Forbes published a profile on Meade Palidofsky, founder of Storycatchers Theatre, a nonprofit dedicated to helping justice-involved youth share their stories through musical theater and an Art for Justice Fund grantee partner organization.
The profile shares the story of how Palidofsky started Storycatchers Theatre, which serves as a therapeutic program and has served hundreds of youth involved in the justice system. She built the program from one that ran 12 to 14 weeks at a time into a year-round program that gives the space for every child to write their story and stage a reading. Since it started in 1984, Storycatchers Theatre has been extremely successful, receiving a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2013.
“When I first started, the kids performed their own stories,” Palidofsky said. “Then at a certain point, it occurred to me that it was probably a deeper learning if you stepped into someone else’s story, and they stepped into yours. You would see yourself up there, but you would also see the other people in your life and you would see how your choices affected the other people in your life much more clearly.”
Storycatchers Theatre received the Changing Narratives Through Art and Promoting Reentry grants as part of the Art for Justice Fund’s Fall 2017 and Fall 2018 cohorts.