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Community Drama Division

The Theatre School’s new place for high-quality classes and programming for children and young people!

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The Theatre School’s new Community Drama Division (CDD) brings theatre and wellness practices to the young people of the DePaul community and greater Chicago area.

The CDD features classes, camps, and in-school residencies for young people ages 4–18.

During these times of social distancing and separation due to the COVID-19 virus, CDD has created some initial online pilot programming to keep young people Engaged, Connected, and Creative in their own homes! As part of our mission, CDD will incorporate practices of mindfulness and breath into every class session alongside high-quality theatre skills instruction and training.

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May Online Classes

Classes began May 5 so registration is now closed.

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We will get our bodies moving and our imaginations soaring in this super fun, energy-burning dance and movement class!

8 CLASSES: May 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 

Wednesday & Fridays 2:30pm-3pm CDT, 30 Minutes Long

Teaching Artist: Becky Keeshin



Ocean explorations, jungle journeys, and space missions abound! Imaginations will be sparked each week by a guided new adventure as we travel through magical worlds of our own creation. Using group play, movement, and singalongs, this class is a great way to stay active and get creative at the same time!

8 CLASSES: MAY  5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28

Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-1:45pm CDT, 45 Minutes Long

Teaching Artist: Bella Coelho



Do you love making up hilarious and bizarre characters at the drop of a hat? Do you like to put together crazy outfits and tell outlandish stories? Using costume challenges, physical comedy, puppetry, found-object monologues, and our favorite improv games, we will create some of the funniest moments the internet has ever seen. 

8 CLASSES: MAY 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29

Wednesday & Friday 1pm-1:45pm CDT, 45 Minutes Long

Teaching Artist: Micah Figueroa



Get ready for Lip Sync Challenges, Epic Karaoke, and Flash Mob Choreo Creation—Musical Theatre Style! Just because we can’t be on stage, doesn’t mean we can’t get dramatic. Learn how to explore and expand your musical theatre skills in an online format that will be full of powerful vocal stylings and awesome group dance numbers. 

4 CLASSES: MAY 5, 7, 12, 14

Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30pm-4:30pm CDT, 60 Minutes Long

Teaching Artist: Dana Murphy



Pop, Rock, Soul, Funk? Upbeat Dance Track, Slow Crooning Ballad? Every song tells a story! What story would you tell if you could write your own song from scratch? Through musical exploration, lyric development, and an understanding of song structure, we will learn all the basics you need to become the legendary songwriter of your dreams. 

4 CLASSES: MAY 6, 13, 20, 27

Wednesdays 6pm-6:45pm CDT, 45 Minutes Long

Teaching Artist: Ricky Harris




Questions about Community Drama Division classes and programming can be sent to Mechelle Moe, Director of the Community Drama Division, at

Meet the Team

Learn more about the CDD staff and teaching artist team.

2020 Summer Programming

More information about summer programming will be announced soon.