Young People are Using Are Using Musical Theatre to Heal Their Trauma – and it's working!
Updated: Feb 27, 2020
STORYCATCHERS HELPS JUSTICE-INVOLVED YOUTH FIND THEIR VOICES AND RESOLVE OLD TRAUMAS BY MAKING THEM THE STARS OF THE SHOW.
On the drive home from Priya Shah’s first Storycatchers musical, she pulled over. She was teary-eyed and emotionally moved by the musical she had just watched.
Shah, who now serves as the executive director of Storycatchers, had just seen a musical at the Illinois Youth Center, a juvenile facility in Warrenville, Illinois. She watched girls tell stories of sexual abuse, battery and neglect. She also saw stories of hope and resilience.
“It struck me that these characters I had just watched struggle, joke, grieve and triumph on stage, that they’re not just characters,” she told NationSwell. “They’re based on real people with real stories.”