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Tom Arvetis is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Stage Chicago (formerly Vittum Theater), an award-winning theatre for young audiences and families at Northwestern University Settlement House in Chicago, IL. Tom works primarily in Chicago as a director, writer and producer of new work for families and youth. With an emphasis on storytelling, critical literacy and community engagement, his company’s critically-acclaimed work—serving predominantly low-income Chicago Public School students—strives to create dynamic theatre for young audiences that activates the imagination, inspires dialogue and strengthens community among families, educators and artists. He is presently in the process of exploring new pathways toward the creation of theatre for young audiences and families that emerge from within the family unit. Tom is an Emeritus Company Member with Barrel of Monkeys, an ensemble of actor-educators who teach creative writing in Chicago Public Schools, workshop the children’s stories into songs and sketches, and performs them for the writers, their peers, and the larger Chicago community. In 2007, AATE honored Vittum Theater with the Zeta Phi Eta-Winifred Ward Outstanding New Children’s Theatre Company award. That same year, his company became one of twelve nationally to implement the Neighborhood Bridges program as developed and disseminated by the Children’s Theatre Company (MN). Tom is a 2009 Ann Shaw Fellow. His work has been recognized by the NEA and the Doris Duke Foundation. He received a Bachelor of Speech in Theater from Northwestern University.

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