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Northwestern Settlement’s Adventure Stage Chicago recipient of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant
Chicago, IL (April 6, 2016) – Northwestern Settlement’s (The Settlement) Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) has been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of their National Playwright Residency program. The Mellon Residency allows ASC to explore new stories, themes and partnerships through a dedicated playwright, Carlos Murillo, who will be on staff for the next three years.
Murillo is a Chicago-based, internationally produced and award-winning playwright of Colombian and Puerto Rican descent. A recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award for his work in the theater, he is an Associate Professor and Head of Playwriting at the Theatre School of DePaul University. His body of work has been widely produced throughout the United States and Europe. Murillo previously worked with ASC when he was commissioned to write “Augusta and Noble”, a play about the challenges American-born children of undocumented immigrants face in their pursuit of the American Dream.
In this role, Murillo will spend his time embedded in the Settlement and West Town community to understand the people, and help him create original work that gives voice to the stories and experiences hardly seen on stage, but common across Chicago, and around the country.
Murillo said, “I firmly believe I can have a transformative impact on the future work of ASC, its ensemble of artists and most significantly, the diverse community the company serves.”
The Settlement is excited for what the Mellon Residency means for the future of the company, including new themes to explore through original productions and new partnerships through enhanced community outreach and engagement. Producing Artistic Director Tom Arvetis said, “The Mellon Residency means we can enhance our innovative approach to create new work for a full spectrum of ages that adds value to both the artistic organization and the community it serves.”
Murillo will join the Settlement in July to begin his residency.
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 audiences. 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