Drama

Organization Name
Address
Noyes Cultural Arts Center: 927 Noyes Street Evanston IL
60201
Contact Person
Virginia Nugent, Executive Director
Phone Number
847-328-2795
Fax
847-328-3495
Description

Classes in circus, aerial and theater arts: gymnastics, clowning, dance, drama, juggling, stage combat and magic for children and adults.
Produces original works, offers workshops, camps and classes throughout the year and provides event entertainment.

Organization Name
Address
60610
Description

Online resource that lists events, classes, programs and other activities for Chicago area children and families. Use to find dance and art classes, coupons and deals, summer festivals, daycamps, sports and more.

Public Notes

Offers a Summer Camp Guide and Nanny and Babysitting Services.

Organization Name
Address
7654 Tripp Ave. Skokie IL
60076
Contact Person
Linda Kusel
Phone Number
847-933-0672
Description

A progressive series of arts enrichment classes for children ages 6 months to 13 years. Classes for younger children include songs, dance, language activities, finger plays, large and small motor skill exercises, rhythm activities, puppetry, pantomime and group games. For 5-13 year olds, classes include dance, cooking, Chinese, and ballroom dance.
Summer programs offer a variety of arts and cooking themes with several attendance choices.
Offers custom children’s birthday parties.

Organization Name
Address
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Suite 213
927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Mike O’Mara, Founder and Director
Phone Number
773.329.3308
Description

Holistic, team-centered approach to musical and theatrical education. Private lessons, ensembles, classes and original productions at every level involve and reflect the students’ interests. Programs offered include private lessons in several instruments, musical theatre ensembles for children K-3, 4-7 and gr. 8-12, a choir for young adults aged 13-19, Tween choir, and more. Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/etcmusicschool

Address
Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Karen Hawk
Phone Number
847-448-8250
Fax
847-448-8250
Description

Presents annual spring and fall productions starring local youth ages 8-through eighth grade and on occasion members of the Levy Senior Center.
Rehearsals and productions are held at the Levy Senior Center.

Organization Name
Address
927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Ebony Joy
Phone Number
847-448-8260 or 847-448-8254
Description

Presents community-centered theater arts programming with a commitment to diversity and creative excellence highlighting African American and African Diaspora-centered storytelling. Provides hands-on training for directors, set, light and costume designers, performers, and theatre enthusiasts in its full stage productions. Performances take place at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
Classes and programs for teens, adults, and seniors.

Organization Name
Address
1417 Hinman Avenue, Evanston IL
60201
Contact Person
Michael Miro, Executive Director
Phone Number
847.448.0708
Description

Mudlark Theater is a not-for-profit organization where
children are taken seriously as artists, and learn theater by making it. As a rule, the general public expects little of children’s theater. Mudlark’s goal is to raise that expectation and keep it there. By holding children to a higher standard and empowering them to make strong artistic choices, Mudlark creates the possibility for great theater—vibrant, funny, compelling shows that erase the boundary between youth and professional theater.
Half-day workshops and summer camps available: http://www.mudlarktheater.org/training

Contact Person
Jemma Alix Levy, Artistic Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-707-8632
Description

Muse of Fire is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing great plays to the widest possible local audience.

We choose plays that are classics — plays that ask important questions and encourage audiences to come up with their own answers; plays with characters as complicated and flawed as we all are; plays that love language and provide our company the opportunity to create the kind of intimacy between performers and audience that is the hallmark of our approach to theatre.

We believe that no one in the community should be excluded from such an experience, and we strive to make each play we present understandable and engaging for everyone who comes to see it. We also make our plays broadly inviting by performing in found spaces, rather than stately theatre venues that might intimidate newcomers. We play without microphones or other distancing technology. And all our performances are free.

Organization Name
Address
Main Office:
1702 Sherman Avenue; Evanston, IL

Performance and Rental Space:
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Mark George, President
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-905-1500
Fax
847-905-1502
Description

Offers concerts, private and group instruction in voice and all musical instruments for all ages and levels of ability at several locations. Community performing groups include Community Symphony, Chorale, New Horizons Band and several other string and voice ensembles for children, teens and senior adults. Financial aid available. Online registration at www.musicinstituteofchicago.org.

Summer Camps include Art of the Jazz Band, Musical Theater, Duo Piano Festival, Chamber Camp for Winds and Musikgarten classes for parent and young children together.

Address
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL
60077
Contact Person
Devon de Mayo
Phone Number
847-324-1607
Parent Organization
Description

The focus of MASTERCLASS is process: artists and students discussing, demonstrating and celebrating the artistic process. Aspiring artists see how Northlight’s top artists approach the creation of a production, a script and/or a character.
MASTERCLASS events are tied into mainstage programming and scheduled on a seasonal basis.

Public Notes

North Shore theater, established in 1975, staging five plays each season.

Address
617 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL
60208-4165
Contact Person
Rachel Flanigan, Program Assistant
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-491-3026
Fax
847-467-1057
Parent Organization
Description

Intensive summer residential program for gifted high school students in journalism, music, theatre arts, film and video, forensics, and debate. Students gain practical college-level experience in their chosen field; interact closely with outstanding faculty; tackle new social and intellectual challenges; and experience campus life with other exceptional high school students. Attendees are called Cherubs.

Organization Name
Address
600 Main St., Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Amanda Kulczewski, Producing Director; Joshua D. Allard, General Manager; Tony Lawry, E
Phone Number
General Information 847-424-0089; Education & Custer Fair 847-328-2204
Description

Located inside the Main Street Metra Station in the South Evanston community, Piccolo Theatre, Inc. (PTI) offers accessible and dynamic programming for all ages using the universal medium of the comedic arts, in order to strengthen and engage shared experiences in artforms that transcends social, racial, and economic boundaries. Find out more about our Youth Classes & Camps, our Theatre Ensemble & Productions, or our annual celebration of local and regional artists, Custer Fair.

Organization Name
Address
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Gillian Hemme, Director of Education
Phone Number
Workshop: 847-866-6597 | Box Office: 847-866-8049
Description

Founded by Byrne and Joyce Piven in 1973, PTW is a not-for-profit professional theatre and actor’s training center. The Workshop produces critically acclaimed professional theatre works, focusing on adaptations and story theatre. The actor’s training center provides classes for youths in 4th grade through high school, and adults. Students at Piven discover the value of improvisational thinking, the training of impulse and instincts, the power of truth and honesty in performance, and the importance of effective communications skills. Piven Theatre Workshop has helped thousands of students celebrate play and unlock their own unique artistic voice. Located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.

Notes: Summer camps and classes available, as well as school session classes. Visit Piventheatre.org/classes to learn more.

Organization Name
Address
603 Greenwood, Glenview IL
60025
Contact Person
Lisa Bany
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-337-9614
Description

Educational theatre company dedicated to providing young people with quality theatre training implemented by professionals in a creative and nurturing environment with a focus on development of the student as individual and artist.
Provides party and corporate event activities, school workshops and classes, community outreach opportunities.
Classes throughout the year and summer programs.

Organization Name
Address
1716 Hovland Ct, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Gilo Logan, Executive Director
Phone Number
847-424-9677
Description

Organization devoted to enriching the quality of life of pre-adolescents and adolescents through academic, social and cultural programs. Tutoring, dance/drama classes, performances and programs available for schools or other institutions individual families.
Soul Experience is an arts-in-education enrichment program combining history, music, dance, composition, narration, and performance for 3rd through 12th grade students.

Address
4400 Greenwood St., Skokie, IL
60076
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-674-1500 ext. 2400
Fax
847 – 674-9201
Parent Organization
Description

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

This award winning facility houses a DCFS licensed preschool program, private music lessons, children’s theatre, dance classes, enrichment programs, culinary arts, visual arts classes, performing arts camps and is home to the Skokie Art Guild and Devonshire Community Playhouse.

Organization Name
Address
P.O. Box 2231 Northbrook, IL
60065-2231
Contact Person
Elise Larsen, Executive Director
Phone Number
847-564-7704
Fax
888-564-6021
Description

Provides youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and special needs a creative drama experience enabling personal growth while breaking down stereotypes related to disabilities. Special Gifts Theatre’s creative drama classes and theatre programs utilize the special skills of occupational, physical, recreational and speech therapists, as well as special education teachers and theatre arts professionals.

Organization Name
Address
Dempster Street Theater, 2008 Dempster St. Evanston IL
60202
Contact Person
Eileen Hand, Artistic Director
Phone Number
847-708-7386
Parent Organization
Description

Thin Ice Theater is Evanston Home Educator’s very own theater company for children age 7 and up. Classes in scene study, props and costume production are open to the general public. All classes have final presentations.
Students receive an in-depth literary and theatrical experience through immersion in classic plays.

The mission of Thin Ice Ensemble Theater is to provide students of all abilities with a comprehensive, collaborative, and confidence-building theatrical experience through immersion in great plays, while providing the community with affordable, high-quality theater.

Address
927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL (east of Ridge Ave.)
927 Noyes St., Evanston, IL 60201 (east of Ridge Ave.)
Contact Person
Tim Rhoze
Phone Number
847-866-5915
Description

An intergenerational theatre-based program that seeks to bridge the gap between senior citizens and community youth, ages 12-19; participants share life stories, then write and present an original one act play based on these stories.

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