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Season of the kids: Chicago youths are encouraged to attend theater year-round

“Each summer, I am reminded of the transformative power of theater in our work with GTS [General Theater Studies],” says Director of Education and Community Engagement Willa Taylor with regards to Goodman’s annual comprehensive six-week intensive that introduces 80 teenaged students in Chicagoland to the creative aspects of theater.

“During this intense collaboration with our teaching artists, young people discover the importance of story–to learn about themselves, about each other and about the world,” adds Taylor. “While all the work is grounded in techniques for creating performance, the biggest payoff for us is not the final performance but the ways they are changed by the experience of our time together. That’s what makes it so special.”

Now in its eighth season, this year’s GTS included instruction by Bobby Biedrzycki, Kevin Douglas, Khanisha Foster, Tony Sancho and Paul Whitehouse. The program concludes with a 7 p.m. showcase on Monday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 12 at Goodman Theatre on 170 N. Dearborn Street. The performance is open to the public. For free reserved tickets, call 312-443-3800.

This fall, Barrel of Monkeys will present a Back To School edition of its long-running show That’s Weird, Grandma at Chicago’s Neo-Futurist Theater on 5153 N. Ashland Avenue. The revue directed by Artistic Director Molly Brennan performs at 8 p.m. on Mondays from September 8 to October 6. For tickets and more information, call 312-409-1954 or visit visit

Young audiences are invited to attend Adventure Stage Chicago’s 2014-2015 season which begins with Theater Unspeakable’s The American Revolution directed by Marc Frost (November 4-29, 2014). Laurent Bigot’s Le Petit Cirque, a co-presentation with the Chicago Humanities Festival, kicks off the year (January 17-18, 2015), followed by Dani Bryant’s Project Worthy directed by Sarah Rose Graber in spring of 2015. For details, call 773-342-4141 or visit

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