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Firewriters 2nd Staged Reading: IF I PUT MYSELF IN DANGER (3 of 3)

Illinois Youth Center - Chicago 136 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL

If you missed their staged reading in June - or saw it and want to see how the show is progressing - don't miss the second staged reading, titled IF I PUT MYSELF IN DANGER. All residential Storycatchers performances take place on-site, in the juvenile detention centers.  You will be sent a confirmation email once […]

Google Hangout: Collaborating with Juvenile Justice Facilities

Storycatchers creates bridges of dialogue between juvenile justice facilities and communities across Illinois, but we can't be everywhere at once. You've been contacting us with questions of how to build a program in collaboration with juvenile justice facilities in your own state; we have answers.

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Firewriters Preview: I AM NOT YOUR HOMIE

Illinois Youth Center - Chicago 136 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL

Don't miss the heart-pounding preview of the Firewriters ensemble's newest show.

Word Warriors Staged Reading: A BETTER TOMORROW

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

The Word Warriors ensemble at IYC-Warrenville present original scenes and songs reflecting on where they’ve been and where they want to go.

“Step Up and Step Out” 2020 Annual Gala Brunch (CANCELLED)

The Casino Club 195 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL

NOTE ON THE CANCELLATION OF OUR GALA BRUNCH In keeping with recommendations from the CDC and the State of Illinois, and in accord with many of our peer organizations serving Chicago, we are regretfully cancelling the Annual Benefit Brunch scheduled for April 18. We make this decision out of concern for the health and well-being of our […]

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Firewriters Musical: I AM NOT YOUR HOMIE (POSTPONED)

Illinois Youth Center - Chicago 136 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL

The Firewriters production of I AM NOT YOUR HOMIE is currently postponed. 

Miquan is turning 18, and is facing some serious crossroads. His father is incarcerated, his friends are claiming opposing gangs, he is being recruited to sell drugs, and the women in his life are facing physical obstacles that will undoubtedly change his life. His childhood best friend is in trouble and needs his help, and Miquan feels the push to take the road most traveled, at least in his neighborhood. Join us as we journey through Miquan's path towards his future.

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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, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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