ASC Announces Season 14: Literacy, Featuring Akeelah and the Bee

ASC’s “Literacy” season features the stage adaptation of Akeelah and the Bee; a commissioned work by Lucas Baisch, based on the Guatemalan myths of Popol Vuh and created in collaboration with community partners; and an original piece devised by ASC’s Trailblazers youth mentorship program. As a participatory arts company, ASC productions feature multiple options for audience engagement. First, each production is presented with Spanish supertitles. Additionally, we frame each performance with a Curtain Conversation, asking audiences to keep a question in mind as they watch the play and return to it after the show; our lobby transforms into an interactive installation; and Learning Guides, including show context and arts-integrated activities, are available for teachers and parents.
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Trailblazers Summer Camp now Accepting applications!

Thanks to a grant from Chicago's Department of Family and Support Services, 25 Chicago youth 9-16 will take part in a FREE, 8-week summer camp at ASC. Campers will learn to work as an ensemble with professional artist mentors on creating an original theatre piece inspired by issues young people face every day. During camp, young artists will also participate in field trips, swimming, outdoor activities, and movie days, as well as making new friends and having fun!  Applications for Summer Camp are now available. If you are interested in joining Trailblazers as a student participant or a teaching artist, please contact Christian.

A Letter from Tom Arvetis on Inclusion in Participatory Arts

My journey as an artistic director has been strengthened time and again by examples of storytelling that have opened up the possibility for dialogue and empathy between and among young people and the adults in their lives.  Adventure Stage Chicago, a participatory arts program, has always relished the opportunity to tell socially-relevant stories that invite audiences to think critically about the world we inhabit together, and to talk about it.  Indeed, we believe there is a direct link between that invitation and an individual's sense of self-determination and agency.
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Strings Attached: A Chicago Immigrant Tale Travels to Scotland

We’ve been hearing an awful lot lately about who can and can’t call the United States home. In that context it may count as a statement that the National Theatre of Scotland chose Chicago’s Adventure Stage to represent the U.S. in its Home Away festival in Glasgow (Oct. 8-12), for which NTS has commissioned five theatres from Scotland and five international companies to create 10 new works exploring the concept of home.
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ASC relaunched its new works process as “Community Crossings,” which can 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! Any amount you give will have a doubled impact – give online today.

Six Months In: Lessons from Carlos Murillo’s residency at Adventure Stage

In the spring of 2016, ASC received a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, establishing Carlos Murillo as the company’s playwright-in-residence, primarily tasked with prioritizing and structuring the company’s process for creating new plays in conversation with community. The grant asks playwrights and their home companies to periodically document the residency experience on HowlRound.
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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 2016-2017 school year.
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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