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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!

Online Spring Classes Start April 28

Shakespeare & Autism
Grades 5 – 12 | Tuesdays from 3 pm – 4 pm | Tuition Pay-What-You-Can
The Hunter Heartbeat Method is a series of sensory drama games that utilize the heartbeat rhythm of Shakespeare’s plays and larger than life characters to engage the social and communicative barriers of autism. This class is specifically designed for neurodiverse learners and adapted for an online learning experience.

Drama Time
Grades 5 – 12 | Thursdays from 3 pm – 4 pm | Tuition Pay-What-You-Can
For anyone with autism that is cooped up in the house, come play some drama games online with your Red Kite friends! This class is designed with specialized lesson plans to help you move your body, get out some of that pent up energy, and have fun playing imagination games.

VIRTUAL CAMP RED KITE

Virtual Camp Red Kite is an arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of young people on the autism spectrum. Each day, campers can engage in classes in Drama, Art, Music, and Movement. The program is led by a team of specialized artists and educators dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children affected by autism. We aim to foster a shared arts experience that encourages self-expression, social engagement, creative exploration, and above all, FUN!

DATES: April 20 – 24, 2020
TIMES: M – F, TBD
AGES:  8 – 22 year-olds
LOCATION: Online via the ZOOM Application (download here)
TUITION: $200 for week or $50 per day
Limited financial aid is available

SCHEDULE *
Morning session: 9:30am-11:00am / Afternoon session: 1:00pm-2:30pm

* We understand that many students have e-learning classes through school, and we do not want schedule conflicts to prohibit anyone from participating in Virtual Camp Red Kite. To supplement your student’s e-learning schedule, we will share recordings of each day’s live classes to registered students, so they can watch and engage at their own pace. Camp days will be a mix of interactive online teacher instruction, live stream group activities, and offline activities to play at home and get everyone out from in front of the screen.

All you need is a smart device with the ZOOM Application (download here)

Families will receive instructions on how to log in for classes following sign up.


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 Red Kite Coordinator, Sara Perry at sperry@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

CAMP RED KITE 2020

DATES: August 10 – 28, 2020
TIMES: M – F, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
AGES:  8 – 14 year-olds and 15 – 22 year-olds
LOCATION: The Station, 100 South Racine Ave, 60607
TUITION: $825 for three-week camp, including the registration fee
Limited financial aid is available

Each day, Camp Red Kite campers will move between classes in Drama, Art, Music, and Movement. Red Kite staff ensures a comfortable environment for all campers and a highly structured schedule that is displayed pictorially in each room. Each camper receives plenty of personal attention and is encouraged to participate in activities in his or her own unique way. Camp culminates in a final showcase and potluck lunch to share the Camp Red Kite experience with family and friends.

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 Red Kite Coordinator, Sara Perry at sperry@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.