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The work of Storycatchers Theatre has gained national attention once again as one of the first recipients of an award from the Art for Justice Fund in November 2017. The Art for Justice Fund, created by Agnes Gund in partnership with the Ford Foundation and...read more
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...read more
Written by Rachel Hauben Combs, Development Director A wise Chicago theatre artist once said that and it has never been truer. Today, both artistic endeavors and social justice causes are increasingly dependent on individual donors. In 2016, our very own “Temporary...read more
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...read more
I have always believed in the power of stories to transform people. Storycatchers Theatre embodies this belief by providing young people with the tools they need to express themselves, change, and grow; this mission is the reason I joined the organization in July 2016...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
“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...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
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...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
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
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
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
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
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