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Storycatchers Theatre retains Executive Search Firm KEES to lead Executive Director Search

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Nonprofit and public sector executive search firm KEES has been retained to find the next Executive Director for Storycatchers Theatre. A non-profit youth empowerment organization in Chicago, Storycatchers Theatre guides young people impacted by the juvenile justice system to transform their traumatic experiences into powerful musical theatre, developing the courage and vision to become leaders and mentors.

This partnership adds Storycatchers Theatre to KEES’ long list of youth-focused/youth empowerment organizations. Leading the search efforts will be KEES CEO and President Heather Eddy and KEES Project Manager Abby Johnson.

The Search Committee ultimately selected KEES after reviewing competitive bids and assessing organizational needs. “We are thrilled to have selected KEES to manage and lead our search process,” said Kendra Freeman, Storycatchers Theatre Board Chair and Metropolitan Planning Council Vice President. “KEES was the best choice to serve as our search partner because of their extensive experience and commitment to building strong teams with stellar talent in the nonprofit sector.” We are thankful for the 6+ years of leadership from Executive Director Priya Shah and her guidance during our overall leadership transitions.”

As a leading nonprofit executive search firm in Chicago, KEES is excited to begin work at this pivotal time in Storycatchers Theatre history. The program helps inspire the future for youth and young adults in the criminal justice system by readying them for positive, meaningful change. KEES Founder and CEO, Heather Eddy, states, “This will prove to be an incredible and rewarding Executive Director opportunity to further the important mission established by founder Meade Palidofsky nearly 40 years ago. Our team is thankful to Storycatchers Theatre for their partnership.”

Further details regarding the Executive Director opportunity will be released soon. Candidates interested in this role should contact for more information.

About KEES

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams with dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of non-profit consulting services, including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit


Jamie Sheffler