Albany Park Theater Project
P.O. Box 25072
Chicago, IL  60625-7995
(773) 866-0875
(773) 866-0913
Executive Director:
Mr. David Feiner
Web Site:

Albany Park Theater Project was formed in 1997 by David Feiner and the late Laura Wiley. Drawn to the diversity and immigrant nature of the working-class Albany Park neighborhood they sought to create an organization that explored the relationships between theater education and social justice. Since our founding APTP teens have created more than 50 original plays performed for more than 34000 people opened their neighborhood's only performing arts space and received numerous local and national awards including an Award of Excellence from the Illinois Theater Association 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. APTP has a reputation for consistently producing some of the highest quality most emotionally affecting theater in Chicago. "I never think of these performers as anything but professional. They have intense training. The way they create a sense of community on the stage it’s breathtaking" attests theater critic Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times. Asher Klein of the Chicago Reader has called APTP’s young actors "Physical committed and unabashed." Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune said of APTP’s 2010 production Feast: "Remarkable…one of the best shows of its kind you’ll ever see." APTP’s latest world premiere Home/Land opened in January 2012 and has already been extended three times due to audience demand and glowing reviews. Katherine Zien of Flavorpill said "A complex meticulous tapestry…The stories resound as news footage cannot. Not to be missed." Catapult Magazine called it "Some of the best theater in the country by any actors professional or amateur of any age. Period." And Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote that Home/Land is "truly astonishing" and "a knockout of a show." The success that teens have on stage is at least equaled by the success that APTP helps them achieve off stage. APTP teens have a 72% better high school graduation rate a 42% higher college matriculation rate and an astounding 600% higher college graduation rate than the average for students in Chicago’s public schools. More than 90% are the first in their families to attend college. APTP alumni also have an 80% lower unemployment rate than the Chicago norm.

Mission Statement:
Albany Park Theater Project is a multiethnic youth theater ensemble that inspires people to envision a more just and beautiful world.

Current Program:
APTP engages teens in theater making theater education and youth development activities year-round. All told APTP offers teens a home to come to more than 300 days a year. Programming is free of charge and open to all teens in Albany Park. There is no selective admission and there are no auditions. Any teen with the desire and willingness to do the work of the ensemble is welcome. APTP’s theater education and youth development work encompasses the following activities:• Theater Making: APTP’s youth artists collectively write choreograph compose and stage performance works on an ongoing basis. Ensemble members serve as both ethnographers and artists seeking out a wide range of real-life stories then nurturing those stories into performance through a unique play development process. • Theater Training: APTP has developed a 3-track approach to training. Creative Drama Workshops open the individual’s creativity nurture collaboration skills and provide the foundation at APTP. These are accompanied by training in the APTP Method of devising ethnography-based theater which in turn is complemented by training in a variety of Performance Techniques and Traditions. • Art Appreciation/Critique: The teen ensemble attends one arts performance in Chicago each month. By seeing and discussing a range of work teens develop an appreciation for the performing arts draw inspiration from the work of other artists and develop the knowledge to critique the work they see and the work they make. • Mentoring: Even as APTP has grown we continue to function as a small loving community a place where each teen receives the support he or she needs and no one slips into invisibility. Within this context teens receive mentoring on all aspects of their lives including education family employment health dating living situations future planning and more. • Tutoring: This program offers 15 hours of weekly professional tutoring in the full range of high-school subjects as well as an ACT prep course.• Peer Leadership: In 2012 APTP’s is launching a new peer leadership program which will involve 6-10 seasoned ensemble members each year who will be trained in APTP facilitation techniques. They will then use those techniques to lead summer camps and workshops with new APTP ensemble members.• College Preparation and Placement: APTP launched this comprehensive program in 2000 to help teens translate their success and ambition beyond APTP. The program begins with an event called "Everything You Need To Know about College...On the Day You Start High School" and concludes 4 years later with staff helping teens move into their college dorms. In between teens are mentored by APTP alumni who are current college students go on subsidized college visits with APTP and receive consistent guidance from APTP staff as they research prospective schools prepare applications and write personal statements seek financial aid and choose among the offers they receive.

Grants Since 2007:
YearProgram AreaAmount
2013Arts & Culture$10,000.00
2012Arts & Culture$10,000.00
2011Arts & Culture$10,500.00
2010Arts & Culture$13,000.00
2010Arts & Culture$6,500.00
2008Arts & Culture$25,000.00
2007Arts & Culture$25,000.00