Education

CST Education

CST’s education program has lots to offer. Check out all the information to the right and register your child today!

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. Within 10 years, the program has grown to accommodate over 300 students each year.  We are also home to the only Teen Ensemble in Northwest Indiana.

Lisa earned an M.F.A. from the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC, and she currently teaches at Columbia College-Chicago. Learn about Lisa’s teaching philosophy.

The inherent philosophy of Chicago Street’s Theatre School is to provide a hands-on experience where students learn by doing, not by lecture. Read Testimonials about our program.

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 Apprentice Program, students train 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 classes end with a Showcase and Certificate Ceremony.

Our Fall Semester will begin September 16.  Classes will meet weekly, through December 13, 2019. The Showcase Week with Certificate Ceremony will be December 9-12, with performances during our regularly-scheduled class times.  Classes will not be held the week of November 25-29, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

An important, mandatory Orientation for NEW Fall Students will be held MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, from 6:30-7:00 pm.  At least one parent/guardian needs to attend with the registered student.

If you have questions, would like to register in person, see the facilities or are uncertain about which class is right, please feel free to stop by our OPEN HOUSE, scheduled for WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, anytime between 6-7:30 pm.

Our Workshops run five weeks, and are being offered in September and February.  They are going to focus on Exploring Directing and Improvisation.

Our Spring Semester will begin on February 17. Classes will meet weekly, through May 15, 2020.  The Showcase Week with Certificate Ceremony will be May 11-14, with performances during our regularly-scheduled class times.  Classes will not be held the week of March 23-29, 2020, due to Valparaiso School District Spring Break.

An important, mandatory Orientation for NEW Spring Students will be held MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, from 6:30-7:00 pm.  At least one parent/guardian needs to attend with the registered student.

Classes WILL be held on all other dates, regardless of school in-service half-days, and/or breaks. If a class is canceled due to any weather condition, every effort will be made to schedule a make-up session however, no prorated refund will be issued.

Adult Workshops & Master Classes

In order to accommodate the needs of our Adult Membersʼ creative skills and active schedules, we have designed a series of Workshops for those interested in brushing up on the basics, and Master Classes, designed to challenge the working actor. Active Members receive a considerable discount and are also eligible to “bank” their volunteer hours towards tuition dollars. For each hour of volunteer time, Members receive ½ hour of ʻfreeʼ tuition. If a Member works three documented volunteer hours, they earn credit toward one ʻfreeʼ Workshop! The rotating schedule of offerings makes it possible for you to pick and choose your own curriculum.  Anyone is welcome to enroll.  Come out to the free lecture in September, “Demystifying Method,” to sign up and receive a discount!

The tuition for each Workshop or Master Class is $25 for Members/$50 for Non-Members. You may also become a Member at the time of registration and take advantage of the discount. There is a minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 participants for each session. 

 


Apprentice Program

Coordinator – Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, Director of Education
Assistant Coordinator – Marcia Burbage, Education Committee

Chicago Street Theatre created an Apprentice Program in order to provide young artists with the opportunity to learn all aspects of theatre production. As these Apprentices“shadow” experienced adult artists, they are guided through and included in “behind the scenes” process. The program is coordinated by the Director of Education, and administered by the Members of the Education Committee. The following procedures and policy apply:

Young Artists interested in becoming a Lighting and/or Sound Apprentice need to have taken Chicago Street’s “Booth Camp,” offered as a Workshop and Summer Camp. Those interested in becoming a Costume Apprentice need to have taken Chicago Street’s “Dress Up!,” offered during the summer (June-July). Those interested in becoming a Rehearsal Assistant/Directing Apprentice need to have taken Chicago Street’s “Exploring Directing,” offered as a Workshop (in either fall or spring). Enrolling in these programs insures the student has been “trained” on the advanced equipment in our tech booth and can “run” the lights and sound cues during a production, along with assisting with costumes.

Young Artists interested in becoming a Set/Prop, Lighting/Sound Apprentice, and/or Stage Manager Apprentice, need to have taken Chicago Street’s “Be Backstage!” Camp, offered only during the summer (July). Enrolling in this camp insures the student has been “trained” on the protocol and procedures of all ‘behind-the-scenes’ work.

Each production in the FAMILY SERIES (Teen Festival, Children’s Studio Productions, Holiday Show, and Spring Show) will offer areas of opportunity for Apprenticeships. During auditions, those who have successfully completed the above mentioned courses/workshops, may apply to become an Apprentice. Applications with opportunities listed will be made available on-line, as well. A limited number of Apprenticeships will be offered. It should not be assumed that if you audition and are not offered a role in a production, you can automatically become an Apprentice.

Those who are accepted to train as Apprentices will be required to attend an Information Meeting, at which time they will be assigned an adult Mentor and schedule at least two half-hour sessions for training prior to attending rehearsals. They will be required to attend every tech rehearsal and should they serve as either a Lighting, Sound, or Stage Manager Apprentice, they will be required to attend performances on a rotating schedule. All dates will be clearly listed on the Application, so there will be no confusion regarding commitment of time or overlapping of conflicts.

Upon completion of the production, all Apprentices will be evaluated by their adult Mentor and Show Director(s) on the following areas: application of their Apprentice Position and newly acquired skill, along with promptness, attendance, participation, attitude, ability to work well with others, and dedication. All evaluations are submitted, in writing, to the Director of Education who will communicate the results directly to the Apprentice.

If an Apprentice receives a favorable evaluation, they may make application to serve as a Technical Intern. Technical Internships will be offered, if the following conditions are met:

  1. The adult production is deemed appropriate for youths by the Director of Education;
  2. The production is also deemed appropriate by the parents of Intern making application;
  3. The Intern is at least 13 years of age;
  4. The Director(s) and Designers of appropriate production agree to a Technical Intern, adhering to all established Chicago Street Theatre Policy for the supervision of children.

Upon completion of the production, all Technical Interns will be evaluated by the Designers and Show Director(s), on the following areas: application of their skill, along with promptness, attendance, participation, attitude, ability to work well with others, and dedication. All evaluations are submitted, in writing, to the Director of Education who will communicate the results directly to the Technical Intern.

If a Technical Intern has received a favorable evaluation on at least two adult productions, they may make application to serve as a Design Intern. Design Interns are allowed to design either the lights, sound, costumes, set, or props, with an experienced adult Mentoring their work. Design Internships will be offered, if the following conditions are met:

  1. The production is deemed appropriate for a teen designer by the Director of Education;
  2. The production is also deemed appropriate by the parents of Intern making application;
  3. The Intern is at least 16 years of age;
  4. The Intern has shown considerable maturity and talent;
  5. An adult Designer agrees to Mentor the Intern during the entire process;
  6. The Director(s) and adult Designer of appropriate production agree to a Design Intern, adhering to all established Chicago Street Theatre Policy for the supervision of teens.

Upon completion of the production, the Design Intern will be evaluated by the adult Designer, Show Director(s), and Director of Education on the following areas: application of skill, along with promptness, attendance, participation, attitude, ability to work well with others, and dedication. This evaluation will take place in person, at an “Exit Interview.” The written evaluation of this Interview will be submitted, in writing, to the Director of Education who will place the record in the student’s permanent file.

While a student is serving as a Design Intern, all correspondence to Apprentices and/or Directors must be sent to the Director of Education first, and she, in turn, will approve and send out the schedule and all communication.

If a Design Intern has received an exemplary Exit Interview on at least two productions, they may progress to a level of Designer. All those interested and qualified must adhere to the standards established at Chicago Street Theatre for Designers, and must be at least 18 years of age.

For information or application, please contact Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, Director of Education, via email.

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Updated: February 1, 2016

Before you register your child/teen, please double-check all dates involved, including the very important performances during our Showcase Week.  We understand conflicts will occasionally cause absences however, if there are more than two missed sessions, (particularly during the final three 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 WORKSHOP. There are no auditions necessary.
  • Open registration for FALL begins AUGUST 1, 2019.
  • Registrations for all FALL CLASSES need to be received by Friday, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019.
  • REGISTRATIONS FOR SPRING BEGINS november 1, 2019.
  • Registrations for all SPRING CLASSES need to be received by Friday, FEBRUARY 14, 2020.
  • Registrations after THESE established deadlineS will be assessed a $10 Late Fee and only guaranteed if there is space available.
  • A completed registration form (either on-line OR hard copy) and current 2019-20 signed Refund Policy/Medical Release is necessary for ALL students. These forms are renewed at the beginning of each fall semester and remain on file and current through the end of summer, 2020.
  • All classes & WORKSHOPS have a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum enrollment of 12.
  • Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If enrollment for a particular CLASS fills, we will create a “waiting list” and notify you if there is a cancellation.

* enrollment in the Teen Ensemble is by invitation only.

Before you register your child/teen, please double-check all dates involved, including the very important performances during our Showcase Week.  We understand conflicts will occasionally cause absences however, if there are more than two missed sessions, (particularly during the final three 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 WORKSHOP. There are no auditions necessary.
  • Open registration for our FALL AND SPRING CLASSES &  WORKSHOPS will begin AUGUST 1, 2019.
  • Registrations for all FALL CLASSES need to be received by Friday, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019.
  • Registrations for all SPRING CLASSES need to be received by Friday, FEBRUARY 14, 2020.
  • Registrations after THESE established deadlineS will be assessed a $10 Late Fee and only guaranteed if there is space available.
  • A completed registration form (either on-line OR hard copy) and current 2019-20 signed Refund Policy/Medical Release is necessary for ALL students. These forms are renewed at the beginning of each fall semester and remain on file and current through the end of summer, 2020.
  • All classes & WORKSHOPS have a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum enrollment of 12.
  • Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If enrollment for a particular CLASS fills, we will create a “waiting list” and notify you if there is a cancellation.

* enrollment in the Teen Ensemble is by invitation only.

  • Tuition for each full-semester class is $175.50, includes a Student Membership and a Theatre school T-Shirt.
    • Our affordable SEMESTER Payment Plan requires a $100 deposit at the time of registration, BEFORE SEPTEMBER 13, 2019. The remaining balance ($75.50) is due NOVEMBER 15. Payment made after this date will be assessed a $10 Late Fee.
  • Tuition for each workshop is $95.50.
  • 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 PAYPAL, cash, personal check, Mastercard & Visa. All credit card payments carry a $2 transaction 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.
  • Full-Year Tuition – $25 off when enrolling in the Fall & Spring Semesters at september registration.  Class schedules remain the same throughout the year.
  • 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 throughout the semester.
  1. Explore our offerings to find the class AND/OR WORKSHOP that’s right for your child/teen.
  2. Fill out the Registration Form.
  3. If you do not want to register online, print a REGISTRATION FORM.
  4. Please print and complete the MEDICAL RELEASE FORM and bring it to ORIENTATION OR the first class session.
  5. Submit payment:
    • Use our secure online box office. A transaction Fee of $2 applies to all on-line payments, including payment plans;
    • Walk-in during 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: Registration, 154 West Chicago Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383.
  6. Please direct all questions to our Director of Education, Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, via email.
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