Theatre relevant to young people,
performed by young people.
Founded in 2015, The Yard is a professional youth driven theater company that seeks to tell stories that explore, challenge, and give voice to the issues confronting our young people today. Through artistic mentorship as well as working with a diverse variety of professional theatre companies,
The Yard creates theatrical experiences that immerse its young artists in every aspect of the Chicago storefront theatre-making process.
RESIDENT ARTISTS & MENTORS
Kiandra KiKi Layne
Aaron James Stephenson
Andrew Burden Swanson
Mechelle works as an actor, director, and teaching artist. Recent directing credits include: Cardboard Piano and The Vibrator Play with TimeLine Theatre and Columbinus with The Yard. She received a Jeff citation for actress in principal role for her performance in Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal with The Hypocrites and a nomination for actress in principal role for Ferber & Kaufman's Stage Door with Griffin Theatre. In her career, Mechelle has appeared in over 40 productions locally with companies such as TimeLine, Court, Griffin, etc. She is a company member with TimeLine Theatre, artistic associate with Griffin and a founding member of The Hypocrites. Mechelle graduated with honors from the University of Illinois Chicago with both a bachelors in Theater as well as Anthropology.