The Paramount’s Education and Engagement department is committed to providing access to the arts through a variety of programming that enriches and deepens the theatre-going experience for youth and adults alike.

The Education and Engagement department provides:

  • Student Matinee Program
  • Master Classes
  • Classroom Resources
  • Outreach
  • Dive Deeper Programs
  • Accessibility
  • School of Performing Arts… coming 2019

School of the Arts Coming 2019

In 2019, the Paramount Theatre is ecstatic to be opening The Paramount School of the Arts. This facility will offer the highest level of dance, theatre and music education for students of every age and ability.

The new space will include:

  • Large Dance Studio
  • Performance Space
  • Recording Studio
  • 24 Private Studios
  • 6 Group Classrooms

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The Aurora Civic Center Authority is committed to being a defining catalyst for personal and community transformation by: making the performing arts accessible for every age and socio-economic background, introducing the magic of live theatre across generations to encourage expansive imaginations and broad views of people and the world, and contributing to the future stability and growth of Aurora’s downtown.

Enhance Education with a Paramount Theatre Field Trip

Enjoy any of these special performances for student groups:


Thursday, October 19, 10 a.m.
Rated PG | Tickets: $19


Thursday, December 14, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, December 19, 10 a.m. sold out!
Rated G | Tickets: $19


Thursday, March 15, 10 a.m.
Rated PG-13 | Tickets: $19


Thursday, May 10, 10 a.m.
Rated PG-13 | Tickets: $19


  • Incorporate these productions into your lesson plans with customized study guides provided for each Broadway and Young Audience show.
  • Stay after a Broadway show, and experience a talk-back session with the actors, director, creative team and more.
  • Attend master classes taught by the professional artists from each Broadway show to enhance your skill set in the performing arts.


  • Order now & pay later
  • Phone fees waived for most shows
  • Convenient bus drop-off & pick-up in front of theatre
  • Free nearby bus parking
  • Free ticket for teachers
  • Free study guides available

Contact Melissa at 630.723.2461 or


The Paramount Theatre is pleased to offer NEW master classes which allow students to work with professional artists from the shows. Register for available master class now, or sign up to be alerted when new classes are offered.

Audition Technique Master Class with artist from Once

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Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Ages: Middle School-College
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 per school (Checks payable to Paramount Theatre)
Location: Copley Theatre (8 E Galena Blvd, across from the Paramount Theatre)
Description: One student from each school (as time allows) will prepare 32 bars from a song or 1-minute monologue to perform for the Broadway Series cast members. Our professional actors will give each performing student coaching on their piece and invaluable advice about auditioning. The actors work hard to involve each student in the conversation, not just the students who work through their pieces. When registering, please have in mind a student you would like to perform.
If you are attending the Student Matinee of Once: Please ask your students to bring a sack lunch to eat following the performance and post-show talk back. They will have 20 minutes to eat lunch upstairs in the Grand Gallery and then head across the street for the master class.
Questions: Please contact Education & Community Engagement Assistant Andrea Pikscher at or 630-723-3498.


  • Plot Summary
  • Once Timeline
  • Meet the Cast
  • Setting and Relatable Regions
  • Notable People from Dublin
  • What Were They Talking About
  • Interview with William Carlos Angulo
  • Post-show Questions and Activities
  • Songwriting Lesson Plan


Interested in bringing the Paramount to your class or organization? The Paramount offers engaging teaching-artist residencies that can help you to meet necessary state and national standards while incorporating the arts.


Paramount is excited to announce the launch of its new outreach program. We are thrilled to have Jess Godwin, singer-songwriter and musical theatre actress come to the area to share her Shameless program with your students.

Currently Jess has been piloting Shameless in Chicago Public Schools, but we felt it an important program to bring to students in the greater Aurora area. Shameless is a performance and a collaborative songwriting workshop for middle and high school students that gives voice to hidden feelings of shame, jealousy, comparison, and the need for perfection that so many of us have, and teaches fundamentals of moving beyond them. Having struggled herself with some of these issues as a professional performer, Jess Godwin feels it’s important to be a role model for young people to help overcome shame stigmas and develop an empowered sense of identity. In this workshop, she will incorporate original music, live electronic looping, and candid stories about her experiences as a kid, as an adult, and as a woman in the music industry. She will lead open discussions and a free-write with the students that will help them express and work out their own experiences on this issue. At the end of the workshop, Jess will guide the students in collectively creating a short, original song based on our discussion. It is a freeing and empowering experience for students. Please watch the short documentary below about the program.

We are currently booking schools for the fall. If this resonates with you, email our Director of Education and Community Engagement: Shannon Cameron at set up a time for Jess to come to your school. Please know The Paramount will do everything we can to break down any barriers (time or financial) to allow your students to experience this workshop.



Are you interested in bringing an outreach program to your school, but not sure if Shameless is the program for you? Not to worry! We are happy to design an artist residency tailored to your institutions desires and needs. Chat with our Director of Education and Community Engagement, Shannon Cameron at about what we can do for you and your students.


Waubonsee Community College

In partnership with Waubonsee Community College, we are excited to offer two NEW classes for anyone interested in “diving deeper” into each musical, the production process and the audience experience. We will be offering this class for two of our Broadway Series productions: Cabaret and Once. Those interested in taking a course should sign up on Waubonsee’s Community Education website.

Courses offered in Spring 2018:

Discovering Broadway at the Paramount Theatre: Once

  • Monday April 23: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 7: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Be a Builder of Worlds: A Two-Part Songwriting Workshop

In preparation for our upcoming production of Once The Musical, we are partnering with Fox Valley Music Foundation and Aurora Public Art Commission to invite songwriters of all ages to join us for Be a Builder of Worlds: A Two-Part Songwriting Workshop.

Chicago area singer-songwriter Andrea Dawn and Once the Musical cast member Larry Tobias will spend two evenings sharing their songwriting process with those attending. They will also help each songwriter find their own process and songwriting voice. Whether you’re an experienced songwriter or just beginning to find your voice, we encourage you to attend and share your work at this two-night event.


Night One

  • Tuesday, May 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Aurora Public Art Commission – First Floor, 20 E Downer Place, Aurora, IL
  • Andrea and Larry will host an intimate evening that will include performing their own music, sharing their experiences as songwriters and offering you some of the tools and techniques they’ve used in their songwriting process. There will be ample time and opportunity for questions to be asked and work to be done on current or new pieces.

Night Two

  • Tuesday, May 15, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Aurora Public Art Commission – Third Floor, 20 E Downer Place, Aurora, IL
  • It’s showtime! On this day, Andrea and Larry will be YOUR audience. Come prepared to share a song you’ve been working on. Andrea and Larry will offer feedback on your piece to continue to inspire your growth as a songwriter. Feel free to bring your own instrument to accompany yourself, or just to read the chorus and verses aloud. Not ready to share your piece? That’s okay; just come be a part of a supportive community celebrating each other’s songwriting journey.

All are invited to attend either day, even if you don’t plan on sharing a piece of music. This event is free, but space is limited. Please reserve your spot by filling out the form below. If you reserved a spot and cannot attend, please contact


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An important part of the Paramount’s mission is making the arts accessible for all. This page is for accessibility information and tools.

ADA Information

If you require wheelchair or special seating or other assistance, please contact the box office at 630.896.6666 or in advance.

Listening Devices

Paramount Theatre offers assistive listening devices free of charge that are compatible with earphones and/or a Neckloop Telecoil Coupler (for T-Coil enabled hearing aid devices). Please visit the coat room before the show to borrow a listening device.

Sign Interpreted Performances

2018/2019 Broadway Series

There will be two certified sign interpreters translating all dialogue and lyrics into American Sign Language at the following performances:


Call 630.896.6666 or email, and ask for the Sign Interpreted Performance.


Subscribe to all 4 shows in the 2018/2019 Broadway Season and save 50%. Only $76-$124 for all 4 shows – that’s no more than $31 per show! Call 630.896.6666 or email, and ask for the 5.3 Sign Interpreted Subscription.


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