A. N. Pritzker School:Last year was Lookingglass’ seventh year in partnership with Pritzker, and featured two sessions of our audition-based drama program. Both sessions featured the creation of original pieces of theatre by forty 1-8th grade students.
Bell School: In this four week program, 100 third grade students (including one deaf classroom) worked to improve their drama skills as they studied and adapted folk tales for performance.
Blaine School: This ten week in-school & after-school program served 270 students, from first-eighth grade. The program culminated in an original public performance.
Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School: A five-week comprehensive in-school residency program that reached 375 students during May-June 2007. Units focused on school-wide themes of honesty and integrity.
Burr School: This 25 week program, funded through the Chicago Community Trust, served nine classrooms (pre-K-4th grade), or approximately 270 students. The program culminated in a school-wide video project, in which each classroom presented an original adaptation of the Goldilocks story.
Center for Enriched Living: A twelve week ensemble program that combined ten typically developing teens with ten developmentally delayed (Downs Syndrome & Autistic) young adults. The ensemble worked to build drama skills as well as create original theatrical work; the session was videotaped and culminated in a public viewing of the final edited video as well as live performance aspects. This program expanded in 06-07 to run for two sessions: once in the fall, and once in the winter/spring.
Clinton Elementary: Experiential after-school program with a four-week duration, which focused on actor’s tool box, skill-building, and improvisation.
Dodge Renaissance Academy: In-school program for one 4th/5th grade classroom, which aimed to build students’ drama skills through hip hop theatre, with an additional focus on community building within the classroom. This program lasted 14 weeks and culminated with an original adaptation of Langston Hughes’ poem Harlem.
Hawthorne Scholastic Academy: Through the Hawthorne Arts Partnership, Lookingglass helped Hawthorne provide a comprehensive arts program that spanned the full year. Through providing and supporting artist residencies, professional development workshops, and matinee performances, as well as serving as fiscal agent for the program, Lookingglass served each of the 230 Hawthorne students throughout the year.
Horace Greeley School: A 30 week in-school and after-school program which served 190 students through performances, professional development & curriculum development.
Jahn Elementary: After-school program which met for six weeks, focusing on theater techniques while exploring Spanish speaking countries through story and music in preparation for a performance at the Global Passport Night.
Keshet Day School – Rogers Park & Northbrook: A year-long special needs drama program for Autistic elementary & high school students. Served 40 students.
McCormick Boys & Girls Club: Experiential program offered in conjunction with the McCormick Club’s summer camp program, which introduced students to theatre techniques, story and adaptation.
MGRF at Foreman High School: A year-long program in conjunction with the Marilyn G. Rabb Foundation. Lookingglass & MGRF assembled a teen ensemble at Northside College Preparatory High School that used drama and leadership skills as it worked with students from Foreman High School, specifically with regard to the subject of pregnancy prevention. The Northside ensemble developed “activating scenes,” which the student troupe presented in the Foreman High School health classroom. These scenes were used to incite discussion and invite students to participate in acting out model behavior.
Namaste Charter School: A two week intensive program for 90 students grades K-2, to teach drama skills and adapt folktales; culminated in an informal showing of work at the end of two weeks.
Nettelhorst Elementary School: A twenty-three week program funded through the Chicago Community Trust which provided dramatic skills and adaptation experience for 5th-8th grades.
Notre Dame High School For Girls: A 12 week residency program for 20 high school girls (9th-12th grade) who auditioned to participate in the program. The students met twice a week for two hours a class, from September-December 2006. The students developed their acting skills while working to adapt written text and write original text as they created an original piece.
Pablo Casals: A 14 week after-school program, which met once a week for 1.5 hrs per class. Lookingglass offered two sessions of this program: one day a week for 3-5th grade, one day a week for 6-7th. The program allows for 20 students in each session. The students worked to develop their drama skills through story.
Rush Day School: An 11 week program at Rush Day School, a therapeutic non-profit school operated in association with the Rush University Medical Center that offers education and treatment for emotionally disturbed children ages 5-14. The program was experiential in nature, focusing on building drama and art skills, as well as confidence in personal expression.
St. James Lutheran School: An eight-week program for 100 pre-schoolers gave Lookingglass the opportunity to teach students to use their imaginations to explore storytelling with their bodies. This creative movement program drew upon aspects of story to excite students about reading and storytelling.
West Park Academy: A 14 week after-school program, which met once a week for 1.5 hrs per class. Two sessions of this program were offered: one day a week for 3-5th grade, one day a week for 6-7th. The program allowed for 20 students in each session, who worked to develop their drama skills through folk tales.