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In the Community

Theatre for Children & Young Audiences | Chicago, Illinois


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.

Learn more about ASC and the Northwestern Settlement


Adventure Stage Chicago’s Trailblazers Summer Camp is a FREE and unique mentoring program that places young people (12-16) 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.

For summer 2020, Trailblazers Camp will take place entirely online. Youth participants will engage in a 6-week virtual summer camp experience guided by professional theater artists. In this unique time of quarantine and social distancing during a global pandemic, youth participants will be encouraged to explore their experience through a variety of mediums (i.e. writing, visual art, choreography, music, video, etc.). They will gather daily to share content of their own creation and collaborate with their peers to create a singular artistic experience viewable from the internet.

Dates are July 6 – August 14.

If you would like to reserve a spot in this summer’s camp, please download the Participant Intake Form linked below. This is a fillable form. However, your information will not be saved if you enter it in your web browser. You must download the file and open it with a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat.

Participant Intake Form

Forma de Registracion

Once complete, email it to Tom Arvetis. You can also reach out to Tom with further questions about the program.



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 Arvetis to learn more about Community Crossings.

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