On stage, APTP challenges inequality and racism by asking people to bear witness to stories that might otherwise get overlooked or misrepresented. Our performances humanize complex issues like immigration, foreclosure, poverty, abuse, hunger. Audience members emerge from their journeys at APTP with greater respect for the struggles and dreams of others – and with a desire to learn, have genuine dialogue, and take action. In the process of creating our plays, APTP has joined grassroots organizations throughout Chicago fighting against detentions and deportations, new prisons, foreclosures – and in support of humane immigration policy, investment in our neighborhood schools, affordable housing, and more. Years after their time in the ensemble, APTP youth continue to change the world through lives of civic engagement. As part of mission and our production Learning Curve, we have launched community education programming at our production venue, Ellen Gates Starr High School. Learn more about StarrHouse here.