In Rehearsal

  • Meet the Cast of Feast

    The cast of this summer’s Feast includes 5-year APTP veterans giving their final performances before they go off to college and brand-new graduates of our middle-school program making their APTP debut. Meet the 25 youth artists who will inspire you this summer in Feast.

  • From Kitchen to Stage: The Culinary Journey to Feast

    It’s a tough job, but some theater company’s got to do it. To gather inspiration and stories for this summer’s new production of Feast, APTP company members cooked and samples cuisines from around the globe. To whet your appetite for Feast, here’s a gallery of images from some of our culinary adventures.

  • Cooking Up a Feast

    APTP Artistic Director David Feiner speaks with Goodman Theatre’s OnStage Editor Michael Mellini about revisiting Feast, exploring Chicago’s thriving food scene, and the fifth collaboration between APTP and the Goodman.

  • Learning Curve Behind the Scenes with
    Third Rail Projects’ Jennine Willett

    I met David Feiner, artistic director of Albany Park Theater Project, in the fall of 2013 after he wrote to Third Rail Projects about his experience at our show Then She Fell and inquired about meeting to chat about sharing this format with the APTP youth ensemble. Working with teenagers is not exactly in my comfort zone, but faced with David’s enthusiasm and excitement, I found myself just saying “Well, how about we just come out to Chicago and teach a workshop with your company?”

  • APTP and Third Rail Projects: Immersive Theater in 6 days or less

    Already in less than 72 hours, APTP’s home theater and ensemble has transformed—school desks fill the building, furniture is dispersed across the theater, APTP teens interact with rooms and objects as though they are fellow actors, and the entire Eugene Field Park field house (which houses APTP) is evolving into a multi-floor, multi-room performance space. This week, APTP hosts New York’s Third Rail Projects to learn the art of immersive theater. By Saturday (less than 72 hours from now), APTP and Third Rail will reveal the original 40-minute performance experience they have co-created in just five days.

  • APTP Announces Immersive Theater Project

    Albany Park Theater Project (APTP), Chicago’s award-winning, multiethnic, youth theater ensemble, announces the launch of the company’s first-ever immersive theater project. The two-year project is expected to culminate in 2016 with APTP’s premiere of a large-scale, immersive theater performance, created and performed by youth ensemble members, exploring the theme of education, and taking place throughout the classrooms, hallways, offices, bathrooms, gymnasium, locker rooms, lunchroom – and, yes, even the theater – of a school. To kick off the project this summer, APTP will bring to Chicago the award-winning and widely acclaimed Third Rail Projects (TRP), creators of the long-running Then She Fell in New York. During a weeklong residency at APTP this August, TRP will train teen artists in the fundamentals of site-specific, immersive performance.

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

    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.