Introducing Our

Apprentice Company.

For promising artists with a passion for Storycatchers’ youth, there’s a path to become the next generation of teaching artists.

See their first performance


What is a Teaching Artist?

A teaching artist is a professional artist and educator. They teach youth to write, sing, act, dance, and perform. Our teaching artists also use the creative process to give participants the social and emotional skills they need to confront their trauma and be successful upon reentry into society.

Why our community needs this Apprentice Company.

There’s a critical need for people like Melvin who have been through the justice system, have incurred severe trauma, and who share life experiences with the youth we work with. Storycatchers youth need teaching artists and mentors who have overcome the countless barriers to re-entry and are examples of what’s possible.

This is why our best teaching artists will come directly from Storycatchers programs.

What does an Apprentice Teaching Artist do?

  • Work up to 30 hours/week inside a Storycatchers program.
  • Receive teaching artist training in artistic skills, trauma therapy techniques, and classroom management.
  • Mentor young people who need positive role models.
  • Receive case management and life skills support on an ongoing basis.
  • Perform in Storycatchers’ community performances.
  • Work toward a meaningful career in a field that desperately needs qualified individuals who can understand and address the long-lasting repercussions of violence, generational poverty, and mass incarceration.

 The vision and purpose for our Apprentice Company in 44 seconds.

“Being able to tell my story and help others to tell theirs has taught me that once you open up, you feel so much peace.”

Melvin Williams
Former Storycatchers Apprentice Company Member

Meet the current Apprentice Teaching Artists.

Aj Storm

Apprentice Company Member

“Words affect the world each and every day. We as people make the decision every day with how we’re going to affect the world. My goal is to help the young people see what I didn’t see in myself five years ago when I first started the program at IYC-Warrenville: that these youth are loved, supported, and not alone.”

Learn about the programs the teaching artists work in.

Kateri Halbleib

Teens Together Alumna

“Storycatchers taught me the power of story. I learned what it felt like to be heard and to use my own voice, and I experienced firsthand the value in having your voice supported by an ensemble of other storytellers. As a teaching artist, I want to create such an environment for others so that they can feel the way I did when I was given the space to tell my story.”

Read more about Kateri’s experience as a teaching artist here.

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