Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop

The mission of Dream Big 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 who are featured proudly on our homepage with our founder, Lisa Lang. It was a small class with big dreams! 15 years later, Dream Big provides hundreds of workshop-based enrichment programs in and out of schools throughout the Chicagoland area, residencies where we collaborate with classroom teachers to 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.
Core to our mission since day 1 is providing a way for all children to participate in our programs no matter the financial constraints. In the past 15 years, we have never turned a child away due to lack of funds. In August of 2016, we filed our Articles of Incorporation so that we can operate as a non-profit and honor this commitment in a more sustainable way. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved and/or contribute time, dollars, or services, click here.