All classes and educational events are free, pay-what-you-can, or have scholarships available.
Call (773) 628-3526 to learn more or email

We offer a variety of classes for all ages.  Learn an instrument, improve your public speaking, refresh your audition monologue and resume, or sharpen your writing skills. All our incredible instructors are Ensemble members, Artistic Affiliates, or staff members. Classes are self-paced, individual instruction for the curious beginner, the industry insider, student, or the continuing-education adult. The location (in-person, via Zoom, email, or phone call) will be decided by your needs.

Course offerings take place 2x year and shared on our website and socials.


We adapt the most popular children’s book checked-out from the Budlong Woods Public Library annually.
Though the book must be in public domain, don’t let the age fool you!
Our artists will take the story from page to stage, showcasing it’s relevance.

The adaptation will be presented as an audio play with Foley sound FX and live score atop our holiday set of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!



We offer a limited-number of free school matinees throughout the year for students of all ages.

Students receive complimentary study guides, in-class visit from educators and select artists, and opportunity to participate in a post-performance discussion with the actors.

If you are interested in learning more, contact



Our educators, using Illinois standards for civics, social studies, creative writing, and public speaking, will engage 5th-8th grade students during in-classroom instruction for an experience they won’t forget. Students will choose an event ripped from today’s headlines and write a short play.

Selected plays will be performed by professional actors in the annual Ripped Festival.


You can help support arts education alongside the American Blues Theater through “The Pledge of Allegiance”. Your contribution is tax-deductible and goes directly towards the artists and classroom materials. Your generosity keeps this program free to students in Chicago Public Schools.

This was a wonderful opportunity for students to see history in action. [American Blues] inspired our students to learn more about history, and inspired me to present history and current events in this innovative way.
Nathalia Washington

teacher, Woodlawn Community School

I learned it is okay to say your feelings.

Student, Chicago Public Schools

It was an honor to have [American Blues Theater] here; the students really enjoyed the performances and had a great time writing scripts and acting them out.
Heather Chron-Bernard

Assistant Principal, John W. Garvy School


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