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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.


Want to get involved with upcoming projects and workshops? Our IG and FB pages have the most up to date information. On IG follow us @free_st_theater, and click here to navigate to our Facebook page. 

Have questions? Email us at for more information.

Youth Ensemble

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At Free Street, we believe youth are movement & moment leaders, which is why we host two youth ensembles: The Pulaski Park Youth Ensemble (Noble Square) & The Storyfront Youth Ensemble (Back of the Yards). In these youth ensembles, youth ages 14-19 come to us to learn about the intersection of theatre & social justice by collaborating with professional artists to create original plays about issues affecting Chicago youth.

No matter if you’ve been doing theatre for years, or just got curious, we want you to join. 

Email our Director of Education, Katrina at to learn more!

be of service

At Free Street, we offer all of our shows for free or pay-what-you-can, and pay all of our artists a minimum of $15/hour. Doesn’t sound like the best business plan, does it? This is where you come in! We are always looking support from people who believe in our mission, and want to help us do what we do do best. Currently, we are looking for board members to help us fundraise, volunteers to complete tasks, and in-kind service donations (such as PR support) to help us extend our reach.

Interested in being of service? Email our Executive Director at


What’s the difference between The Storyfront & Pulaski?

While both ensembles receive the same training, The Storyfront Youth Ensemble is made up only of youth from Back of the Yards, McKinley Park, Engelwood & nearby neighborhoods. Pulaski Park ensemble members hail from all over the city.

What support is offered to youth?

Youth are paid through this opportunity, either via After School Matters or Free Street. We assist youth with transportation when necessary, feed youth either snacks or meals depending on the rehearsal type, and have resource connections for tutoring, mental health, housing, and more.

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.

Training,   workshops, and more


Free Street is a hub for training, community led workshops, and skill shares. Want to participate? Sign up for our mailing list, or follow us on Facebook.

Want to hire us? Free Street can custom design a workshop, dialogue or presentation to help your organization have difficult conversations with joy & generosity, through our service Free Street Talks.

Interested in learning more? Email us at

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