Get Curious

Curiosity is a driving impulse behind Lookingglass’ work on stage and in our community. Guided by the Company’s mission to make theatre “exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all,” Lookingglass’ Curiosity Department cultivates creativity, expands access, and transforms classrooms and communities across the city we call home.

Curiouser and curiouser!

– Alice; Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Our Belief

Is These Activities Will:

Affirm theatre and its tools as vital, meaningful, and relevant to the work of our partners.

Expand Lookingglass’ perspective through the experience and expertise brought by our different partners

Enrich the greater Chicago community through these collaborations and the new bonds forged

Lookingglass teaching artists bring the Company’s core values of collaboration, invention, and transformation to address each partner’s specific needs and goals, co-designing programs in which all participants are “changed, charged, and empowered.”


Lookingglass has engaged teachers, students, families, and community members since 1990. Our current programs include:

School Programs
Learn more about our partnerships with Schools and Community Organizations across Chicago, including Student Matinees and Residencies.

Young Ensemble
Information about Lookingglass Young Ensemble for grades 4-12

Community Engagement

Lookingglass’ Community Engagement programs expand access to Lookingglass art and artists and deepen the experience of Lookingglass’ work for our audiences.  Lookingglass partners with a variety of organizations each year, building sustained relationships with communities across the diverse Chicago landscape.

Community Partnerships
The Lookingglass Theatre Company partners with community-based organizations, both at the theatre and in Chicago neighborhoods to expand access to Lookingglass’s art and artists, identify goals and strategies to meet their aspirations, and ignite the creative spark within every participant. We offer complementary tickets to our mainstage productions, facilitate community conversations and programs, lead arts-infused workshops to cultivate artistry, and more! 

Corporate Workshops
Whether the focus is building team cohesion, strategic planning, or kindling innovation, Lookingglass Teaching Artists lead theater-based sessions with groups large and small to move your company FORWARD!  

Our Programs

Are Generously Supported By:

Andrew H. Chun Memorial Scholarship Fund; Anonymous; Claire Miller; Crown Family Philanthropies; Darren and Anne Snyder; Dr. Scholl Foundation; Ingenuity; Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; Polk Bros. Foundation; Ralph and Evelyn Davis Family Foundation; Siragusa Family Foundation; STS Foundation

Contact Us: we’d love to hear from you!