Class Policies & FAQs

Can I schedule a drop-in class to try it out before deciding to enroll?

Yes! Drop-ins can be purchased over the phone or in-person. Please know that only certain classes are available for drop-ins. Please review our class pages for eligible drop-in classes.

Tuition can be pro-rated should you decide to enroll in the remainder of the term. Please note this option is only available for purchase over the phone: 312.374.8835

What should I wear to class?

We recommend wearing clothing you are comfortable moving in, which is not too loose-fitting. Close-toed gym shoes should be worn to all classes unless noted otherwise.

Does my child need any previous experience? 

Nope! We welcome beginners and experienced performers and non-performers.

Do you offer payment plans?

We offer payment plans on an as-needed basis for a low monthly interest rate depending on the length of the plan. It is no more than $5 a month. Contact our Guest Services Department at 312.374.8835 to learn more. 

Students who are on scholarship are eligible for a payment plan with a low monthly interest rate. 

Do you offer discounts for students attending more than one class?

Yes! Contact our Education and Community Programs Manager, Dexter Ellis to learn more. 

The term has already started. Do you offer pro-rated, late registration?

Absolutely! Please feel free to call us at 312.374.8835 to register, since pro-rated tuition is only available when registering over the phone.

Do you offer make-up classes?

We only offer to make up classes for our Early Stages Classes. You must email Dexter at dexter@chicagochildrenstheatre.org the day of class or before to ensure a makeup. 

Do I need to stay and wait while my child is in class?

No! But, we do require all students to be signed-in and signed-out at the front desk.

For those who want to stay nearby, there is seating throughout the building where you can wait for your child as well as a few parks just around the building, or Groundswell Coffee Shop.

Am I allowed to sit in on my child’s class?

No, parents are not allowed to sit in on their child’s class, unless the class is a parent/caregiver participation class.

When can I watch a class?

Parents, friends, and guests are invited to attend class on observation days only, which takes place on the last class in each session. An email reminder will be sent from our Education Department.

What is your refund policy for classes?

A full refund, minus the $35 administrative fee, will be issued for canceling before the start of the first class session. If cancellation is made before the beginning of the third class session a refund, minus the $35 administrative fee and the prorated cost of the first classes, will be issued.

No refunds are given after the third class session.

What is your refund policy for camps?

A full refund, minus the $100 administrative fee, will be issued for canceling seven weeks before the start of camp if cancellation after the seven weeks deadline, a $25 fee will be added to the $100 administrative fee for a total of $125.

No refunds are given two weeks before the start of any camp.

We believe every child should have access to our programming regardless of financial position. We make every effort to provide scholarships for children and families with demonstrated need. 

Inclusion and access are core values at CCT. We believe, and research supports, that access to high-quality theatre arts learning experiences is essential to enhance individual development and improved functioning in school, work, and community settings. We know exposure to the theatre can increase a child’s capacity for empathy, ultimately cultivating a more accepting society. 

Annually, 1 in 5 youth at CCT will receive financial assistance to participate in this game-changing programming. If you would like to add your name to our list of THEATRE EDUCATION ACCESS supporters, or if you would like more information on our financial assistance program, contact us today! 

Thanks to the generosity of the Susan M. Venturi Fund in memory of James and Roslyn Marks, financial assistance is available for our education programs.