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Trauma Informed Arts Education for a Trauma Informed Illinois

On three consecutive Wednesday afternoons in December of 2020, Chicago Children’s Theatre and the Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience invited TYA artists, early childhood educators and youth mental health experts to join a series of live webinars to discuss, share and learn how to identify children impacted by trauma, and how to use theater and other art forms to address their emotional and learning needs while fostering resilience.

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DIAMOND’S DREAM will be released on Martin Luther King’s Day, Monday, January 18 at 10AM on CCTv!

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Diamond's Dream
Runs Jan 18 - Jun 22, 2021

Diamond’s Dream is a virtual puppet production that takes place on a CTA Red Line train traveling south through pandemic-era Chicago. Diamond, a pre-teen African-American boy, has fallen asleep on the train while on his way to visit his dying grandmother. When he awakes, time and reality have shifted, and he meets the ghost of …

Walkie Talkies
Runs Nov 6, 2020 - Aug 6, 2021

Walkie Talkies are fun, totally original audio experiences families can listen to together while exploring different Chicago neighborhoods. The first three Walkie Talkies are self-guided strolls through South Shore, Little Village, and around the North Pond Nature Sanctuary in Lincoln Park. Each episode was commissioned by Chicago Children’s Theatre and created by a different local …

My Magic Breath
Runs Sep 10, 2020 - Sep 10, 2021

My Magic Breath combines animated storybook illustrations, solo musical performances by musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and narration by First Lady of Chicago Amy Eshleman to help young children—along with their parents, caregivers, and teachers—harness the calming and restorative power of mindful breathing. We developed the piece in partnership with the CSO as a …

Our Community

Since our formation in 2004, Chicago Children’s Theatre has served more than half-a-million students and families with productions of the highest caliber as well as innovative classes and camps, including…

The Red Kite Project

The Red Kite Project at Chicago Children’s Theatre is a series of unique and innovative programs for children on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as initiatives and…

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