Red Kite Residencies

The Red Kite Residency Program is our in-school class offering for classrooms with children on the autism spectrum. Our curriculum includes a number of theatre games, tactile experiences, and music integration in both turn-based and group activities.

Program Goals

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. Each class is 45 minutes in length.

Important info for a successful program:

  • Classrooms are limited to 15 students
  • There needs to be a minimum of 2 classroom teachers participating
  • CCT will have 2 teaching artists (trained by theatre professionals and special educators specializing in autism spectrum disorder), at each of the 45-minute sessions

This residency can be offered in tandem with two additional programs:

  • Professional Development for CPS teachers. This training empowers teachers to reinforce the skills that students learn during Red Kite Residencies
  • A free viewing of one of our Red Kite Adventure performances! This is an interactive theatrical experience specifically designed for children on the autism spectrum

Register

To register for a Red Kite Residency, please fill out the form below and we will contact you shortly.

Red Kite Residency Application

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  • Red Kite Residency Program Application

    Hello! Thank you for considering our Red Kite Drama Time spring residency program for your classroom. This form is the first step to help us get to know you and your students. The application asks you to share information about your school, your class's availability to schedule programming, and the individual support needs of your students. This application also covers the program cost, financial assistance, and professional development partnerships. 

    Thank you for taking the time to complete this form, to help us ensure that we offer the most valuable experience to our CPS partners and students . If you have any questions, please contact our Inclusive Education & Programs Manager, Sara Perry sperry@chicagochildrenstheatre.org or 312-374-8829.

  • School & Classroom Information

Learn more about our Teaching Artists, Red Kite Adventures, and Access Weekends.

If you have questions regarding Red Kite Residencies please contact our Inclusive Education & Programs Manager, Sara Perry at sperry@chicagochildrenstheatre.org or by calling (312) 374-8829.

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