Free Street's In/House program is designed to incubate new projects that might not otherwise find a home in Chicago theater - we are especially committed to work by artists of color, queer artists, bilingual artists, youth artists, and artists actively working to defy Chicago's racial and economic segregation. In general, our focus is on ensemble-created performance, co-created performance, solo performance, and immersive/interactive performance, rather than traditionally scripted plays. But we are open to possibilities we've never even thought of!
How It WorksWe provide rehearsal/workshop/office space, 1-3 weeks of theater space for performance, and limited production assistance (marketing, box office, board operator, on-site child care and access to supplies and materials.) Depending on the project, we may also provide longer term artistic support (a director or dramaturg to help you develop the project over time). Box office proceeds are split 50/50 - note, all performances at Free Street are offered pay-what-you-can, no exceptions. This is not designed to be a money-making-get-rich-buy-a-yacht venture. Our hope is that this gives artists a way to develop new projects without incurring the financial risk of a rental.
We ask that all Free Street artists offer at least one free workshop to the general public and one youth-centered workshop to our HQ ensemble (ages 13-19).