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Tom Arvetis is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Stage Chicago at the Northwestern University Settlement House in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.  With an emphasis on critical literacy, social justice and community engagement, this professional theatre for families and youth creates and tells heroic stories about young people.  Tom is a writer/director/performer whose work investigates the themes of identity, family and community.  Playwriting credits: Walk Two Moons (Dramatic Publishing; AATE Distinguished Play of 2013), Spark: Chapter One of the Prometheus Project, Sight Unseen: Chapter Two of the Prometheus Project and I Dream in Blues.  Directing credits include: Augusta and Noble by Carlos Murillo (world premiere), Six Stories Tall by Marco Ramirez (Midwest premiere and national tour), And a Child Shall Lead by Michael Slade, 500 Clown: Trapped (national tour), Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back by Jason Tremblay (world premiere), The Blue House by José Cruz Gonzáles (world premiere). In 2013, Tom received the Orlin Corey Award for Artistic Excellence from AATE for his direction of Six Stories Tall.  Tom was a member of AATE’s first Theater Leadership Institute in 2007, an Ann Shaw Fellow with TYA/USA in 2009 and twice a finalist for a Chicago Community Trust Fellowship.  He has served on the AATE board of directors and has been an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University.Tom Arvetis is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Stage Chicago at the Northwestern University Settlement House in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.  With an emphasis on storytelling, critical literacy and community engagement, the company creates and tells heroic stories about young people.  Tom is a writer/director/performer whose work investigates the themes of identity, family and community.  Playwriting credits: Walk Two Moons (Dramatic Publishing; AATE Distinguished Play of 2013), Spark: Chapter One of the Prometheus Project, Sight Unseen: Chapter Two of the Prometheus Project, and I Dream in Blues.  Directing credits include: Augusta and Noble by Carlos Murillo (world premiere), Six Stories Tall by Marco Ramirez (Midwest premiere and national tour), And a Child Shall Lead by Michael Slade, 500 Clown: Trapped (national tour), Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back by Jason Tremblay (world premiere), The Blue House by José Cruz Gonzáles (world premiere). In 2013, Tom received the Orlin Corey Award for Artistic Excellence from AATE.  Tom was a member of AATE’s first Theater Leadership Institute in 2007, an Ann Shaw Fellow with TYA/USA in 2009 and twice a finalist for a Chicago Community Trust Fellowship.  He has served on the AATE board of directors and is an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University.

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Lessons from Carlos Murillo’s Residency at Adventure Stage

13 March 2017

Adventure Stage Artistic Director Tom Arvetis and Playwright in Residency Carlos Murillo discuss how Carlos’ perspective has affected the company’s goals and operations.