Filament Camps focus on amplifying the creativity of the young participants. This summer, participants will explore new styles of outdoor theatre. They will grow their skills in creative problem solving, teamwork, confident public speaking, analysis of text, speaking directly to the audience, community engagement, and more — all while creating something fun that makes them proud! Each 2-week camp cost $275 per child.
All camps culminate in a final performance project!
Puppets on Parade
July 12th – July 23rd, 2021
9am – 12pm
Ages 5 – 8
Dazzle and delight with larger-than-life puppets! Join the parade as you learn to craft 2D and 3D puppets and bring them to live with movement, breath, and original stories. From small hand-held puppets to the giant creations of street pageants and Lunar New Year celebrations, campers will use storytelling traditions from around the world to build a procession of puppets! Campers will learn the fundamentals of Filament Theatre’s playmaking techniques, explore design and story structure, and use circus skills and movement to tell a story. By the end of the session, you’ll be ready to march in a puppet parade!
The Mysterious Society of the Fourth Swing
July 26th – August 6th, 2021
9am – 12pm
Ages 7 – 12
A mysterious letter arrives in your mailbox. The Mysterious Society of the Fourth Swing needs you! Report to the park for an adventure demanding all your creativity and daring-do! In this scavenger hunt camp, participants will learn the fundamentals of Filament Theatre’s playmaking techniques, analyze choose-your-own-adventure stories, search for clues and work with Filament teaching artists to create an original scavenger hunt play they can share with friends and family in their favorite park. Make something special you can re-play all summer long!
Take A Hike!
August 9th – 20th, 2021
9am – 12pm
Ages 7 – 12
Grab your walkin’ shoes and some earbuds as we travel around the world without leaving Chicago. In this camp, explore themes of travel, freedom, and adventure as we connect with the natural world and make a podcast play for others to enjoy on their favorite walks! Campers will learn the fundamentals of Filament Theatre’s playmaking techniques, and work with Filament teaching artists to create original stories featuring big questions about caring for nature, longing for travel and finding our independence in everyday adventures. By the end of the week, you’ll be ready to share original podcasts with friends and family far and near!
Summer 2021 will bring smaller class sizes, enhanced COVID-19 health and safety procedures, and all the same creative joy you expect from Filament! Click to learn more about important 2021 changes.
Each 2-week camp cost $275 per child. Full payment is due when registering online. If you would like to arrange a payment plan, please email boxoffice@filamenttheatre.
About Filament Camps
Through drama and creative play, Filament’s experienced teaching artists focus the days to explore creative problem solving, teamwork, confident public speaking, analysis of classic texts, speaking directly to the audience, and community engagement.