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The Red Kite Project

The Red Kite Project creates theatrical adventures and dynamic learning experiences for children on the autism spectrum.  Red Kite is a branch of Chicago Children’s Theatre and was the brainchild of CCT’s artistic director Jacqueline Russell as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to serving children with special needs, especially autism.

During this difficult time when many students aren’t in school, Chicago Children’s Theatre understands that children with autism and their families are highly impacted by all these changes. We are continuing our mission to be of service to neurodiverse students, by encouraging families to stay home and join in on one of our many Red Kite Fly at Home Classes!

To stay connected with our students, we are offering weekly live and interactive classes via Zoom, and uploading classes and activity videos for you to watch at home. We will also be sharing videos that teach families how to play our Drama Time games at home!

Aug 3 – 14 (Two-week Camp, Monday – Friday)
Ages 14 and older | Time 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Virtual Learning Experience via ZOOM (download here)
Tuition $300 for two-week camp or $25 per day

The Red Kite Ensemble is a performance-based camp designed for our students to explore the craft of performing and theatre-making more deeply. Our ensemble is led by a team of specialized Red Kite teaching artists and will explore acting, movement, voice, and design. Over the course of this 2-week camp, our ensemble will create their own virtual performance to share with their community! 

The Red Kite Project’s mission is to create accessible theatre programming for young people with autism and other exceptionalities. We strive to create an inclusive learning environment that is accessible and welcoming to a diverse group of learners. At Red Kite, all are welcome to fly with us!

Requirements: To join our ensemble you must be 14 years of age or older and have previously attended Camp Red Kite or taken a class with us. If you are a new student, we will invite you to a meet and greet to determine if the Red Kite ensemble is the right fit for you. 

Limited Financial Assistance is available – Applications are considered based on multiple factors. Notifications will be made on a rolling basis. Please complete the registration with an indication that you would like to apply. We will contact you with our decision.

If you have any questions, please contact Inclusive Education & Programs Manager, Sara Perry at sperry@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.