“I think this program was the highlight of the school year for many of our children. I hope we get a chance to be a part of this fantastic program again next year” -Laura Ward Elementary teacher
92% of school partners are yearly partners ♦ Over 70% of students REPORT that a CCT Residency had a positive effect on their community ♦ CCT works with over 1,000 students in Pre-K through 12th grade annually
Chicago Children’s Theatre is a national leader in theatre education programming, offering educators the tools they need to address some of the most pressing issues young people face today. Our Residencies provide meaningful education opportunities that, through teaching theatre, uniquely inspire community, teach problem-solving and collaboration, develop open minds and confident voices, and ignite a powerful authorship of ideas.
We are for all learners. Theatre education is effective across learning styles and can strongly benefit students with emotional needs, attention needs, learning disabilities, or language needs. We look forward to learning more about your school community and partnering with you!
R.O.A.R. (Residencies of Arts and Resilience) will provide an opportunity for students to authentically reflect on challenging or stressful situations, gaining the tools for sharing with others, self care and self agency in those moments. The curriculum (developed in partnership with the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience) uses children’s literature, theatre and other multi-disciplinary art forms as the source material for trauma-informed activities and conversations that promote coping mechanisms, social-emotional expression, and resilience. Our goal is for 100% of our students to "ROAR" with confidence, “I am a brave person.”
“I just wanted to let you know how much the students and teachers love the program. A fellow teacher told me yesterday that one of the students that never speaks in her class participated and shared for the first time with your teachers. This also happened in my class with a student – she has never spoken out loud before. She speaks little English and is self-conscious, but this program has helped her overcome it. I just wanted to say thank you for all of the great work that you are doing.” - Alison, Hamline Elementary
Red Kite Drama Time is an adaptive theater program for young people on the autism spectrum and other neurodiverse learners. The primary pillar of our curriculum is social-emotional learning (SEL), utilizing sensory drama games to engage each student’s ability to work within a group and explore their emotional expressivity and understanding. Our classes engage in creative play and sensory experiences to encourage students to connect with their unique body, voice, imagination, and with the community around them. The main goals of this program include: imaginative play, improved communication, facial emotion recognition, turn-taking and eye contact. This program is inclusive for children without language and limited mobility.
“This clearly was a beautiful experience, one that more children, autistic or not, should have.” -H. Schubert, Professor and University Scholar, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago
More information About Our In-School Residencies
Each year, Chicago Children’s Theatre provides a limited number of schools with tuition free residencies. If you would like to apply for the tuition free residencies or if you would like to learn more about our Residency Program, please fill out our inquiry form and the Education Department will be in touch shortly.
Education Residency Inquiry Form
Why Theatre Education?
Children exposed to theatre education show a heightened ability to imagine the lives of others, fostering a deeper sense of compassion and tolerance.
Children demonstrate a range of intrinsic impacts after participating in theatre, including personal relevance, social bridging, aesthetic growth, and motivation to action.
Children with performing arts experience show improved engagement and behavior in social environments.
Live theatre programming increases student success on standardized tests, improves writing skills, and leads to stronger command of narrative ideas.
Theatre enhances the ability of students to imagine attending a college and envision success.
From: “Envisioning the Future of Theater for Young Audiences,” a landmark study compiled by the NEA in partnership with TYA/USA and TCG detailing the academic, social, and emotional benefits of theatre for children.
Common Core Standards
COMMON CORE READING: LITERATURE STANDARDS ADDRESSED
LITERACY: As students encounter stories and characters, they explore, dissect and expand narratives imaginatively. Our programming reinforces literacy skills such as narrative analysis, plot structure, character development, dialogue, symbolism and engagement with diverse genres such as folktales, myths, fables, fairy tales, poetry, plays.
COMMON CORE SPEAKING & LISTENING STANDARDS ADDRESSED
COMMUNICATION: As students work in peer groups to refine their opinions, approaches, and styles of storytelling, they develop civic communication skills. Our programming encourages students to communicate their perspectives and listen to others while working together to convey an idea to an audience. While honing their performance skills, students also develop their public speaking ability and confidence.
Illinois Learning Standards
COMMON CORE WRITING STANDARDS ADDRESSED
WRITING: As students adapt existing narratives into original theater pieces, they strengthen writing skills such as sequencing, narrative retelling and summarizing, editing, and revising.
ILLINOIS SOCIAL EMOTIONAL STANDARDS ADDRESSED
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL: As students explore characters and physicalize personal and Imagined experiences, they build empathy and social emotional awareness. Theatre provides an opportunity for students to investigate their feelings and the feelings of characters that have different experiences than they do.
ILLINOIS THEATRE STANDARDS ADDRESSED
ARTISTIC: As students develop storytelling techniques as performers, directors and designers, they progress in their theater skills and aesthetic sense. Our programming equips students to pursue theater with concrete theater-making skills and acting training.
If you have questions about CCT’s education programming please contact our
Education and School Partnerships Manager, Meagan Dilworth, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (312) 374-8828.