Original Company 1969

Founded in 1969 by Patrick Henry, Free Street Theater is dedicated to creating performance by, for, and with a wide-range of participants. As one of the the first racially-integrated theater companies in Chicago, Free Street has a long history of creating work that addresses pressing social issues from diverse points of view.

Today,  Free Street’s work includes

  • a Youth Conservatory, where youth ages 13-19 create original ensemble-based performances in two different locations
  • a Multi-Generational Collective – for youth and adults to create together
  • an Incubator Program – for artists developing new performances
  • Free Workshops – to help bring theatre to everyone
  • Community Residencies – to help groups and organizations use theatre to amplify their work

We believe that theatre matters. Theatre travels. Theatre responds and includes. Theatre builds community and activates action through dialogue.

The Free Street ensemble today. Photo by Isabella Coehlo