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Lookingglass Theatre Company Brings Back In-Person Summer Camp June 27 – July 22, 2022

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Lookingglass Theatre Company Announces 

In-Person Summer Camp  

A Four-Week Immersive Experience for Young Artists Grades 3-8 

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Hyde Park; 

June 27 – July 22, 2022 


Lookingglass Theatre Company invites students to create theatre magic this year with an exciting return to in-person Summer Camp! Lookingglass Theatre’s Summer Camp offers a four-week immersive experience in theatre, movement, music, and art, for young people in grades 3-8. Under the guidance of its long-standing director Emilio G. Robles, camp will continue its long running tradition of theatrical adaptation (a Lookingglass core artistic value) through a youth centered lens of multicultural storytelling. Young artists will receive training from professionals in the core values of Lookingglass Theatre: Collaboration, Transformation, and Invention.  

These values have guided the Lookingglass Ensemble to create some of the most memorable and spectacular theatre experiences and they will guide campers on their journey as they explore their own creativity while writing, rehearsing, and performing an original show featuring their own art, dance, and original music. At the end of Summer Camp, students and their newly created performance piece will be featured on the Lookingglass Main Stage at the historic Water Tower Water Works.  

Lookingglass Theatre’s Summer Camp will take place June 27 – July 22, 2022, Mondays – Fridays from 9:30AM – 3:15 PM at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Tuition for the 4-week camp is $885. Discounts are available for early and multiple registrations and partial and full scholarships are available for those who would like to apply.  

For more information and to sign up, visit

Campers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination to attend. Additionally, masks and other precautionary measures may be required for all camp activities, pending COVID-19 conditions and public health guidance. View Lookingglass Theatre’s current Health and Safety Guidelines. 

Sample Summer Camp Daily Schedule 

9:15AM – 9:30AM: Drop off at Logan Center for the Arts  

9:30AM – 10AM: Warm-up! 

10AM – 10:45AM: Theatre – exploration of themes & writing the script  

10:45AM – 10:55AM: Break  

10:55AM – 11:35AM: Movement or Music Class – developing songs or dances that tell the story 

11:35AM – 12:15PM: Art Class – create character masks or costume pieces 

12:15PM – 1PM: Lunch  

1PM – 2PM: Camper’s Choice (theatre games, sports, art, free time)  

2PM – 3PM: Rehearsal – putting all the pieces together on your feet! 

3PM – 3:15PM: Wrap-up  

3:15PM – 3:30PM: Pick up at Logan for the Arts Center Pick-Up 


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About Health and Safety 

The health and safety of our audiences, artists, and staff is a top priority. Lookingglass is part of a coalition of more than 70 performing arts venues across Chicagoland implementing unified COVID-19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements for indoor performances. View Lookingglass Theatre’s current Health and Safety Guidelines.  

About Lookingglass Theatre Company 

Inventive. Collaborative. Transformative. Lookingglass Theatre Company, recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, was founded in 1988 by eight Northwestern University students. Now in its 34th Season, Lookingglass is home to a multi-disciplined ensemble of artists who create story-centered theatrical work that is physical, aurally rich and visually metaphoric. The Company, located in Chicago’s landmark Water Tower Water Works, has staged 70 world premieres, received 161 Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations, and produced work all across the United States. In 2016, Lookingglass received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and in 2017, was the recipient of the League of Chicago Theatres’ Artistic Achievement Award.     

Lookingglass continues to expand its artistic, financial, and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Artistic Director Heidi Stillman, Executive Director Rachel L. Fink, a 29-member artistic ensemble, 22 artistic associates, an administrative staff, and a dedicated board of directors led by Chair Diane Whatton.   

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About the Artists 

Emilio G. Robles (he/him) (Teaching Artist) attended Wabash College where he majored in Theatre and Secondary Education. He also holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Pittsburgh and has also trained with SITI Company, Shakespeare & Co. and the British American Drama Academy at Oxford. When in Chicago, Emilio is an actor, coach, director, and voiceover professional. Stage credits include: Teatro Vista, Congo Square Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre and Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Emilio is also an Associate Artist with Adventure Stage Chicago and a member of SAG-AFTRA. 

Emilio has been with Lookingglass for nearly 20 years and has worked in numerous capacities in the Curiosity Department by teaching school residencies, leading Professional Development workshops and helping engage audiences by facilitating discussions and talkbacks. A veteran teaching artist, Emilio has also taught with Global Voices Initiative, CCAP at Columbia College, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and has done independent consulting work for CPS. He finished a ten-year tenure at SYA Steppenwolf Education, where he held the position of Manager of Curriculum and Instruction. Currently, Emilio is a Visiting Lecturer in Applied Theatre at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis), where he has been hired to re-envision and re-invigorate their program to utilize the gifts of theatre in addressing issues of diversity, inclusion and social justice within Indianapolis’s urban landscape. 

Among other things, Emilio is very passionate about cultural literacy, multi-disciplinary arts integration, and devised work. For more information and updates on current projects, please visit 

Lee Peters (he/him) (Director of Education). Originally from Brooklyn, New York, shortly after moving to Chicago Lee became Theater school Director at Village Players in Oak Park where he introduced higher-level skill-building workshops including juggling, tap dance, playwriting, and directing. He also founded the Junior Ensemble providing opportunities for young artists to create their own productions. 

Lee spent 13 years at Shedd Aquarium in several education roles. As a Presentation Specialist, he hosted the daily aquatic presentations. As a Training Specialist, he developed and delivered training for teens and volunteers, and in his last role at Shedd as Assistant Director of Live Programs, he created and maintained dynamic educational experiences for guests. After leaving the aquarium due to the pandemic he worked with the International Children’s Media Center supporting programs that help kids develop healthy screen habits. 

In addition to his work as an educator Lee’s directing and performing work has been seen at Bailiwick Theatre, Forevermore Dance and Theatre Arts, The Mayer Kaplan JCC, The Greenhouse Theatre, Akvavit Theatre, Chicago Danztheatre, and Prop Theatre. Some of his favorite directing projects include the Jeff Recommended Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story and a new musical he helped bring to life, Oracle of the Gutter Punks. Lee is also proud to have written and directed The Crown: A Hip-Hop Retelling of Hamlet for the Junior Ensemble at Village Players and The Institution, a modern take on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf with a gay twist, which had a short run as part of Prop Theatres Rhino Fest. 

Lee is a company member with Playmakers Laboratory where he has been creating digital theatre since June 2020. He also recently began working with Ovation Academy in Oak Park as one of the Broadway Academy staff helping young artists build skills in acting for musical theatre. 

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