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A solo performance show featuring adults
with disabilities.
April 15-17, 2016 - Prop Thtr

Classroom Drama
Teachers reveal their trials
and tribulations.
July 22-31, 2016 • Prop Thtr

Teacher, I Love You
A reading by Tellin’ Tales Theatre’s
young adult writers.
July 24, 2016 @ 2 p.m. • Prop Thtr

Lyric Opera Show
An operetta created by Tellin’ Tales
performers coached by the Lyric.
September 24, 2016 • Secret Venue

Six Stories Up in a Snowstorm
Six middle school apprentices and their
artist and writer mentors explore
winter and all its glories.
December 9-18, 2016
Athenaeum Theatre

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Six Stoies Up, Up, and Away

Six Stories Up

Six Stories Up is part mentoring program, part magic. Each year we pair six Chicago storytellers with six middle school children to write six, ten-minute long theater pieces. Each team is encouraged to base their vignette on personal stories. These vignettes are then combined to create a full-length show. The set designer, mask maker, and stage manager also work with middle school-aged apprentices. The show runs two weekends at a professional theater.

Adults and children with and without disabilities, of all races, and income levels work together on equal terms. Both adults and children learn lifelong lessons, self-esteem blossoms, and community is built where none existed before.

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Past Shows

2008 Potholes on the Path to Enlightenment

2008 Six Stories Up in Peace

2009 In Your Facebook

2009 Six Stories Up in the Economy

2010 A Midsummer Night's Dreamers

2010 Six Stories Up on Ellis Island

2011 Whatever Gets You Through
the Night

2011 Six Stories Up on Mt. Olympus

2012 Bad Trips

2012 Six Stories Up in the Windy City

2013 Tellin' Tales Gala!

2013 Bases Loaded

2013 Six Stories Up, Up & Away

2014 Food for Thought

2014 Six Stories Up in Equality

2015 Divercity

2015 Phobias



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Carrie Kaufman
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Contact Us

360 East Randolph Street
Suite 1006
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Six Stories Up on Capitol Hill

Six Stories Up on Mt. Everest

Our Mission

The mission of Tellin' Tales Theatre is to shatter barriers between the disabled and able-bodied worlds through the transformative power of personal story. We bring together children and adults from both communities to share their stories in theatrically innovative productions and programs to promote awareness, understanding and acceptance.


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