Summer 2020


Whether a child is an aspiring actor, filmmaker, comedian, or a little shy, they’ll love taking a class at CCT! Our programming for children 6 months – Grade 5 helps create lasting friendships, gain confidence, writing, and communication skills (to name a few). And the best part … we welcome all experience levels!

Our camps and classes are led by award-winning actors, dancers, visual artists, and teachers who are experienced working with young students.

Camp times: 9:30 am – 4 pm
Before-care starts at 8:15 am
Aftercare until 5:45 pm
• Before and aftercare are included in tuition

In our one-week Theatre Adventure Camps, students learn a variety of theatre skills using the frameworks of legends, myths, fairy tales, and more. From acting, story development, dance, set design and construction, kids work together to create an original story that’s performed in front of a live audience in the Pritzker Family Studio Theatre.

The Fall (and Rise) of the Unicorn: June 22 – 26
9:30 am – 4 pm

Curiosity Vs. the Cat: July 6 – 10
9:30 am – 4 pm

Tales from Outer Space: July 13 – 17
9:30 am – 4 pm

The Monster Chronicles: August 31 – September 4
9:30 am – 4 pm

* TAC’s will all be themed, and the themes will be released in the new year! Themes include Mystery, Myths & Legends, Fairy Tales, Super Heros and more.

Acting for the Camera: June 29 – July 2
9:30 am – 4 pm

An introductory to the skills required to use green screen technology, students learn to make wild and unimaginable special effects-driven scenes.

With the guidance of professional film artists, kids will collaborate on a screenplay; a film inspired by mockumentaries. Each kid will have a chance to be a camera operator, editor, actor, director, screenwriter, and production assistant.

Camp will culminate in a red carpet screening in the Pritzker Family Studio, complete with popcorn and paparazzi.

GRRL Power: July 20 – 24
9:30 am – 4 pm

This camp is for young people who identify as female, and brings the Viola Project’s signature girl-powered Shakespeare program to Chicago Children’s Theatre! Students will spend a week adventuring with Shakespeare’s most daring heroines and learn the art of stage combat.

Whether they dress like people who identify as boys to go on a quest or face their foes in petticoats, kids will pick up a skill or two!

Kids get the chance to perform, create costumes, design a set, and prepare to star in one of Chicago Children’s Theatre mainstage musical productions. On the last day, the kids will perform in front of a live audience in the Pritzker Family Studio.

After each show, refreshments are served to celebrate the success of the show!

Blue Dog | Ages 6 – 7 | July 20 – 31 | Two Weeks | $970
9:30 am – 4 pm

X Marks the Spot | Ages 8 – 11 | August 3 – 7 | One Week | $485
9:30 am – 4 pm

Hip Hop Alice | Ages 6 – 11 | August 17 – 28 | Two Week | $970
9:30 am – 4 pm

Camp Myth with Silk Road Rising | Ages: 6-11 (OR must have completed Senior Kindergarten) | $485

Through storytelling and dialogue, Silk Road Rising promotes a culture of continuous learning and explores what it means to be Americans by shifting and expanding our communities’ narratives. In this camp, students will explore the enchanting stories of Egypt and India. Campers will then use these stories to create their own show using acting, dance, song, and craft. This final camp of the summer will conclude with a show in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre for family and friends.

We believe every child should have access to our programming regardless of financial position. We make every effort to provide scholarships for children and families with demonstrated need. 

Inclusion and access are core values at CCT. We believe, and research supports, that access to high-quality theatre arts learning experiences is essential to enhance individual development and improved functioning in school, work, and community settings. We know exposure to the theatre can increase a child’s capacity for empathy, ultimately cultivating a more accepting society. 

Annually, 1 in 5 youth at CCT will receive financial assistance to participate in this game-changing programming. If you would like to add your name to our list of THEATRE EDUCATION ACCESS supporters, or if you would like more information on our financial assistance program, contact us today! 

Thanks to the generosity of the Susan M. Venturi Fund in memory of James and Roslyn Marks, financial assistance is available for our education programs. 

Questions? Contact Dexter Ellis, Director of Education & Community Programs at dexter@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.