Life and Death in Chicago Youth Theater

In this short television news feature, I explored the importance of youth theater in Chicago in a video about The Yard–a student run ensemble putting on their first play, “The 4th Graders Present: An Unnamed Love Suicide.”

Joel Ewing, director of the production and Lead Theater teacher at Senn Arts Magnet High School, reflects upon the many components that formed The Yard and how theater can help young people develop their voices.

Set design, lighting, costumes, staging–the students of The Yard did it all. Their work not only reveals the power young people have when given responsibility, but also the inspiration it can yield to others.

I completed this project for my Digital Production course for my Masters in Digital Storytelling from Loyola University. I appreciate the help I received from my professor John Goheen, who supported me along the way.

Before this course, I never held a video camera, and now I can put together a multi-layered short documentary. Though my head may hurt from the many hours I spent staring at the computer screen working on the small details of this video, I really value and appreciate the education I’m receiving from Loyola.

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