About Us

Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop is...

Whether or not your child wants to be a star, we're here to encourage children to be who they are!

The mission of Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop is to enrich children’s lives with life-affirming and energizing, creative experiences in the performing arts. With a focus on fostering confidence and self-expression, these collaborative experiences led by professional teaching artists allow children’s hearts and spirits to shine bright on and off the stage.

Dream Big began in January 2006 with one class of four students (see Lisa Lang's staff profile picture). It was a small class with big dreams! Eleven years later, Dream Big provides hundreds of workshop-based enrichment programs in and out of schools throughout the Chicagoland area, collaborative residencies with classroom teachers that integrate drama and standardized curriculum to enhance student learning, weekly themed drama camps throughout the summer, as well as one large-scale professional production experience on stage at the Athenaeum 900+ seat theatre every August. Our compassionate team of teaching and administrative staff is comprised of talented field professionals embedded in all aspects of the theater arts community and experienced educators, who each believe strongly in the power of the performing arts in a child’s life.

If you have a financial need, please let us know how we can help. We will never turn anyone away based on their ability to pay.