Scholarship Fund

Applications for Spring 2018 are CLOSED.
Applications for Summer 2018 Scholarships are still open.
Summer Scholarship applications are due April 1.

Apply for a Scholarship

Donate to the Scholarship Fund Here



Emerald City Theatre’s Scholarship Fund provides an opportunity for qualifying low-income youth to attend Chicago’s largest theater arts program for children through our camps and classes. 

Our goal is to help children increase self-esteem, boost confidence, build teamwork skills, improve literacy, and foster emotional intelligence. 

You’ve seen how theater arts have enriched the lives of your kids. Please help us improve the lives of more Chicago children! 


Emerald City Theatre’s Scholarship Fund will be celebrating one year since its launch in February! Thanks to your support, Emerald City Theatre has awarded 14 full Summer Camp and Fall Class scholarships to children from all across Chicago. 

Applications for Spring 2018 are CLOSED. Scholarship applications for Summer Camp 2018 are now open, and we need your help to continue serving the needs of children who would otherwise not be able to afford this opportunity. 


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Donor Benefits 2017 – 2018

Lullaby League ($50 – $99) 

  • Website Acknowledgement

Munchkins ($100 – $249)

  • All of the above, PLUS: 
  • Lobby Donor Board acknowledgement
  • “Celebrate Your Hero” message on website

Flying Monkeys ($250 – $499)

  • All of the above, PLUS: 
  • Two tickets to an Emerald City Theatre press opening/reception at the Apollo Theater
  • “Celebrate Your Hero” message at Apollo Theater
  • Early on-sale ticket access for holiday show

Lollipop Guild ($500 – $999)

  • All of the above, PLUS: 
  • Two additional tickets to an Emerald City Theatre press opening/reception at the Apollo Theater

Scarecrows ($1,000 – $2,499)

  • All of the above, PLUS: 
  • Recognition in Annual Report
  • Invitation to New Work readings

Tin Men ($2,500 – $4,999)

  • All of the above, PLUS: 
  • Invitations to exclusive supporter events


  • Recognition and benefits will be customized


Apply for a Scholarship

Applications for Spring 2018 are CLOSED. Applications for Summer 2018 are still open. 

Emerald City Theatre is accepting scholarship applications for students wishing to attend Summer Camp 2018. Students must be 3.5 – 13 years old to be eligible for a Summer scholarship. 

The priority deadline for Summer Camp applications is April 1.  All applications received before the deadline will be prioritized. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until all available scholarships have been awarded.

Summer Camp scholarships will cover partial and full tuition cost.



Scholarship Fund Application FAQs

If you don’t see the answer to your question, contact Nikkia Tyler, Education Manager, at

What are the standard requirements for scholarship eligibility?

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For Spring 2018, students must be rising kindergarten through 8th graders. For Summer 2018, students must be rising preschoolers through 8th graders. Submission of financial documents is required with each application, and scholarships are awarded based on need.

What age groups are eligible for scholarships?

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Scholarships are currently awarded to ages 3.5 – 13. 

Spring Class scholarships are available for 5 – 13-year-olds. Eligible age groups include: 3.5 – 5, 5 – 8, 7 – 12, and 9 – 13. 

Spring and Summer Advanced Ensemble classes and camps are not eligible for scholarships at this time. 

What scholarship amounts will be awarded?

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Upcoming Spring scholarships will cover the entire cost of registration. Upcoming  Summer scholarships will cover partial and/or full tuition. Award amounts for Summer will be based on need.

Can more than one child in a family apply and be awarded scholarship?

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Multiple children in a family may apply for a scholarship. Applicants may also apply for scholarships for multiple sessions. Scholarships are limited to one award per student per each Fall, Spring, and Summer session.

How does a typical Emerald City Theatre class run?

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Classes at Emerald City Theatre are 12 weeks long. Over the course of 12 weeks, students work as an ensemble to create a final show based on the classes theme. Each week classes progress their work on character development, acting exercises and techniques, rehearsing a script, learning music and choreography, and creating craft props, costumes and set pieces. On the last day of class, students present a final show for family and friends!

Camps at Emerald City Theatre vary by age group. 3.5 – 5 camp groups are half-day morning or afternoon camps. All other age groups are full day camps. Over the course of their camp session, students work together developing characters and a script customized to their camp group. They spend time playing games, learning choreography and music, crafting, and lunch at a neighborhood park. On the last day of their camp session, camps showcase their hard work in a final performance for family and friends. 

Where do Emerald City Theatre classes take place? What class options are there?

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Emerald City Theatre has class locations in Lakeview and Lincoln Park.  Find full location and class information here

Emerald City Theatre has camp locations in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Lincoln Square. Full location and camp information can be found here

Can applications be submitted and reviewed after the deadline?

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Applications are closed soon after the deadline to ensure applicants are notified of their award in a timely fashion. Priority is given to all applications submitted before the deadline; applications received after the deadline are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Spring Class deadline: January 12, 2018

Summer Camp deadline: April 1, 2018

When will families be notified of their scholarship application status?

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All Spring Class applicants who submit an application by the January 12 deadline will be notified of their scholarship status no later than January 15. All Summer Camp applicants who submit an application by the April 1 deadline will be notified of their scholarship status no later than April 30.