BrightSide Theatre Classes

At our NEW REHEARSAL SPACE at 4953 Fairview Avenue in Downers Grove.

“BrightSide Theatre gave our daughter the opportunity to explore her dual interests in music and theatre. Under the care and guidance of Julie, Jeff and Justin her talents were nurtured and a launching pad provided. As a result, she landed the lead ingénue role at her high school’s upcoming spring musical. Thanks BrightSide!” – Shanti Schramm

“I just wanted to reach out to you to thank you! Lauren recently auditioned for her school play. As she prepared for the audition, she remembered all the great tips and tools she learned over the summer audition camp. She specifically remembered to introduce herself and to make sure she was remembered. Well, she put those suggestions to good use. She had the whole room laughing. It was the first time that she came out of an audition confident. She credits the camp to giving her the tools to do well. So, thank you.” – Shannon Gilfillan


Creative Dramatics

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Saturdays 9am-10:30am | September 23 – October 28, 2017


This fun-filled class will introduce beginning actors to the art of working together through theater games and classic stories.  By working as part of an ensemble, students will use various theatre techniques to explore storytelling and harness imagination through physicality and become more aware of self and creative expression, learn about teamwork and gain self-confidence. Students will learn to use their bodies and voices to transform stories into plays.  There will be an opportunity for parents to observe on the last day of class.  No previous experience is required!


Scene Study

6th – 12th Grade

Saturdays 11am-12:30pm |September 23 – October 28, 2017


The ability to be free, open, & ready to explore are essentials skills for an actor at any age. Theater games and improvisational exercises will invite students to discover the concepts behind creating three-dimensional characters, preparation of scenes through all aspect of scripted work including how to analyze and interpret text, connect with other actors, make strong physical and vocal choices, and finding confidence in their personal performance. There will be an opportunity for parents to observe on the last day of class.  No previous experience is required!


A Play in a Day

Kindergarten – 8th Grade

Columbus Day 10/9, Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1/15 and President’s Day 2/19 |8:30am – 6pm

$50 each Holiday (Lunch Included)

For those days when there’s no school but parents still have to work! This is an exciting fast-paced class. Students will improve their communication skills through the use of role-play, script writing, improvisation and performance.  In one day students will write a script, rehearse it, add costumes and props and then at the end of the day perform their creation for their parents. Roll up your sleeves and be ready to create a play in a day!

Class Registration Form (PDF)