Music Theatre Workshop


For twenty-one years, Music Theatre Workshop has been leading teacher and student workshops in schools, parks, community centers, and residential settings including drug treatment centers, detention centers, and prisons. The organization received the Neighborhood Award for Juvenile Justice from the Chicago Cultural Council on Urban Affairs in 2002. Music Theatre Workshop has been featured on National Public Radio’s This American Life and Boston's Humankind series, in Chicago newspapers, and on Sticks and Stones, a television documentary on violence prevention programs that work. Music Theatre Workshop’s programs were featured on the Hallmark Channel in November 2005.

Artistic Statement: 

Music Theatre Workshop (MTW) artists teach young people to tell their own stories through original scenes and songs. Through this process, young people look at their lives, the choices they are making, the consequences of those choices, the environments in which they live, and the relationships they have with others. They learn to set positive goals, to work as a team, and to articulate and communicate their feelings. MTW artists lead the young people through formatted discussions based on the plays or skits they have created, teaching students to lead others through a process of personal and social change. The MTW method emphasizes creative writing expressed through acting, song, dance, and drumming.

Residency Type: 
Performance Company