School Programs

Residency Programs

Lookingglass’ Residency Programs bring the world of the theatre straight to the classroom. Our teaching artists focus on teaching the “Lookingglass method”, which emphasizes invention, transformation, and collaboration.  We provide discipline-based instruction as well as arts integration programming.

Our curriculum is aligned with the Chicago Guide to Teaching & Learning in the Arts, as well as the Illinois Learning Standards for Fine Arts.  Our programs can be offered during school or after school, and are individually customized with our partners’ goals and needs in mind. Currently we are at work in over twenty schools and community agencies in and around Chicago!

For more information, please contact Lizzie Perkins at or 773.477.9257 x104.

Click here to see a list of Chicago Public Schools that are participating in our Residency Programs!


This season, Lookingglass is offering Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth as a part of our Student Matinee Season. We are thrilled to offer deeply discounted tickets so that CPS students have the opportunity to experience the magic of live theatre.

In addition to discounted tickets for school groups, we will provide teachers and administrators with a study guide to orient students to the show ahead of the performance. Day of, students will have the opportunity to participate in a Question-and-Answer session with the cast after the show. We also offer in-school workshops for students (either before or after the matinee field trip), lead by our teaching artists. Lookingglass will have Student Matinee performances for the shows listed below:



Written and Directed by Ensemble Member Doug Hara

Puppetry by Blair Thomas

Click here to download the 2016/2017 Student Matinee Informational Packet

Click here to download the 2016/2017 Schools Matinee Reservation Form

Click here to download the Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth Study Guide

Update – Thank you for your interest in our 2017 Student Matinee Season. All student matinee performances are now sold out. If you are interested in learning more about our wait list please do not hesitate to contact our office at 773.477.9257 x193. Thank you! 


Professional Development

As a leading professional theatre company located in Chicago, we are known for creating physically bold and visually lyrical theatre. Our work is built on our three core values of invention, transformation, and collaboration.

From the hospitality industry (our work with the Park Hyatt was recently featured in USA Today) to faculty at Northwestern Business College to the roofing and construction industry, Lookingglass offers a unique approach to fostering a collaborative internal work force — since we work as an Ensemble, we understand the particular challenges, rewards and unique benefits that come from working together as a team.  Businesses must be able to communicate clearly with their customers to achieve client satisfaction and loyalty. We are experts at communication and can design a program that fits all the needs of your business.

We have several standard workshops available which may suit your company’s personnel needs. We can also work closely with you to design a custom program that meets your company’s specific needs. Our engaging corporate training methods have been successfully applied to a wide range of businesses and organizations. Most importantly, employees retain and continue to utilize skills they’ve gained in our workshops.


If you would like more information about our professional development workshops, residency programs, or student matinees, please contact:
Lizzie Perkins
Director of Education and Community Programs
773.477.9257 x104