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Student Matinees: Court’s Student Matinee program provides opportunities for Chicago-area high school students to experience our season through a series of deeply discounted weekday performances. Each matinee is enhanced by pre-performance Learning Guides and post-show discussions with cast members that invite students to consider classic stories in a new light.
Artists-in-the-Schools: Court Theatre’s Artists-in-the-Schools (AIS) residency program pairs an experienced Teaching Artist with a South Side school in a long-term partnership. Through dramatic explorations of literature from across the Black diaspora, and a cultivation of performance tools, students deepen their artistic appreciation and develop fundamental skills in literacy, collaboration, and self-esteem.
Learning Guides for the Classroom: Our Education Department carefully crafts a Learning Guide for each production in Court’s season. These robust web-based explorations feature articles, video content, and classroom exercises designed to immerse students and scholars alike in the world of a play. Our Learning Guides offer excellent pre- and post- show engagement opportunities when paired with a visit to one of our Student Matinees, and provide a closer look into our work for theatre enthusiasts and scholars alike.
Two people stand next to one another. One of the people is speaking emphatically. Professional Development for Teachers: Our three-day Dramatic Literacy: Unlocking Text-Based Play series is built with classroom teachers in mind. These sessions support educators in integrating dramatic literacy and theatre-based practices into their classrooms. Launching in August 2024!
Three people sitting outside a building making silly faces and pointing to a sign that says Court Theatre. The Backpack: Don’t miss The Backpack, the quarterly newsletter from our Education Department! Learn about Court’s Student Matinees; get updates about – and from – our incredible team of Teaching Artists; and check out uniquely curated resources, tools, and reading lists. While The Backpack is intended for educators, anyone who’s interested can sign up!Sign up for Court communications and, under the Marketing header, opt-in to receiving The Backpack!

Support for Court’s Education Initiative provided by

Click to learn more about the Allstate Foundation. Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
William D. and
Diane S. Anderson
Betty Lou Smith

Photos by Davon Clark.

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