Free Street  Theater is looking for committed, curious & inspired youth ages 13-19 to join our HQ Ensemble, a collective of performers, poets, dancers, creators and critical thinkers who believe in the power of theater for social change. Participants develop writing skills, create original performances, and learn how to connect art to action.

Free Street HQ meets meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:30 and Saturdays 10-1 at Free Street Theater (located on the 3rd Floor of Pulaski Park: 1419 W. Blackhawk).

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need previous experience?

No! Free Street believes that everyone has a story to tell, and everyone has the potential to be an artist/changemaker if they want to. Our programs are designed to help people tap into the talents they already have, and to develop the skill and discipline necessary to make exciting public performance.

How do I sign up?

For our Resident Ensemble: Email Katrina Dion at Missed the audition? Email anyway!

What do I prepare?

Nothing. The workshops are designed to make sure that we are a good fit for your interests and ideas. You’ll work with current ensemble members on performance and writing exercises.

Is the HQ ensemble a paid opportunity?

Eligible participants can receive a stipend through After School Matters.

What will we do all year?

Participants will work with a team of professional artists to build skills and create original performance that connects art to community and action.

What if I’m over 19?

We have lots of opportunities for artists of all ages. People 18-24 can consider joining a project from The Young Fugitives or any of our multigenerational projects facilitated by our resident artists. Check our home page for current opportunities to get involved.

What are you waiting for?