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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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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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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...

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Temporary Lockdown Takes a Do-Over

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...

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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...

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Changing Voices Engages Audiences On Summer Tour

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...

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Man of the House Features TLD and Guest Artists

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...

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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...

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Fabulous Females Ensemble Explores Trust

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...

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Super Powers Swoop Through Teens Together

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...

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Temporary LockDown Ensemble Chases the Truth

On August 7 and 8, the Storycatchers Temporary LockDown Ensemble (TLD) at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (CCJTDC) presented Chasing the Truth, a staged reading of work developed in a special, intensive five-week program that Storycatchers created...

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Firewriters Preview Easy Targets, Meet Muti

The Firewriters Ensemble at Illinois Youth Center-Chicago (IYC-Chicago) will present a preview performance of Easy Targets, its newest original one-act musical, on October 26 at 5:30 PM. An informal reception with the cast and Storycatchers staff will follow....

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People, Pets and Parole Challenge Summer Touring Ensemble

Portraying both humans and animals presented a creative challenge to the 2014 Teens Together Summer Touring Ensemble. The17-member youth ensemble explored movement and vocalization techniques to create each character. The ensemble performed 32 shows in 11 locations....

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