Chicago Children's Theater Classes

There are numerous wonderful theater organizations in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs that offer theater classes for fun, as well as for serious budding actors. Whether your child is interesting in musical theater, serious acting or improv for kids, you can find the right theater class for your child right here.

Find small group in-person theater classes or online / virtual theater classes from this list of options.

Note: Some class providers are closed, have moved online, or have otherwise modified their typical class offerings. Please contact the class providers directly to find the most current status.

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The Stage School

Online, Chicago,
Act! Sing! Dance! All from the comfort of home! Each week kids ages 4 – 16 build their performance skills and unlock their imaginations. Study with our staff of professional Teaching Artists and create an experience like no other!

Music House School of Performing Arts

Online, Chicago,
Audition for your chance to be a part of something special- a virtual performance experience unlike anything you've ever done before! Junie B. Jones (ages 4-9), High School Musical Jr. (ages 9-16)

Porchlight Music Theatre

Online and In-Person | 4200 W. Diversey Pkwy, Chicago,
Porchlight Music Theatre offers classes for ages 7-17 for the kid who loves to act, sing, and make new friends. Classes meet at the Menomonee Club Drucker Center and scholarships are available!

Acting Studio Chicago
Online | 10 West Hubbard Street, Chicago
Train like a pro at Acting Studio Chicago! ASC online youth acting classes are perfect for young artists who are eager to......
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The Actors Garden
Online and In-Person | 909 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park
The Actors Garden is here to offer a variety of classes in a variety of different ways From online to outdoor and small in......
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Actors Training Center
Online | 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette
Actors Training Center’s mission is to provide all students with a creative outlet, making industry-grade training accessible......
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All About Music & Children's Theatre
19108 Wolf Road, Mokena
Offering music and acting classes for ages prek and up. We offer private lessons and group instruction for; piano, voice......
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Brain Surgeon Theater
1919 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Have a very Brain Surgeon summer - or a very Brain Surgeon birthday! Movie-making and theater summer camps and birthday......
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Bubbles Academy
2184 N. Elston, Chicago
Bubbles Academy is excited to offer brand new Drama classes for kiddos between 2-5 years old. We have Drama: Story Explorers......
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Chicago Center for the Performing Arts
777 N. Green St., Chicago
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Chicago Children's Theatre
Online | 100 S. Racine Ave. , Chicago
During this difficult time when many students aren’t in school, Chicago Children’s Theatre is encouraging children and......
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Chicago Filmmakers
Online, Chicago-based
Offering oneline classes....
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Child's Play Touring Theatre
2518 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago
Children are then active participants in creating a group generated story. The story is brought to life as a play, using our......
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Citadel Theatre
300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest
Citadel Theatre provides acting classes for kids ages 6-16, featuring popular musicals, comedies and dramas. Kids have fun and......
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Citadel Theatre
Online, Lake Forest
Citadel Theatre is offering Virtual Theatre Classes during summer months....
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City Kid Theatre
1008 Church Street, Glenview
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Compass Creative Dramatics
4001 N Ravenswood , Chicago
Stretch those bravery and creativity muscles with Compass Creative Dramatics through our adventures in acting! Kids get their......
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Dream Big Performing Arts
Online, Chicago
Take a break from the routine of quarantine life and join our virtual interactive classes with professional teaching artists......
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E.D.G.E. Theatre
5805 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago
E.D.G.E. Theater offers classes for Homeschoolers/Unschoolers that teach independence, social skills and theater. Don't miss......
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EDGE of Orion
7518 Saint Louis Avenue, Skokie
EDGE of Orion Arts and Education began almost a decade ago in an effort to empower children through theatre arts as they learn......
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Electric Moon Theatre Company
Online, National
Offering virtual classes for grades 1 to 9....
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Good Time Kids TV Acting Program
2633 W Harlem, Elmwood Park
Our unique innovative style of training will develop great acting skills and self confident. Students will also get and......
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Gorilla Tango Theatre
1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
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The Green Room
Two Locations, Chicago
A curriculum created by Chicago casting directors and taught by professional working actors combines modified theatre lessons......
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Improv Playhouse
Online, Libertyville
Improv Playhouse production subject matter is adjusted for the appropriate age group. Improv Playhouse has at its focus the......
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Infinity Arts Academy LLC
3633 N. California Ave., Chicago
Conservatory Company, Is Geared Towards Ages 5-12 [ Thursdays 5-8 PM / Saturdays 9-12 PM ] And Our Repertory Company, Is......
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Kingdom Performing Arts Academy
1102 E. 154th St, South Holland
Kingdom Performing Arts Academy (KPA2) is a faith-based performing arts education program, for children ages 4-17, that is......
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Knuckleball Comedy at the Menomonee Club
1535 N. Dayton, Chicago
From improv to storytelling, from clowning to writing sketch, this comedy class has it all. Participants will gain valuable......
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Lake Forest Children's Theater Co.
1306 Hilary Lane, Highland Park
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Lil Buds Theatre Company
5451 N. Broadway, Chicago
Dedicated to enriching the lives of children of all backgrounds through theatre and the performing arts. Li’l Buds holds......
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Long Grove Performing Arts Academy
344 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove
Northwest Chicagoland's home for first-rate instruction in the performing arts. Offering private voice and piano lessons, as......
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Lookingglass Theatre Company
875 N Michigan Ave, Suite 2200 , Chicago
Lookingglass offers various programs (10 Week Studio Classes, Themed Birthday Parties, Workshops, etc) for students of all......
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Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls
1535 N. Dayton St., Chicago
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Metropolis Performing Arts Center
111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights
Metropolis School of the Performing Arts provides drama, dance and music group classes and private lessons all year long for......
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Music Theater Works
516 4th Street, Wilmette
We offer classes in creating your own musical and preparing audition and solo pieces for children ages 10-15. We also offer a......
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Musical Chairs Studio
2124 W Lawrence Ave., Chicago
Boutique Music School in Chicago’s Lincoln Square since 2004. Our individualized approach to music lessons strives to create a......
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New World Repertory Theater
923 Curtiss St, Downers Grove
All theater classes and workshops are taught by professional actors and directors! All classes culminate in a final......
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Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie
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Performing Arts Studio
630 W. Webster 1-E, Chicago
The Performing Arts Studio offers a unique training space where kids and teens can step onto the stage with classes taught by......
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Piven Theatre Workshop
927 Noyes Street, Evanston
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Play On Ltd
Around Chicago
The company is dedicated to providing young people with quality theatre training implemented by professionals in a creative......
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Playmakers Lab
Online, Chicago-based
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3pm PlayMakers Laboratory Theatre is going online with PlayMakers Media Lab!! PML is a......
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Provision Theater
1001 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago
This class will explore a variety of popular styles in musical theatre. Production numbers will include a variety of hits from......
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Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark St., Chicago
Raven's Youth Program offers a variety of classes throughout the year for ages 5 - 15. From one-day classes on school days off......
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The Revival
1160 E. 55th St., Chicago
The Revival – Hyde Park’s improv comedy theater – offers classes for children! Our instructors are among the best in Chicago......
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School of Performing Arts
200 E 5th Ave # 132, Naperville
The School of Performing Arts is recognized as one of the area's premier centers for arts education. Our Naperville facility......
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Second City Training Center Kids & Teen Program
Online | 1608 N. Wells St., Chicago
The Second City Training Center offers a smorgasbord of classes for kids and teens ages 4-18 all year long! In addition to......
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Skyline Studios
Multiple Northshore Locations
Musical Theatre Classes for actors age 3-14! Actors meet new people, develop interpersonal skills, confidence building, and......
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Stages Performing Arts
Online | 1144 W Madison St. , Chicago
Stages Performing Arts offers one-of-a-kind classes and birthday party entertainment for children ages 2 months – 12 years......
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Studio BE
3110 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago
Act! Dance! Sing! Ages 7-13 and ages 13-18! Productions this season include The Velveteen Rabbit and Les Miserables. Check out......
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The Theatre School at DePaul University
Online, Chicago-based
During these times of social distancing and separation due to the COVID-19 virus, CDD has created some initial online pilot......
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Two Roads Theatre Project
1803 W. Byron, Chicago
Fall Acting Classes for Youth and Teens. We offer high-quality instruction in the Art of Acting in order to develop......
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WeOrbit
1736 1st Street, REAR, Highland Park
Young Broadway fans will be introduced to exciting new songs, characters and stories as Broadway Musicals are brought to life......
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