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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.


Hello Youth Artists! Interested in theater? Writing? Wanna save the world? This summer, Free Street Theater is offering a six week intensive, starting July 1, for youth interested in learning acting, writing and critical thinking skills. Eligible youth receive a stipend.No resume, monologue or experience needed. Just bring your self.

Two Audition Times
Wednesday May 29th – 5:00pm – 6:30 pm
Saturday June 9th – 2:00pm – 3:30pm

The program meets for 6 weeks starting July 1st. We meet Mondays-Thursdays 10am – 2pm.

Have questions? Email us at for more information.

VOLUNTEERS and PERFORMERS needed! On June 23, 2019, Free Street will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary by performing in ALL 50 wards of the city IN ONE DAY! Obviously, we need YOUR HELP! We have a few slots left for performers and definitely need volunteers to help with set-up, driving, and documenting. Want to join a team or lean more? Email

Have questions? Email us at for more information.

Youth Ensemble

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!


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.


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.

For more information, email

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