Filament Theatre: Where Families Come to Play!


C’mon Chicago – let’s play pretend!

Now in its fifteenth year, Filament Theatre is an anchor cultural organization for the Six Corners business district in Chicago’s Portage Park. We serve approximately 8500 patrons annually through our theatre programming, camps, school residencies, and classes. As the only theatre of its kind in Chicago, Filament is a vital home for innovative artists and young people finding and using their power through the performing arts.

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Filament produces shows with professional actors performing for young and family audiences.

The mission of Filament Theatre is to create a more equitable society by celebrating and amplifying the perspectives and experiences of young people through the performing arts.

As one eight-year-old audience member said, “I like stories because they help me practice my feelings.” Filament Theatre creates imaginary worlds in which young people have agency and autonomy to explore and express the ideas they are passionate about – whether that’s new information, a challenging social situation, or a form of artistic expression.  We need stories to help us encounter new worlds, meet new people, and practice how we might behave in that new situation.  Without that kind of imagination, we will be unable to navigate the challenges that face our future. 

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Filament offers camps, classes, school residencies, field trips and more as opportunities for young people to dive deeper into the art-making experience

Our production process welcomes young people into the room as essential collaborators, working alongside adult professionals to craft and explore the world of each play, elevating young people as experts and positioning adults as allies. Centering youth voices and perspectives is key to every step of our creative process; not only does it give young people a crucial platform in a society that undervalues their input, but it makes the art more relevant, truthful, and creative. As we grow, Filament is testing and exploring ways to expand youth leadership within all aspects of the organization. 

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help Filament reach these goals, we invite you to fill out this application form. We look forward to hearing what kinds of skills, resources, and ideas you can bring to this incredible family theatre. Thank you!

Board Application Available Here

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