Summer 2020


Whether a child is an aspiring actor, filmmaker, comedian, or a little shy, they’ll love taking a class at CCT! Our summer programming for children ages 6 – 13 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

Using the frameworks of legends, myths, fairy tales, and more, and under the direction of professional, Chicago-based teaching artists, your child will learn the basics of acting, songwriting, singing, dance choreography, collaborative story development, scene and prop construction, and gain new, specialized skills each week as they work together to create an original story. At the end of each week, campers will perform their own new story for friends and family in CCT’s Pritzker Family Studio Theatre.

So come and tell modern stories, make new friends, and create big, wonderful shows. Wield a sword, fly to the sun, build a kingdom, live underwater, battle giants, and befriend beasts. Travel the universe!

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. In this film camp, campers are introduced to the skills required to use green screen technology to make wild and unimaginable special effects-driven scenes. With the guidance of teaching artists, the group will collaboratively write their own mockumentary-style film then act and shoot the film – learning different roles on a film set. Together, we will then edit the film and have a red carpet screening in the Pritzker Family Studio complete with popcorn and paparazzi. An introductory to the skills required to use green screen technology, students learn to make wild and unimaginable special effects-driven scenes.

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

This camp is open to all girls and gender non-conforming youth, and brings The Viola Project’s signature empowerment Shakespeare program to Chicago Children’s Theatre! Students will spend a week adventuring with Shakespeare’s most daring characters and learn the art of stage combat. Whether they disguise themselves as other people to go on a quest or face their foes head-on, kids will pick up a skill or two!

Over the course of two weeks, children ages 6 to 11 will rehearse, create costumes, paint sets, act, sing, and dance as they prepare to star in one of On the final day the campers will perform the musical live for family and friends on the stage of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Pritzker Family Studio.

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 | Aug 10 – 14 | Ages: 6-11 (OR must have completed Senior Kindergarten) | $485

Chicago Children’s Theatre and Silk Road Rising are teaming up to close the summer with a bang! 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 Eastern Mythology found along the historic Silk Road. Campers will then use these Asian and Middle Eastern 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.