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Register NOW: Kids’ Workshop begins Jan 8!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
A Fun Experience For All!
Young performers, Grades 1 – 8, will learn basic onstage and acting techniques while they develop their imagination and creativity.  All children will have a blast as they explore acting through a series of theater and improvisational games.  This ensemble building class will foster each student’s self esteem and help him/her become an independent thinker both on and off the stage.
Six-week sessions will be offered at Wheaton Drama, located at 111 N. Hale Street, Wheaton, IL. All sessions will be on Tuesday afternoons at these times:
January 8 – February 12, 2019 (Make Up: February 19)
5:00 p.m. until 5:55 p.m.
(Please note that this session will be Grades 1 – 8 combined and both classes will run at the 5pm time slot.)
Tuition: $100 per child for the six-week session
To register, visit or call 630-260-1820 and leave a message about registration. 
Contact Education Governor Elyse Willis with questions or for more information at
Note: Classes are subject to change based on enrollment.

Register NOW for Late Fall Kid’s Workshop!

Sunday, September 30th, 2018


1st Grade Through 8th Grade Classes

A six week workshop designed to strengthen the acting “muscle”. Through acting games and exercises, each week students will work on a different aspect of acting technique such as movement, voice, characterization, pantomime, plus others. Teamwork, focus and listening are added benefits in this acting workshop. Students will also work on a short 15 min skit to apply the skills learned and will perform at the end of the last class. Session will be posted throughout the year as they become open for registration (roughly a month before the class starts).

All sessions will be on Tuesday afternoons at these times:

Grades 1 – 4:  4:00 p.m. until 4:55 p.m.

Grades 5 – 8:  5:00 p.m. until 5:55 p.m.

Tuition: $100 per session per child




Late Fall Session: October 30 – December 11 (Make Up December 18 – Note no class November 20 due to Thanksgiving) Registration Now Open!

Winter Session: January 8 – February 12 (Make Up February 19)

Spring Session: March 5 – April 9 (Make Up April 16)

Late Spring Session: April 30  – June 4 (Make Up June 11)


Note: Classes are subject to change based on enrollment. Registration for each class will be open one month before the class begins. If there are not enough students enrolled in any given session then the class may be cancelled. Notification of a cancelled class will be sent out one week prior to the start of class and all money will be refunded. Registration for classes close the sunday before class begins.


Staff: All staff are certified teachers who go through extensive background checks each year.


Contact Elyse Willis for more information at  or call 630.260.1820 and leave a message about registration.

Best of Luck to our 2018 Scholarship Winners

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
Congratulations to Wheaton Drama’s 2018 Scholarship recipients: Katherine Schaber and Richard Gieser.

Katherine Schaber is a graduate of Hinsdale Central High School and is attending Boston University School of Theatre to pursue a BFA in Theatre.  She dedicated her time to training in acting, dance, voice, and stage combat in both private lessons and workshops at the Goodman, Drury Lane, and Chicago Shakespeare.  An active member of both her theatre department and forensics team, Katherine excelled in all areas of performing.

Whether starring as a lead or strengthening the core of the ensemble, Katherine maintained continuous involvement in her high school and community youth theatres.  She often served as dance captain in musical productions and has done extensive costume and wig design–including creating 25 wigs for The Little Mermaid.  With her youth theatre, she served as an intern and was responsible for 35 younger performers, choreographing musical numbers, and completing management duties.
She has begun to dip her toes in student film work and appeared in the 2017-18 season’s Rigoletto with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Her teachers and directors speak of her “true passion for theatre,” “great heart,” and “extreme commitment” in ensemble-driven productions, emphasizing the respect she has earned from her castmates.  She has a desire to seek out performance, non-performance, and educational opportunities alike, and she views art as “our best chance to restore peace and understanding” by evoking “a sense of empathy within the oppressors” and by giving “hope to the oppressed.”

Richard Gieser is a graduate of West Chicago Community High School and is attending University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to major in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

Richard has played many roles on an offstage during his high school career, trying his hand at set construction, light and sound board operations, and house management, and acting.  He became an event coordinator for the winter radio play, which led to his workshop presentation at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival regarding benefit shoes to fund-raise for a cause.
Richard also expanded his repertoire into writing, dramaturgy, and directing as well as engaged in course work and workshops in drama, stage combat, and dialects.  He various leadership roles in the Wego Drama Club, including president during his senior year.  Beyond theatre, he exhibited leadership roles in Student Ambassadors, National Honors Society, Film Club, and Technical Staff.  With his high school theatre troupe, he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Outside of school, Richard is active in the community, serving as a volunteer for the Carol Stream 4th of July Parade and assisting with the community-wide food drive.  His teacher remarked upon his strong academic development and desire to take on independent study.  He described Richard as humble, well-rounded, and service-oriented.  Richard views the arts as an opportunity to promote collaboration between artists and to provoke critical thinking in the community.

Adult Education Workshop Summer 2018

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018


Love theatre but don’t have time to do a full show?

Never been on stage and want to give it a try for the first time?

New to the area and have no idea what Wheaton Drama is?

Well, we have the perfect answer to all of these questions and more!

Join us for our first-ever Adult Summer Theatre Workshop.
Participants will participate in this performance-based workshop (acting/singing/dancing). We have the best of the best to help guide you on your journey throughout the workshop weekend.
Our workshop weekend schedule is:
Saturday, August 18 from 9AM – 4PM (with an hour break from 12 – 1 for lunch)
Sunday, August 19 from 1PM – 4:30PM
Monday, August 20 at 7:30pm Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30pm Performance at our monthly membership meeting
The cost of this workshop is only $20, which will cover the cost of special workshop shirt and a small stipend to our teachers.

Registration is open online at beginning July 11 through August 17.

There are only 15 spots available, so make sure to sign up TODAY. You do not want to miss out on this amazing new experience at WDI this summer.
Questions please feel free to email Elyse Willis (Education Governor) at


WDI Children’s Summer Workshop Registration

Friday, April 6th, 2018
Do you know a child who enjoys theatre and wants to learn more about performance or technical skills? Wheaton Drama workshops will help build confidence by giving the attendees first hand experience in creating a live production. Your child will learn how teamwork works in building a theatrical presentation…besides having fun and making new friends. The place to be this summer is Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111.
Registration available online starting April 9, 2018 at
July 9 – 13, 2018 (Performance July 14)
Performance Theatre
Grades 1-5* morning session: 8:30 am-12:00 pm
Grades 1-5* afternoon session: 1:00 pm-4:30 pm
(Choose one session only)
July 11–14, 2018
Technical Theatre
Grades 6-12*
July 11, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm
July 12-14, 9 am-4:30 pm
(Bring a sack lunch)
For TECHNICAL THEATRE, choose area in which you would like to study:
Stage managing/back stage crew, Sound design, costume design or Lighting Design
July 16–20, 2018 (Performance July 21)
Performance Theatre
Grades 6-12* full day session 9:00 am-4:30 pm
(Bring a sack lunch)
July 18–21, 2018
Technical Theatre
Grades 6-12*
July 18, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm
July 19-21, 9:00 am -4:30 pm
(Bring a sack lunch)
For TECHNICAL THEATRE, choose area in which you would like to study:
Stage managing/back stage crew, Sound design, costume design or Lighting Design
*Please note that the grade level is indicated as to what grade they just completed.
Grade 1-5 morning class: July 14 –10:30 am
Grade 1-5 afternoon class: July 14 –2:00 pm
Grade 6-7, Grade 8 – 12: July 21 –10:00 am
$100 for K-5th grades (half days)
$100 for Technical Theatre (per week)
$200 for 6th-12th grades (full days)
All staff members are certified teachers themselves and thus have gone through an extensive background check. Specific Staff is TBA
If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at
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