The Art of Change will interweave performances and presentations by Storycatchers Theatre and SFAI Equal Justice Artists Quenna Barrett, Jackie Munro, and Nicole Romero. Ira Glass of This American Life will talk about the power of story—and its limitations—followed by a conversation with Meade Palidofsky of Storycatchers Theatre.
Tickets are $15-$30 and are available for purchase at lensic.org.
Ira Glass is the host of the public radio program This American Life. The show is heard each week by 2.2 million people on public radio stations, with another 2.5 million downloading each podcast. The show has been on the air since 1995.
Storycatchers Theatre guides young people to transform their traumatic experiences into powerful musical theatre, inspiring them to develop the courage and vision to become leaders and mentors. By creating support for youth within the criminal justice system, Storycatchers prepares them to change their lives and emerge successfully from court involvement. storycatcherstheatre.org
Quenna Lené Barrett
Quenna Lené Barrett is an actress, teaching artist, organizer with the Black Youth Project 100 and #LetUsBreathe Collective, and ICAH For Youth Inquiry performance company member, where she recently directed her first play, First. She currently serves as the Education Programs Manager at the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life, blending Theatre of the Oppressed techniques with acting skills to amplify teens’ voices and hold space to rehearse, tell, and change the stories of their lives.
Jackie Munro is a filmmaker, photographer and educator working at the intersection of storytelling and community engagement with her company Stories for Change, serves as the Community Engagement Specialist at La Familia Medical Center and recently produced her her first feature-length documentary, Una Nueva Tierra (A New Land). She believes in the ability of intimate documentary work to help us know individuals who seem very different from us as well as more deeply understand ourselves, our place in our communities and our ability to affect change.
Nicole Romero is a mother of three, an advocate for women’s rights and a photographer and storyteller. She has felt the effect of the stigma of addiction in her life, as someone who was formerly addicted to heroin, and hopes that by sharing her story she can open peoples’ minds to the myriad struggles that lead individuals to substance use. She is learning photography and shares her work through the Medication Assisted Treatment Program for Substance Use Disorders at La Familia Medical Center.