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.

School's Out Mashup Camp!
Runs Jun 15 - Jun 17, 2022

Rising Grades 1st-4th
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.

Schools out! Join us for an awesome 3 day mashup of drama, design, music, and dance. Participants will rotate through a variety of classes, including clown, dance, improv, songwriting, puppetry, and more, to start our summer off right. This special 3-day camp emphasizes skill building, fun, and sparking the imagination after a long school year.

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

Adventure Camp: Tales with Tails
Runs Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2022

Rising Grades K-3rd
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.

Through explorations of classic folktales from all over the world, students will collaborate with professional theatre artists to create stories for the stage through music, improv storytelling, and movement. Participants will learn about story structure by embodying different animals, and will be empowered to make these myths their own. Each day at camp will include play-based dramatic storytelling, music, crafts, 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 in 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.

Adventure Camp: Back to the Past
Runs Jun 27 - Jul 8, 2022

Rising Grades 3rd-7th
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.

Blast back to the past in this time travel adventure! 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 throughout the first week of camp, and then rehearse and perform the show at the end of the second week of camp in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre, all the while learning theatre & social emotional skills from professional theatre artists and educators.

There will be no class on July 4th.

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

Musical Theatre Camp: Briny Dancer
Runs Jul 11 - Jul 22, 2022

Rising Grades 4th-8th
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, Briny Dancer. 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. Briny Dancer was written and composed by CCT Teaching Artists, Beth Hyland and Paul Michael Thomson.

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

Kidprov! Improv for kids
Runs Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2022

Rising Grades 1st-3rd
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.

Join us in this fun-filled, low-pressure, skills-building drama camp! Participants will get to flex their imagination muscles through improv, drama games, puppetry, and crafts. Each day will feature a variety of theatrical activities, as well as some choice-based options for all kinds of learners, and all kinds of fun! Kidprov is designed to build drama skills, confidence, and teamwork through theatre. At the end of the week, students will get to share some of their favorites parts of camp with their families in an informal sharing.

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.

Adventure Camp: Those Meddling Kids
Runs Aug 15 - Aug 26, 2022

Rising Grades 1st-5th
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.

Monsters and mystery strike CCT! Who will save the day? Those meddling kids! 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, scene and prop construction. Students will work together to create an original story throughout the first week of camp, and then rehearse and perform the show at the end of the second week of camp in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre, all the while learning theatre & social emotional skills from professional theatre artists and educators.

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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