Find Your Voice
This 4-part series of workshops empowers teens to explore and heighten their creative voices and points of view. Through a mix of ensemble-building theater games and writing exercises, participants will leave judgements (of themselves and others) at the door, so they can have fun taking positive risks. Register today and feel free to join as many workshops as your schedule permits.
Wednesday June 15, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Improv Games - Be in the moment with others through supportive games, collaborations, and saying yes to each other (and yourself). No need to be funny, but expect to laugh and play.
Wednesday June 22, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Creative Stories - Characters, relationships, and story structure will be explored to create stage-worthy, transformative stories through individual and group work.
Wednesday June 29, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Personal Tales - Your experiences and observations are both unique and universal. Dig into your past, present and future in order to brainstorm, create, and share stories with each other.
Wednesday July 6, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Songwriting - You don't have to sing or play an instrument to be a lyricist. (But you're welcome to bring your voice and any instrument.) Verses, choruses, bridges, and rhymes will be our tools for sure.
Edmund O'Brien (he/him) began improvising and writing sketch comedy at the University of Chicago. He has been a Teaching Artist with Changing Worlds, Lookingglass Theatre, Mudlark Theater, Northlight Theatre, The Second City, Victory Gardens Theater, and Storycatchers Theatre where he received the IDJJ 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award for his work with incarcerated youth writing and performing musicals. Edmund and his wife Dana perform as Sheila's Sister, and co-founded KidProv Chicago where they teach improv at Chase Park (and now online). He has also taught at The University Club of Chicago and The Center for Life and Learning. Edmund's writing credits range from You Don’t Know Jack to MTV’s Undressed. Somewhere in repeats you can still hear him as the announcer for Street Smarts.