Initially named the Chicago Theatre Project in 2010, Sankofa sought to explore the stories of the Chicago communities who have been displaced and marginalized; affected by oppression, gentrification, and impoverishment. In searching for the vocabulary by which this form of theater would manifest we sought to explore the concept of the Human Diaspora. Thus, we hope that by creating Theater that makes central the stories of those who have been marginalized and or displaced, we may better understand how to live together. We refer to this as Diasporic Theatre. As a way to further explore our stories, we also seek to experiment with different styles of story telling from across the world.
Furthermore, the Sankofa Theatre Company is interested in using Theatre of the Oppressed (TOT) techniques, as originally defined by Augusto Boal, as a tool to engage our audiences and community. The purpose of embracing TOT is to work towards Liberation Theatre, which moves with and among communities to transform oppressive realities.
Additionally, the STC is dedicated to education as a tool to learn from and empower young people. We view education as a mutual exchange of information and ideas between practitioners and the youth. Therefore, we strive to create education programs as open ended dialogues that value the knowledge of all participants equally. We believe that the youth can provide some of the most creative solutions to the most pressing issues of today. For STC, contextualizing the experiences of all participants in the present historical reality and looking towards the past allows us to conceptualize a theater that can truly address the issues pertinent to our communities. Thus, we strive towards Libratory education, which raises consciousnesses, preparing learners to engage in larger social struggles for liberation. It attempts to empower youth to critique and challenge oppressive social conditions and to envision and work towards a more just society. As members of STC, we both represent and serve as a resource to these communities.
The Sankofa Theatre Company (STC) is a collective of artists and professionals seeking 501(c)3 status, whose mission is to produce work dealing with social justice issues while providing fun and entertaining theater. We are dedicated to finding un-produced and rarely produced works while experimenting with classical theater.
Founding MembersPhaydra Babinchok
Loreal Patrice Jackson
The BoardKevin Bryant Maria Chaves Edgar Sanchez
Advisory BoardCamille DeBose Mia Henry Ensemble Loresa Grigsby Loreal Patrice Jackson Kristen Johnson
Osiris Khepera Eric Lynch
Edgar Sanchez Eliza Shin
Arturo Soria Austin Talley Ashley Taylor