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.