Explore dance, music, history, and your own community with Auditorium Theatre’s residency and workshop programs!

Engage your students with the performing arts through Auditorium Theatre’s residency and workshop programming! Throughout the school year, our professional teaching artists are in classrooms across the Chicagoland area, leading students and teachers alike in connecting everyday experiences with the performing arts as they create unique works of art inspired by the performances happening on the stage of our National Historic Landmark theatre!

To apply for any of our in-school residencies, please fill out our teacher application form.


ArtsXChange Teacher Professional Development Program

FREE for accepted teachers | Full school year engagement
**Connecting to our one-hour student matinees!

Looking to enhance your practice as an educator and find new ways to reach the diverse learners in your classroom? The Auditorium Theatre’s ArtsXChange program provides educators with the tools necessary to build meaningful arts learning experiences in their classroom for years to come. Click here to find out how you can join the ArtsXChange community!


Power In Movement

Five-Class or Ten-Class Residency Options | Each class is one hour
$600/Classroom (5 Class) | $900/Classroom (10 Class) + Cost of Student Matinee Tickets ($12-15/ticket)
**Connecting to our Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theatre Student Matinees! Click here for tickets.

In this residency, students explore how to come together to create movement that sends a message. Using dance as a lens to explore the concept of community, students will be challenged to make active choices as individuals and an ensemble as they explore the choreographic process to create a unique movement piece that reflects the “motion” of their community.


All of our Too Hot to Handel residencies connect to our one-hour student matinee on January 18, 2019 @ 11AM! Click here for tickets.

Too Hot to Handel Five-Class Music Residency

FREE to CPS schools while space is available!
For non-CPS schools (or once slots are filled): $900/Classroom + Student Matinee Tickets ($10/ticket)

Explore the music of Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah and its connection to Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of “beloved community.” By working as a classroom community to create a unique music composition, students are challenged to make active choices as an ensemble and as individuals that change the “sounds” of their own communities.


Too Hot to Handel Five-Class Poetry Residency

FREE to CPS schools while space is available!
For non-CPS schools (or once slots are filled): $800/Classroom + Student Matinee Tickets ($10/ticket)

Explore the ways that Dr. Martin Luther King and the text of Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah use words to create an emotional impact. Students discover how their individual language choices can be used to create “sounds of non-violence” and affect positive change. Over the course of five one-hour residency classes, students work to create and then perform poems based on their knowledge of Dr. King, Too Hot to Handel, and their experience within their own communities. Residencies end in a spoken word performance of all students’ poems.

Click here to apply!


Residency and Workshop Programs are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Click here to apply!

Questions? Contact atru-education@auditoriumtheatre.org or call 312.341.2359.