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Performing Arts Education for EVERY Child

Stages Chicago is an arts education program founded in 2016 that is dedicated to bringing the highest quality, developmentally appropriate performing arts experiences to children and families. Our curriculum is developed by professional performers turned early childhood development professionals who have decades of experience onstage and in the classroom. Stages is proud to offer a variety of inclusive programming for all ages and abilities. From developmentally appropriate music classes for infants (that are also entertaining for adults) to after school programs that serve as a training ground for the next generation of performers, Stages has it all.


In 2021, Stages Chicago transitioned to a not-for-profit organization in order to expand our reach and better support our mission of making quality performing arts education experiences accessible for all children and families.

Our Core Values

  • Children of all races, abilities and socio-economic statuses should have access to high quality arts education and arts experiences. 

  • Representation and diversity matter. We want to celebrate and amplify diverse voices and stories that make up both the greater theatre community as well as the communities in which we operate. We want every child to see themselves in the stories we tell and feel a sense of belonging.

  • Arts experiences foster empathy in children which in turn builds more inclusive communities.

  • We believe in the magic of musical theatre and the ability of high quality arts experiences to inspire creativity, curiosity, and openness in children.

Meet the Board

Meet the Board

Emily Pinas Schakowsky

Founder, Executive Director,

Board President

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Colin Funk

Director of Early Childhood Programming

& Board Vice President


Allison Hendrix

Board Secretary


Jeremy Round

Board Treasurer


Sara Yaniga

Board Member

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

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Naomi Brigell

Business Manager

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Claire Weinstein

Parties & Events Manager & Teaching Artist

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Olivia Buss

Camp Director & Teaching Artist

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Sabrina Schoenberg

Dance Director & Teaching Artist

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Cee Scallen

Camp Director & Teaching Artist

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Deanna Nutt

Broadway Prep Lead Teacher & Teaching Artist

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Jonah Cochin

Birthday Party Coordinator & Teaching Artist

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Heather Bohan

Teaching Artist

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Miranda Hunter

Teaching Artist

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Kylee Masterson

Teaching Artist

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Duda Regis

Teaching Artist

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Faye Davis

Birthday Party Coordinator & Teaching Artist

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Haley Bolithon

Teaching Artist

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Hope Lee

Teaching Artist

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Alimmah Muhammad

Teaching Artist


Hunter Trammell

Teaching Artist

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Alvi Allen

Teaching Artist

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Felicia Hinojosa

Teaching Artist

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Ricky Luoto

Teaching Artist

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Cameron Nalley

Teaching Artist


Patrick ZurSchmiede

Teaching Artist

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