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Michelle Obama Honors Chicago Storycatchers Theatre Actors

November 25, 2013

Some young actors in Chicago received a well-deserved pat on the back from the nation's First Lady on Friday.

They are part of Storycatchers Theatre, a youth development organization that encourages young people to make thoughtful life choices through writing, producing and performing.

"In Chicago, my hometown, Storycatchers is helping underserved youth in the criminal justice system," said Michelle Obama, First Lady.

The 30-year-old organization was among several to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

"It's really thrilling actually. It's amazing. It's amazing," said Meade Palidofsky, founder, Storycatchers Theatre.

The theatre's founder travelled to Washington D.C. with one actor from Storycatchers community program, but many of the theatre's participants couldn't attend, as they are incarcerated. One of the programs is in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Facility in Warrenville. We met some of Storycatchers actors and playwrights at a recent rare performance outside of the youth prison. Read More