Our StudentsFirst initiative furthers Victory Gardens Theater’s commitment to serving Chicago youth through immersive arts education.

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Our robust arts education department, led by Roxanna Conner, provides new and meaningful learning through arts experiences. This program gives our young citizens a deeper appreciation of theater as a living, breathing art form; a platform to create dialogue towards societal change; and the opportunity to use their voices to tell their own stories.




Drama in the Schools

In our flagship program, experienced teaching artists partner with classroom teachers to lead students through sessions that encourage them to find and use their voices.

Four young people stand in a line with signs in hand. The front sign reads "I am stronger than fear!"

Education Resources

Check out study guides for past VG productions and exercises you can use in-class or virtually with your students!


The Victory Gardens Theater internship program offers exciting opportunities for students and young professionals to gain hands on experience working side-by-side with extraordinary artists, administrators and technicians.

Please note: due to the covid-19 pandemic, our internship program is currently suspended. This page will be updated with the latest information when the program is reactivated.

Support for Victory Gardens Education Department Provided by

Leading Program Support
AllstatePolk Bros FoundationCrown Family PhilanthropiesLloyd A. Fry FoundationExelonCapital GroupThe Ralla Klepak Performing Arts Fund

Additional Program Support
Charles & M.R. Shapiro FoundationNorthern Trust Charitable Trust