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.


Camp Red Kite is a summer arts half-day camp for children on the autism spectrum.

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

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:

Access and Inclusion Department
773.227.0180 x322

Jacqueline Russell, Co-Founder and Artistic Director, served as the previous Executive Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company, during which time she led the company’s build and move into Lookingglass’ current performance space in the Water Tower Water Works. Prior to that, she served as Lookingglass’ Director of Education and Outreach. Before joining Lookingglass, she spent five years as creator of Children’s Programs at Old Town School of Folk Music. In addition to leading CCT’s new play development, main stage and education programs, Russell is the creator of the Red Kite Project, a CCT program dedicated to bringing theatre into the lives of children with special needs. In 2010, she was appointed by the U.S. State Department to serve as Cultural Envoy to Canada, and was honored with the 2013 “Hero of the Year Award” from the Chicago chapter of Autism Speaks. She was named “Tastemaker” by Time Out Chicago Kids, and has three times been highlighted in New City’s “Players” list of “People Who Really Perform for Chicago.” Jacqueline is originally from Houston, Texas, and is a graduate of New York University. Her daughter, Shiri Nicole, attends the University of Pennsylvania. She has a tri-pawed yellow lab named Max and a turtle named Leonard.

Check out the SPLASH Immersive TYA feature article  about the Red Kite Project on the Spring 2015 issue of TYA Today magazine.

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