OUR PROJECTS

Come Find Joy Through Movement

On Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m., join Brighid for Nia classes at the Oak Park Park District's Ridgeland Commons.

Nia is a soulful movement practice that blends the dance, martial and healing arts to cultivate a sense of balance, vitality, and connection to oneself, others, and the world around us. Yes, it is a workout for the body but it is so much more. You'll leave feeling energized, aligned, and more in tune with yourself. Classes have basic choreography done to world music and all bodies are welcome!

It’s a Long Way Home

Traditionally Brighid has been a story collector committed to helping others find solace and healing through the sharing of their experiences through theater. For the first time in decades, Brighid is telling her own story. She is spending 2024 working with long-term collaborators on a theatrical piece surrounding the trauma of her own family's adoption story and the journey she and her son have taken to find hope amidst the wreckage.

Stevenson Peacebuilders

Inspired by the Peacemakers Program at Reilly Elementary School in Chicago, Brighid O'Shaughnessy decided to create her own version at Stevenson Elementary School on Chicago's Southwest Side. Beginning in the 2024 - 2025 School Year, twelve 5th - 8th graders will learn the core pillars of Restorative Justice and how to lead talking circles, restorative chats, peace circles and peer mediation at their school. The goal is to support student leaders as they work to transform conflict and build a school environments where people feel seen, heard and valued.

Stevenson will have an adult Peace Builders Collective as well where a core group of both General Ed and Diverse Learner classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, security officers, and school leaders will learn the same Restorative Practices as the students and be a model of living and teaching in a Restorative way both in and out of the classroom. Return to the Roots' Founder, Brighid O'Shaughnessy, will lead both groups.

Some of Brighid's Favorite Past Projects

Flames, Flaws and Freedom

A sold-out storytelling evening + photography exhibit dedicated to exploring women's health, with a portion of the proceeds going to Harvest 107.

Watch Brighid discuss the inspiration for the show:

Erasing the Distance's Production of Will You Stand Up?

Will You Stand Up? is one of the most beloved and impactful productions from Erasing the Distance, directed and produced by Brighid O'Shaughnessy. Erasing the Distance is a Chicago-based theater company that changes the narrative and challenges the stigma surrounding mental health.

Listen to Meg Ritter's coverage of Erasing the Distance for The Chicago Community Trust:

Using Visual Arts + Career Exploration to Promote Student Voice

A creative partnership between Kellman Elementary Students, Career Professionals + Internationally Known Artist Rhonda Gray