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Acting Out! Participatory Arts Improv Workshop

  • Jane Addams Hull-House Residents' Dining Hall 800 South Halsted Street Chicago, IL, 60607 United States (map)
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How does one find spontaneity and playfulness with daily demands and social and political pressures? Living unscripted, subversive lives can help us to take chances and break from conventions that may stifling us. How can improv improve our genuine and authentic interactions with one another?

Join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum for a theater and performing arts workshop led by the improvisational group, Red Light School District. Participants will explore historical and contemporary practices of performance that include theater games, performance and improvisational exercises. This workshop is inspired by the 75-year history of the Hull-House Theater, credited with establishing the “American Little Theater Movement“ and launching the Hull-House Players in 1906. Hull-House Theater produced hundreds of performances, supported amateur actors including adults and children, 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, on view through May 3, 2019.

 FREE WITH RSVP! REFRESHMENTS SERVED! All ages welcome with supervision. Be ready to move your bodies, laugh, share stories and enjoy! Wear washable clothing. No prior experience necessary. All backgrounds and abilities welcome! Workshops are located in Hull-House’s historic Resident’s Dinning Hall that is wheelchair accessible.

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Red Light School District (RLSD) is an improv group with an eleven-year history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. RLSD performs on college campus and improv theaters across Chicago. Red Light District Includes: Hayden Burke, Emma Linder, Abi Piñon, Ariele Goode, Ben Weiman, Freddy Zimmerman, Karla Corona, Emmaline Skillicorn, Bobby Linkhart, Lily Martin, Kyle Gordon.

Participatory Arts: Crafting Social Change at Hull-House is 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.