Theatre at
the School of Performing Arts

With every new performance,
new confidence.

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Children’s Program Summer 2019

Ages 3 – 8

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Youth & Teen Program
Summer 2019

Ages 9 – 18

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Performance Opportunities Summer 2019

Grade K+

Our Theatre Mission

The School of Performing Arts Theatre Program is dedicated to creating a nurturing and collaborative learning environment where students grow as thinking and creative artists. We teach basic emerging and advanced theatre and acting skills, encourage creative self-expression, risk taking, tolerance and teamwork while enhancing self-awareness and self-esteem.

The Theatre Department is under the Artistic Direction of Heather Hutchison. She has developed new music and theatre programming, directed and taught acting, music and musical theatre  throughout the East Coast, Chicago and at the International Boarding School, Tasis, England and at Chateaux des Enfants in Lugano, Switzerland.

Heather leads the diverse theatre faculty in a curriculum that is designed to engage theatre students to develop skills in critical and creative thinking. Her dedicated faculty are inspired to implement a varied curriculum in T/V film, Improv and traditional styles of acting as well as historical and new musical theatre styles.


The Theatre Department process driven curriculum offers a variety of opportunities for the young beginner exploring acting, and musical theatre, to the seasoned actor who is looking to make acting or musical theatre their career. 

The Children’s Program offers classes and workshops in acting and musical theatre for ages

The Youth and Teen Program offers classes and workshops in acting, improvisation, TV/Film techniques and musical theatre for grades 2+.

Performance Opportunities Currently produces 2 MainStage Musical productions as well as 4 studio shows in our Blackbox Theatre. For ages 5+.


Artist Empowered is a college and career division of The School of Performing Arts. AE consulting and coaching specializes in Theatre, Film and Television, Musical Theatre and Dance, creating an individualized artistic path toward a college or conservatory arts education and professional career.

Events, Performances & Auditions


Performing Ensembles


Private coaching ALL YEAR ROUND!

Theatre/Music – Theatre/Acting

Personal coaching sessions are available for any actor preparing a monologue for a big audition, discovering a character in a current production, working on copy from an agent, and/or preparing for a public speech. Each session is designed to fit your needs.

All private coaching is scheduled through Artist Empowered, our division for College & Career Coaching in the Arts.

To schedule a Student and/or Professional Coaching please contact our SPA Business Office by calling 630.717.6622 or emailing

Coaching is scheduled at the following rates as of June 1, 2018:

30 minutes: $50 – 75/session

60 minutes: $90 – 150/session


Theatre Faculty