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Northwestern Settlement announces its selection by the National Theater of Scotland for their award winning Home Away Festival
Chicago, IL (March 17, 2016) –Northwestern Settlement’s (The Settlement) Adventure Stage Chicago theater program is the only North American Theater chosen to participate in this inaugural international program celebrating participatory arts practice and performance. Ten original theatre pieces, commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland, will be created by professional artists working with community participants. Each production will premiere within the community where it has been created and will be subsequently showcased at the Home Away festival in Glasgow in October 2016.
Adventure Stage Chicago’s innovative Story Circles program will be featured. The Settlement engages members from its community across different generations, genders and nationalities to join together in creating an original piece which explores their experience as migrants trying to establish a sense of home and community in a new country. Theater director and Fulbright Fellow Sarah Rose Graber will lead the project as she works with neighborhood families to amplify their voices and share their experiences in overcoming the prejudice and violence so many migrants face across the world.
Northwestern Settlement President, Ron Manderschied said, “Immigrants are often the hardest hit by obstacles of poverty and isolation, and settlements like ours have been working for over a century to nurture, educate and inspire many of these newcomers. Adventure Stage Chicago uses the power of stories to explore civic engagement and social justice. While the faces have changed over the years, the challenges confronting the families we serve are as profound as they were over a century ago.”
The opportunity to team up with National Theatre of Scotland and bring these deeply human stories to an international forum featuring communities from across the globe is thrilling,” said Graber. “The arts are an essential vehicle for change and the Settlement has created a platform for us to advocate for and value the voices that don’t get heard. I’ll be working with immigrant and below poverty line communities as we come together through music, movement, stories and the hope of finding a better life.”
Additional participating theaters will be coming from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Brisbane, Australia; New Delhi, India; Kingston, Jamaica; Edinburgh, Uist and Glasgow, Scotland.
The Settlement’s Adventure Stage Home Away performance will premier in Chicago in September 2016. Tickets for Home Away international festival performances in Scotland will go on sale in early April.
About Northwestern Settlement: The Northwestern University Settlement House opened its doors to its neighbors in 1891 in order to provide an opportunity for a better future. The Settlement’s success results from a commitment to treating every person who enters its doors with dignity and respect, while supporting them with transformational programming designed to interrupt the cycle of poverty. The Settlement has adapted its programming throughout the past century in response to changes in the community, economy and society. The Settlement has led the way in innovative programming by offering residential science and environmental education for inner-city youth, launching successful charter schools and adding a theater so children and teens have a forum for expressing their life experiences. The Settlement’s Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) is one of the only theaters in Chicago to develop and present works specifically for the middle school–age audience. Adventure Stage Chicago creates and tells heroic stories about young people, to engage the community and inspire everyone to be a hero in their own lives. www.northwesternsettlement.org
About National Theatre of Scotland: The National Theatre of Scotland is dedicated to playing the great stages, arts centres, village halls, schools and site-specific locations of Scotland, the UK and internationally. As well creating ground-breaking productions and working with the most talented theatre-makers, the National Theatre of Scotland produces significant community engagement projects, innovates digitally and works constantly to develop new talent. Central to this is finding pioneering ways to reach current and new audiences and to encourage people’s full participation in the Company’s work. With no performance building of its own, the Company works with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. Founded in 2006, the Company, in its short life, has become a globally significant theatrical player, with an extensive repertoire of award-winning work. The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government. www.nationaltheatrescotland.com