Kids Theater and Drama Classes

This list of kids theater and drama classes is sponsored by Children’s Theatre of Western Springs.

Calling all kids with imagination, creativity, energy and a need for fun! Whether a budding thespian, aspiring singing or crazy comedian, or just looking to increase self-confidence, there’s room for everyone at Children’s Theatre of Western Springs.  Spring session is January 8th to May 7th,  offering classes such as Wizard of Oz Moana, Disney’s Descendants, Harry Potter and Hamilton, movie making, stage combat and improv, as well as behind the scenes tech classes. All classes are taught by skilled theatre professionals.  In addition to learning about the performing arts, students learn lifelong skills such as creativity, quick thinking, public speaking, working in a group setting and critical response skills vital to success both in the theatre and beyond. Click here for more information and registration.

Kids Theater Classes in Chicagoland

Kids theater classes are great for kids who love to perform. We discovered that our daughter had a love for the stage at a very young age. The world of theater exposes children to different cultures, musical genres and historical events. And that’s not to mention how it enhances confidence, team building and creativity skills. From beginning acting, drama, and improv classes to auditioning for a musical, we’ve rounded up some of the best options for preschool to high school kids throughout the city and suburbs!

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Chicago

The Second City
1616 N Wells St,
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-3992

Chicago Kids Company Summer Camps
2407 W. 111th Street
Chicago, IL 60655
(773) 205-9600

Emerald City Theatre
Classes in Lakeview, Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square
oz@emeraldcitytheatre.com
(773) 529-2690

Chicago Children’s Theatre
100 S. Racine Ave
info@chicagochildrenstheatre.org
(773) 227-0180

Downers Grove

Bright Side Theatre
4953 Fairview Avenue
Downers Grove, IL
630-447-TIXS (8497)
info@brightsidetheatre.com

Elmhurst

Elmhurst Children’s Theater
PO Box 64
Elmhurst, IL 60126
mmaiers@elmhurstchildrenstheatre.com

Beyond Center Stage
770 N Church Rd
Elmhurst, Illinois, IL 60126
(630) 833-0085

Hinsdale

BAM Theatre
641 South Bodin Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 923-5226

Stage Door Fine Arts
415 W. Eighth Street
Hinsdale, IL, 60521
(630) 728-0465

La Grange Park

Footlight Players of LaGrange Park
1501 Barnsdale Road
LaGrange Park, IL 60526
(708) 354-4580
dromito@communityparkdistrict.org

St. Louise Players
1113 Harrison Ave
La Grange Park, IL 60526
(708) 715-4451
mjmiller501@yahoo.com

Joliet

Bicentennial Park & Theatre Kids Programs
201 Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 724-3761
bipark@jolietcity.org

La Grange

LATTE (LaGrange Area Teen Theater Ensemble)
3636 Raymond Avenue
Brookfield, IL 60513
708-655-0989
lattetheater@gmail.com

Lemont

Little Mountain Theater
800 Porter Street
Lemont, IL 60439
info@littlemountaintheatre.org

Lombard

Lombard Children’s Theater
215 S. Lincoln Street
Lombard, IL 60148
(708) 528-8243
kawalsh@ameritech.net

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Mokena

All About Music & Children’s Theater
19108 Wolf Road
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 479-0440

Curtain Call Theater
11112 Front Street
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 607-2281

Street of Dreams Jr Theatre
9960 W. 191st Street Suite L
Mokena, IL. 60448
(708) 478-4161

Naperville

Kidz Kabaret
1665 Quincy Avenue
Suite 143
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355.9212

Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre
1212 S. Naper Blvd., #119-325
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 352-4490
Contact@RMCTonline.com

Magical Starlight Theatre
320 W. Jackson Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 848-5000
info@MagicalStarlight.org

Theater at the School of Performing Arts
1112 South Washington
Suite 100
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 717-6622
info@schoolofperformingarts.com

Oak Park

Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts
126 N Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 222-7564
TeamOvation@ovationacademy.org

River Forest

River Forest Community Center
8020 Madison Street
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 771-6159
jconrad@rfcc.info

Riverside

Riverside Children’s Theater Guild
65 Woodside Dr
Riverside, IL
info@riversidetheaterguild.com

Tinley Park

Tinley Park Park District Performing Arts
8125 W. 171 Street
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 342-4200
info@tinleyparkdistrict.org

Westmont

Academy of Music and Art
350 E. Ogden Ave
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 654-8426

Western Springs

Children’s Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Ave
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-4043

Music Makers Theatre
4211 Grand Avenue
Second Floor West
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-8222
info@musicmakerstheatre.com

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Wheaton

Wheaton Drama
Playhouse 111
111 N. Hale Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 260-1928

Willowbrook

Beyond the Stars Performing Arts Company
327 75th St.
Willowbrook, IL 60527
(630) 568-3610
BeyondTheStarsAcademy@hotmail.com

Various Locations

CYT Chicago (Formerly Spotlight Youth Theatre)
(847) 516-2298
office@spotlight.org
Offers classes throughout Chicagoland; see classes page for all locations

Children’s Theater
(847) 997-1317
margolap@yahoo.com
Offers classes throughout Chicagoland; see classes pages for classes and locations

StagePlay: Musical Theater for Kids!
(815) 954-3228
info@stageplaykids.com
Offers classes through the Elmhurst, Lockport, Oak Lawn, and Plainfield Park districts; check out their Facebook page and click “See More” beneath “Story” for listings.

For more classes in your area, check out our giant round-up of classes for kids!

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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