"One of the true theatrical treasures of Chicago: a prodigiously gifted, exquisitely directed youth theater ensemble that abounds in talent, confidence, emotional heat and technique. Truly astonishing." (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times)
"APTP has been a place of hope, dreams, fun, and unconditional love. APTP inspires dreams in people who didn't dare to dream before.” (Ely Espino, APTP '15)
"We traveled to Crete, IL to protest a new immigrant detention center. Our protests achieved victory: the town voted against the detention center." (Lilia Escobar, APTP '13)
APTP staff member Benjamin Serrano shares pieces of writing done by students in a theater course at Stateville Prison.
Volta Elementary School teacher Kristina Vancil describes how theater can transform students’ voices and empower them to tell their stories.
The award is given to 10 Chicago-area artists each year.