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Older Stages

Kid Comics with Nicole Nienow
Mondays, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Grades K – 2 | $276 for 12 weeks

BAM! BOOM! KAPOW! This course will explore various types of comics and visual art. Each week, students will play experimental drawing games and learn about a different type of comic. Children will leave with a library of their very own comics. The session ends with a mini comic expo for family and friends.

Red Kite presents Shakespeare and Autism with Sara Perry
Mondays, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Grades 5 – 12 | $276 for 12 weeks

The Hunter Heartbeat method is a series of sensory drama games that utilize the poetry of Shakespeare’s plays and larger than life characters to engage the social and communicative barriers of autism. This class is designed for neurodiverse learners to develop imaginative play skills, engage positively with their peers and learn how to work together as an ensemble. They will also receive guidance on how to connect with their unique body and voice. All of these skills are built through playing games inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest; a story of a magical island where lost strangers discover a new home, wizards battle monsters, and spirits and clowns create mischief and comedy. *Students new to Red Kite will be invited to a meet and greet before the session begins.

Show Time Ensemble with Terry Guest, Jamie Abelson, and Dexter Ellis
Mondays, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Grades 4 – 8 | $350 for 12 weeks

For young performers interested in taking their performance skills and experience to the next level, Chicago Children’s Theatre is launching our new Show Time Ensemble. This small group of performers will spend the first 4 weeks of the Fall session learning advanced rehearsal techniques and getting to know a professional playwright who will then write a 45-minute play with these specific performers in mind. Then a professional director will spend the final 8 weeks of the session rehearsing this original script for a final performance in our Studio Theatre.

All participants will need to audition for admission into the Show Time Ensemble. Schedule an audition with the Education and Community Programs Manager, Dexter Ellis.

Musical Theatre Level 1 with Nicole Laurenzi
Tuesdays, 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Grades 3 – 5 | $276 for 12 weeks

This class is designed to take students through the basics of Musical Theatre – learning to combine song, dance, and story. This training will teach these introductory skills through short scenes and songs from our mainstage productions.

Zumba at The Station with ZIN James Anthony
Tuesdays, 5 PM – 5:45 PM
All Ages – Parents, Caregivers, and Children, Actors, Dancers, and Artists!
Drop-Ins Welcome! $10 /session | $100 for 12 weeks

Zumba at The Station is for everyone! All shapes, sizes, genders, and colors are welcome in this total dance workout combining all elements of fitness –– cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility and featuringmusic from Jennifer Lopez, Pabllo Vittaer, Charli XCX, Becky G, Ciara, Bad Bunny, and more. Original choreography provided by the Zumba Instructor Network.

Acting Level 1, Section 1 with Micah Figueroa
Wednesdays, 4:15 PM – 5 PM
Grades K – 2 | $276 for 12 weeks

In this theatre class, students will start to explore the creation of character and narrative. This class prepares performers to take the stage and encourages confidence in collaborative play. This class culminates in an open workshop of the class and short scenes. 

Stop Motion Shakespeare with Sharon Krome
Wednesdays, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Grades 2 – 5 | $276 for 12 weeks

Using paper art and illustrations, students will explore stop motion animation to recreate pivotal scenes from a Shakespeare classic, As You Like It. Whether using the paper cutouts of characters and forest imagery provided, original illustrations created within the workshop, or reciting their best Shakespeare-worthy acting, each student will experience hands-on video production.

Musical Theatre Level 2 with Nicole Laurenzi
Wednesdays, 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Grades 3 – 5 | $276 for 12 weeks

In this class, students will continue to do script analysis of characters and given circumstances in the context of musicals. Students will use materials from a wide range of Broadway and Chicago Children’s Theatre musicals to perform scenes, songs, and dances. Prerequisite – must have taken Musical Theatre Level 1 or schedule an audition by emailing dexter@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

Acting Level 1, Section 2 with Micah Figueroa
Wednesdays, 5:15 PM – 6 PM
Grades 1 – 3 | $276 for 12 weeks

In this theatre class, students will start to explore the creation of character and narrative. This class prepares performers to take the stage and encourages confidence in collaborative play. This class culminates in an open workshop of the class and short scenes. 

Tumbling with Actors Gym
Thursdays, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Grades K – 2 | $276 for 12 weeks
Drop-Ins Welcome! $25/session 

Send your K-2nd graders to tumbling in this fun, active class that teaches the basics that prepare them for cartwheels, handstands, walkovers and more! Warm-ups, games and stretches start off this class, followed by strengthening and skill building with teachers from Actors Gymnasium.

Acting Level 2 with Terry Guest 
Thursdays, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Grades 2 – 4 | $276 for 12 weeks

In this theatre class, students will start to explore the creation of character through short scenes. This class prepares performers to take the stage and encourages confidence in collaborative play and devising of their own work. This class culminates in the student’s performance of their own original plays that are written in collaboration with the teaching artists.

Acting Level 3 with Michael Driscoll
Thursdays, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Grades 3 – 5 | $276 for 12 weeks

This acting course explores methods of acting on a professional stage. Students will also learn script analysis skills that are fundamental to any emerging actor in the industry. The class culminates in scenes that challenge your children to be part of an ensemble as well as an independent performer. 

Saturday Morning Comics with Hannah Jablonski
Saturdays, 10 AM – 11 AM
Grades 2 – 5 | $276 for 12 weeks

BAM! BOOM! KAPOW! This course will explore various types of comics and visual art. Each week, students will play experimental drawing games and learn about a different type of comic. Children will leave with a library of their very own comics. The session ends with a mini comic expo for family and friends.

Classes place at The Station
100 South Racine Ave | Chicago, IL 60607

Chicago Children’s Theatre is conveniently located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, minutes from I90 and I290, as well as downtown and Ashland Ave.

We are happy to offer free onsite parking at The Station on the south side of the building, entering from Racine Ave. Additional parking is also available in the following locations:
– Impark parking lot, located at 1301 West Madison Street
– On-street parking, metered at $2/hour, 3-hour maximum

We believe every child should have access to our programming regardless of financial position. We make every effort to provide scholarships for children and families with demonstrated need. 

Inclusion and access are core values at CCT. We believe, and research supports, that access to high-quality theatre arts learning experiences is essential to enhance individual development and improved functioning in school, work, and community settings. We know exposure to the theatre can increase a child’s capacity for empathy, ultimately cultivating a more accepting society. 

Annually, 1 in 5 youth at CCT will receive financial assistance to participate in this game-changing programming. If you would like to add your name to our list of THEATRE EDUCATION ACCESS supporters, or if you would like more information on our financial assistance program, contact us today! 

Thanks to the generosity of the Susan M. Venturi Fund in memory of James and Roslyn Marks, financial assistance is available for our education programs.