Learning Curve

July 27–December 17, 2016
Chicago, IL


Learning Curve

July 27–December 17, 2016
Chicago, IL

About the Project

A culmination of two years of collaborating, Learning Curve was an immersive performance created by Third Rail Projects and Albany Park Theater Project that placed you within the walls of a Chicago public high school and in the shoes of its students. With each step, you experienced the real-life triumphs and struggles of students, teachers and parents during the years that hopefully lead to a high school diploma.




Photography Courtesy of Albany Park Theater Project



Creative Team

Created by Albany Park Theater Project and Third Rail Projects

Produced in Association with the Goodman Theatre

Directed by
David Feiner & Jennine Willett
with Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Stephanie Paul, Maggie Popadiak, Edward Rice, Rossana Rodriguez Sanchéz, Carlton Cyrus Ward

Performed by
Lizabeth Acevedo, Maidenwena Alba, Jennifer Calderon, Stephanie Castrejon, Randy K. Dang, Andrea Delgado, Carlos Desantiago, Gustavo Duran, Maria Duran, Luis Escamilla, Nichole Espineli, Abraham Espino, Johnny Hamzo, Ashlie Hawkins, Atreyu Kaunert, Brandon Lorbes, Kiara Lyn Manriquez, Justin Martinez, Chelsee Nava, Alyanna Parajado, Paola Rico, Jesi Rojo, Samantha Romero, Mariana Rosas, Christina Saliba, Brisa Saucedo, Jeremy Sebastian, Dayana Soto, Alex Suarez, Yailin Tejeda, Hector Velazquez, Maria F. Valezquez, Melony Vizcarra

Production Staff

Composer & Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Costume Design: Izumi Inaba
Lighting Design: Lee Keenan
Scenic Design: Scott C. Neale
Objects & Installation Design: Ellie Terrell

Production Manager: Trina McGee
Technical Director: Andrés Lemus-Spont
Production Stage Manager: Monica M. Brown

Costume Manager: Jerica Hucke
Assistant Lighting Design: Meghan Erxleben
Master Electrician: Bobby Huggins
Electrics Installation Manager: Brian Rothschild
Lighting Intern: James Kegel
Objects & Installations Assistants: Jackie Valdez, Jessy Williams, Margaret Baggot
Scenic Shopper: Kelly Butler
Technical Assistants: Chanté Platt, Alanis Castaño Vargas, Pablo Cortés, Eric Carrera, Emily Wist
Rigging Consultant: Eric Mirabito
Guest Installation Artists: Robin McKay, Emily Breyer, Jillian Gryziak
Assistant Scenic Designer: Ben Lipinski
Design Assistant: Robbie Ashurst
Assistant Sound Designer: Sarah Espinoza
Audio Installation and Engineer: Joe Palermo
Assistant Sound Designer: Jeffrey Levin
Voice of Principal Kelly: Michael Dailey
Starrhouse Director of Education: Benjamin Serrano
Box Office Coordinator: Stephany Perez
Assistants to the Directing Team: Stephanie Castrejon, Randy K. Dang. Ely Espino
Production Assistants: Alexandra Beal, Katrina Dion, Michael Rogerson, Ligia Sandoval, Destiny Strothers
Additional Music: Apparat, Dorothy Ashby, Sam Cooke, Steve Jablonsky, Massapeals, Justin Timberlake
Film Footage: '63 Boycott, produced by Kartemquin Films, directed by Rachel Dickson and Gordon Quinn
Art Room Projects: Strudents of Kara Escalante's art classes at Roosevelt High School and students of Mark Nelson's art classes at Schurz High School
Real Estate Consultant: IFF

Project Support