"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)
Prestigious Award recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations who have demonstrated creativity and impact.
With the 2015-2016 school year, two dozen new youth have joined the ensemble, most alumni of our middle-school programs.
“On stage, I feel like I can take on the world.” APTP alumna tours US with play about the women of Juarez.