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Creative Root

Dream Grow Thrive

At Creative Root, we do a lot of growing. You can think of us as a mighty forest. Filled with magic, wonder, and a whole lot of characters. But a forest isn’t a forest without its trees.

Every single one, no matter how big or small, rambunctious or quiet, plays an important part in the forest’s special power.

Which is why we believe that to grow strong as a community, we have to take care of everyone, so every tree, every seed, and every flower, can become their best, silliest, most creative self.

We’re gonna move our bodies. We’re gonna use our imaginations. And we’re gonna get growing! 

At Creative Root, we believe in the power of non-linear and collective growth. Together, we’ve built responsive spaces that work to inspire young people, educators, and intergenerational learners with the tools necessary to believe in the power of their mighty and creative voice! 

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Join us for Creative Root's Winter Class Series!

Discover your extraordinary self! At Creative Root, there’s something for everyone. Whether you love writing epic adventures, singing, and dancing, or you enjoy bringing to life characters that will fill the room with laughter, our classes and camps will set your imagination free while challenging your growth and creativity. 

In our classes and camps, it’s not just about being on stage. We focus on educating young people on the entire theatre-making process through different learning styles. Theatre is about investigating the varied, creative stories that make up the world around us. It offers many different ways to learn and explore, and it can help support you in other areas of your life.

Dream Grow Thrive

In-Person classes will follow DePaul's Covid guidelines including masks and social distancing protocols. For more information on our Covid guidelines, follow this link:  https://resources.depaul.edu/coronavirus/guidance/health-safety-practices/Pages/default.aspx

Registration is through our theater box office, so the process will look more like buying a ticket for a show than registering for a class. But we assure you, you’re in the right place! You will select just the START date of your program for the Date and Time, but the registration fee will be for the entirety of the course. Then select "leave my tickets at the box office" at checkout. Please note: there are no discount codes available for Creative Root programs at this time. You'll receive further instructions about the class (including your Zoom link, materials needed, and required forms) via email after checking out. Thank you so much for your interest in our programming!

Sprouts of Fun! Creative Movement & Art Making

Grab your crayons, put on your dancing shoes and let’s explore! We will get our bodies moving and our imaginations soaring in this super fun, energy-burning movement and art class. Through dance and drawing, we will discover the different ways we can create characters, go on adventures, and tell exciting stories.

Dream Grow Thrive

Ages 4 - 6
6 CLASSES: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19
SATURDAYS 10:15-11:15 am CST, 60 Minutes Long
Teaching Artist: Jaime Raglow
PROGRAM FEE: $120

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Sprigs of Joy!  Imaginative Play & Theatre Games 

Are you in the need of some feel-good-fun? This class is sure to spark some joy during these cold winter months. We’ll play all your favorite theatre and improv games, hold epic dance and imagination battles, compete in costume challenges, and make ourselves smile as much as possible every single class.

Dream Grow Thrive

Ages 7 - 10
6 CLASSES: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19
SATURDAYS 10:15-11:15 am CST, 60 Minutes Long
Teaching Artist: Dana Murphy
PROGRAM FEE: $120

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The Explore-A-Story-Dom!  Magical Creatures

Battle a dragon, fly off on a unicorn, or explore the deep sea with a narwahl, and discover your own creative voice! Once a week, we will leave our ordinary lives behind to step into the shoes of our favorite stories featuring Magical Creatures and become the storytellers of our own tales. In this choose your own adventure format, we’ll use creative storytelling, group movement, music, arts and crafts to bring these stories off the page and into our homes!

Dream Grow Thrive

Ages 6 - 12
6 CLASSES: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19
SATURDAYS 11:30-12:30 pm CST, 60 Minutes Long
Teaching Artist: Elizabeth Dowling
PROGRAM FEE: $120

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Sing from the Treetops!  Musical Theatre Workshop
Is there a musical theatre song you’ve always wanted to perform? Let’s take a deep dive into that dream role and develop the Passion, Power, and Precision required to bring your performance to life by acting the song instead of just singing it. Using character, emotion, and story in both song work and choreography, we will bring all of the fun of the musical theatre stage to your home.

Dream Grow Thrive

Ages 11 - 16
6 CLASSES: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19
SATURDAYS 11:30-12:30 am CST, 60 Minutes Long
Teaching Artist: Dana Murphy
PROGRAM FEE: $120

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Contact
For questions about Creative Root programming, including  classes, camps, school residencies and community engagement, please contact Mechelle Moe, Director of Creative Root at mmoe1@depaul.edu

Meet the Team

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