School Residencies

We provide customized arts integration residencies in schools. By collaborating with classroom teachers, we design curriculum that meets their specific objectives, goals and needs.


After school enrichment

Dream Big provides hundreds of workshop-based enrichment programs in and out of schools throughout the Chicagoland area.



In this 4-week, full day camp, students will work together to rehearse and perform in a full-length musical!



Led by professional teaching artists, our 1-week theater camps offer kids ages 4 and up an unforgettable collaborative experience acting, singing, and dancing with friends.


About Dream Big Education

Dream Big started in 2006 with one class of four students pictured here. We are proud to now serve an average of 1,000 students per week in and out of schools throughout the year. Our growth is in thanks to incredible support from our community members, extraordinary teaching artists, and our heart centered administrative team.

The mission of Dream Big Education 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. As of November 16, 2018 Dream Big Education has received 501 C 3 tax code per IRS.  Individual donors can deduct contributions they make under IRC Section 170.

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Walk Out & Strike - We've Got You Covered!

Pre-Register Your Child's Spot For FREE!

In the event of strikes, Dream Big will be offering full day Broadway Bound camps. Space is limited so Pre-register now to reserve your spot. You will not be charged unless the camp runs.

Join us during the CPS Strike for Broadway Kids Strike Camp! Your child will sing, dance, and move to songs from popular shows! They will also expand their imaginations and learn to collaborate with others while playing theatre games and creating their own improvised scenes!

Location: Andersonville

Times: 8.30am – 5pm

Cost: $85

Discount Cost: $70
(This discount price is available to students currently registered for a Fall 2019 Dream Big after-school class OR to any family registering siblings.)

EXTRA DISCOUNT: $65 per camp day (If you register for 3 or more camps, this extra discount will be applied to your 3rd camp and to any subsequent Strike camp days, regardless of whether you are registered for a Dream Big after-school class or not.)

If CPS teachers strike beginning October 17, 2019, you will officially be moved into the following day’s camp and payment will be due on the day of the camp. You will not be charged unless that day’s camp officially runs. A notification email will be sent to all registered families to confirm the camp will run.


What ourclients say

We contacted Dream Big at a very late date when we found ourselves without a musical director.  They were very responsive to our inquiry and were able to come in and work with the schedule we had established on extremely short notice. They worked effectively with our musical staff and the resulting production was of the same high quality our school is known for.   They do exactly what their advertising indicates with professional staff and solid educational techniques. – Mary Keenly, St Theresa’s

St Theresa’s

I really enjoy being part of the Dream Big family. I feel very comfortable, safe and have tons of fun when I attend camp. I would really love another opportunity to be in another play with Dream Big! I always look forward to summer because I have a terrific time with everyone at the camp.

Production Camper

We remember watching our daughter on stage when she performed in Annie Jr. She was the smallest one there! Watching her again in Seussical singing and “Solla Sollew” brought tears to our eyes. “All the Things You Can Think” brought a smile to our faces. There’s nothing like seeing your child beam with excitement!

Sandra Soto, Production Camp Parent

I would like to participate in this program because I love acting so much. I did Annie, Seussical and Willy Wonka with Dream Big. I loved it. It was a great chance for me. It felt more professional. I loved being in a really nice theatre, having awesome teachers, and meeting a bunch of other people that have the same interests as me. I loved going through auditions and callbacks. And it was awesome when I got to see the whole thing come together with costumes and props and backdrops. I really hope that I can do this camp again.

Production Camper

The Dream Big summer production camps have by far been the most significant experience in Audrey’s life the last three years. She has absolutely LOVED being a part of them and is extremely excited about doing it again!

Robyn Fuder, Production Camp Parent

Thank you and the entire staff for an amazing day! The girls LOVED the performance, and we really enjoyed the family experience at the game!

Laura Sagami, Parent

I just wanted to say thank you so much for a great day! It was wonderful. We absolutely loved it. Great job!

Jennifer Nowak, Parent

Ms. Lesley is an amazing teacher. The students all loved working with her and looked forward to the next Dream Big class. I was shocked at how they all came together and worked so hard towards putting the play together. They really enjoyed it. This experience has made me realize I should incorporate more theater in my class. Thank you for giving the students this wonderful opportunity.

4th Grade Teacher, Peck Elementary School

Ms. Jamie was amazing! She was so great working with all of our students, incorporating their strengths and stretching them slightly outside of their comfort zones so they could grow as performers and historians!

Ms Taylor, Audubon Elementary School

I just wanted to say thank you for today. It was a great performance and the kids had a great time. I have thoroughly enjoyed our partnership. Thank you for all your dedication and hard work The students had a great time and learned so much. Thank you for everything.

Geri Baumgarten, Second Grade Teacher, Peirce Elementary School

Thank you for all your amazing work. I love how you work with the kids, and I love how you’ve put together the show. It’s going to be so great!

Kesley Brosey, Kindergarten teacher, St Stanislaus Kostka School

Thanks again. The party was a blast and Jill was AMAZING! She really knows how to include the shy kids, tame the crazy kids, and make everyone happy. Parents said on their way out that it was one of the best parties they have seen. Most importantly, Joey had the time of his life!

Phoebe Nitekman, Parent

I just wanted to say THANK YOU! That was a fantastic party. Everything worked out beautifully and the kids loved it! I am super happy how everything turned out!

Rebecca Austin, Parent (Parties)

The performance went great yesterday and parents were so proud! Thank you and Ms. Jamie for all your help putting this class together at Edison. The creativity aspect and class structure is a great fit for our Edison students.

Lindsay Ruenger, Youth Guidance Coordinator at Edison

The class was great! The children were SO involved and they were still talking about it after Miss Jamie left. I hope that we could use you again in the future. I RAVED about your classes to my principal. Thanks again for the class. It was educational and fun!

Margie Figura, NCA

We loved our classes. Ms Jill was fantastic and got our most hesitant kids engaged.

Julie Simon, Hamilton Elementary School

She LOVED it! At dinner tonight, she was so excited because she has it tomorrow! Thanks so much for everything!

Lisa Jo Abbo, Parent, Hamilton After School Program

Thanks so much! I just signed Juliana up for Grease. She loves Rachel! Juliana told me she was stressed out last night because she missed the practice the week before and we traveled this weekend and didn’t get a chance to practice, so Juliana forgot some of her parts. She said she felt bad, but Rachel was so nice to her about it. I really appreciate how positive and great Rachel is with the kids! Will pass along my compliment and thank you to Rachel!!

Kathleen, Parent, Coonley After School Program

So many kudos and thank you’s for such a terrific performance and experience at Annie Jr. It reached far beyond our expectations and we are so glad that Audrey had this terrific experience. We will be recommending it to everyone who is interested in finding a deeply rewarding experience for their kids!


Thank you very much. Alyssa will be excited, she has been dancing since she was 3! I was worried this whole process would be a little overwhelming for her but your whole crew has done a great job helping her feel relaxed, I could tell from the smile on her face Monday when I saw Alyssa come home from her first day at camp. So thank you!

Robin Gruia

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Don your favorite costume as we walk and sing in this unique performance opportunity!