Children's Theatre Workshop (CTW) is a class offered in the Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre designed to cover all aspects of production and culminating in a performance for elementary, middle school, or high school students. CTW productions are the creation of two courses:

  • CMTT 350: CTW for Elementary School
  • CMTT 351: CTW for Middle and High School

Each semester students enrolled in CTW mount a play for young audiences. NEIU students work on all aspects of the production: performance, design and management. For more than 25 years, thousands of local students have attended performances every year. 

CTW play choices are subject to change in order to meet the needs of NEIU students enrolled in the courses.

FALL 2018 - CMTT 351: CTW for Middle & High School

"Anon(ymous)" by Naomi Iizuka

Tuesdays & Thursdays: October 30, 2018, to December 6, 2018


The Story: Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people -- some kind, some dangerous and cruel -- as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer's "Odyssey." Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

For reservations to the fall production by Stage Center Theatre's Children's Theatre Workshop, please email Adam Goldstein at

SPRING 2019 - CMTT 350: CTW for Elementary School

"HOW TO HERo, or the subway play" by georgette Kelly

in collaboration with Chicago storefront theatre, Filament Theatre located in Portage Park.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: March 5, 2019, to April 9, 2019


The story: Webster is 11, and he has a lot of questions: Why are the grown-ups building a new subway tunnel along Second Avenue? Why won’t his sister Rory stop stuttering? Why have all the words disappeared from his copy of "Bulfinch’s Greek and Roman Mythology?" And most importantly: is it still possible to visit the King of the Underworld to rescue a lost thing, for example, a father? Webster, Rory, and their friend Madison try to answer these questions when they sneak into the new subway tunnel on a quest to find their lost words and their lost father. On the way, they meet a strange cast of characters (and rats!) who live under the streets of Manhattan. (


  • $5 per student
  • Teachers and chaperones: up to three are free; any additional are $3 per chaperone.

For more information about how to make reservations, please contact Adam Goldstein at