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

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.



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Drama in the Schools

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

Group of middle and high school aged students sitting in The Zacek McVay Theater

Scholarship Subscription Series

The Scholarship Subscription Series is a citywide program giving our partner schools the opportunity to attend productions at Victory Gardens. We provide educational study guides,…

Teen Arts Council in rehearsal

Teen Arts Council

The Teen Arts Council is a diverse group of teens from in and around Chicago who are motivated and passionate about the performing arts. The…

Young students sitting and writing during a conservatory class

Conservatory Classes

Classes in acting, writing and all things “the business” taught by a roster of incredible Chicago artists and administrators. For teens and adults, professionals and…

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Education Resources

Study Guides How to Defend Yourself (January 2020) Tiny Beautiful Things (September 2019) Pipeline (February 2019) Indecent (September 2018) Lettie (April 2018) Breach: a manifesto on race in america through…


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.
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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 TrustRobert & Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc.

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