Education

CST Education

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

And here we are . . .

When the state-mandated quarantine began in March, we all adjusted, to the best of our ability, as quickly as possible.  On-line theatre classes were new for everyone, everywhere, in all classrooms.  Six months later, we are adapting to an ever-changing definition of “normal.”

According to the education survey sent in July, 90% expressed a desire to return to our theatre classroom.  49% prefer a combination of on-line and in-person instruction with 32% preferring in-person instruction only.  Taking everything into consideration, we hope our varied offerings will accommodate.

The summer has been spent creating exciting curriculum for on-line engagement and putting together a wonderful socially-distanced program for those who will enter our classroom with safety and sanitation procedures in place.

Seeds On-Line Showcase – May, 2020

Theatre School Overview

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 12 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!  Take a look at our Education Brochure.

Outdoor Open House!

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 front lawn on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, anytime between 11 am-2 pm.

Fun in Buds Class!

Youth Dates & Information

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 offer year-round education for ages 5-18, dividing our year into semesters with a summer session of shorter camps and workshops.

All classes end with a performance for an invited audience (family and friends) during our Showcase Week.  All students receive a Certificate of Achievement, handed out at the end of the Showcase Performance, during a short and celebratory Ceremony.

Fall SemesterBeginning the week of September 21 – December 17, 2020

All in-person classes will be limited to 6 students.  Masks will be provided, hand sanitizing stations will be installed and, social-distancing practiced. Upon entry to  the building, everyone will undergo temperature checks.

Classes will meet weekly in-person OR on-line, through December 17, 2020. The Showcase Week and Certificate Ceremonies will be December 14-17, with performances during our regularly-scheduled class times.

Fall classes will NOT be held the week of November 23-27, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Classes WILL be held on all other dates, regardless of school in-service half-days, and/or breaks. If an in-person 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.  All classes will be moved on-line, should we face a state-mandated quarantine.

Our Workshops run five weeks, and are being offered on-line, in October and in-person, in April.  They are going to focus on Exploring Directing and Improvisation.

Spring Semester – Beginning the week of  February 22 – May 20, 2021

Classes will meet weekly in-person, through May 20, 2021.  The Showcase Week will be May 17-20, with performances during our regularly-scheduled class times.  Our School-wide Certificate & Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 22, from 4-5:30 pm on our Main Stage!

Spring classes will NOT be held the week of March 21-28, 2020, due to Valparaiso School District Spring Break.  Classes WILL be held on all other dates, regardless of school in-service half-days, and/or breaks. If an in-person 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.

Sign-up for the free on-line Workshop in October, “Demystifying Method.”

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. 

Registration Information

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 CLASSES & WORKSHOP will begin AUGUST 28, 2020.
  • Registrations for all FALL CLASSES need to be received by TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020.
  • Open registration for our SPRING CLASSES & WORKSHOP will begin NOVEMBER 15, 2020.
  • Registrations for all SPRING CLASSES need to be received by TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021.
  • Registrations after THESE established deadlineS will be assessed a $10 Late Fee and only guaranteed if there is space available.
  • A completed registration form (on-line) and current 2020-21 signed 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 BEGINNING of summer, 2021.
  • All in-person classes & WORKSHOPS have a MAXIMUM enrollment of 6.  ALL ON-LINE CLASSES 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.

Mandatory Orientation Sessions

An important, mandatory Orientation for ALL In-Person Fall Students will be held THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, through a socially-distanced scheduled appointment between 5:30 & 8 pm.  Appointments will be scheduled once registration is complete and payment is received.

Orientation for ALL On-Line Fall Students will be held FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 at 6:30 pm, using Zoom.  At least one parent/guardian needs to attend with the registered student.  Details will be sent via email, once registration is complete and payment is received.

An important, mandatory Orientation for NEW Spring Students will be held THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, from 6:00-7:00 pm.  At least one parent/guardian needs to attend with the registered student.

Tuition & Payments

  • Tuition for each in-person full-semester class is $175.50, includes a Student Membership, a Theatre school FOLDER WITH MATERIALS AND A T-Shirt/mask.
  • tuition for each on-line full-semester class is $165.50, includes a student membership, a theatre school FOLDER WITH MATERIALS.
    • Our affordable SEMESTER Payment Plan requires a $100 deposit at the time of registration (BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15, 22020 for the fall or february 15, 2021 for the spring). The remaining balance is due NOVEMBER 15 for the fall and april 15 for the spring. 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, 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.

Discounts

  • 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.

Scholarships

The Jack Hagman Scholarship Fund was founded in memorial by Jack’s family, the summer of 2015.  For the past five years, family members and long-standing Members have donated to sustain the fund.  Special thanks to Jack and his family, Marcia Larson, Stan Christianson, Tiffany Lhotak and Nancy Haller for helping us to never turn away any family or young artist.

If you are in need of financial tuition assistance, please contact Lisa.

Checklist to Register

  1. Explore our YOUTH OR ADULT offerings to find the class AND/OR WORKSHOP that’s right for YOU OR your child/teen.
  2. Fill out the APPROPRIATE ON-LINE Registration Form.  at this time, no paper registration forms will be available.
  3. Please print, SIGN AND complete the MEDICAL RELEASE FORM.  PLEASE bring it to ORIENTATION, the first IN-CLASS session OR,  SUBMIT A SIGNED PDF to our Director of Education, Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, via email.
  4. Submit payment:
    • Use our secure online box office. A transaction Fee of $2 applies to all on-line payments, including payment plans;
    • Mail check with “tuition” written in the memo to: Chicago Street Theatre ATTN: Registration, 154 West Chicago Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383.
  5. Please direct all questions to our Director of Education, Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, via email.

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.

© 2010 – Chicago Street Theatre
Updated: February 1, 2016

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.

© 2010 – Chicago Street Theatre
Updated: February 1, 2016

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