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Tom Arvetis

Tom Arvetis is the founder and producing artistic director of Adventure Stage Chicago, an award-winning professional theatre for young audiences and families at the Northwestern University Settlement House in Chicago's West Town neighborhood. With an emphasis on community engagement, critical literacy and social justice, this professional theatre for families and youth creates and tells heroic stories about young people between the ages of 9 and 14 and the adults in their lives. Its productions are intended to activate the imagination, inspire intergenerational dialogue and strengthen civil discourse among youth, families, educators and artists. As an artist, Arvetis is a playwright and director whose work investigates the themes of identity, family and community. His plays include I Dream in Blues, Walk Two Moons (published by Dramatic Publishing; 2014 AATE Distinguished Play Award winner), Spark (published by Dramatic Publishing) and Sight Unseen. In 2013, Arvetis received the Orlin Corey Award for Artistic Excellence from AATE; in 2009, he received an Ann Shaw International TYA Fellowship from TYA/USA; and in 2007 he was a member of AATE’s first Theatre Leadership Institute. He has served on the AATE board of directors and has been an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University. Arvetis owes everything to his wife, Dana, and their four amazing children: Lyra, Simone, Vivian and Max.

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