Online & In Person Camps

Every Winter, Spring, and Summer, Chicago Children’s Theatre offers a variety of 1 and 2-week camps for children ages 5-13. Students will learn the basics of acting, songwriting, scenic and prop design, choreography, and collaborative story development as they work together to create dynamic performances for friends and family.

Online Adventure Camp: Flight to the Sun
Runs Jun 14 - Jun 18, 2021

Ages 8-11
Monday-Friday, 12:00PM-4:00PM CST on Zoom

Using the frameworks of legends, myths, fairy tales, and more your child will learn the basics of acting, song writing, singing, dance choreography, collaborative story development, and design through scene and prop construction. Students will work together to create their own original story and performance while they gain these new, specialized skills each. This camp culminates in a recorded performance for all family and friends on Friday at 4pm.

Camp and Film Screening will be held over Zoom. All you need to join camp is a smart device (computer recommended) with Zoom and basic craft materials.

Acting for the Camera: Cut to Commercial
Runs Jun 23 - Jun 25, 2021

Ages 9-12
Wednesday-Friday, 9:30AM-4:00PM CST at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free Before-Care from 8:15-9:30AM and free After-Care from 4:00-5:30PM.

In this Acting for the Camera Workshop, campers will learn about commercials through the decades before they conceptualize, write, act in their very own set of commercials. Under the guidance of our teaching artists, students will also rotate through different roles on a film set to learn about lighting, camera, sound, design, and editing before our red carpet screening in the Pritzker Family Studio complete with popcorn and paparazzi.

This camp is in-person. For information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Adventure Camp: Legends of the Sea
Runs Jun 28 - Jul 2, 2021

Ages 6-11
Monday-Friday, 9:30AM-4:00PM CST at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free Before-Care from 8:15-9:30AM and free After-Care from 4:00-5:30PM.

Using the frameworks of legends, myths, fairy tales and more, your child will learn the basics of acting, song writing, singing, dance choreography, collaborative story development, and scene and prop construction. Students will work together to create an original story while they gain new, specialized skills. At the end of the week, campers will perform their own new story for families in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre.

This camp is in-person. For information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Camp Red Kite Online
Runs Jun 28 - Jul 9, 2021

Ages 8-22
Monday-Friday, 12:00PM-4:00PM CST on Zoom
No Camp on July 5th

Camp Red Kite Online is an arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of young people on the autism spectrum. Each day, campers can engage in classes in Drama, Art, Music, and Movement. The program is led by a team of specialized artists and educators dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children affected by autism. We aim to foster a shared arts experience that encourages self-expression, social engagement, creative exploration, and above all, FUN!

All you need is a smart device with the Zoom Application downloaded, your imagination, and an adult to help out when needed.

Adventure Camp: Fairy Tale Tornado
Runs Jul 6 - Jul 9, 2021

Ages 6-11
Tuesday-Friday, 9:30AM-4:00PM CST at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free Before-Care from 8:15-9:30AM and free After-Care from 4:00-5:30PM.

Using the frameworks of legends, myths, fairy tales and more, your child will learn the basics of acting, song writing, singing, dance choreography, collaborative story development, and scene and prop construction. Students will work together to create an original story while they gain new, specialized skills. At the end of the week, campers will perform their own new story for families in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre.

This camp is in-person. For information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Musical Theatre Camp: The Least Popular Trolls
Runs Jul 12 - Jul 23, 2021

Ages 6-8
Monday-Friday, 9:30AM-4:00PM CST at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free Before-Care from 8:15-9:30AM and free After-Care from 4:00-5:30PM.

Over the course of two weeks, students will rehearse, create costumes, paint sets, act, sing, and dance as they prepare to star in a Chicago Children’s Theatre’s original show, The Least Popular Trolls. On the final day, campers will perform the musical live for family and friends on the stage of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Pritzker Family Studio.

The Least Popular Trolls was written and composed by CCT Teaching Artist and Collaborator, Nicole Laurenzi, as part of CCT’s Education Playground initiative.

This camp is in-person. For information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Online Acting for the Camera: Sci-Fi Edition
Runs Jul 12 - Jul 16, 2021

Ages 8-12
Monday-Friday, 12:00PM-4:00PM CST on Zoom

Alongside CCT teaching artists, students will collaboratively write their own sci-fi film complete with parallel universes and mind-boggling technology . Throughout the week, we will record then edit the film together with dynamic shots via Zoom. At the end of the week, we will have a red carpet screening on Zoom where paparazzi from all over the world can join us. All you need to join camp is a smart device (computer recommended) with Zoom.

Musical Theatre Camp: An Elephant Never Forgets
Runs Jul 26 - Aug 6, 2021

Ages 8-12
Monday-Friday, 9:30AM-4:00PM CST at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free Before-Care from 8:15-9:30AM and free After-Care from 4:00-5:30PM.

Over the course of two weeks, students will rehearse, create costumes, paint sets, act, sing, and dance as they prepare to star in a Chicago Children’s Theatre’s original show, An Elephant Never Forgets. On the final day the campers will perform the musical live for family and friends on the stage of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Pritzker Family Studio.

An Elephant Never Forgets was written by Aurora Real de Asua and composed by Liz Chidester, CCT Teaching Artist and Collaborators, as part of CCT’s Education Playground initiative.

This camp is in-person. For information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Camp Red Kite, Ages 8-14
Runs Aug 9 - Aug 20, 2021

Ages 8-14
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-12:15PM CST at CCT, 100 S Racine

Camp Red Kite is a summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of young people on the autism spectrum. The program is led by a team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children affected by autism. Our aim is to foster a shared arts experience that encourages self-expression, social engagement, creative exploration, and above all, FUN!

Each day, Camp Red Kite campers will move between classes in Drama, Art, Music, and Movement. Red Kite staff ensures a comfortable environment for all campers, and a highly structured schedule that is displayed pictorially in each room. Each camper receives plenty of personal attention and is encouraged to participate in activities in his or her own unique way. Camp culminates in a final showcase and potluck lunch to share the Camp Red Kite experience with family and friends.

All new campers must attend a Meet and Greet session with Red Kite staff. Meet and Greet sessions will be scheduled with applicants individually.

*Financial Assistance is available – Applications are considered based on multiple factors. Notifications will be made on a rolling basis. Please complete our Financial Assistance Request Form and we will reach out.

This camp is in-person. For information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Online Adventure Camp: When Pets Ran the World
Runs Aug 9 - Aug 13, 2021

Ages 8-11
Monday-Friday, 12:00PM-4:00PM CST on Zoom

Using the frameworks of legends, myths, fairy tales, and more your child will learn the basics of acting, song writing, singing, dance choreography, collaborative story development, and design through scene and prop construction. Students will work together to create their own original story and performance while they gain these new, specialized skills each. This camp culminates in a recorded performance for all family and friends on Friday at 4pm.

Camp and Film Screening will be held over Zoom. All you need to join camp is a smart device (computer recommended) with Zoom and basic craft materials.

GirlProv! Improv for Empowerment
Runs Aug 16 - Aug 20, 2021

Ages 10-14
Monday-Friday, 9:30AM-4:00PM CST at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free Before-Care from 8:15-9:30AM and free After-Care from 4:00-5:30PM.

In this camp, which is open to all who use she/her pronouns, Chicago Children’s Theatre and Holly Mandel will use improv and sketch to find and strengthen the voices of each SHERO in the camp. Mandel’s curriculum focuses on empowering the fearless, bold, and authentic side of every girl while recognizing and leaving behind the “Good Girl” that aims to be liked by everyone. This camp culminates in a sketch and improv show by the girls along with Mandel’s engaging talk on Friday evening.

Holly Mandel has spent decades working with women in girls, teaching them improv and learning all about the “Good Girl” and what lies beyond her! She has worked with Comedy Central, Walt Disney Studios, and ABC Television and is a GROUNDLING performer, director and teacher as well as founder of her own improv and sketch school in NYC - Improvolution. More about Holly Mandel here.

This camp is in-person. For information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Camp Red Kite, Ages 15+
Runs Aug 23 - Aug 27, 2021

Ages 15+
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-12:15PM CST at CCT, 100 S Racine

Camp Red Kite is a summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of young people on the autism spectrum. The program is led by a team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children affected by autism. Our aim is to foster a shared arts experience that encourages self-expression, social engagement, creative exploration, and above all, FUN!

Each day, Camp Red Kite campers will move between classes in Drama, Art, Music, and Movement. Red Kite staff ensures a comfortable environment for all campers, and a highly structured schedule that is displayed pictorially in each room. Each camper receives plenty of personal attention and is encouraged to participate in activities in his or her own unique way. Camp culminates in a final showcase and potluck lunch to share the Camp Red Kite experience with family and friends.

All new campers must attend a Meet and Greet session with Red Kite staff. Meet and Greet sessions will be scheduled with applicants individually.

*Financial Assistance is available – Applications are considered based on multiple factors. Notifications will be made on a rolling basis. Please complete our Financial Assistance Request Form and we will reach out.

This camp is in-person. For information on precautions we are taking during the pandemic, please see our Education Policies & FAQs.

Online Acting for the Camera: Film Noir Edition
Runs Aug 23 - Aug 27, 2021

Ages 8-12
Monday-Friday, 12:00PM-4:00PM CST on Zoom

Alongside CCT teaching artists, students will collaboratively write their own film noir complete with hardboiled detectives, anti heroes, and lots of drama. Throughout the week, we will record then edit the film together with dynamic shots via Zoom. At the end of the week, we will have a red carpet screening on Zoom where paparazzi from all over the world can join us. All you need to join camp is a smart device (computer recommended) with Zoom.

Learn more about Financial Assistance opportunities, our Education Policies & FAQs, and our current roster of Teaching Artists.

If you have questions about CCT’s education programming please contact our Director of Education & Community Programs, Dexter Ellis, at dexter@chicagochildrenstheatre.org, or by calling (312) 374-8828.

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