK. Over the past three and a half months, CV has performed a total of 46 shows for 1,058 Chicagoans at various sites, including...

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Spotlight: Jacob Clinkscales

Storycatchers Theatre and Sharing Who I Truly Am: An Interview with Jacob Clinkscales By Ashlyn Wheeler When Jacob joined Teens Together at the age of 13, he was one of the youngest members in the ensemble. Today, he has just ended the summer serving as the Teens...

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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...

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HMPRG Honors Palidofsky with 2016 Schweitzer Leadership Award

The Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship Program recognized Storycatchers Founder and Artistic Director, Meade Palidofsky, with a 2016 Schweitzer Leadership Award. Each year, this award honors an individual who has...

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