Classes for Adults, Children & Teens 

Children's Theatre Works & Resident Ensemble Project

Chicago Street Theatre is committed to education. Since 1994, we have offered young artists a comfortable, safe environment for exploring their creative side, both on stage and behind the scenes. In 2008, Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano joined CST as the Director of Education in an effort to expand and professionalize our offerings. Lisa earned an M.F.A. from the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC, and she currently also teaches at Columbia College-Chicago. Learn about Lisa's teaching philosophy.

The inherent philosphy of Children's Theatre Works is to provide a hands-on experience where students learn by doing, not by lecture. Read Testimonials about our program. Resident Ensemble Project offers affordable, flexible workshops for adult artists.

We offer a comprehensive and unique curriculum, where students are provided with the consistency of an entire program through which they can progress and advance, not occasional classes with a variety of instructors. Professional and experienced faculty, veteran artists, and an ensemble-based community atmosphere enhance their experience.  Through our Mentorship Program, students Apprentice and volunteer, learning practical skills, leadership, and confidence behind the scenes.  We encourage a complete understanding and appreciation of live theatre.  It’s also a lot of fun. 

Our classroom focuses on the importance of creative expression and collaboration, while teaching the fundamentals of theatre through structured play.  Classes not only enhance performance skills, but also develop concentration, self-esteem, discipline, and basic problem solving.  We have offerings for ages 5-18. All semester sessions end with a Showcase and Certificate Ceremony.  

Review Child & Teen Course Descriptions and Schedule on-line or print a copy.

Spring Semester Dates 

  • Our Spring Semester will begin on February 12 and run 13 weeks, through May 17, 2018.  Teen Ensemble members will return to classes three weeks prior, on January 24. There will be NO classes during Valparaiso School District's Spring Break - March 26-30.  The Showcase Week with Certificate Ceremony will be May 14-17, with performances during our regularly-scheduled class times.  Our Teen Festival (for Advanced Buds & Blooms) will run May 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12, with the Certificate Ceremony performance on May 9.
  • $175 Semester Tuition covers Student Membership Fee and includes a t-shirt to wear to class!

OUR MANDATORY ORIENTATION for NEW Spring Students will be held TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, from 8:00-8:30 pm. At least one parent/guardian needs to attend with the registered student.



Before you register your child/teen, please double-check all dates involved, including the very important PERFORMANCES for our Showcase Week.  We understand conflicts will occasionally cause absences however, if there are more than two missed sessions, (particularly during the final two weeks of the semester), the student may not be permitted to perform, as their continued absences adversely impact the progress of all students. 

  • Anyone may enroll for an age-appropriate class or camp.  There are no auditions necessary. 
  • Advanced sessions are for those students who have attended at least one semester, have the recommendation of their Instructor, and final approval from the Director of Education. Teen Ensemble is by invitation only.
  • Open registration for our Winter Camps & Spring Semester will begin Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
  • Spring registrations need to be received by Monday, February 5, 2018.
  • Registrations after this established deadline will be assessed a $10 Late Fee and only guaranteed if there is space available.
  • No student will be admitted to a 13-week semester after the second week.
  • A completed registration form (either on-line OR hard copy) and current 2017-18 signed Refund Policy/Medical Release is necessary for ALL students even if you were enrolled during the summer.  These forms are renewed at the beginning of each fall semester and remain on file and current through the end of summer, 2018.
  • All classes & camps have a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum enrollment of 12, with the exception of the Teen Ensemble.
  • Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If enrolllment for a particular class fills, we will create a "waiting list" and notify you if there is a cancellation.


  • Tuition for the Spring Semester is $175.  It includes a Student Membership and Children’s Theatre Works T-Shirt. 
  • Our affordable Semester Payment Plan requires a $100 deposit at the time of registration, by February 5, 2018.  The remaining balance ($75), is due March 15. Payment made after this date will be assessed a $10 Late Fee.
  • Tuition for the Winter Camps is $95.  It includes a Student Membership.
  • Payment must be made at the time of registration in order to guarantee enrollment.  If you fill out an on-line registration form, but do not process payment within 24-hours, your child/teen's enrollment is NOT guaranteed. Seats in classes are not held without payment.
  • We accept cash, personal check, Mastercard & Visa.  All credit card payments carry a $3 Service Fee. 
  • There is no discount or prorated tuition for late enrollment.
  • If a class is canceled due to any weather conditions, every effort will be made to schedule a make-up session however, no prorated refund will be issued.


  • Second Child - $10 off the tuition of the second (or third, or fourth ….) child enrolled.
  • "Parents in the Wings" - should you choose to volunteer and assist with any production aspect of the theatre (excluding acting), we will bank your hours and deduct between 5%-20% of the total tuition, based on your involvement throught the semester.  A detailed explanation will be given at the mandatory Orientation session.


  1. Explore our course offerings to find the class that's right for your child/teen.
  2. Fill out the online Registration Form.
  3. If you do not want to register online, print a Spring Registration Form.
  4. Please print and complete the Refund Policy/Medical Release Form and bring it to the first class session.
  5. Submit payment:
    • Use our secure online box office by clicking here. A Service Fee of $3 applies to all on-line payments, including payment plans.
    • Walk-in during the box office hours, Tuesday-Saturday, Noon to 4pm with completed registration form AND signed Refund Policy/Medical Release;
    • Mail forms & check to Chicago Street Theatre, ATTN: CTW Registration, 154 West Chicago Street, Valparaiso,  IN 46383. 
    • Please direct all questions to our Director of Education, Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, via email.

    Once your registration is received and payment processed, a confirmation email will be sent with a direct link for payment. You must complete the payment step in order to complete the registration process. Your child/teen is NOT confirmed until payment is made.

    "The Mask Project" - Blooms Class, 2011

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