Did you miss the New Year's Eve world premiere? Or would you like to rewatch the film? 

Watch and share the HD Final Cut of the play turned film and the recording of

the lively, in-depth post-show discussion with the cast and crew

of this youth-driven project and film.





Am I the Only One Here? is a play turned film developed through a collaborative partnership between Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Mudlark Theater, and Piven Theatre Workshop.

Inspired by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Tim Rhoze, the three Evanston-based theaters selected a Teen Devising Ensemble of actors and artists, who've spent the fall months collaborating in devising and script writing workshops, rehearsals, and filming vignettes. The Teen Devising Ensemble explores and centers the intersections and real-life impacts of identity, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the socio-political events of 2020 on today's youth.

The ensemble includes young actors Carmiya Bady, Matías Kruse, Alethea Koconis, Ca´ron Walker, and Moksha Paudel, along with young production team members Belise Gorleku (Stage Manager) and Amanda Thorsberg (Script Supervisor). The production team includes Andrew Biliter (Devising Facilitator), Olivia Nicholson (Associate Devising Facilitator), and Tim Rhoze (Project Oversight).

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Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre has been thrilling audiences with over four decades of unique, inspirational and invigorating original plays and the best of Broadway; remaining committed to supplying the very best in live theatre, and community- centered arts and special events programming. The theatre's mission is to present powerful, thought provoking, theatrical performances centered on African American and African Diaspora storytelling. FJT is committed to diversity and creative excellence and dedicated to providing a nurturing and creative environment for directors, playwrights, set, light, sound costume designers, and for experienced and novice performers. The theatre provides a space where they can develop their skills and fully express their artistic talents. For more information about Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, visit


Mudlark Theater is a not-for-profit organization where children are taken seriously as artists and learn theater by making it. By holding children to a higher standard and empowering them to make strong artistic choices, we create the possibility for great theater-vibrant, funny, compelling shows that erase the boundary between youth and professional theater.  For more information about Mudlark Theater, visit


Piven Theatre Workshop has maintained both a professional subscription theater and a nationally acclaimed actors training center for children and adults for fifty years. As founders, Byrne and Joyce Piven have received the Evanston Arts Council Youth and Education Award, the Evanston Mayors Award for the Arts, the Chicago Drama League's Crystal Award, and lifetime achievement awards from the University of Chicago, the Chicago Improv Festival, and the Joseph Jefferson Committee. Many know the Piven for its celebrity alumni: John and Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Aidan Quinn, Lili Taylor, Harry Lennix, and many more. However, Piven Theatre Workshop's greatest value may be to those many students who have taken into their lives and professions an enriched understanding of the human exchange and a greater confidence in themselves. For more information about Piven Theatre Workshop, visit


This collaborative performing arts project would not be possible without the support Nathan Norman of the City of Evanston's Youth/Young Adult Division and funding from the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program. This project is partially funded by the Evanston Arts Council, in partnership with the City of Evanston, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The City of Evanston's Youth/Young Adult Division provides opportunities for all Evanston youth and young adults to become active and productive citizens of their community through strengthening existing youth services, establishing a network of service partnerships, increasing participation within the available local opportunities, creating marketable job training and placement, and increasing the opportunities for social and recreational outlets for disengaged youth.


The Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) began in 1992, and for more than twenty-five years has provided skills and workforce opportunities year-round for thousands of Evanston at-risk youth ages 14-18. As a workforce development and non-law enforcement crime prevention initiative, the MSYEP emphasizes real-world labor expectations, increases the awareness of services offered by local community-based organizations, and provides opportunities for career instruction, financial literacy training, occupational skills training, and social-emotional growth and development. The program gives participating youth up to nine weeks of entry level work experience in a variety of jobs and industries through community-based organizations, city government departments, and private sector businesses.

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