promoting creativity and community entertainment

community house theater programs

Piven Theatre Improv and scene study

Discover why the Chicago Tribune calls Piven Theatre Workshop "one of this area's most distinguished actor training centers!" In this fun-filled scene study class, middle school students work with their ensemble to create lively characters and realistic relationships on stage. Students apply improvisation techniques to scenes from contemporary plays under the expert direction of a Piven teaching artist.

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Piven Theatre at the Community House Winnetka


Calling all young actors... Are you ready to have your debut on stage? Join us in a wonderful and exciting journey as we explore musical theatre! All actors involved in this program will rehearse weekly to learn songs, scenes, and dances from Frozen Jr.! Each cast member will receive a rehearsal CD and script for practice at home. Get ready for a fabulous show! Broadway, here we come!

Taking a program with Skyline Studios children will...

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  • Improve stage presence
  • Gain confidence
  • Learn effective dialogue
  • Master choreography
  • Train for audition
  • Prepare for Children's Theatre of Winnetka

Skyline Studios, Inc. offers a unique theater experience. Participants meet new friends, enhance social skills, grow in confidence and increase self-esteem while creatively challenging their bodies, voices, and hearts. All students enrolled in our programs have the opportunity to perform onstage.

Skyline Studios received the Illinois Theatre Association’s 2018 Award of Excellence in Creative Drama. Our work with young actors has been cited as a major contributor to the success of theater in Illinois.



Children’s Theatre of Winnetka, a program of the Community House Winnetka, is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting theatrical experiences for New Trier Township children in 4th – 8th grades. Children participate in both onstage and backstage in two productions annually.

Many CTW alums have gone on to shine in acting, singing, dancing, and tech at New Trier High School, in college, and even on Broadway and in Hollywood!

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For more than four decades, the Village Follies has been providing adults of all ages and abilities the opportunity to participate in community theater in a fun, low-key way. The variety show is written, choreographed, directed and produced by the Follies members and consists of songs, dances and comedy sketches. The Follies is welcoming and all-inclusive; no one is turned away.

Through its shows and other social functions, the Village Follies raises funds for our Community House.

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opportunities for acting and performing

Our prestigious theater programs have been the center of children’s and amateur theater on the North Shore for generations. Actors and actresses have called the Community House their home for more than 50 years, learning and perfecting their craft here while rehearsing for their public performances. Check out the various theater options to find the one that is just right for you or your child.