Scholarship Fund

Applications for Fall Classes 2018 are now closed. Please check back for information about Spring Classes Scholarships. 

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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/Spring Class scholarships to children from all across Chicago. 

Applications for Spring Classes 2019 are opening soon, 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 2018 – 2019

Lullaby League ($50 – $99) 

  • Website acknowledgment

Munchkins ($100 – $249)

  • All of the above, PLUS: 
  • Lobby donor board and/or playbill acknowledgment
  • “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 
  • “Celebrate Your Hero” message displayed at 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 

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


Applications for Fall Classes 2018 are now closed. Please check back for information about Spring Classes Scholarships.  




Scholarship Fund Application FAQs

If you don’t see the answer to your question, contact Rachel Sherman, Education Director, at

What are the standard requirements for scholarship eligibility?

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For Fall 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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Fall Classes Scholarships are currently awarded to ages 3.5 – 13. Advanced Ensembles and Grown-Up & Me classes are not eligible for scholarships at this time. 

What scholarship amounts will be awarded?

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Fall scholarships will cover partial and/or full tuition. Award amounts for Fall 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 class 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 the 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. 

When will families be notified of their scholarship application status?

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All Summer Camp applicants who submit an application by the April 1 deadline will be notified of their scholarship status no later than August 20.