Young Ensemble

Young Ensemble


In an effort to better nurture and support talented and focused young artists from throughout the Chicago community, Lookingglass formed its Young Ensemble program in the spring of 2006. The Lookingglass Young Ensemble is an audition-based program designed to develop new work in a process that mirrors the artistic process of the Lookingglass Ensemble, including skill building, material generation, rehearsal, and performance. The Young Ensemble program is for students in grades 4-12.

Auditions are held at the start of the school year, and during the fall quarter, the Young Ensemble meets from 5–8PM on Monday evenings as members work collaboratively on skill building. During the winter and spring quarters, the group works as two smaller ensembles; each cast creates a fully-produced performance in Lookingglass’ Chase Studio Theatre. Weekend rehearsals are assigned as needed during the winter and spring quarters.

The Young Ensemble program is highly subsidized by Lookingglass and its supporters; each Young Ensemble family is responsible for a $100 program fee (scholarship applications are available), as well as participating in marketing and selling tickets for the Young Ensemble shows each spring.


Auditions for the 2018–19 school year have concluded. Auditions are generally held in early September. If you would like to be added to our contact list to receive updates and notifications regarding Young Ensemble, feel free to email

Young Ensemble Sponsors

The Milne Family Foundation
Darren & Anne Snyder

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