Adventure Stage Chicago
Adventure Stage Chicago creates dynamic and transformative theatre for young audiences that activates the imagination, inspires dialogue and strengthens community among families, educators and artists.

Offers: Neighborhood Bridges Residency Program, Summer Adventure Camp, Curtain Conversations, Performances, Family Literacy Initiative, The Crossroads Project
Location: Wicker Park
Ages: 8-14
Cost: Varies


Albany Park Theatre Project
Albany Park Theater Project is a multiethnic, youth theater ensemble that inspires people to envision a more just and beautiful world. APTP creates original theater that shares the real-life stories of urban teens, immigrants, and working-class Americans. The group engages youth as thoughtful and imaginative artists, humanizes issues that impact real people but too often get discussed as abstract concepts, and enriches the cultural vitality and quality of life in the Albany Park neighborhood and Chicago.

Offers: Instruction and mentorship, Performances
Location: Albany Park (NW)
Ages: Middle School/High School
Cost: Participation is Free, Performance prices vary


Black Ensemble Theatre
Black Ensemble Theatre’s educational outreach programs focus on low-income, underserved communities fostering more effective teaching and learning among our youth, their parents, their teachers, and the communities in which they live. Summer Training in the Technical Arts is a 12-week program designed to increase the employment capabilities of inner-city, low-income high school students, equipping them with skills that will enable them to have a career in the technical theater arena. Plays With A Purpose is a series of four interactive musical plays designed to teach elementary school children positive life lessons and values. Teachers are provided with workbooks and activities to reinforce the lessons taught in the plays.

Offers: Performances, Summer Training in the Technical Arts, Community Access Program, Plays With a Purpose
Location: Uptown
Ages: Elementary-High School
Cost: Varies


Goodman Theatre
The educational programming at the Goodman strives to create stronger readers, writers, critical thinkers and communicators. They hope to inspire participants to transform the way they examine the world through programs that are accessible to all people and urge audiences to actively take part in a communal act of experience and imagination.

Offers: Performances, Cindy Bandle Young Critics Program, General Theater Studies, Youth Arts Council, Internships
Location: North Loop
Ages: All ages
Cost: Performances vary, Free educational programming


Illinois Theatre Association/Illinois High School Theatre Festival
The Illinois Theatre Association seeks to encourage a closer understanding and communication between community, education, and professional theatre. They promote the diverse extent of Illinois theatre and cooperate with various regional and national theatre organization. The organization is comprised of six divisions: including the Secondary School Theatre and the Theatre for Young Audiences. The Illinois High School Theatre Festival isProduced by the Illinois Theatre Association, the Illinois High School Theatre Festival (IHSTF) is the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the world.

Offers: Secondary School Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Illinois High School Theatre Festival
Location: Various
Ages: Varies
Cost: Varies


Lookingglass Theatre
The Lookingglass Theatre Company combines a physical and improvisational rehearsal process centered on ensemble with training in theatre, dance, music, and the circus arts. We seek to redefine the limits of theatrical experience and to make theatre exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all. Lookingglass propels its unique artistic vision with three primary venues: the creation of new work through gglassworks, the staging of world premieres on the Lookingglass Mainstage, and the outreach of our education and community programs. Lookingglass’ primary commitment is to produce new theatrical works.

Offers: Studio Classes, Camps, Birthday Parties, Young Ensemble, Performances
Location: Near North
Ages: 3-18
Cost: Varies


Redmoon seeks to transform the experience of our urban landscape through ephemeral events that disrupt everyday life and provide opportunities of public engagement, community building and recognition of the possibility of change. Redmoon transforms streets, stages, and architectural landmarks, bridging international, economic, cultural and generational boundaries with a unique brand of Spectacle: a public art form that is equal parts pageantry, gadgetry, puppetry, robust physical performance and visual art.

Offers: Annual Youth Spectacle Symposium, Performances, Collaboration and Learning Opportunities.
Location: Pilsen/Chinatown
Cost: Free


Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP)
The mission of YEPP is to seek a safe environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth experiencing homelessness to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and to celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance.

Offers: Workshops, Performances
Location: Lakeview (N)
Cost: Free