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In the Community


ASC is dedicated to serving our neighbors.

ASC is part of a larger social service organization. For over 120 years, Northwestern Settlement has nurtured, educated, and inspired families in the West Town community. As the resident participatory arts program of the Northwestern Settlement, Adventure Stage is dedicated to serving the artistic needs of the West Town community. We are extremely proud of our Trailblazers and Community Crossings programs that aim to bring the stories  and concerns of our community center stage.

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Adventure Stage Chicago’s Trailblazers Summer Camp is a FREE and unique mentoring program that places young people (10-16) with mentors who are professional theater artists. Student participants guide the program’s content with thoughtful assistance from their mentors culminating in an original performance at the end of the summer. Additionally, Trailblazers go on field trips, stretch their creative muscles with exposure to different forms of theater, and learn to work collaboratively in a supportive environment.

Contact Tom Avertis to inquire about Trailblazers. 

Trailblazers Summer Show


Previously known as Story Circles, ASC relaunched its new works process as “Community Crossings,” which take 12-18 months over four stages from commission to production. The first stage is comprised of discovery sessions, with school, youth, and community groups working with the playwright to inform the writing process. The drafting stage comes next, wherein the playwright synthesizes the community’s input with his or her own ideas to create an original story. The designing stage sees members of the creative and production team incorporate community stories into the world of the play. The sharing process presents this original work to public audiences and other stakeholders. Community partners will have the opportunity to revisit the plays at different stages of the process before attending a performance at the Vittum Theater.

Contact Tom Avertis to learn more about Community Crossings.

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