Current

 

Performances

BET & Steppwolf "ISMS" September 25, 2017

AhGottaHandleOnIt October 23, 2017

Traffick Free Perform November 3, 2017

SOGI Bill & Springfield MO Nov. 19, 2017

Cook County Judges Performances Feb. 5, 2018

Cook County Judges Performances April 9, 2018

Coder Amber  May, 2018  Medical

MONGERS  October/November, 2018

Past Events

Dinner At 1800  September 11, 2017

Girls Forward Workshop  August 11, 2017

6th Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival June 18th

Chicago MONEY MAKE'M SMILE  Feb 11- March 10, 2017 

Houston, Texas THE JOHNS  January 2017

Chicago COURT SIDE  November 21, 2016

Presentations 

6th Annual Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force Conference

FRANCES PARKER HIGH SCHOOL                  

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY 

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Recent Honors

HER STORY THEATER TOP TEN THEATERS CHANGING LIVES  Chosen by Backstage.com

ILLINOIS STATE SENATE HERO AWARD for Outstanding Work In Raising Awareness on the Issue of Sex Trafficking.

The Oppenheimer Family Foundation Grant

Sponsors

The Oppenheimer Family Foundation

Chicago Teachers Union

Sunlight Project  4th Presbyterian Church

Partners

The Dreamcatcher Foundation

Deborah's Place

Anne's House

NCJW

Greenhouse Theater Center

Chicago Cultural Center

After School Matters

Chicago Communities In Schools 

Illiniois Holocaust Museum

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    MISSION

     through theater and the written word...Her Story Theater


    shines bright lights in dark places on women and children in need of social justice and community support
    creates a place and space to exchange ideas that support writers and performers
    provides educational workshops and classes
     

    this season's light falls on...

    homeless women 
    sex trafficking of children
    violence against women

     

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      a theater for social change 

      Our mission through theater and the written word is to shine bright lights in dark places on women and children in need of social justice and community support.

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       "LIFE CHANGING....POWERFUL...IMPORTANT THEATER"

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      UPCOMING EVENTS

      September 25, 2017  6PM-8PM at BET

      Black Ensemble Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre's 

      "Chicago's Theater Community Coming Together to Fight the ISM's"

      Her Story Theater performs scene from Money Make'M Smile on Sex Traffficking of Youth In Chicago.Theaters presenting: Teatro Vista, About Face Theatre, Black Ensemble Theater, Her Story Theater, Firbrand Theater. Speakers: Vice President of Global Diversity and President of The Field Foundation. Free and open to public.

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      HST Chicago Writers Exchange 

      September 11, 2017  Dinner At 1800 Hours by Joan Kufrin.

      Her Story Theater had a great evening on September 11 talking about WAR at the Greenhouse Theater. Wonderful turnout for Joan Kufrin's reading of her play Dinner At 1800 Hours. Part of HER STORY THEATER's Chicago Writers Exchange Series. Special thanks to director, John Mossman and the wonderful cast Tara Bouldry, Jane Delaubenfels, Julian Hester, Darrelyn Marx, Frank Nall, Chuck Spenser, Michele Gardner, Artistic Home Theatre and Green House Theater Center for making it happen. Great audience. Full house. 

      Coming Up!

      October 23, 2017

      7:00PM

      at MCL Chicago

      3110 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL

      presents

      AhGottaHandleOnIt!

      Reading/Musical excerpts from the novel

      written by Donovan Mixon

      The story of a young black man growing up a project in the 1960s.

      The question - what is considered 'normal' for a young black man in our society? Post Show Discussion. 

      ADMISSION IS FREE  Parking Lot across from theater.

       

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      HST Chicago Writers Exchange Series 2017 #3
      NOVEMBER 19, 2017  7:00PM

      Stage Reading of DOCU-DRAMA

       S.O.G.I BILL & SPRINGFIELD MO.

      written by Rachel Jamieson & CO.

      MRS. MURPHY & SONS IRISH BISTRO
      Stain Glass Room. Free to Public.
      3905 N. Lincoln Ave,  Chicago, IL

      (Free Parking in lot.)  Free to Public.

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      MONEY MAKE'M SMILE

      Written and Directed by Mary Bonnett

      We did the math!

      Over 5000 students saw the production of Money Make'M Smile.

       "Powerful! Amazing! Unforgettable THEATER!"

      WE DID IT!!
      Curriculum, Teacher's Workshops, Study Guide
      An incredible success!

      Click and See Photos and Comments, Cast, Speaker

      MONEY MAKE'M SMILE STUDY GUIDE ONLINE 

       About this 'Remarkable and Life Changing' Production  Thank yous to The Oppenheimer Family Foundation, Greenhouse Theatre, Chicago Teachers Union Foundation  Sunlight Project The 4th Presbyterian Church

      Lauren Woods CBOE Civics and Learning Services Melinda Wilson Currie High School, Chicago Community. Debby Pope CTU Women's Rights Committtee, Partners In Schools, After School Matters and all our expert speakers.

       Thank you to my wonderful cast  Quinnita Bellow, Jackson Pearl, Katherine Bellantone, Chris McClellan 

      In Memory of Desiree Robinson. A great thank you to her family and relatives. 

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      GIRL FORWARD 

      HER STORY THEATER is proud to work with GIRLS FORWARD, a non profit organization that provides mentoring, camp and safe space projects for girls, many of whom have experienced war torn homelands followed by refugee camps. HER STORY THEATER gave a theater workshop for 37 Girl Forward high school students. We were very excited and delighted to play a small role in the lives of these amazing young women.

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       The Chicago Sex Trafficking Play Cycle

      Shadow Town   The Johns   Money Make'M Smile   Mongers   

      Next Up!

      MONGERS

      HER STORY THEATER enters it's fourth and final production of the Chicago Sex Trafficking Cycle. MONGERS, a play about men who play online with the lives of young girls. It's their "hobby". Set to music, Mongers explores the habits, lives and attitudes of those anonymous online buyers whose sexual habits and desires cost an arm and a leg..maybe two. As always, thanks to THE OPPENHEIMER FAMILY FOUNDATION  for making it possible. With their continued belief and support in HER STORY THEATER'S work, all four sex trafficking cycle plays will have been produced and reached thousands of audience members.

      Coming in 2018 

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      FRONTLINE SERIES

      Court Side, Benched, Harm's Way, Code Amber, Invisible Child 

      Customized performances for Lawyers, Judges, Police, Medical, Social Workers

      dealing with sex trafficked victims. 

      Benched will be performed February 5 and April 9, 2018

      for the Cook County Judges Conferences.

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        Her Story Theater is a Non Profit Corporation 501(c)3

      • HST raises public awareness; a call to action to create social change for women and children in need of community support and social justice.
      • HST is a tool to teach, to bridge gaps, to create understanding, to harness empathy.
      • HST develops original work by artists for audiences. 

      PROUD MEMBER OF THE CHICAGO LEAGUE OF THEATERS