Child's Play Touring Theatre offers a variety of educational programs for students and teachers alike. Some of these programs include writing workshops for students in school and after school programs and summer camps for children and teens, also professional development for educators.
The Peace of the Puzzle workshop, part of our peace initiative, provides a master class that incorporates themes of character, respect, responsibility, trust and empathy.
After School programs are available for schools and community organizations and customized to tie into your mission and meet your needs.
Teacher Workshops are designed to help teachers integrate Child's Play’s drama-based writing techniques into their own school curriculum.
Artists-In-Residence are in-depth programs, providing expanded curriculum and a final performance.
Productions include New Voices, The Great Green Adventures of Rman and Earth Kid, Kids in Charge, Peace by Piece, and Global Energy the Musical.
This is Child’s Play Touring Theatre 40th anniversary highlight reel. Over the 40 years, Child's Play has developed multiple partnerships with other arts education organizations to bring enhanced arts curricula to schools and communities throughout the United States. To date, we have reached over 4 million children, educators and adults through workshops residencies, after school programs, and summer camps, and have performed the original works of over 15,000 young writers.
Global Energy the Musical! addresses complex scientific issues on energy and conservation, presenting them in a whimsical way. Performed by Child’s Play Touring Theatre in 2015.
Our newly upgraded website showcases everything we have to offer, from a vast history in the arts and within our community, and plenty of information on our company and the website highlights the importance of theatre and writing.
Child's Play Touring Theatre has been around for 43 years, our 40th anniversary video highlights all our accomplishments and showcases our devotion to our mission. Global Energy the Musical, is an all digital show and shows our company's flexibility in a more digital world, making our show more accessible for young audiences, to help them learn how they can help improve our shared planet. Our website showcases everything we have to offer, from a vast history in the arts and within our community, and plenty of information on our company and the website highlights the importance of theatre and writing. With the work samples we submitted, we wanted to highlight the partnerships and community we built, and showcase the wonderful work we at Child's Play Touring Theatre strive to accomplish.
Child’s Play Touring Theatre was the first theatre company to realize the value of children’s own writing and perform exclusively stories and poems written by young authors. Combining the important, imaginative writings of children with the craftsmanship of professional theatre artists and educators, we created a unique stage where children’s voices can be heard, examined and treasured.
A nationally recognized, 501(c )3 not-for-profit organization, we inspire young people to read, write and think creatively. Our goal is to help children understand the value and significance that writing and reading has on their lives.
Over the years, we has developed multiple partnerships with other arts education organizations to bring enhanced arts curricula to schools and communities throughout the United States. To date, we have reached over 4.5 million children, educators and adults through workshops, residencies, after school programs, and summer camps, and have performed the original works of over 30,000 young writers.
The future dreams of the company include reaching an even greater audience through the website, increased international touring, an educational television program which will give young writers a chance to see their work produced for television, and the publication of their vast repertory in video, and anthology form.
To share, encourage, and validate the creativity of children by performing original works of theatre, music and dance adapted from literature written by young authors.
To motivate children to write and think creatively and to enhance writing education in schools by sharing drama-based approaches to writing instruction.
Programs for Specific Audience(s) Expertise
For over 40 years, we stayed true to our mission to exclusively perform stories and poems written by children through performance, workshops and intensive residencies throughout the world. We have created many productions and we have more in the works, we want to encourage young minds to think creatively.
Child's Play Touring Theatre
5097 N Elston Ave 203
Chicago, IL 60630
$600 - single local workshop, $3,000- big theatre performance