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Anyone Can Be An Artist

From ages 5 to 105, MFAs to community choir members, at Free Street we are all artists. Together, we share, create, receive and cope with stories of real lived experiences. Join an ensemble, share a story, or attend a workshop and let’s celebrate people, diversity and Chicago’s history through theater that supports social, racial and economic equity.


Are you a poet? A performer? A thinker? A student? Not sure if its theater or theatre? Then we want you!

Free Street Theater is always seeking multigenerational, multicultural performers to be involved in original, ensemble made theater pieces. Want to know when the next project is? Join our mailing list here and follow us on our social medias using the icons on the far left. 

Have questions? Email us at for more information.

Storyfront Youth Ensemble

Auditions are coming up soon!

The Storyfront is now offering FREE youth programming! Participants will receive a conservatory-level training in multi-disciplinary performance around social justice issues that will culminate in a final performance. The program is suitable for youth ages 13-17 years of age.

Email for any questions. Auditions will be announced soon. 

Still Here – Free Street’s 50th Anniversary Show

Missed the audition? Email us by December 1st!

In 2019, Free Street will present, “Still Here,” a performative manifesto for survival. Free Street is looking for comedians, musicians, designers, and content creators of all ages to work with director Coya Paz on Phase 1 of this year long development process. Rehearsals will begin in October 2018, focusing on collecting stories and creating content which will be workshopped in January 2019 for public audiences. Want more information? It’s here!

Email to RSVP or with any questions.


Performance for Direct Action and Intervention Training (PDAI)

Plan. Act. Make a difference.

Free Street’s 16-hour training provides artists and organizers the skills to plan a creative direct action. From the history of protest performance, to planning an action, to the aesthetics of scale and space, this 2-day session intensive is designed to offer participants practical skills and room to invent.

PDAI will meet on Dec 1st and 2nd at The Storyfront. This series is free, but we ask that participants commit to all five session. To secure your spot in this limited-space training, fill out the form in the event here.


Reiki Rebels – Reiki Healing Clinic

Details: The last Saturday of every month, Reiki Rebels take over Free Street, providing individual energy healing sessions with certified, trauma-informed practitioners, supervised by skilled & trained Reiki Master Teachers. All sessions are free.

About Reiki Rebels: Reiki Rebels is a social justice-minded group of Reiki practitioners across the USA that are diverse, certified, informed, and committed to healing the ‘hood one Reiki session at a time.

These sessions will resume in January! Stay tuned! 

Propose a Project

Every year Free Street develops work of 2-3 artists through our In/House series. Free Street seeks to support the work of those who are historically underrepresented on Chicago stages. We prioritize ensemble created and solo work that tells Chicago’s stories. AKA we are very unlikely to produce your new version of Twelfth Night featuring mice.  We accept projects at all stages of development. Anywhere from developed and ready to perform to “I had a dream last night and now I must make this play!”

Making new work can be scary. Free Street seeks to reduce the financial risk of this process by providing space, marketing, board operators, box office support and mentorship.

Have an experience to share about Free Street? Share it here.