Get Curious


“Curiouser and curiouser!” — Alice

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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.


  • Awaken and deepen curiosity in all participants
  • 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, serving approximately 3,500 students per year. Our current programs include:

  • Camps
    Spring, Summer, and Winter Camps in three Chicagoland locations for students grades K-12.
  • Classes
    Whether your child is in Pre-K up through 8th grade, our classes focus on our collaborative approach to storytelling and theatre.
  • 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
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Explore our FAQ, covering topics such a payment, registration, discounts, and programming information.


Lookingglass’ Community Engagement programs expand access to Lookingglass art and artists and deepen the experience of Lookingglass’ work for our audiences.  Lookingglass partners with more than 30 organizations each year, building sustained relationships with communities across the diverse Chicago landscape.

  • Civic Practice Partnerships bring Lookingglass teaching artists and their unique skill-set — including curiosity, creativity, and collaboration — to help address the unique need, challenge, or question that an organization is facing.
  • Community Partner Subscriptions open the entire Lookingglass season to constituents from select non-profit organizations at no cost.
    These Sunday afternoon post-show conversations, free and open to the public, dive deep into the themes and content of each production, with local experts offering insights and diverse perspectives.
  • Production Coalitions bring together partner organizations whose missions align with a specific production’s themes and content.



Allstate Insurance Company; Anonymous; Deborah Bain; William Barroso; Evan Billimack; Bloomingdale’s; Tracy Boemmel; Christine Casey; Rana Choi; The Crown Family; Kimberly Dale; Catherine and Patrick Dowd; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; Erika Grados; John Haas; The Hearst Foundations; Kathryn and Phil Hundley; Joel Keller; Rick Kogan; Robert Krebs; Kathy Lewis; Kristie Marshiano; Christine Melendes; Cristina and Rob Michaels; Claire Miller; The Milne Family Foundation; Eileen Murphy; Northern Trust; Polk Bros. Foundation; Viktoria and Alex Reznik; Dr. Scholl Foundation; Ellen Shannon; Siragusa Family Foundation; Scott Timmerman; United Airlines; A. Montgomery Ward Foundation, Bank of America, N.A, Co-Trustee; Cory Wise and Olga Pasternak-Wise


Mara Stern Caesar
Director of Education
773.477.9257 x 1040

Andy White
Director of Community Engagement
773.477.9257 x 1050

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