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.

Most performances for camps culminate on the final day of camp at 4pm in our Pritzker Family Studio. More information will be sent out closer to camp.

Learn more about Financial Assistance opportunities for our camps

Performing in the Park: Tales with Tails
Runs Jun 20 - Jul 1, 2022

Rising Grades 1st-2nd
Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-3:30PM CST with Chicago Children's Theatre, at Whitney Young High School, 211 S Laflin
Drop-off from 8:30-8:55AM, option to sign up for free After-Care from 3:30-5:30PM at CCT, 100 S Racine. 

Through explorations of classic animal folktales from all over the world, students will collaborate with professional theatre artists to create stories for the stage full of music, improv storytelling, and movement. Participants will learn the art of crafting a story through embodying different animal characters, and will be empowered to make these myths their own. Each day at camp will include play-based dramatic storytelling, music, crafts, outdoor play, and free choice time to nurture social emotional learning, friendship, and imagination. At the end of the week, students will perform a final show for families theatre-in-the-park style at Skinner Park, 1331 W Adams St.

Prior to camp, registrants will have the option to sign up for free aftercare at CCT (100 S Racine), or agree to pick their child up immediately after camp at Whitney Young at 3:30pm.

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

Performing in the Park: Campfire Chronicles
Runs Jul 18 - Jul 29, 2022

Rising Grades 1st-3rd
July 18th - July 29th

Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-3:30PM CST with Chicago Children's Theatre, at Whitney Young High School, 211 S Laflin
Drop-off from 8:30-8:55AM, option to sign up for free After-Care from 3:30-5:30PM at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave

Life is better by the campfire surrounded by friends, theatre, and spooooooky stories.. In two fun-filled weeks, students will explore classic campfire stories and folk tales, collaborating with theatre teaching artists to recreate their own campfire chronicles for the outdoor stage. Each day at camp will include play-based dramatic storytelling, music, crafts, outdoor play, and free choice time to nurture social emotional learning, friendship, and imagination. At the end of the week, students will perform a final show for their families theatre-in-the-park style at Skinner Park, 1331 W Adams St.

Prior to camp, registrants will have the option to sign up for free aftercare at CCT (100 S Racine), or agree to pick their child up immediately after camp at Whitney Young at 3:30pm.

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

Camp Red Kite 2022
Runs Jul 25 - Aug 12, 2022

Ages 8-22
Monday-Friday, 8:15AM-12:15PM CST at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave

Designed for youth on the autism spectrum, Camp Red Kite is a dynamic theatre day camp that is welcoming, engaging, and a whole lot of fun! Throughout three fun-filled weeks, students ages 8-22 rotate between classes with their age-appropriate small group, exploring drama, music, movement, and visual arts. Camp culminates in a final showcase and potluck lunch to share the Camp Red Kite experience with family and friends. Join us this summer for an exciting arts experience that encourages self-expression, social engagement, and creative exploration!

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

Our Stories, Our Voices: Teen Devising Intensive
Runs Jul 25 - Aug 5, 2022

Rising Grades 6th-10th
Monday-Friday, 9:30AM-4:00PM CST at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave
Free After-Care from 4:00-5:30PM.

In this camp for older youth, we will devise an entirely original show in the tradition of Chicago’s unique theatre scene. Participants will access their unique voices and storytelling abilities through learning Forum Theatre, Playback, and Improv techniques. The curriculum will emphasize empowering students to speak about their true stories, and to use theatre as a rehearsal for changing the world. The two week intensive will culminate in a performance for families and friends at CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio.

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

The Future is Funny: Sketch Comedy and Improv
Runs Aug 8 - Aug 12, 2022

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

Find your power and unlock your funny! The Future is Funny is a week-long improv and sketch comedy camp for youth whose gender identities have been underrepresented in the comedy scene, specifically girls (both trans and cis), non-binary kids, and trans boys. In a camp built on camaraderie and confidence, participants will learn to embrace their fearless, bold, and hilarious side through improv games, character exercises, and sketch writing. At the end of the week, the West Loop’s newest comedy troupe will perform for family and friends.

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

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 Education & Community Programs Manager, Sivan Spector, at sivan@chicagochildrenstheatre.org, or by calling (312) 374-8828.

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