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At Creative Root, we employ a holistic theater arts education strategy that embraces restorative and diverse approaches to learning centering around student and community needs.

With a creative, collaborative, and responsive foundation, we can empower and inspire young people, educators, and intergenerational learners to believe in the power of their mighty and creative voice! Our entire team believes in the power of non-linear and collective growth and together we focus on nurturing inclusive spaces that invite you to be your most courageous, creative, and authentic self.

Creative Root Arts Ed Facilitators

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Our kind and creative educators are committed to lifelong learning and are encouraged to embody the holistic theater education philosophy that we follow at Creative Root. Each educator aims to cultivate positive relationships with themselves and their students to optimize each student’s learning potential and wellbeing.

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Training & Mentorship

DePaul students have the opportunity to take classes in teaching artistry at The Theatre School that are driven by our mission and philosophy. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of lesson planning, facilitating, and evaluating theater programs for young people all while investigating different education strategies and best practices for the classroom. Mentorship, classroom observation, and facilitation will coincide with programs offered by Creative Root. Let your imagination thrive with hands-on experiences and programs accompanied by mentorship from professional art educators actively working in the field.


At Creative Root we value equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.


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The Theatre School trains students to the highest level of professional skill and artistry in an inclusive and diverse conservatory setting. We have a nine-decade tradition of educating, training, and inspiring those who will shape the future of American theatre.

The school seeks to inspire respect for self, for others, for the profession, and for humanity, embracing the Vincentian model of service. We celebrate the primacy of the imagination in our work. And we do it all in a state-of-the-art facility in our artistic home in Lincoln Park.


Designed by the internationally renowned architect César Pelli, and his firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, DePaul University's Theatre School (opened September 2013) is located at the corner of Fullerton and Racine on the Lincoln Park Campus. The design process was informed by its dual function: to be a performance and public space, as well as a private conservatory of all theatrical disciplines.

The school houses two theatre spaces: a 250-seat theatre and a 100-seat flexible theatre. The building also includes our costume, makeup, prop and scene shops, rehearsal studios, lighting laboratories, movement studios, and much more.

This is our artistic home. Here we rehearse, collaborate, and learn in a facility designed and developed specifically to meet the creative needs of theatre artists and experts.

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