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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.


Pulaski Park Youth Ensemble

Thursday September 13th, 5:00PM at Free Street Theater HQ or Schedule an Interview

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

Free Street is seeking people ages 13-19 to join our 2018-2019 youth ensemble. Together, these youth will perform and write a mainstage show investigating water justice. Youth will learn performance, writing, and critical thinking skills while training with professional artists. By signing on, you join an awesome group of creative young people who are dedicated to finding fun innovative ways to talk about the issues that affect us the most. RSVP or walk up to the audition. No experience required. No need to prepare a monologue. Just bring yourself.  ALL teens receive a stipend.

Email to RSVP or for more information.

Storyfront Youth Ensemble

Two Audition Dates: Saturday September 29th at 1:00PM and Saturday October 6th at 1:00PM at The Storyfront: 4346 S Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60606

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 to reserve your spot! No prep needed. Come as you are!

Still Here – Free Street’s 50th Anniversary Show

Wednesday October 24, 6:00PM at Free Street Theater HQ

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 15-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 5-session workshop is designed to offer participants practical skills and room to invent.

PDAI will meet on Mondays starting in November. This series is free, but we ask that participants commit to all five session. To secure your spot in this limited-space training, email Coya Paz at


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.

On the last Saturday of the month, arrive at Free Street’s Pulaski Park location anytime between 10:00am-1:00pm. Just bring yourself.

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.