Classroom Residencies


“I think this program was the highlight of the school year for many of them. I hope we get a chance to be a part of this fantastic program again next year.” – Laura Ward Elementary

A rising ­national ­leader in education programming, a Chicago Children’s Theatre Classroom Residency offers ­educators the tools and resources to address some of the most pressing issues facing young people today. The latest CCT Classroom Residency focuses on the themes of ­HOPE, WONDER, & ­IMAGINATION, working within the literary framework of Alice in Wonderland. Over an 8-week session, CCT teaching artists will work closely with students and teachers on a custom curriculum resulting a unique theatrical project, which will culminate in either a “Hip Hop Alice,” or “Rock & Roll Alice.”

Teaching artists will use 3 – 5 rock & roll or hip hop songs to guide students as they write and devise their own ­original musical. This artistically stimulating class model allows your students to have authorship over their story and the values that it holds. Chicago Children’s Theatre ­residencies provide a ­meaningful opportunity for education and interaction that culminates in a beautiful and ­inventive art piece that is exciting for both students and community.

The robust curricula will focus on topics including:

  • Productive Communication
  • Civic Engagement
  • Shared connections and overcoming perceptions
  • Inclusivity in the classroom and beyond
  • Allowing for self-reflection
  • Celebrating differences

To learn more about Chicago Children’s Theatre Classroom Residencies and bring one to your school, please contact Dexter Ellis, Education Associate and Residency Coordinator, at dexter@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

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