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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.

Red Kite presents Shakespeare and Autism with Sara Perry, Ben Ranaan, Ashlea Woodley, and Benito Lara
Grades 5 – 12 | Program Length 10 weeks | Class Time 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Tuition $230 | Financial Aid Available

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.

Red Kite Adventures are multi-sensory theatrical experiences that incorporate into each performance the desires, needs, and whims unique to each child who attends.

Camp Red Kite is a summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of young people on the autism spectrum. The program is led by a team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers 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: 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, Chicago, IL 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.

*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

Red Kite also offers classroom Drama Time residencies, along with Teacher Development and Artist-Training Workshops.  

For more information on these or other Red Kite opportunities, contact: Sara Perry, Inclusive Education, and Programs Manager at sperry@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.