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  • Chicago Reporter: “You Haven’t Seen Community Theater Like This Before”

    Chicago Reporter: “You Haven’t Seen Community Theater Like This Before”

    David Feiner met his future wife Laura Wiley at Yale School of Drama. They were drawn together by a shared desire to create meaningful art through community theater.

    “We wanted to transcend the boundaries you often find in theater and the arts in general; boundaries between life and art, audiences and artists, boundaries that too often keep us apart like race, ethnicity, religion, class and age,” says Feiner.

  • APTP’s God’s Work on Chicago Public Radio

    APTP’s God’s Work on Chicago Public Radio

    Sixteen year-old Kyra Mae Robinson makes an astonishing transformation to play the mother of 18 children in God’s Work. Kyra and APTP’s artistic director, David Feiner, recently appeared on Chicago Public Radio’s “Afternoon Shift” to talk with host Niala Boodhoo about God’s Work, running at Goodman Theatre from April 4 – 19, 2014. Listen to the story, and enjoy this photos of Kyra off stage and on.

     

  • ‘God’s Work,’ Reinvented (Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune)

    APTP youth ensemble stage God's Work at the Goodman

    Three teenage boys leap, roll off each other’s backs and clap hands in the air as they kill unseen bees, tallying up their respective body counts with shouts of glee.

    “Caleb! Three bees.”

    “Jeremiah! Two bees.”

    “Luke. Four bees!”

    Their joy is infectious, but with a dark undertone. These actors are rehearsing “God’s Work” — a devised piece originally created and performed by the youth-oriented, multiethnic Albany Park Theater Project in 2006, and now running in a re-imagined version at the Goodman’s Owen Theatre.

  • The Making of God’s Work

    Lizbeth Acevedo (center) and APTP ensemble members rehearse a scene from God's Work. (Photo: Liz Lauren)

    Since its founding in 1997, Albany Park Theater Project (APTP) has earned a reputation for creating beautiful and hopeful art out of sometimes ugly realities, and for taking audiences on journeys inside of worlds to which they might otherwise not have access. Audiences who join us for God’s Work at Goodman Theatre this April will experience both of these hallmarks that have won APTP’s youth ensemble both critical acclaim and legions of passionate fans.

  • Lilia Escobar

    Lilia Escobar

    The commitment and sincerity you see on the APTP stage reflects months of rehearsal, but represents only a fraction of how ensemble members invest their time while at APTP. By joining the APTP community, our young artists also dedicate themselves to discovering their own success through education. For most teens, the culmination of their APTP journey is our free college counseling program, through which more than 90% become the first in their families to go to college.

  • Marta Popadiak

    Marta Popadiak

    At the heart of APTP’s mission is a commitment to a more just and beautiful world. One of our proudest accomplishments is the lifelong passion for civic engagement and social justice that our alumni take with them into the world. Marta Popadiak, APTP Class of 2003, has made a career out of that passion. We recently interviewed Marta about her blossoming career as an organizer around progressive political issues and candidates in Minnesota.

  • JP Marquez

    JP Marquez

    We bid a bittersweet farewell this fall to APTP’s Class of 2013 as they embarked on their college careers: Jancillin Chacko to Coe College, Randy Dang to Northeastern Illinois University, Lilia Escobar to St. Olaf College, JP Marquez to Beloit College, Nichole Martinez to Wittenberg University, Stephany Perez to Kalamazoo College, and Raul Rico to Middlebury College. Most were APTP ensemble members for five years, since 8th grade.

  • APTP Performs at College of Wooster

    APTP Performs at College of Wooster

    Albany Park Theater Project visited The College of Wooster in Ohio as artists in residence for a long weekend in Fall 2013. As part of the College’s fall forum, “Facing Race,” APTP youth ensemble members performed select works from APTP’s repertoire for an audience of 300 students and faculty.

  • Meet the Cast of God’s Work

    Meet the Cast of God’s Work

    God’s Work features a multiethnic cast that ranges in age from 14 to 18 and will surely be one of the most diverse ensembles on any Chicago stage this spring.