Step on to the stage

2015 Youth-led Discussion. Photo courtesy of Whitney Curtis/Washington University

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to make a difference in St. Louis? Step on to the stage! Saint Louis Story Stitchers is seeking youth ages 16-24 to star in the Collective’s first  original play entitled, Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace.  

The play will take place at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s new .ZACK performing arts venue at 3224 Locust in the Grand Center Arts District. A free afternoon matinee for youth and a ticketed evening performance are planned for February 25th, 2017. Lauron Thompson will direct the play, supported by KP Dennis directing the hip hop music.

In November 2015 Saint Louis Story Stitchers held a youth-led discussion with civic leaders on gun violence in the Des Lee Gallery at Washington University. Topics that relate to gun violence such as trauma, legal rights, education, police shootings and more were explored in an open and respectful manner.

The discussion tape was edited and is free for all to utilize HERE. The audio was transcribed and a book is now in production, due to be released in February 2017. In addition, the Collective commissioned St. Louis playwright and Story Stitchers artist in residence Lauron Thompson to interact with the artists and youth and turn the discussion into a script. This script is now the basis for the Saint Louis Story Stitchers first play, Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace.  The play includes two original hip hop songs by Stitchers Teen Council members, led by artist in residence KP Dennis.

Open Auditions!

Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 17

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Kranzberg Arts Center

Studio Theater

501 N Grand Blvd., in the Big Brothers’ Big Sisters’ Building

Open audition reservations at are encouraged. Youth under 18 years old must have a parent present for participation. Ten minute slots. Performing arts experience is preferred. Successful lead actors may earn a small honorarium. A minimal number of rehearsals will be held, most likely on week day evenings. Successful candidates will be capable of coming to rehearsals fully prepared, with lines memorized.