Changing Voices

A supported arts-employment program that puts young people on a path to success.

Working 30 Hours/Week to Transform Themselves and the Community.

Changing Voices employs young people recently released from the justice system to craft musical theatre from their own experiences. It’s a safe space off the streets where they are empowered to overcome their histories, perform their stories in the community and build the skills needed for future success.

Changing Voices 2019 Tour Impact.

Number of Tour Performances

At-Risk Youth in Attendance

CPD Recruits In Attendance

Judges & Civic Influencers in Attendance

A Powerful Readiness Curriculum.

Changing Voices is a family. A safe space for discovery and growth.

CV participants progress through a formal curriculum that prepares them for employment or education after Storycatchers. With the aid of a full-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker and trained staff, they use the process of creating musical theatre to confront past traumas and be empowered to move forward in a positive direction.

Artistic Excellence

  • Story-writing.
  • Stage presence and performance.
  • Character expression.
  • Expressing powerful emotions through song.

Job Readiness

  • Office technology training.
  • Job application strategies and skills.
  • Financial literacy.
  • Workplace etiquette.

Communication Skills

  • Collaborative and creative problem solving.
  • Peer mentorship and leadership training.
  • Emotion Management.
  • Self-advocacy.

Working with the Chicago Police Department.

Once per month, CV participants and more than 100 CPD recruits get onstage and switch roles in a staged traffic stop written from a real-life encounter. During the 60-minute workshop, these two seemingly opposing groups come together for meaningful interaction and conversation.  This program is made possible in part by support from Bright Promises Foundation, Caerus Foundation, Inc., and Justice Challenge.

“I cannot thank Storycatchers enough…

We want to let these [police] recruits know about the history of their interaction as an institution with people of color… so that they understand when  they walk into these neighborhoods, why they’re not greeted with open arms and love… How they can honor the past and reimagine the future.


Performances for Chicago Youth.

The Changing Voices ensemble has performed their musicals in more than 100 locations, many in Chicago Public Schools located in underserved neighborhoods. After the show, they discuss their message of hope, change and positive reinforcement with the children who are about to make important life choices.

Apply to Changing Voices.

Young adults aged 17-24 who have been involved with the Justice System can apply to work in our ensemble. Join our dedicated family, make an hourly wage and make change in the community  while you learn skills that will put you on the path to success. Apply online in just a few minutes.

Interested in Booking a Changing Voices Presentation?

Dynamic performances. Innovative workshops. Thought-provoking discussions. Changing Voices, performs their original musical theatre based on real life experiences in communities all over Chicago and beyond. Contact Elizia to get us in your school or civic event.

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Changing Voices Program Sponsored by Allstate

Storycatchers is deeply grateful to its generous friends at the Allstate Insurance Company, who have committed for a third year as the corporate sponsor for the Changing Voices tour.  Here’s a round of applause for the people who know that all it takes is a few good hands.