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Going Beyond: Investing in a Post-Release Vision for Illinois Youth By Executive Director, Priya Shah
NEW BEGINNINGS AND EXCITING GROWTH As the new Executive Director of Storycatchers Theatre, I am excited to announce the company’s plan to grow Changing Voices, our post-release youth employment project, to a statewide program. Our goal is to lay the foundation for a...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Storycatchers had a presence at the “Shakespeare in Prisons: In Practice” conference at Notre Dame January 25-27, 2016. Artistic Director Meade Palidofsky and Lead Teaching Artist Ozivell Ecford conducted a workshop for fellow practitioners of arts program in prison...read more
Teaching artist Diana Lawrence, composer for Storycatchers’ Temporary LockDown program at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, recently created the original music for the critically acclaimed new Tracy Letts play at Steppenwolf, Mary Page Marlowe. This was Ms....read more
Thanks to the generosity of Chicago’s professional theatre community, and the determination of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice to broaden the outlook and education of its youth, Storycatchers brings groups of participants from all of its programs to...read more
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...read more
On May 10, 2016, Storycatchers' Changing Voices Ensemble hosted officers from the Chicago Police Department at a performance and lunch as part of the Chicago Community Trust On the Table Initiative. After watching a rehearsal of two scenes from Stuck, the Ensemble’s...read more
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...read more
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 done...read more
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...read more
The Temporary Lockdown Ensemble explored their experiences with “Second Chances and Do-Overs” during a 10-week program cycle that culminated in two staged readings for more than 100 people at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center on September 17 and 18. The...read more
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...read more
The Changing Voices Ensemble (CVE) hit the road over the summer with STRUGGLING IN THESE STREETS, an original one-act musical written by CVE members in 2014 and revised by a core group of playwrights before the program resumed in March. Returning CVE members Greg...read more
On May 16, the Fabulous Females Ensemble of the Illinois Youth Center–Warrenville (IYC-W) will present a staged reading of current works-in-progress. The performance will begin at 12:30pm in the Sheila Kalish Memorial Theatre at IYC-W. An informal reception with the...read more
The Temporary LockDown Ensemble at Cook County Juvenile Detention Center (CCJDC) will present a preview performance of the original musical Man of the House at 6 PM on Friday, April 17, 2015. Andre has been the “man of the house” for four years since his father was...read more
Love Is A Super Power tells the story of several teens preparing to perform a musical at the Celebration of Local Heroes Ceremony on Labor Day. While the group brainstorms possible nominees for the 2015 Local Hero Award, two youth, Joey and Deon, dream of saving their...read more