Information for the 2023 Summer Theater Residency will be available in early 2023. Please check back!


About Compass Creative Dramatics (CCD)
CCD is a Chicago-based touring company that partners with community organizations like ours to offer creative, engaging theater programming designed to provide arts enrichment and cultivate personal growth and character.

About the Program
CCD’s one-week residency brings two professional artists to the Theater to collaborate with students and mount a full, theatrical production on The Paramount stage.

The residency begins with an audition, followed by a week of workshops and rehearsals, culminating with an original 60-minute musical adaptation that is open to the community to purchase tickets and attend. CCD provides all production elements, including professionally designed and produced music, costumes, props, sets, and make-up.

No acting experience is necessary – just a willingness to have fun, be creative, and learn about how a production works from start to finish. The residency is designed to build character traits purposefully and intrinsically, with participants stretching their muscles of creativity and bravery to develop trustworthiness, respect, and responsibility while taking creative risks and trusting without judgment.

More Information: Please direct all Summer Theater Residency-related questions to Cathy von Storch, Education & Outreach Manager at 434-293-1000 or