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IMAGINE TRANSFORMATION VIRTUAL GALA

Join us for a two-night, online celebration of the Storycatchers programs that empower young people in the justice system to build meaningful futures. ● Enjoy brand-new performances of original songs. Meet our remarkable teaching artists and leadership team. Learn more about us from friends and allies such as Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Ira Glass, […]

Word Warriors Presents – HEARTLESS (All Shows)

Illinois Youth Center - Warrenville 30 W 200 Ferry Rd, Warrenville, IL

Join us for the Word Warriors Ensemble’s newest, original musical… HEARTLESS Kai wants to join the basketball team at school, but the assistant coach keeps getting in his way. It doesn’t help that the assistant coach is Kai’s dad, who is more embarrassed of his son than he is supportive. With conflict rising in the […]

Word Warriors Presents – What I’ve Seen Before

Illinois Youth Center - Warrenville 30 W 200 Ferry Rd, Warrenville, IL

Join us for the Word Warriors ... What I've Seen Before (Stage Reading)  From Chicago to Champaign and from the Quad Cities to Effingham, the real life stories of our Word Warriors ensemble span the state of Illinois. Come join us for this world premiere reading of the youths’ winter writing as told by the […]

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Firewriters Preview: LIFE’S GAME

Join us for the Firewriters Preview ... Life's Game Life's Game follows a teen named Manny who is struggling with his family's addictions and secrets. He let's go of his dream of a healthy home life and turns to his friends who get involved in gang activities. Is his family too late to stop him […]

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Firewriters Preview: LIFE’S GAME

Join us for the Firewriters Preview ... Life's Game Life's Game follows a teen named Manny who is struggling with his family's addictions and secrets. He let's go of his dream of a healthy home life and turns to his friends who get involved in gang activities. Is his family too late to stop him […]

Word Warriors Presents – Phone Calls & Call Outs (Stage Reading) 

Illinois Youth Center - Warrenville 30 W 200 Ferry Rd, Warrenville, IL

Join us for the Word Warriors ... Phone Calls & Call Outs (Stage Reading)  The real life stories of our Word Warriors ensemble span the state of Illinois. Come join us for this world premiere reading of the youths’ spring writing as performed by the authors themselves! The reading will last approximately 45 minutes, and […]

A Conversation: Making Art During COVID

Venus Cabaret Theater @ Mercury Theater 3745 N Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL

Join us for a look behind the curtain at Illinois Youth Center - Chicago. Throughout the pandemic, we kept all of our programs going. Curious to know how we did it? Our ally, Michael Byrd, Assistant Superintendent of Programs, and our program leaders, Mbali Guliwe and Tanji Harper, will lead a discussion about the Firewriters […]

A Celebration: Possibilities and Potential

VU Rooftop Bar 133 E Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL

Join us as we celebrate being able to gather together again. We all deserve a good party and Storycatchers has found the perfect spot. Join us for a fabulous rooftop view of our city, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar at VU Rooftop. And listen to a story you won’t soon forget. One of […]

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Firewriters Present – Where We Are, And Where We’re Going (Staged Reading) 

Illinois Youth Center – Chicago 136 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL

Join us for the Firewriters Staged Reading of "Where We Are, And Where We're Going This Firewriters staged reading performance is a series of narratives, songs, and poems focused on youth’s identity. Their writings center on where they are now and where they would like to be in the future. The reading will last approximately […]

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Firewriters Present – Where We Are, And Where We’re Going (Staged Reading) 

Illinois Youth Center – Chicago 136 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL

Join us for the Firewriters Staged Reading of "Where We Are, And Where We're Going This Firewriters staged reading performance is a series of narratives, songs, and poems focused on youth’s identity. Their writings center on where they are now and where they would like to be in the future. The reading will last approximately […]

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WORD WARRIORS PRESENT – WHO DO YOU PUT THE GUN DOWN FOR

Illinois Youth Center - Warrenville 30 W 200 Ferry Rd, Warrenville, IL

Join us for the Word Warriors Preview Performance of WHO DO YOU PUT THE GUN DOWN FOR Synopsis: Markus is ready to move on and move up with some nice, new things. He's about to graduate into high school, he likes his new neighborhood, and he's surrounded by solid friends. But when hard times show […]

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WORD WARRIORS PRESENT – WHO DO YOU PUT THE GUN DOWN FOR

Illinois Youth Center - Warrenville 30 W 200 Ferry Rd, Warrenville, IL

Join us for the Word Warriors Preview Performance of WHO DO YOU PUT THE GUN DOWN FOR Synopsis: Markus is ready to move on and move up with some nice, new things. He's about to graduate into high school, he likes his new neighborhood, and he's surrounded by solid friends. But when hard times show […]

Youth Voices from Detention During the Pandemic: A Conversation

Goodman Theatre - Walter Lab 170 N Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL

Join us for an intimate conversation in person or online with the team at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Throughout the pandemic, we have collaborated with our partners at the Detention Center. With their help, we have maintained Storycatchers' Temporary LockDown program remotely. Even though we cannot work with them in person, we are […]

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WORD WARRIORS PRESENT – WHO DO YOU PUT DOWN THE GUN FOR

Illinois Youth Center - Warrenville 30 W 200 Ferry Rd, Warrenville, IL

Join us for the Word Warriors Performance of WHO DO YOU PUT DOWN THE GUN FOR Synopsis: Markus is ready to move on and move up with some nice, new things. He’s about to start high school, he likes his new neighborhood, and he’s surrounded by solid friends. But when hard times show up from […]

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WORD WARRIORS PRESENT – WHO DO YOU PUT DOWN THE GUN FOR

Illinois Youth Center - Warrenville 30 W 200 Ferry Rd, Warrenville, IL

Join us for the Word Warriors Performance of WHO DO YOU PUT DOWN THE GUN FOR Synopsis: Markus is ready to move on and move up with some nice, new things. He’s about to start high school, he likes his new neighborhood, and he’s surrounded by solid friends. But when hard times show up from […]

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