Six Stories Up is part mentoring program, part magic. Each year
we pair six Chicago storytellers with six middle school children
to write six, ten-minute long theater pieces. Each team is encouraged
to base their vignette on personal stories. These vignettes are
then combined to create a full-length show. The set designer, mask
maker, and stage manager also work with middle school-aged apprentices.
The show runs two weekends at a professional theater.
Adults and children with and without disabilities, of all races,
and income levels work together on equal terms. Both adults and
children learn lifelong lessons, self-esteem blossoms, and community
is built where none existed before.
Gallery 37 / After School Matters Connection Program
Tellin' Tales Theatre
is honored to teach in the Gallery 37 Connections Program. Gallery
37 is the City of Chicago's award-winning summer program that offers
high school students the opportunity to become "apprentice
artists" in the visual, literary, media, and performing arts.
The Connections Program creates the same opportunities for children
ages 10-13, with and without physical and/or cognitive disabilities
to work together in an arts experience during the school year. This
program is now under the auspices of After School Matters.
360 East Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Tellin’ Tales Theatre’s mission is build community through story. Our company gathers the stories of groups or individuals, including adults and children with disabilities, and creates theatrically inspiring performances using mentoring and collaboration. Tellin' Tales is dedicated to providing a venue for bringing together diverse people. Our aim is to help our audiences and our performers recognize their commonalities and build a sense of community where none existed before.