Albany Park Theater Project

Albany Park Theater Project is a creative community of young people that devises theater inspired by real-life stories from immigrant and working-class communities and with a mission to inspire a more just and joyful world. We make our home in one of the most ethnically diverse immigrant neighborhoods in the United States, Albany Park on the northwest side of Chicago.

APTP’s youth ensemble tells the real-life stories of those whose lives are not normally represented on stage, amplifying the voices both of the youth telling the stories and the individuals whose stories are being shared. Since its founding, APTP teens have created 20 original, evening-length plays, performed for more than 50,000 people, and opened Albany Park’s first performing arts space.

APTP is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, which recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations who have demonstrated creativity and impact. APTP has also received the Midwest Light of Human Rights Award from the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.  Chicago Tribune and CBS 2 Chicago critic Chris Jones called APTP’s 2016 production of “Learning Curve” “a very sophisticated piece of theater” and proclaimed it “not to be missed.”  In The New Yorker, Brian Schaeffer called “Learning Curve” “both a scathing indictment of a defective system and a tender study of the awesome awakening that makes being a teenager so frightening and fun.”

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