Internal Newsletter – September 2019

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  • Behind the Scenes.  Program updates about the hard work that goes into every Storycatchers show.
  • Staff Updates.  New hires & news about where your coworkers have been.
  • Calendar.  Upcoming chances to support your coworkers (outside of Storycatchers).

Behind the Scenes

Word Warriors

From Thomas

I am delighted that my very talented colleague Mbali Guliwe is stepping into the role of Interim Artistic Manager to direct our fall production of BREAKING OUT OF THE BLUE. He and Cydney have already had meaningful collaborations about the many design elements. Mbali and I are also thrilled to welcome music director Martin Gold and teaching artist Kayla Pulley to the team. Youth recruitment at IYC-Warrenville starts September 25th.

Temporary Lockdown

From Cheri

Our ensemble of awesome residents of the Detention Center and gifted teaching artists finished strong with the three performances of CONSCIENCE VS. THE DOUBLE LIFE. Our partners from Fifth House Ensemble and our guest drummer Mike Przygoda made the music that the residents and Diana created soar. The resident members of our ensemble truly shone- they were so committed and proud of what they had created, and eager to share it. We are so proud of them, and I am so proud of our TLD team!

Staff Updates

New Hires

Kayla Pulley is very excited to be a member of the Storycatchers team! A theatre graduate of Columbia College Chicago. She has performed theater, improv, stand-up and sketch comedy in various venues across the city. Currently she performs with the spoken word improv artist collective PREACH and the sketch comedy group Bosses In Bonnets. Kayla is also a company member and teaching artist at Barrel Of Monkeys. In addition to performing she also produces and writes her web series “The Rachelorette,” which can be found on Youtube.  She will be joining the team at Warrenville as they head into their full production, BREAKING OUT OF THE BLUE.

Ian, our new Grants Administrator, comes with experience as a grant writer at Ci3, U of Chicago’s research center addressing the social and structural determinants of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. He also spent time designing board games that educate urban youth on health and wellness issues and taught writing at SAIC. He has a B.A. in Electronic Arts from Bard and a Ph.d in Media Studies from U. of Chicago. We are excited to welcome him on board.

Please also welcome our new intern, Kara.  Kara hails from London and will be working as a Research Assistant as well as helping out the cast and crew at TLD!  You will see her occasionally at the office and at program, and when you do, be sure to say hi.

Life Updates

  • Adam donated some framed artwork to Artists for Asylum at the Andersonville Arts Fest the weekend of September 21st. This one (pictured) sold, hurray! 100% of the proceeds went towards the ACLU & Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, great organizations that are doing the tough work to combat immigrants’ civil rights violations.
  • Cheri produced an event with Roosevelt University on Monday the 23rd called BANNED TOGETHER: A CENSORSHIP CABARET (great name), focusing on theatre works that have been censored or challenged.
  • This weekend on Saturday the 28th her musical theatre writing students will present a showcase of 10 Minute Musicals, directed by Dana Anderson!
  • Medina has a dance class at Elastic Arts on Saturday, October 5th at 5 PM for $5.  Bring some friends!
  • On November 2nd, Kateri will be giving a talk in a performance piece called IT’S YOUR TURN TO TALK, about Storycatchers and abolishing prisons.  It’s at 4 PM and 7:30 PM in the Mundelein Performing Arts Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Lakeshore campus.

Shout Outs

From Cheri:

  • TLD welcomes Matt Griffo as our new musical director/composer.
  • A special shout out to Ms. Diana for an amazing 5 year run! Ms. Medina directed the show, and she and Jacob choreographed. Jacob, Dana and Andie were tremendous teaching actors, and supports throughout the rocky process.
October 5th will be the second session of Cheri’s sold-out Writing the 10 Minute Musical class.
October 5th at 5 PM Medina is teaching a dance class at Elastic Arts ($5)!  Bring your pals.
November 1st, 10 AM – 3 PM, mark your calendars for our Staff Retreat!
November 2nd at 4 PM & 7:30 PM Kateri is giving a talk about Storycatchers and prison abolition at Mundelein Performing Arts Center.
November 13th – 17th, Warrenville will be presenting their full musical, BREAKING OUT OF THE BLUE. Show will be posted on our events page to RSVP soon.

We want to get together more often.  Have an idea for a Storycatchers after-hours outing or adventure?  Email me your ideas and let’s teamwork this dream work.