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Participatory Art Theater Workshop with Free Street Theater

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Interested in learning theater and improv techniques from one of Chicago's most cherished youth ensembles? Join Hull-House and partner, Free Street Theater (FST) for a youth-led intergenerational workshop. Participants will engage with Free Street’s ensemble cast in their process to develop content, ideas, and concept for their Spring production. This workshop is inspired by the 75-year history of the Hull-House Theater and Improvisational program. Hull-House launched the Hull-House Players in 1906, and was credited for establishing the “American Little Theater Movement.” Hull-House Theater produced hundreds of performances, supported amateur actors including adults and children, nurtured playwrights, and provided access to theater for immigrant communities on Chicago’s West Side. Learn more about this history in the current Hull-House exhibition, Participatory Arts: Crafting Social Change.

Intergenerational - All Ages Welcome with supervision.
Be ready to move your body, laugh, share stories and enjoy! No prior experience necessary. All backgrounds and abilities welcome! Workshops are located in Hull-House’s historic Resident’s Dining Hall that is wheelchair accessible.


Since 1969, Free Street Theater (FST) has been at the forefront of the movement to create affordable, inclusive, and innovative theater in communities across Chicago. For over three years, Hull-House has partnered with Free Street Theater to use the power of movement and youth-leadership to create intergenerational discussions about race, gender, and justice.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (JAHHM) draws upon the legacy of international peace activist and feminist, Jane Addams, and other social reformers who worked, alongside their immigrant neighbors, to create social change on the Near West Side of Chicago during the Progressive Era. The Museum preserves and develops the original Hull-House site for the interpretation and continuation of the historic settlement house vision. Exhibitions and public programs elevate histories of activism, progressive education and democratic principles of participation and exchange, and connect them to present-day social justice issues.

Participatory Arts: Crafting Social Change and Participatory Arts: Artist Workshops are part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Participatory Arts is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The Chicago Community Trust has also provided generous support.

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