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.

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.

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 6-9
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, 1:00PM-4:00PM CST on Zoom
No Camp on July 5th

For young people on the autism spectrum, students in Camp Red Kite will explore drama, music, and visual arts throughout two fun-filled weeks! Join us for a dynamic arts experience that encourages self-expression, social engagement, and creative exploration.

Camp Red Kite is led by a trained team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and engaging environment for children on the autism spectrum. All you need is a smart device with the Zoom application downloaded, your imagination, and an adult to help out when needed.

All new campers must attend a Zoom 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. Please complete the Financial Assistance Request section of our registration form to be considered.

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.

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 In-Person
Runs Aug 9 - Aug 20, 2021

Ages 8-22 (students will be divided into three age groups)
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-12:15PM CST at CCT, 100 S Racine

For young people on the autism spectrum, students in Camp Red Kite will explore drama, music, and visual arts throughout two fun-filled weeks! Join us for a dynamic arts experience that encourages self-expression, social engagement, and creative exploration.

Camp Red Kite is led by a trained team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and engaging environment for youth on the autism spectrum. 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. Please complete the Financial Assistance Request section of our registration form to be considered.

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

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.

Where We Overlap: A Creative Workshop for All Women
Date: Aug 21, 2021

Ages 10-110
Saturday, August 21 from 1PM-4PM at CCT, 100 S Racine Ave

In this afternoon workshop, Holly Mandel brings family members who use she/her pronouns together across generations and backgrounds to share experiences and insights, learn from one another, and discover commonality that lies underneath us all as women. This improv workshop, which invites non-performers and performers alike, will be used to play, collaborate, and offer a shared language for the afternoon. It’s a fun, engaging, and energizing way to connect and bond. Together, we will strengthen the free, fearless, and self-directed part of ourselves while learning to catch the "good girl" when she pipes up.

NOTE: this workshop is open to all grandmothers, mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, friends, and young women who use she/her pronouns ages 10 to 110.

Holly Mandel has spent decades working with women in girls, teaching them improv and learning all about the “Good Girl” - the part of us that often unconsciously obeys the rules & roles we have been handed - 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.

Adventure Camp: A Western Roundup
Runs Aug 23 - Aug 27, 2021

Ages 6/7
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.

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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