ASC Announces Season 15: Hunger

This past season we embarked on a three-year plan that asks the question: "How can the arts contribute to the disruption of generational poverty?" Exactly how, you ask, does a theatre participate in the effort to disrupt generational poverty?

As a core program of the Northwestern Settlement House, ASC embraces this question to serve the critical mission of the larger social service organization. We used it to guide our programming choices during the 2017-2018 season dedicated to literacy. And we return to it again as we announce our 2018-2019 season dedicated to hunger.
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Kids help write adventure of West Town biracial twins in a magical world

When playwright Carlos Murillo first worked with Adventure Stage Chicago in 2013 on the play “Augusta & Noble,” he introduced a way of developing unique new plays by engaging in a creative partnership with children aided by the social service and educational organization Northwestern Settlement, where the theater is located. Since then ASC, which focuses on plays for middle grade audiences, and Murillo, who is now playwright-in-residence, have established a Mellon Foundation residency in which a new play will be developed each year for the next three seasons using this method Read More

ASC sits down with Justin Kaufmann of WGN Radio to discuss arts and literacy in Chicago

Director Daryl Brooks and Producing Artistic Director Tom Arvetis join Justin to discuss Adventure Stage Chicago‘s production of “Akeelah and the Bee.” Daryl and Tom talk about why they decided to produce “Akeelah and the Bee,” why this season of Adventure Stage Chicago is tackling the theme of literacy, the challenge of putting a beloved film on stage, the excitement of working with kids and what they learned about the competitive nature of spelling bees. Listen here.
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ASC relaunched its new works process as Community Crossings, which take 12-18 months over four stages, as school, youth, and community groups work with playwrights and creative teams to inform the production.  Community partners will have the opportunity to revisit the plays at different stages of the process before attending a performance at the Vittum Theater.  For many schools, bringing youth to see the plays is a daunting proposition given the fiscal situation in the state and at CPS.  We want every young person who helped in our play creation process to be able to see the work they impacted. Therefore, we are committed to raising $25,000 before June 30, to help subsidize the cost of tickets for youth and their schools. The ASC Auxiliary Board has offered to match all dollars we raise by June 30, up to $12,500, and we're three-quarters of the way to our goal! Any amount you give will have a doubled impact – donate today.

Adventure Stage Chicago Receives Allstate Insurance Company Grant

ASC has been awarded a grant from Allstate Insurance Company in support of its Trailblazers youth mentorship program. The donation expands the Trailblazers program to double its capacity of young artists to be mentored in the 2017-2018 school year.

Open Call - Join the Adventure Stage Chicago Auxiliary Board!

Adventure Stage seeks individuals who want to help strengthen the theater by serving on our Auxiliary Board. Contribute your time, talent, or treasure. For more information, contact

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