When we were looking for a space to perform Meet Juan(ito) Doe, a play about Mexicans on the Southside of Chicago, the Guerra sisters generously rented us the Storyfront in his memory for $1/month. With support from the Joyce Foundation, lead artist Ricardo Gamboa worked with designers Ana Velazquez and Alonzo Torres to convert the space into an intimate cultural hub offering original performances, workshops, educational programming and community events.
Why StoryfrontFree Street’s Storyfront isn’t just about how theater can foster social change, but how a theater can be a space for social change and community building.
ProgrammingStoryfront programming includes original ensemble-created performance that documents the stories and experiences of people on the Southside of Chicago; a weekly comedy show; youth performance classes; writing workshops; a “Menú/Menu” cultural series, and a reinas (drag queen) story hour. We also invite community members to use the space – want to host an event or propose a program?
WhoOur People Make Us
Facilities and Operations Manager: Alejandro Reyes
Resident Artists at the Storyfront: Ana Velasquez, Keren Diaz de Leon, Sebastian Olayo, Alejando Reyes, Elizabeth Nungarary, Anthony Soto, Nicolas del Valle