Chicago teens are encouraged and invited to join the Chicago Public Library’s Teen Volume Reader’s Theatre Volunteer Troupe!
What Is Reader’s Theatre?
- Dramatic readings from excerpts of Teen Volume books
- Free performances by teens for teens
What Does a Teen Volunteer Do?
- Rehearses once a month with the guidance of a team of professional actors from Promethean Theatre Ensemble
- Offers suggestions and assists with the selection and adaptation of scripts from new teen books
- Performs once a month at Chicago Public Library locations throughout the city
- Earns community volunteer service learning hours while conducting all of the above
Professional Troupe Mentorship
- In fall 2006, the Chicago Public Library partnered with professional actors from the Promethean Theater Ensemble to mentor teen volunteers in the Reader’s Theater Troupe.
- Promethean Theater Ensemble helps the teens develop better acting skills, including voice and facial control and expression and interpretation of character.
- These actors also attend troupe rehearsals and provide support, mentorship and feedback on the teens’ performances.
- Promethean Theatre Ensemble was founded by a group of recent graduates of Northwestern University.
Teen Volunteer Qualifications
- Teen reader who loves books and libraries and is excited about promoting them
- Teen in high school, ages 14-18
- Teen with an interest in performing and acting experience
- Teen committed to attending monthly rehearsals and performances
How Can Teens Join the Troupe?
- Curtain Call: Performance Application
- Interested teens should contact Robin Willard, young adult specialist, at (312) 747-4780 or email@example.com.
- A confirmation and instructions for the next rehearsal/orientation will be sent to you via email.