Current

 2019

INVISIBLE

Lifting The Lid

Mind Side Performance

Youth Side Performance

Delta Sigma Theta

Philidelphia Trial Court Judges

Women Solo Shows

PA State Trial Court Lawyers

Chicago Clinical Social Workers Conference

 Art Focus Highland Park

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Traffick Free Performance

Court Side Performances

Philidelphia Trial Court Conference

Pennsylvania Trial Court Judge State Conference

Cook County Judges Conference 

Northern Tier Educational Judges Conference

Radical Ideas! Women and The Vote!

MONGERS  

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Traffick Free Freedom Gallery 

AhGottaHandle On It  

 Steppenwolf & BET Evening of "ISMS". 

Dinner At 1800  

Girls Forward Workshop  

 6th Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival 

Chicago MONEY MAKE'M SMILE   

Houston, Texas THE JOHNS  

Chicago COURT SIDE  

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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

Illinois Arts Council

Ellen Bellow Foundation

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 

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

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       COMING UP 

      INVISIBLE 

      A tale of three women of the 1920s Women’s Ku Klux Klan.
      Just in time to see history repeat itself.
      Racism, Nativism, Anti-Semitism, Nationalism
      Name the “ISM” Join the "Poison Squads". All the best people do.

      Written by Mary Bonnett   
       Directed by Cecilie Keenan

      OCTOBER 3 - NOVEMBER 3, 2019

      At Stage 773  
      7:30PM  Thursday-Saturday  
      3:00PM Sundays 

      1225 W. Belmont Chicago, IL

      Sponsored by  

      THE OPPENHEIMER FAMILY FOUNDATION

      ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL

       

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      PARTNER WITH US

      For Your Next

      Conference, Workshop, Panel, Discussion

      THE SIDE SHOWS

      Journey of a Domestic Sex Trafficked Minor

       and Its Trauma Based Impact.

      1 HOUR STAGED READING PERFORMANCE

      (Based on interviews of those involved with Sex Trafficking, Ficitonalized for the Stage.)

      COURT SIDE 

      What the Judges and Lawyers say after seeing COURT SIDE:  

      "Tremendous performance." "The Play was so compelling." "Amazing Production." "Best session in years (the performance made the session.)" "I didn't understand the depth of this problem until I saw that performance." "Outstanding and very emotionally draining but impactful." "Very moving and useful."

      MIND SIDE

      What the therapists, pschologists say after seeing MIND SIDE:

      "Brilliant." "So useful." "I absolutely loved the program…all of it.  And that was the reaction I heard from everyone I spoke to.  It was powerful, engaging, deeply artful, and evocative.  It was perfect for our audience. I honestly don’t see where it could be improved." "Thank you, Her Story Theater."

       ED SIDE

      What the educators say after seeing ED. SIDE:

      "Life saving." "Our students were riveted." "The discussion in the classroom after the performance was electric." "We had no idea! We do now." "Our kids were blown away. It armed them with knowledge." "Trafficking is in our school and community, thank you for shining the light." "Our students know kids on those streets. They're speaking up after seeing your show."

       If your professional organiaztion is interested in a partnership, please contact: Chiwriter7@gmail.com

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       The Chicago Sex Trafficking Play Cycle

      Shadow Town   The Johns   Money Make'M Smile   Mongers

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      YOUTH

      GRADES - 7TH-12TH.

      A SHOW ABOUT SEX TRAFFICKING OF YOUTH

      MONEY MAKE'M SMILE

      Written and Directed by Mary Bonnett

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

       "Powerful! Amazing! Unforgettable THEATER!"

      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.

      With 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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         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. 

      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.

       ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL GRANT RECIPIENT

      PROUD MEMBER OF THE CHICAGO LEAGUE OF THEATERS