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Creative Root

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The Theatre School’s new space for families, schools and communities! 

The Theatre School's newly launched Creative Root program employs a holistic theater arts education strategy that embraces restorative and diverse approaches to learning that center student and community needs. Creative Root​ works to build responsive spaces  to empower young people, educators and intergenerational learners in Chicago with the tools necessary to believe in the power of their own creative voice, to collaborate with others to build strong communities, and to lift up their mind-body-spirit connection. 

During these times of social distancing  due to COVID-19, Creative Root offers remote learning opportunities for children and adults to keep  engaged, connected and creative in their own homes! As part of our mission, Creative Root will incorporate practices of mindfulness and breath into every class session alongside high-quality theatre skills instruction and training.

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Registration for Spring​ Online Classes Has Closed. Summer Camp Announcement Coming Soon!

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 online programming!​

Youth Branch

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

SATURDAYS 9:30-10am CST, 30 Minutes Long 

8 CLASSES: April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

Teaching Artist: Jaime Raglow 



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! 

SATURDAYS 10-10:45am CST, 45 Minutes Long 

8 CLASSES: April 10, 17, 24;  May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

Teaching Artist: Ana Narrajos 



Do you love making up hilarious and bizarre characters and stories at the drop of a hat? Using our favorite improv games, character voices, slapstick and physical comedy, we will create some of the funniest moments the internet has ever seen. 

SATURDAYS 11-11:45am CST, 45 Minutes Long 

8 CLASSES: April 10, 17, 24;  May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

Teaching Artist: Micah Figeuroa



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. 

SATURDAYS 12-1pm CST, 60 Minutes Long 

8 CLASSES: April 10, 17, 24;  May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

Teaching Artist: Bella Coehlo 




For questions about Creative Root programming, including  classes, camps, school residencies and community engagement, please contact Mechelle Moe, Director of Creative Root at 

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2021 Summer Programming

There will be in-person and remote offerings for our summer camp taking place in July 2021. Stay tuned for our announcement and opening of registration!