Call for Proposals: In/House Series

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Free Street Theatre is now accepting proposals for our 2014-2015 IN/HOUSE series, which aims to support the development of performance that raises questions, centers community, and/or challenges the status quo. We welcome proposals from both individual and ensemble-based performers at all levels of professional experience.


Founded in 1969, Free Street Theater is dedicated to creating performance by, for, and with a wide-range of participants. As the first racially-integrated theater company in Chicago, FST has a long history of creating work that addresses pressing social issues from diverse points of view. In our 2014-2015 season, we are proud to continue this legacy by introducing a renewed focus on multigenerational work and community-based performance.



We will select four projects for short-term artistic residencies at Free Street. Residencies last from one to six weeks, and include:

-free access to our rehearsal, office and performance space*.

-limited technical support

-promotional assistance

-a small stipend

In exchange, we ask that participants in the In/HOUSE series facilitate a  free workshop open to the community.


-Performance projects that emphasize critical inquiry. This doesn’t mean your piece has to be super academic, just that we are interested in work that asks questions and/or explores diverse points of view.

-Work that you’d feel comfortable presenting to a multi-generational audience.

-Projects that seek to center or build community.

We welcome proposals from people from diverse experiences and backgrounds, at all stages of their careers. We are happy to consider proposals from established artists looking to develop or present a piece-in-progress, and just as happy to consider proposals from people who want to experiment with using theatre to address issues of importance to their community. While we do not guarantee artistic support, we can work with you to help find a director/outside eye for your piece. .


Hours of availability are limited. Our building closes at 9pm on weeknights and 5pm on Saturdays. There is no access to the building on Sundays.


Please send a description of your project to our Artistic Director Coya Paz at coyapaz at gmail dot com. We’re most interested in knowing why this piece matters to you: what kinds of questions you’re asking and what kinds of ideas you want to explore. But it also helps to know something about your process, availability, and your workshop idea.


The 2013-2014  IN/HOUSE projects include:

Like Bread, created by the Poetry Performance Incubator at the Guild Complex. This project brought together poets from across the city to create an ensemble performance about the intersection between poetry and social change.

Cold Summer, created by The Young Fugitives, an independent youth ensemble whose work explores the structural conditions that facilitate violence in Chicago.

Two Years Later, a project commissioned by the Goodman Theatre’s Educational Department to commemorate the life and death of Trayvon Martin.

101 Zen Stories, an installation project created by director Chloe Johnston.

FACES, created by the Youth Empowerment Performance Project, highlights the stories of LGBTQ street-based youth.


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